Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been giving kids the heebie-jeebies for decades. But judging by the first teaser for film adaptation, this one might not become the sleepover staple the book was.
It doesn't appear to be following the anthology format many first suspected, but telling an interconnected narrative about the stories in the book coming to life. With two writers from The LEGO Movie series adapting the collection into its own movie, it's probably going for something scarier than Goosebumps but not as frightening as It. Even with the Academy Award-winning Guillermo del Toro attached, this all but confirms my fears that this would be like his Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. That remake also didn't provide many thrills, and paled in comparison to del Toro's other horror movies like The Devil's Backbone. Still, this will probably make a killing, or at least tide fans over until It: Chapter 2.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark hits theaters on Friday, August 9.