Dunstan, Melton have “SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK”
First published in the early 80s, Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell’s campfire collection SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK and its subsequent follow-ups are immortal and essential to many a horror fan. Providing a gateway to genre and for many, a first real fright, Schwartz’s simple, often darkly comedic terror tales culled from legend, punctuated by Gammell’s fantastic, truly eerie art (a serious backlash ensued when the 30th anniversary editions were published in 2011 with alternate illustrations) could now indoctrinate youngsters into horror via film.
Deadline is reporting Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, those behind the FEAST films, THE COLLECTOR/COLLECTION, SAW IV-VII and more will adapt the short story collection for CBS Films. The screenplay is said to follow “a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.”
That sounds as if the ensemble of adolescents will find themselves besieged by classic horror, a la MONSTER SQUAD. It’s a lovely concept, especially if aimed at bringing kids with macabre interests into the fold. Of course, in order to really hook ‘em, the film will need to brush right up against the edge of their nerves and what they can handle, giving them the spookiest of good times.