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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie Poster Nods to Infamous Story

The new poster for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie teases one of the original books' more infamous stories: "The Red Spot". Alvin Schwartz's original horror short story collections were the stuff of nightmares for the kids who grew up reading them in the 1980s and '90s, thanks to a combination of the stories themselves and the illustrations by Stephen Gammell (which were often more horrifying than the actual tales). Now, thanks largely to Guillermo del Toro, Schwartz's stories will get to traumatize an entire new generation of kids by way of the big screen.

So far, CBS Films and Lionsgate's marketing has focused primarily on the iconic stories that are being reimagined for the Scary Stories film. The movie's teaser poster specifically references the story of Harold the scarecrow, while the Scary Stories Super Bowl TV promos nod to stories like "The Big Toe" and "The Red Spot". That trend continues with the brand-new poster, which once again references the latter tale.

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For those who are not familiar: "The Red Spot" is the tale of a young girl who wakes up with a strange blemish on her face, having seemingly been bitten by a spider while she was sleeping. However, as the new Scary Stories poster suggests, the truth behind "The Red Spot" is far more horrifying. Take a look, below.

While it was originally unclear how the Scary Stories movie would tie these separate stories together, CBS Films and Lionsgate has since released an updated synopsis that sheds more light on the matter. According to the plot summary, the film takes place in 1968 in a small American town called Mill Valley. The town is also the home of the Bellows family mansion, where Sarah - a young girl with "horrible secrets" - used to live and turned her experiences in a series of scary stories. However, when a group of teenagers in the movie's present discover where Sarah resided, her terrible stories inexplicably begin coming to life in the real world.

Based on the synopsis, Scary Stories sounds a bit like the Goosebumps film adaptation, is the sense that both revolve around the original stories that inspired them coming to life in the real world. However, where Goosebumps was pretty family-friendly, Scary Stories looks more like a full-blown horror movie and not just a scary adventure for kids. That's not surprising, though; after all, the movie was directed by André Øvredal, the filmmaker behind the genuinely freaky horror-thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe. At the same time, Scary Stories should have a touch of dark whimsy, thanks to the script by the Hageman Brothers (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and the screen story from del Toro (who also produced the film).

CBS and Lionsgate are also teasing "more scares" for later this week, which could mean that a full-length trailer is just around the corner. As always, keep it tuned to Screen Rant for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark news and related goodness.

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Source: CBS Films/Lionsgate

Key Release Dates
  • Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark (2019) release date: Aug 09, 2019
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