Everyone here at Brainwaves is very much looking forward to the release of director André Øvredal’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark next month; but before that happens, there’s a new film on the way that examines the beloved, sometimes demonized, children’s horror books on which it’s based. Scary Stories, the highly anticipated documentary about Alvin Schwartz’s iconic series, will be unveiled later this month via Wild Eye Releasing.
About Scary Stories:
Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: the best selling teen classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Scary Stories creates both the ultimate celebration and dissertation of this iconic piece of horror literature.
Cody Meirick’s film features more than 40 interviews, from family members of author Alvin Schwartz to fellow children’s book horror authors like R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) and Q.L. Pearce to folklorists, artists, and fans discussing the impact that the books have had on both themselves as well as the culture at large. The documentary also explores the various times in which the books were banned or targeted by parent and religious groups as “satanic” or otherwise too macabre for its targeted teen scholastic audience.
Penned by Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a three-volume series consisting of short horror stories for pre-teens and children that were adapted from American folklore and urban legends. Because of some of the violent illustrations and the subject matter, parent groups, religious organizations, and school boards had the books pulled from libraries and schools at various times. A feature film adaptation of the books, produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, is due in theaters this summer beginning August 9th.
Scary Stories arrives on DVD July 16th; you can pre-order it here!