Guillermo Del Toro's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Gets Freaky First Trailer

"You don't read the book, the book reads you."

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Guillermo Del Toro is one of the busiest filmmakers in horror and fantasy. He's got both the Netflix horror anthology series 10 After Midnight and a new animated version of Pinocchio on the way but has also found time to produce an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's classic spooky kids book series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The movie releases in August, and a new trailer has been released.

The trailer reveals that the movie is using a wraparound concept about a girl who discovers a spooky book filled with terrifying tales. It's not entirely clear how the different stories will integrate with this main story, but the trailer is packed with seriously freaky imagery and suggests that although the source material was aimed at a younger audience, the film won't hold back on the scares. Check it out above.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is directed by André Øvredal, who previously proved his genre credentials with The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Trollhunter. It stars Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), and Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black). It hits theaters on August 9.

The first volume of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was published in 1981 and contained 29 stories. It was followed by a second volume in 1984, and a third in 1991.

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