The 'Scary Stories' of Your Childhood Nightmares Are Coming to the Big Screen

Did you hear that? That was the sound of '80s and '90s kids everywhere freaking the hell out, because the books that we cherish from our childhood -- but are similtaneously STILL scarred by -- are coming to the big screen courtesy of Guillermo del Toro. Basically, del Toro confirmed he's begun working on a film version of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.

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Del Toro tweeted the following today:

YES!

Rejoice, fellow die-hard fans, as we sit and fondly remember the iconic, horrific images from Alvin Schwartz's haunting collection of horror stories.

Now, I don't know about all of you, but I was quite bummed when these books were rereleased in 2012 with watered-down illustrations. (Are kids today being too sheltered?! That's a much bigger discussion. Those of us who were kiddos back then just had to deal! And we were better for it!)

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Here's hoping that Mr. del Toro stays true to the genuine terror brought on by the original, delightful artwork by Stephen Gammell, a true master in scarring children for life in the most delightful way.

Would you let your kids read these books today, or see this movie? If you're anything like me, you remember having actual nightmares related to the stories in these books when you were a wee one. Who remembers the glass-eyed mom in "The Drum"? Or, or ... that scarecrow named Harold? Remember Harold? Of COURSE you do! Or how about this guy ...

Do us proud, Guillermo! You've got a lot of extremely nostalgic twenty- and thirtysomethings with ridiculously high expectations counting on you ... don't do us dirty like Michael Bay did with the Ninja Turtles.

 

Images via Amazon.com; chadsavage/Flickr

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