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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Poster

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The poster art is based on the story Harold, which is featured in the third book.
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The film is based on the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" book series published in the 1980s, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.
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The musical theme that plays throughout the film is "The Hearse Song," which is another story from the books.
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Ruth is the only character who's name corresponds with the character of the original story. Tommy is closer for Harold, but the original farmers name was Thomas.
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The song that plays on the music box (and at several other points in the film) is actually "You May Be The Next", as stated by Lou Lou (Laurraine Toussaint). Both rhymes/songs start off with the same few lines though and is easily confused with "The Hearse Song".
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While Stella is first going through the book of stories, several stories from the Scary Stories book series can be seen like The Cat's Paw, the Attic and the Wendigo.
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Austin Zajur and Dean Norris previously appeared together in Fist Fight (2017).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The fictional "mill valley" town may be a reference to Downingtown, Pennsylvania, originally named Milltown. Downingtown was known for its abundant papermills, and over the decades the paper mill industry in the town faultered much like in the film. This would also make sense since pennhurst, the hospital Sarah bellows is admitted to, is only a half-hour drive from the town. Coincidentally, Downingtown is also the location of a classic monster flick, The Blob (1958).
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Some of the monsters seen in the film are actually from different stories. The drawing the corpse looking for her toe was based on is actually from a story about a haunted house, while the jangly man seems to be a mix of his own titled "Footsteps" and from "me tie do ti ty walker," as he is initially a head that falls down the chimney and speaks the phrase, before attaching other limbs. The only monsters who are from their own story are the spiders, the pale lady, and Harold.
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Body count: 5 (Tommy, Auggie, Chuck, Chief Turner, Jangly Man).
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Ramon, Stella, and Ruth are the only ones to survive their stories.
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