CBS and Lionsgate have unveiled the first teaser trailer for the 2019 summer release, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The horror film is based on the book series written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, books that Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) loved as a teenager.
The cast includes Michael Garza (Wayward Pines, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status, The Americans), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, Kidding), and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop, Wet Bum). Zoe Colletti (Rubicon), Dean Norris (Claws, The Big Bang Theory), Gil Bellows (Patriot), and Lorraine Toussaint (Into the Badlands, The Fosters) are also featured in the horror film.
Although the film’s been described as an anthology featuring different creatures and scary circumstances, director André Øvredal says it’s not. “It is a cohesive, two-hour feature with one story, where everything is weaved together to be part of that story,” stated Øvredal during a special preview of footage.
Øvredal directed from a screenplay by Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman (screen story by Guillermo del Toro). Sean Daniel, Jason F. Brown, J. Miles Dale, Elizabeth Grave, and Guillermo del Toro produced.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open in theaters on August 9, 2019.
“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.”