Guillermo del Toro

132 | Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Director: Andre Ovredal

Writers: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Guillermo del Toro (all did screenplay); stories by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton

Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Rated: PG-13, Runtime: 1hr 48min

Released August 9, 2019; Available in theaters

Synopsis: It’s Halloween 1968 in the small town of Mill Valley, & young high schooler Stella & her two buddies, Auggie & Chuck, still love the holiday & all things spooky. When their act of revenge on the local bully goes a little too well they’re forced into hiding in the car of a mysterious young man named Ramon, who is running from his own demons. Together the teens explore a local haunted house, where they find a book of scary stories written by the long-dead recluse daughter of a powerful local family. Stella takes the book home, seemingly upsetting the spirit of the author, who begins magically writing new stories from beyond the grave featuring Stella’s friends & classmates as the characters. And when the characters in the stories meet a grisly end, so do their real life counterparts.

Illustrations from the Scary Stories books were done by Stephen Gammell:

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