‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Movie Set on Halloween

The film adaptation of the popular horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be set on and around the Halloween holiday.

The official synopsis from CBS Films (Hell Fest), states that Scary Stories follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of horrific deaths in their small town, but Collider recently revealed additional plot details, including a Halloween setting.

Zoe Colletti reportedly plays Stella Michaels, “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? Those who have read the script say that the film will feature the human scarecrow from ‘Harold’ and the girl who has spiders crawl out of her face in ‘The Red Spot’, both of which appeared in Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones.”

In addition to Colletti, the cast also includes Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

Directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), the film will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, based on Alvin Schwartz‘s popular trilogy of books, which feature illustrations by Stephen Gammell, the first of which was published in 1984. Among the writers are Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the team that was once developing the Halloween Returns movie, which was ultimately scrapped when the franchise parted from Dimension Films in late 2015.

Filming began the last week of August. A release date has not been set yet.


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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.