Guillermo del Toro is a genius. Let us start with that. We would never dare question the brilliance of this man and what he is able to create. That being said, we’re not looking forward to his new film. Because the trailer alone is enough to give us screaming nightmares.
Del Toro’s latest screenplay is a collaboration with John August (Corpse Bride, Big Fish, Dark Shadows), and Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV, The Collection). Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is based on the classic collection of stories by Alvin Schwartz. Now, the books are classified as children’s literature, which we here at Fiction’s Mistress are very confused by. If this trailer is any indication, this is not a scary story for children. This may not even be a scary story for adults, now that we think about it.
The film is directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe), and if the trailer is any indication, this film is not for the faint of heart. It takes place in 1968 in a small town in America, where a dreaded mansion has long stood. In this mansion, a young girl faced countless horrors, and she wrote every single one of them down in a book. And if you read them, they may just happen to you, too.
This teaser trailer, which is less than 2 minutes long, is enough to not only make us cringe, but seriously question whether this film is one we want to see. No doubt it will be a horrific work of art, but we might have to skip this one. As for you horror buffs out there, this one is definitely for you.
Watch the first haunting teaser trailer down below.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Hits Theaters Summer 2019.