If you were a child in the ’90s, you either loved or hated “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” For some, they were thrilling tales, for others they were a nightmare waiting to happen. Well, for those of you who thought they were exciting, you’re in luck. Today, CBS Films dropped the trailer for the Guillermo Del Toro-produced film based on the Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling book of the same title, in hopes to spook an entirely new generation.
Based on the book, the film follows a group of kids who face their fears and have to solve the mystery surrounding sudden and horrible deaths to save their town.
One of the short stories you may remember was the one of “Harold.” Illustrated by Stephen Gammell the homicidal scarecrow was the subject of one of the longer and scarier short stories.
For those of you who don’t remember, “Harold” tells the story of two farmers who were awful to their scarecrow, Harold, until he starts grunting. They ignore him, until one day, when Harold climbs up onto the roof and starts trotting around. Finally, the farmers decide what is happening is a little too weird and decide to get out of there. However, one farmer returns for his milking stools and winds up as a flayed, bloody skin stretched out on the roof to dry. That lovely scarecrow Harold is now the subject of the poster.
You can see the poster below. If the image is telling of anything, it’s that not only will the film be staying true to Gammell’s illustrations, but Del Toro and director André Øvredal‘s (“Trollhunters“) love of monsters is sure going to come out in the movie.
The screenplay is by Daniel and Kevin Hageman, and the horror thriller stars Zoe Colletti, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, and Natalie Ganzhorn.
“Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark” is set to be released on August 9, 2019. Watch the teasers, or “mini-trailers” as del Toro calls them, below.