The first ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ book was published in 1981 and earned two sequels.
All of which were written by Alvin Schwartz and featured art by Stephen Gammell.
The tales contained in the books were geared towards younger audiences, yet the macabre subject matter combined with ghastly artwork.
It inspire a love of horror in some readers while haunting others for years.
A key component of the books was their emphasis on playful horror over violence and gore, which the upcoming film adaptation aims to replicate.
Keeping in the spirit of camp, the above trailer has been released, featuring Lana Del Rey’s cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.”
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” lands in theaters this Friday.
Scary Stories to tell in the Dark takes place in 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.
It’s a story that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.
The film has officially earned a PG-13 rating, confirming that it won’t be geared directly at children but also won’t hold back in offering audiences unsettling experiences.
Del Toro previously detailed the importance of offering young viewers the horror stories.