CBS Films released four brand-new teaser clips for Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark during Super Bowl LIII last night. The clips, dubbed “Big Toe”, “Jangly Man”, “Pale Lady”, and “Red Spot” each show about ten seconds of a a different horror:
Despite being based on young adult novels, the film looks a lot darker than we anticipated, and according to the teaser ads, it’s not yet rated. This makes us believe that perhaps Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark could be more of a nostalgia play for grown folks who read them as children than it is a reboot of the series for current teenagers.
Based on the 1990’s series of young adult horror novels by author Alvin Schwartz, the film is directed by Andre Ovredal, written by producer Guillermo del Toro along with Dan & Kevin Hageman, and stars Zoe Colletti as “Stella Nicholls”, Michael Garza as “Ramon Morales”, Austin Zajur as “Chuck Steinberg”, Natalie Ganzhorn as “Ruth Steinburg”, Gabriel Rush as “Auggie Hilderbrandt”, Gil Belllows as “police chief Turner”, Kathleen Pollard as “Sarah Bellows”, and Dean Norris as “Roy Nicholls”.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be released to theaters nationwide on Friday, August 9th.
Last night, the film’s official website also posted the movie poster and full synopsis (below):
It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time – stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.