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Guillermor del Toro is more than a horror master, he’s well-versed in fantasy and even a little sci-fi. Whether every film he makes wins him street-cred or Academy Awards is irrelevant. His newest project, however, might just snag him both. Del Toro has been working on a film adaptation of the children’s novel series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the first official trailer has dropped. It really makes you wonder if the books were actually intended for kids, because the film won’t hold any punches.

It looks as if the premise of the film is a group of kids finding a girl’s journal that is filled with the various stories of the novels. After reading the journal entries, the stories come to life and haunt the kids. There’s probably more to it, but the trailer doesn’t focus on it. Instead, the trailer showcases the physical manifestations of the horrific drawings the book is famous for. Once again, were we really the target demographic for these books, or did our parents just not care?

Along with the trailer, two synopsis were released:

“It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.
“Stella (Colletti), a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after the teens when they begin to investigate the disappearance of several children?”

The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Austin Zajur (Brad’s Status) and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop); with André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Trollhunters) directing. Of course Del Toro adapted the novels and will produce.

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark will premiere this August! You can check out the trailer below:

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