Childhood nightmares brought to life in new Guillermo del Toro film


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The film is set to release on August 9 to eager fans.

Sierra Rozen, Viewpoints Editor

It kept children up at night. It sent shivers down teenager’s spines. It was the hot commodity at the book fair. And now, this August, our worst nightmares will be shown on the big screen.

What could strike fear into the hearts of so many people, regardless of age? If you immediately thought of “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” then you would be correct.

Written by horror guru Guillermo del Toro, the first teaser trailers for the film dropped during the Super Bowl and had many people talking.

“Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” is originally a series of three children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Most of the stories are drawn from urban legends and folklore.

Unlike the books, which were considered an anthology of sorts with none of the stories being connected, the movie seems to connect the different stories as a group of friends is haunted by some of the most iconic monsters from the series.

There are currently four teasers to analyze. They draw from the following stories: “The Big Toe,” “The Red Spot,” “The Dream” and one original monster called “The Jangly Man.”

“The Big Toe” features a kid hiding under the bed as disfigured legs and feet creep towards him. The creature keeps calling out and asking who has his big toe, which follows the original story to a tee. Whether they’ll keep the kid’s family eating the big toe for supper in the movie is questionable, as this is something most families would not do.

One of the most realistic stories from the books is “The Red Spot,” where a girl gets what she assumes to be a spider bite— until it turns out that the spider laid her eggs in the girl’s cheek. Though they only tease a single spider leg protruding from the girl’s cheek, this is sure to be one of the more gruesome scenes.

“The Dream” has been seen as having one of the scariest drawings to accompany it. Fans of will not be disappointed by the creature shown in the teaser. It looks like the woman crawled straight off the page and into the hospital hallway. Though the story takes place in a random room instead of a hospital, it is doubtful that this location change will take away from the creepiness.

Finally, “The Jangly Man” is the one teaser that fans haven’t been able to match to an existing story. This is almost promising original monster content from del Toro. Though some fans might complain since there are more than enough stories to pull from, it will  be exciting to see what del Toro comes up with. The creature looks terrifying enough without any backstory, anyway.

Unfortunately, audiences will probably not see any more footage from the film until the summer, as the movie does not come out until August. Until then, it is recommended that you dim the lights, pick up “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” and reread in hopes that the monsters don’t come to life in your own bedroom.