Folklore Comes to Life in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

By (@AtomicLagoon) | Movies | June 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Who is Sarah Bellows?

Here we have the full-length trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a film adaptation of the classic folklore and urban legend collection by Alvin Schwartz.

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 home.

In the trailer, you’ll see characters from those classic folktales become all too real™, following in the footsteps of such movies as Goosebumps, Inkheart, The Pagemaster, and the all-time classic (I will fight you over it) Last Action Hero.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is directed by André Øvredal, and is set to release on August 9, 2019.


I’ll admit, I’m disappointed that they’re following what I’d consider an overused trope here — what happens in the book happens in real life. The tales within Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark would’ve been much better served in an anthology, with live-action recreations of the folklore and urban legends.

But it is what it is, and what it is might not be so bad. The designs of the Scary Stories characters look faithful, at least. We’ll have to wait and see.