That’s right! The cult classic set of stories that haunted an entire generation are officially getting the big-screen treatment! On Feb. 3, 2019, during Super Bowl LIII, the first official footage of the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” adaptation graced televisions across the nation. Needless to say, we were all a-quiver with the news!

Forgive us if we’re a bit on the excited side. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is one of the more iconic pieces of literature to come out of the 1990s. While the trailers didn’t provide too much in terms of the film’s direction, glimpses of some of the legendary monsters was enough to get fans of the three-book series squealing in anticipation. These short stories were more or less retellings of classic urban legends and campfire tales from the mind of Alvin Schwartz. But what really sold the stories and left millions of ’90s kids terrified of their own shadows were the grisly visual interpretations courtesy of Caldecott Medal recipient Stephen Gammell. He’d been the mastermind behind such innocent childhood stories as “Old Black Fly” and “The Song and Dance Man.” But his work on “Scary Stories” redefined freaky for children all over the world. His work, combined with the pared-down renderings of the stories from Schwartz’s perspective ensured the trilogy remained in the hearts and psyches of those same kids for 20 years.

Ah, the 1990s. Such an innocent time for us who lived through it. When MTV and Nickelodeon seemed to share animators and writers. The lines were blurred between what was mindless silliness and adult content (shows like “Ren & Stimpy,” for example, are no longer child-safe and are only showed after midnight for those who were there). With the revelation that the books of our recurring nightmares will be hitting the big screen, there’s a collective feeling of excitement and a bit of residual fear left over from those nights when we wanted a good scare but weren’t quite equipped to handle just how twisted Schwartz and Gammell could be.

While the trailers seem to hint at something possibly a bit more watered down than what we remember, we’ll still hold out for hope that it delivers on the creep factor. With fantasy-horror mastermind Guillermo del Toro as one of the film’s producers and writers, and André Øvredal, the visionary behind “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Trollhunters,” let’s remain optimistic that we’ll be in for something resembling the honest-to-goodness fear we all experienced as kids of a simpler, albeit more freakishly inappropriate, time.

The film is set for an August release, though the exact date hasn’t been revealed yet. Get ready to be freaked out … once again! Tell us what you think? Are you ready for what could be a horror highlight in 2019?

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