Normally, when a book series becomes a film there is a choice that must be made. Most take the approach of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, in which they separate each story into its own film. However, there are certain cases in which the physical written stories themselves are used in the film’s narrative. For example, 2015’s Goosebumps movie was about writer R.L. Stine (Jack Black) having his stories written in a magical book. This book was opened and the stories were coming out and manifesting in real life. The original Goosebumps books, however, were just anthology stories about scary characters.
This format is to be replicated this year with Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Watch the trailer below:
The film is based on the Alvin Schwartz novels that collected a number of short stories with horror concepts. The film is centered around one of these books being found in a haunted house. The stories inside start to come true and these creatures become real threats to the group of teens that found it. The film looks interesting enough and does not seem to have too many moving parts. From the looks of it, there are four main kids in the movie. This would lead to the conclusion that only about four or five scary stories will be utilized in the movie.
With examples like Goosebumps or the Fantastic Beasts franchise, it is a pretty brave feat to walk the path they’ve selected. Basing a story in a universe where the book is itself a character is not uncommon. It is, however, a peculiar approach to horror. I suppose only time will tell. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark hits theaters August 9th.
Are you looking forward to this film? What book would you like to see turned into a movie?