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6 Creatures ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Will Feature

This Friday, August 9th, the film adaptations of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is finally being released!

The creatures that have haunted us since childhood are coming to life, and this time they’re three dimensional. We’re going to watch them run, jump, scuttle, stab, and limp their way into our nightmares. And in addition to reuniting with the horrifying monsters we met in our elementary school’s library, we get to meet an entirely new creature as well. 

Before we delve into that, let’s reconcile with some of our old friends.

6-Sarah  Bellows


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Sarah Bellows is taken directly from the book. She comes from “The Haunted House”, a story about a priest who meets a spirit while hiding away in a haunted house. The book describes her as “a young woman about twenty years old” who has no eyes, but “a sort of blue light way back in her sockets.” The story follows the priest as he attempts to avenge Sarah’s death, and expose her murderer.

However, the film has used Sarah’s story in a different way. According to an IMDb summary;

“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 tome.”



Harold's updated look

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In case you don’t remember, Harold’s story was included in the original book. Harold is a scarecrow who was made by two farmers, and modeled after the least liked farmer on the ranch.

The farmers constantly took out all their frustrations on the doll, mocking him and covering him in dirt and food. Until Harold grunts in response.

No spoilers, but things only go downhill from there.

In the trailer there don’t appear to be many farmers. Harold is instead being picked on by a group of high school jocks, though the story seems to end in a similar fashion. It’s safe to say that while our favorite creatures are returning, they may not be entirely how we remember them.


4-The Red Spot


The image that will haunt my dreams tonight

The image that will haunt my dreams tonight/Image via Syfy


From what we can gather from the trailer, this story seems like it’s been kept pretty close to the original. In the book, a spider plants eggs under a girl’s skin as she’s sleeping.

She wakes up with a red spot on her face, that grows into a massive boil over the course of a few days. The night before she’s meant to see a doctor, the boil bursts, and hundreds of spiders pour out of the wound.

I don’t consider any of this a spoiler, since it’s all in the trailer. Plus, I doubt there are many people who haven’t heard this tale either directly from the source, or as an exaggerated rumor on the schoolyard.



3-The Pale Lady


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The pale lady comes from “The Dream,” a story about a girl who is visited by a pale woman during a dream about a house with strange carpet and locked windows.

The girl is terrified by this dream, and moves into a new town down the road. However, the house she moves into appears to be the house from her dream.

I won’t spoil what happens next, but you can probably guess.


2-The Big Toe


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This is another classic creature. The story describes a young boy finding a big toe sticking out of the ground. He pulls until it pops from the dirt, and brings it home to his mother. She cooks it up in a stew, and their whole family enjoys a slice of toe with their meal.

That night the boy hears a voice out in the street moaning, “Where is my toe?”

We hear this voice in the trailer, on top of seeing the creature it comes from. In the book, we have no description of what this monster looks like. The little boy only hears it groan in pain, before hiding under his blankets, making the monster we see in one of the only ones not based on the book’s original Stephen Gamell illustrations.

The only other original creature we can see in the trailer is The Jangly Man.


1-The Jangly Man


Guillermo del Toro's horrifying creation The Jangly Man

Guillermo del Toro’s horrifying creation The Jangly Man/Image via Highsnobiety


The Jangly Man is the only monster in the trailer who has no relation to the book. He’s a creation from Guillermo del Toro, monster connoisseur and producer behind this film. Toro is known for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth, and Shape of Water where his knack for bringing non-human creatures to life was used to the fullest extent.

The Jangly Man is an amalgamation of several different Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark characters, giving him a twisted and ‘stitched-together’ kind of appearance. According to Polygon, del Toro stated that “The difficulty with this was to not do a normal decomposing corpse that you’ve seen a million times, but to truly try to give it evil.”

The Jangly Man is played by Troy James, a contortionist, and according to the trailer his skills are used to the fullest extent.




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Check Out the New Trailer for ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

There’s a new trailer for the Guillermo Del Toro-produced film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


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The series of three children’s horror books are written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

Released in 1981, 1984, and 1991 respectively, the series shocked the world with its terrifying stories and its gruesome images.



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A typical illustration from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

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Drawing heavily from folklore and urban legends, the series set light to the imagination of one Guillermo Del Toro. For one, according to Hollywood Reporter, he humorously an audience at the trailer launch luncheon in Hollywood that, “I was really, really broke. 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.”

For the record, Guillermo Del Toro was in financial trouble because his father had been kidnapped with a million dollar ransom, and he had sunk all of his money into a film project he was working on. Luckily, James Cameron helped him pay the ransom and save his father.

In case you’re wondering if this will be an anthology following each story, not quite. Instead, it’s one cohesive narrative that draws on the books. It’ll be close however. Check it out below!


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Film vs Book character

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Now we’ve gotten a new trailer. Check it out  below!

For the record The film won’t be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, but instead André Øvredal, who has directed critical darlings Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Don’t worry, Guillermo’s in the producers chair and he’s still very much involved.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens August. 9. Check it out!



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Cover Revealed for Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke’s New ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Novel

Guillermo del Toro won praise, acclaim, and Oscars for The Shape of Water last year. He created a cult classic with Hellboy. He amazed audiences with Pacific Rim. However, his most legendary film is still Pan’s Labyrinth, which is now getting a novel-length expansion.


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Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun is written by del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke (Inkheart), and is illustrated by Allen Williams. It tells the story of a long-lost princess hoping to reunite with her family, and includes haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that expand upon the film’s world and folklore.


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In spite of also including murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, and warring rebels, the dark fantasy novel is meant for readers of all ages. This is actually a little bit strange, given how frightening and violent (yet beautiful) the original film was. Remember that one tortured guy’s bloody messed up hand? I still do.

However, no one can argue with the richness of del Toro’s fairytale-like storytelling and worldbuilding. Fewer films deserve a book continuation and expansion more than Pan’s Labyrinth.


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While you can learn more about the film’s inception from Pan’s Labyrinth: Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale and del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions, it is a real treat to be getting additions to the actual lore.

The Labyrinth of the Faun will be released July 2nd.



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‘Scary Stories’ Trilogy Gets Documentary Ahead of Guillermo Del Toro Film Release

Did you ever read the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series when you were younger. If you don’t know what that is, they’re those books with those terrifying illustrations that haunted your nightmares. I mean, just look at these characters.


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Well, get ready to get freaked out again because Guillermo Del Toro is bringing the terrifying tales to life. Written and produced by the Oscar winning filmmaker and directed by Andre Overdal, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie comes out August 9th. Here’s the trailer:



In addition, a documentary on the books themselves will come out this summer. Titled Scary Stories, it features more than forty interviews with authors, readers and family members of the author, Alvin Schwartz. The film explores the impact that the series has had on readers and children’s literature, as well as the efforts from various parental and religious groups who felt the subject matter and illustrations were too intense for young readers.


Scary Stories will have a limited release in select cities before being available on VOD May 7th. The DVD release is scheduled for July 16th. Watch the trailer here:




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Five Spine Tingling Vampire Novels

Vampires are a classic staple of literature. They can represent endless possibilities, from tragic figures of gothic romance to rampaging beasts of the night. These varied roles have contributed to vampires as enduring fixtures of literature. In addition to a thousand vampire books out there, it can be hard to judge those that have true ‘bite’ from the shambling ghouls. But below are five excellent vampires novel of which any bloodsucking fans will be enraptured by. Just be careful… don’t read them after dark!



The cover to Anno Dracula, depicting it in the manner of a circus poster by Kim Newman

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5. ‘Anno Dracula’ by Kim Newman


Anno Dracula is functions as both a sequel to Dracula and a new twist on the mythology of the classical Dracula lore. Dracula claims victory at the end of the original book instead of dying and marries Queen Victoria, establishing an order of vampires that rule London from the shadows. But Jack the Ripper stalks the streets, threatening Dracula’s regime as his murders grow out of hand, forcing a human detective named Charles Beauregard is dispatched to hunt down the killer. But instead, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue with a plot to overthrow Dracula’s rule. The story is full of politics, murder, and cameos from dozens of literary characters, Anno Dracula is an intriguing, deliciously dark read.



The cover to Vampire Academy, featuring the school logo against the looming visage of a young woman

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4. ‘Vampire Academy’ by Richelle Mead


Imagine if you will a hybrid between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. If you liked the sound of that, you’ll love Vampire Academy. The book tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir who is the bodyguard to a vampire princess. Both of them end up at the titular academy, where they must blend into both the social scene, ritualistic classes, and fight off the dangerous vampires hunting them both down. Rose, an exciting and stylish protagonist, is a fun character to get to know for young readers.



The cover to the Strain, featuring a man in a hazmat suit and a horde of long tongued vampires

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3. ‘The Strain’ by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro


The Strain reimagines vampires much like zombies, the apex for a horrendous vampiric plague that will cover the world. On a darkened runway, a mysterious plane lands, refusing to respond to communicating channels, the shades on its windows drawn. What is found inside unleashes the vampire plague upon New York City and begins an apocalypse. The Strain is a ‘realistic’ take on the vampire genre that feels horrifically terrifying while not sacrificing its monster for realism sake. The intro alone will grab you in a heartbeat. Check this one out; its a heart stopper.



The cover to Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin, featuring the principal cast against a river, the moon high above and a steam boat rushing through the water, trailing blood

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2. ‘Fevre Dream’ by George R.R. Martin


Fevre Dream is a 1982 novel by George R.R. Martin, who needs no introduction. Set in Mississippi during 1888, the story follows riverboat captain Abner Marsh, as one Joshua York approaches him an offer that drags him to the very heart of darkness. The novel works as both an adventure and horror story, filled with memorable characters, dazzling atmosphere, and exciting action. The vampire society is examined in high detail in this novel, making great characters alongside the human protagonist. The cherry on top is the high detail in the setting, with George R.R. Martin’s keen eye providing a lush world that feels very lived. Check it out!



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1. ‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King


Salem’s Lot is scary. No less should be expected by the master horror writer, Stephen King, but this novel stands as one of his truly most terrifying—all the more impressive by this book only being his second published. The story focuses on writer Ben Mears, who comes to the sleepy New England town of Jerusalem’s Lot. But disappearances begin to happen, along with strange events, Mears suspects something sinister is arriving in the town. The plot functions as more of a mystery, with the vampires not revealing their presence until over halfway through of the book, but the chilling atmosphere and memorable characters eagerly hold reader’s attention. And when the vampires begin to siege in force, the book grabs the reader by the shoulder and doesn’t let go until the last line in the final chapter. Scary, well written, and paced perfectly, and Jerusalem’s Lot is the cream of the crop in the vampire genre.


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