WATCH: First Look at ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

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Are you ready to have nightmares? The first teasers for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark debuted during the Super Bowl, and the result is downright chilling. We really weren’t sure what to expect at first. With the amount of nostalgia swirling around this film already, it’s difficult not to feel a bit critical of an adaptation. But after getting our first peek at the footage, we have to say we’re excited for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to premiere this summer. If you’re familiar with the bestselling book series, you’ll remember Stephen Gammell’s iconic and horrifying illustrations. And from these teasers, which highlight a few of the series’ most popular tales, it looks like the film has faithfully brought those illustrations to life.

Aside from the new teasers, we finally have a better idea of the film’s plot and how these Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be adapted. Honestly, August can’t come soon enough.

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.

Horror and a historical setting? We’re here for it.

Though the film isn’t rated yet, it’ll be interesting to see how dark the material goes, considering the originals are extremely gruesome for a children’s book series.

Check out the four teasers below and see if you remember these terrifying stories. How do they compare to the book series? Let us know in the comments!

To find out more about the film, you can visit the official website here.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo del Toro, is slated for release on August 9, 2019.