ITF Read & Watch: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981 book & 2019 film)

Grab a flashlight and pull the covers over your head--it’s time for some scary stories! Luke & James read all three of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s classic collections for episode 101, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. They also watched the documentary from 2019, as well as the Guillermo Del Toro and André Øvredal film.

Movie Talk Begins: 39:01

Movie Spoilers Begin: 55:42

Topics include: Luke’s personal connection to these books, Stephen Gammell’s iconic art-style, the satanic-panic of the 80s, favorite stories, the power of tropes and archetypes in genre, the value of jump-scares, the trouble with picking an audience for the film, and metaphorically connecting the characters to the monsters they encounter.

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