Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

The film's poster.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 movie directed by André Øvredal, and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The film is based on the book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz.


The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It's in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah's spooky home.


  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark released August 9, 2019 to success. The film received an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 62 (Generally Favorable) on Metacritic. On opening night, it received $8,760,000, besting Hobbs and Shaw.
  • Scary Stories is not André Øvredal's first time directing a horror film. Previously he directed The Autopsy Of Jane Doe
  • CBS bought the rights to the book series in 2013 to adapt it into a feature-length film. In 2016, it was announced Guillermo Del Toro would be developing the film. Soon André Øvredal was hired to direct the film. Filming began on August 27, 2018, and ended on November 1, 2018, in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
  • Notable characters in the film include The Jangly Man, The Pale Lady, and Harold The Scarecrow.


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