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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark explained by producer Guillermo del Toro

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Upcoming chiller Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on a bestselling series of tales that may mean more in the USA than they do over here in Britain.

Fortunately, producer Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) explains the cultural significance of these bestselling spine-chillers in the following behind the scenes video.

Written by Alvin Schwartz and evocatively, gruesomely illustrated by Stephen Gammell, these bitesized chunks of nastiness draw on classic urban myths and folk tales. The stories were intended for a children's audience Stateside (think Goosebumps, but more morbid), which meant they often ran into trouble as to their content.

Set in 1968 in a small American town, the movie adaptation chronicles the chaos that ensues when a group of teens make the mistake of reading from the pages of a haunted book. The film draws on key scenes and images from Schwartz's original text, including the is he/isn't he alive menace of Harold the Scarecrow, and an unforgettably grisly eruption of a red spot.

Get up to speed with the legacy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in the featurette. The movie is released in the UK on 23rd August, and our Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Unlimited screening takes place on 20th August.

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