If you asked a person who grew up in both the 80’s and 90’s, what books they remember as youngsters. There’s a good chance that individual will say Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was a past favorite. Many of us remember these three books and fondly remember reading the various tales within the pages. These books had interesting stories most commonly told around a campfire in the deep summer. The ongoing chorus of singing frogs and crickets added great background and if dictated by someone enthusiastic or charismatic enough; everyone would be in for a horrifying night of slumber.
I never knew the titles of the stories. Much like Nickelodeons Are You Afraid of the Dark, people always refer to them as “Remember the one where…” Which is awesome because the stories have such high impact on you and they live on and on.
The white wolf that kills the hunter. The girl that dies screaming in a cemetery or the kid eating a big toe. Seriously, who the hell would chop off a big toe in the ground and then take it home for dinner? It must be a Russian thing. I’ve heard they have high rates of cannibalism over there.
Not only do some of the stories hold eerie potential, but were accompanied by the most ghastly illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The macabre and dark nature of these drawings were often scarier than the actual stories themselves. Often cooking up visuals for future nightmares and manifested fears. Just look at these examples from the books and try to tell me it doesn’t freak you out.
To me these books were mysterious spectacles of paper. We had them in our house growing up. Yet, there was no memory of purchasing them. No recollection of where they came from or who they belonged to. They simply stood on a shelf. I swear to God they came from another dimension. Appearing to bring us the horrors within! They came from the library in hell! The book itself is a twin cousin of the Necronomicon from Evil Dead! Only something so evil would suddenly appear in a persons home! But it was tempting me while I laid there. Soon, I would sit there in my bed dressed in my pajamas with the plastic feet bottoms! Using nothing but a crappy flashlight that went out every time I turned it a certain way. I knew the next time the light went out and I turned it back on that a dead face would be staring right at me! But I can’t put it down! Reading and losing my sanity by the minute! SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK! HOW YOU MOCKED ME!! Then my dad would do something sinister and totally bad ass like peak his head through the door of my room and say “Where is my toe!?” My night of horror literature was over at that point. So were my 80’s padded feet pajamas! It needs to feed on something. Our fears and soiled pjs were it’s sustenance! Our nightmares were it’s entertainment!
But I never knew what happened to the books. They simply disappeared and we never saw them again. Probably back to hell they went or to their next victims! I know this is true because I’ve seen the Rodin museum in Philly and the doorway to hell reveals everything! Look at this picture I took! Go see it for yourself!
Now it has been rumored that these fine books are being made into an actual movie. I’m not one to search the internet to get great details, but what I know is that the movie is being made and it’s being directed by Guillermo del Toro. That’s about all I can tell you.
My First Thoughts
Obviously I think it’s a an interesting idea. Guillermo del Toro makes good films I guess. I like Crimson Peak and Pan’s Labyrinth. The Hellboy movies look cool although I think the movies themselves are kind of lame. I’m sorry if that offends people, I just can’t appreciate them like some people do.
But what will the movie be? Are we talking an anthology series like Creepshow or Tales From The Darkside? Where there are small stories all told separately. Or are we talking about a Goosebumps kind of film with one story that includes parts of each memorable story. All mixed together so people can say “I remember that!” Ugh, that would be lame. I would hate the movie to focus on the books themselves. Like the books have magical or evil powers… Oh wait, that would be exactly like reality!
Personally I’m routing for an anthology series much like Trick r’ Treat or Tales of Halloween. One movie that moves from one story to the next but all done within the same vicinity of each other. Maybe even crossing over stories once in a while or on a more unnoticeable level. Either way, it will be a movie I will surely go see and like most movies, I am routing for it to be a good film that scares the masses.
What do you all think of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a movie. What are some expectations you have?