CBS Films To Adapt SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

It will just be slides of those scary illustrations for two hours.

Deadline reports that CBS Films will pay for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation from horror writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Apparently the film will focus on "a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life."

I guess I can see how that would lead to more than one scary story told in the dark, but I'm not sure how those multiple stories will be incorporated into the plot. The books definitely have a legacy to live up to, though. Not really for their stories, many of which weren't scary at all, but for their illustrations, many of which scared the shit out of me when I was seven years old. We used to gather around these books just flipping from one Stephen Gammell picture to the next, hoping the teacher wouldn't see.

The movie could be anything, really, so hopefully it's at least good. I like the idea of horror films for kids, and I also usually like anthologies, which this may or may not be. More than anything, I hope they use some great Stephen Gammell artwork for the poster. What would be really cool is an animated adaptation done in his style.

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