Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark left nearly the entire millennial generation psychologically scarred thanks to its disturbing illustrations and spooky tales. Now, like a fever dream, it’s back to terrorize us again—only this time, it's live-action.
CBS Films has optioned a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to produce a film version of Schwartz’s Stories, which The Hollywood Reporter says will revolve around several of the book’s stories told in concert as a group of kids save their town from our own childhood nightmares.
Initially published in 1981, Schwartz’s Stories went on to sell some seven million copies and spawned several additions in the series. For many people in their 20s and 30s, his work represents our introduction to the horror genre, which more or less across the board occurred far too early for those of us with older siblings. Stories like “Old Woman All Skin and Bone,” “The Hearse Song” and “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” kept us up nights with images of skeletons eating their own cobwebs, demons lurking around corners, and giant, zombified clown heads smoking pipes.
Which is to say, the guys behind Saw are the perfect choice for the script. It might be nice to sleep with the light on for a while, anyway.