Guillermo del Toro & Andre Ovredal talk Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

You know those childhood fears that shaped you growing up? Whether it’s a fear of spiders or some beast hiding underneath your bed? Well one series of books by Alvin Schwartz – with drawings by Stephen Gammell – found a formula to bring serious frights to a younger generation. And now, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is a feature film produced by the incredible Guillermo del Toro with directorial duties going to André Øvredal, and frankly it's a whole lot of fun. The Toe Monster, The Pale Lady, The Jangly Man and my personal favorite, Harold the Scarecrow – he doesn’t just frighten birds – are here to terrify audiences on the big screen.

Recently, we sat down with both del Toro and Øvredal to discuss the new film. And considering that this flick is a bit more intense than I had expected, I asked about creating actual stakes in this horror tale. As well, the two discussed the monsters they used, and how they approached the task of bringing them to life. As well, we talked about the original designs, and how important it was for fans of the books to truly recognize the horrific beasts that are released on screen. It’s always an incredible pleasure to talk to del Toro, and frankly, he and Øvredal have given fans of the books a film that they can truly enjoy. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is currently haunting a theatre near you.


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