You're with your friends at a sleep over, inside the fort you made with nothing but a flashlight, and you need a spooky story. We all know where to find one- in 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' by Alvin Schwartz. The 1981 hit led to a sequel in 1984, 'More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,' and a third in 1991, 'Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones'. From stories like The Thing, The Voice, and The Dead Hand, you were sure to get the reaction you desired from your audience. Especially if you executed them properly, considering Schwartz gave instructions on when to jump and scream to scare everyone.
Schwartz had the ability to grab the readers' attention, so much so that you'd literally get lost in the story, hiding under your covers listening for things to go bump in the night! Having that, along with surreal and nightmarish illustrations by Stephan Gammell, little else was needed for a child to conjure up any excuse to sleep in mom's bed- sorry dad..
Originally, CBS Films brought on "Saw" writer Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton but evidently, their take wasn't what the company wanted so they went in another direction. CBS has since hired John August, a writer who knows a thing or two about blending the tones, having written 'Big Fish,' 'Frankenweenie,' 'Corpse Bride,' and many more. I think it's an excellent choice considering the style of books these are. Maybe they can even get Tim Burton in on the project? That'd be pretty cool, right? It's right up his alley.
There's No word yet on a release date, but I prefer it that way personally. I'd really like to see this turn out the way we all know it could. This movie has so much potential and the possibilities are endless! I feel rushing it will only hurt the chances of giving the next few generations nightmares the way the books did for us '80s and '90s kids. Which was your favorite book out of the 3? What about your favorite story?