A new poster for the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell I the Dark movie has been released, and those familiar with the book will find it incredibly unnerving. The film is based on the series of spooky short stories by Alvin Schwartz and takes place in 1968, revolving around a young girl with horrible secrets who lives in a mansion on the edge of town. A group of teenagers stumble upon the mansion, and are then led to discover the true horrors that await.
This new poster showcases the short story “The Red Spot”, which I wouldn’t dare spoil for those who haven’t read the book. I’ll just say it ends in a way that will make for some absolutely terrifying imagery onscreen.
André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) directs from a screenplay by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu), with a “story by” credit to Guillermo del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan (Saw IV, V, and VI). Del Toro also produced the film.
I’m incredibly curious to see how all the disparate short stories of the book coalesce into a feature film narrative, and while we saw some creepy teasers during the Super Bowl, I expect we’ll see a trailer sooner rather than later.
Check out the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark poster below. The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens in theaters on August 9th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:
It’s 1968 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 home.