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‘Scary Stories’ Review

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Features: Amelia Cotter, Bruce Coville, Debbie Dadey, Tracey Dils, Betsy Johnson, Chris Larsen, Q.L. Pearce, Alvin Schwartz, Barbara Schwartz , Adam Selzer, R.L. Stine | Directed by Cody Meirick

Put out by Wild Eye Releasing, Scary Stories peaked my interest because I’m a huge fan of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and horror novels, including those from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and also including those aimed at young readers. Whether it was Scary Stories, Point Horror or other dark tales, there’s something about children’s horror fiction from days gone by that is really nostalgic to me, and some of it is really enjoyable too. The teen classic, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, though (which will soon see an adaptation produced by Guillermo Del Toro), has to be one of the pinnacles and most well-loved of the genre, and this documentary explores it, with interviews and history about the books,
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Movie Review – Scary Stories (2019)

Scary Stories, 2019.

Directed by Cody Meirick.

Featuring R.L. Stine, Amelia Cotter, Bruce Coville and Q.L. Pearce.

Synopsis:

A documentary examining the impact of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series of books. It looks at the influence it had on an entire generation of children as well as discussing the series with a number of authors and artists.

Thanks to thousands of concerned parents and its controversial ban across the U.S. – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark reached a level of infamy in the 1990s. Combine the chilling tales alongside some truly disturbing illustrations – and it isn’t surprising that it’s popularity spread like wildfire. This new documentary, Scary Stories, attempts to encapsulate just what it is that made it so popular by speaking to creatives of all kinds about their experience with the books.

Not only does it breakdown the individual tales, their impact
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Trailer For the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Documentary Scary Stories

For those of you who grew up with Alvin Schwartz’ iconic horror book series, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark in your lives, there’s a new documentary that’s been made that you’re going to appreciate.

The doc is called Scary Stories and it will “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.”

The doc was directed by Cody Meirick and it 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
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Documentary Trailer Arrives, Release Dates Announced

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Documentary Trailer Arrives, Release Dates Announced
Scary Stories, the highly anticipated documentary about Alvin Schwartz' iconic "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" book series, will debut in select theaters beginning April 26 via Wild Eye Releasing.

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.

Following the limited theatrical release - which includes Los Angeles, New Orleans, Columbus, and Texas - Scary Stories will be available on VOD May 7 with a DVD release set for July 16.

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.
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Official Trailer, Key Art, and Release Details for Scary Stories Documentary

With a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feature film (co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro) on the way, there couldn't be a better time for a deep dive into the cultural impact of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s haunting children's books. Director Cody Meirick provides just that with his new documentary Scary Stories, which has been given an April 26th theatrical release date from Wild Eye Releasing, and we have a look at the trailer and key art to give you an idea of what to expect from the documentary that includes over 40 interviews (including horror legend R.L. Stine).

Following its release in select theaters, Scary Stories will be unleashed on VOD on May 7th, followed by a DVD release on July 16th. We have the full press release below for more details, and you can also read our Q&A with director Cody Meirick and
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Documentary Trailer Focuses on the Book’s Controversy

Joseph Baxter Apr 10, 2019

With the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arriving soon, a documentary will chronicle the controversy surrounding the original books.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the legendary horror book series, is set for a pop culture resurgence that's decades in the making as the August-scheduled Guillermo del Toro-produced live-action film attempts to vivify the dormant childhood nightmares of generations. However, there’s some crucial context pertaining to the film’s literary source material, which became a constant target by book-ban brigades across the country over the nightmarish imagery of its illustrations.

Fortuitously, director Cody Meirick has put together a documentary, titled in full Scary Stories: The Story of the Books that Frightened a Generation, which serves as an effective primer ahead of the live-action adaptation film’s release.

Scary Stories Documentary Trailer

The trailer for the Scary Stories documentary bombards you with a
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Watch: ‘Scary Stories’ Documentary Arrives Ahead of the Live-Action Horror Movie This Summer

Fans of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark have a few months to wait until André Øvredal's big-screen adaptation arrives on August 9th, but here's a little something to tide you over in the meantime: Cody Meirick's documentary, Scary Stories. The doc not only explores the history of the three-volume book series that scared kids silly in the 80s and 90s and includes interviews with kids horror authors like R.L. Stine and Q.L. Pearce, it also dips into …
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Release Date, Logo and First Set Photo Revealed

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Release Date, Logo and First Set Photo Revealed
Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will officially hit theaters on August 9th, 2019. Guillermo del Toro is on board as producer and co-writer and ready to bring some of the creepiest urban legends to the big screen. Norwegian filmmaker Andre Ovredal is taking on the directorial duties, which started filming in August and wrapped in late October, In addition to the release date, the studio has also shared the official logo for the upcoming movie and a picture from the set.

August 2019 just got scary.From acclaimed director André Øvredal and Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is in theaters this summer. pic.twitter.com/GqY1eZ1HTl

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (@ScaryStoriesMov) December 14, 2018

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark logo is keeping Stephen Gammell's design alive. It's just a little tease, but it's
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The Classic Horror Book Series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is Getting a Documentary

Guillermo del Toro is currently writing and producing a feature film based on the classic horror book series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, but there’s another film in development!

Wild Eye Releasing has picked up the rights to a documentary being developed called Scary Stories, which is about Alvin Schwartz’s horror book series that many of us grew up with.

The film comes from director Cody Meirick and the plan is get give it a theatrical release in 2019, around the same time that Del Toro’s film comes out.

The doc is said to include more “than 40 interviews including Schwartz’s family members and fellow Ya horror authors like R.L Stine (Goosebumps) and Q.L. Pearce, as well as folklorists, artists and fans.”

Schwartz wrote the three volume series and those books were creepily illustrated by Stephen Gammell. My brothers and I loved reading these
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Scary Stories Documentary Acquired by Wild Eye Releasing, Theatrical Release Planned for 2019

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With a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feature film (co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro) on the way from CBS Films and eOne, there couldn't be a better time for a deep dive into the cultural impact of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s beloved children's books. Director Cody Meirick provides just that with his new documentary Scary Stories, which has now secured a distributor.

Deadline reports that Wild Eye Releasing picked up global rights to the Scary Stories documentary, with a theatrical release planned for 2019.

Brimming with more than 40 interviews, Scary Stories examines the seemingly endless influence of Schwartz and Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book trilogy. From R.L. Stine to Alvin's son Peter to librarians and scholars who fought to keep the book from being banned from young readers, Scary Stories truly takes an all-encompassing look at how special these books are to generations of readers.
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‘Scary Stories’ Documentary Acquired By Wild Eye For Theatrical Bow

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‘Scary Stories’ Documentary Acquired By Wild Eye For Theatrical Bow
Exclusive: Wild Eye Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to Scary Stories, a documentary about Alvin Schwartz’s 1980s-penned Ya book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film from director Cody Meirick will now get a theatrical release in 2019, timed to the expected release of the Guillermo del Toro-produced feature adaptation of the books set to hit big screens via CBS Films and eOne.

The docu, which was partly crowd-funded, features more than 40 interviews including Schwartz’s family members and fellow Ya horror authors like R.L Stine (Goosebumps) and Q.L. Pearce, as well as folklorists, artists and fans.

The three-volume series, written by Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell from 1981-1991, featured short horror stories for kids that were adapted from folklore and urban legends — it was the intro to the genre for a swath of kids in that generation. Some parent groups and school
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Salem Horror Fest 2018 Review: Scary Stories Documentary is a Worthy Tribute to the Classic Books and Their Creators

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I remember when I was about eight or nine years old, I found Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in my elementary school’s library. Naturally, I became obsessed with them and I plowed through the book and its two sequels in record time for a kid who watched exponentially more movies than he read books. Craving more, I asked my dad to find me other scary books just like them. The problem was that there weren’t any books just like them. None of them had the authentic feeling of creepiness that oozed from Schwartz’s folklore-based tales combined with Gammell’s delightfully disturbing illustrations. I tried to explain to my dad why the books with cartoon vampires and werewolves on the covers were not the same as Scary Stories, but at that age I didn’t have the capacity to articulate what
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Salem Horror Fest 2018 Q&A: Director Cody Meirick on Exploring the History of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark in His New Documentary Scary Stories

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One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest kicks off on October 4th, and Daily Dead is thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event, which will include our conversation with George C. Romero (son of legendary filmmaker George A. Romero), a Daily Dead Trivia Tweetup, and a wide range of screenings, including the New England premiere of Scary Stories, a new documentary exploring the intriguing history and modern-day impact of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. Ahead of the documentary's Salem Horror Fest screening on Sunday, October 6th, we caught up with director Cody Meirick for our latest Q&A feature to discuss interviewing R.L. Stine for the film, his personal favorite story from the book series, and the most intriguing details he learned about the Scary Stories books and their creators.

Congratulations on your new documentary,
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