Directed by André Øvredal, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a horror film scheduled to hit cinemas on 9 August this week. The film is based on a screen story by producer Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, with the screenplay adapted by Dan and Kevin Hageman. The movie is inspired by the iconic children’s book series of the same name.
As told by CBS, the story is set in the small town of Mill Valley in 1968 America. There is a mansion on the edge of town that belonged to the Bellows family where “a young girl with horrible secrets” named Sarah lived. Having lived a tortured life, she wrote about it through a series of scary stories in a book which a group of teenagers discovered when they went around snooping.
The film’s leading characters are Stella Nicholls played by Zoe Colletti, Ramón Morales played by Michael Garza, August “Auggie” Hilderbrandt played by Gabriel Rush and Tommy Milner played by Austin Abrams.
The rest of the cast is made up of Dean Norris as Deputy Roy Nicholls, Gil Bellows as Police Chief Turner, Lorraine Toussaint as Lou Lou and more.
Meanwhile, the monsters featured in the film are Jangly Man, The Toe Monster, The Pale Lady and Harold the Scarescrow.
Spanish actor Javier Botet plays The Toe Monster, Troy James portrays Jangly Man and Mark Steger takes on the role of Harold. Jangly Man’s voice is provided by Andrew Jackson.
A good horror sometimes needs a good haunting tune, which is something American singer Lana Del Rey has given. She made a cover version of “Season of the Witch”, a song that was originally recorded and released by Scottish musician Donovan and co-written with American folk rock musician Shawn Phillips in the 60s.
Del Rey is well known for her haunting bittersweet vocal style which makes her the perfect artist choice here. This wouldn’t be her first time recording a song for a film. Her resume includes “Young and Beautiful” for The Great Gatsby, “Once Upon a Dream” cover for Maleficent and “Some Things Last a Long Time” cover for Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston.
We previously showed you the film’s first trailer. Now, check out their new nightmarish trailer with the song “Season of the Witch”: