‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ is heading to the big screen….and I’m slightly terrified

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All of you who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s are familiar with the terrifying tales and artwork contained in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series. Who among us didn’t curl up under the blankets with a flashlight and a copy of this book, scaring ourselves with each creepy story? Now, it’s time to see how those stories will look on the big screen!

Deadline.com has posted the news that CBS Films has accepted a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The plot will center around a group of outcast kids who work to save their town when their nightmares become a reality. The main question I have is “What stories will they bring to this project?”

“The Big Toe”, “The Hook”, “The Dead Man’s Hand”, “Me-ty-doughty-walker” (one of my favorites), and so many more made up these eerie collections of children’s horror tales.  One of the creepiest parts of the books was the actual artwork. The illustrations by Stephen Gammell amplified the terror potential. With each story being started with one of these pictures, the reader was already primed to be terrified. How will these illustrations be incorporated into the film?

So, what do you think? Anyone out there as excited and slightly creeped out as I am?

Take a look at some of the artwork below!

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