There is a lot to fear in Guillermo del Toro’s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”.
The Oscar-winning “Shape Of Water” director serves as one of the executive producer’s in Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal’s Canadian-American horror movie. The film is based on Alvin Schwartz’s children’s book series of the same name.
In the film, a group of children discover a possessed book in a haunted house. The stories that appear in the book come to life, bringing with it horrifying creatures of the dark.
Del Toro purchased key illustrations for Scary Stories back in 1990. “I was really, really broke,” he said at a luncheon in March, per The Hollywood Reporter. “But I was extravagant and I bought the key illustrations from the book that I love, which led to a lot of financial trouble after that. And marital trouble after that”
“You cannot justify a buy like that,” he continued. “But I needed to have the key images that affected my youth.”
“Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” premieres Aug. 9.