If the rotting, melting faces from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ever appeared in your nightmares, horror artist Stephen Gammell put them there — and Guillermo del Toro is now going to bring them to life.
Scary Stories fans everywhere breathed a collective death rattle of utter elation when Guillermo del Toro was attached to produce André Øvredal’s movie version of those books that froze the blood of ‘90s kids everywhere, even if you read them with the lights on. Now del Toro has promised Birth.Movies.Death’s Scott Wampler and the entire internet that he will stay true to that ghastly aesthetic:
When rumors of a live-action movie first surfaced from the grave, you may have been wondering whether del Toro was going to keep Gammell’s aesthetic alive (more like undead), onscreen. The artist is known for his decomposing characters that seem to decay right on the page. Some of them really are corpses, some are ghosts, some are embryonic skeletal things that hunt humans, but all of them have the same unsettling aesthetic that amplified the fear factor of Alvin Schwartz’s stories that much more.
So how could they appear onscreen? Anyone who has ever watched a del Toro film knows that he has a way with the bizarre, from vampires whose skin peels off to terrifying fairy-tale creatures to hulking insectile things that are predators rather than prey. If he could make enormous genetically engineered cockroaches believable, he can probably make us run screaming with the vision of a girl with spiders bursting out of her face.
For now, the closest we can get to imagining how del Toro will possibly flesh out characters like the spider girl from The Red Spot and the scarecrow from Harold is probably reluctant vamipre Jesús Gris from Cronos and the terrifying Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth, whose bloodstained claws hunted intrustive children.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will creep up on a group of small-town teens who try to unravel the mystery behind a shocking series of deaths, and will be haunting theaters in 2019. Please let this be a Halloween release.