Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 horror film directed by André Øvredal.

Official trailers

CBS Films on Monday, August 05, 2019 released the trailer:
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK - Season of the Witch Trailer featuring Lana Del Rey.

Story intro

In 1968, in the small town of Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, three teenage friends - Stella, an amateur author obsessed with the horror genre, Auggie, and Chuck - play a prank on bully Tommy Milner on Halloween night. When Tommy and his gang chase them in retaliation, the trio flees to a drive-in movie theater showing Night of the Living Dead, where a drifter named Ramón hides them in his car. Later, they invite Ramón to explore a local "haunted house" which once belonged to the wealthy Bellows family, who helped found Mill Valley. Inside, they find a secret room and a book of horror stories written by Sarah Bellows. Having followed the group, Tommy locks them inside the room along with Ruth, Chuck's sister and Tommy's sometime girlfriend. They escape after being released by an unseen presence, and Stella takes Sarah's book. When they discover that Tommy has vandalized Ramón's vehicle by cracking the windshield and scrawling a racial slur, Ramón accepts Stella's offer to shelter at her house in secret. While eating candy in her bedroom, Stella discovers that a new story, entitled "Harold," is being written in Sarah's book; the main character is Tommy. In reality, an inebriated Tommy is stalked by a sentient scarecrow - the "Harold" of the title. After the creature stabs him with a pitchfork, Tommy vomits hay and violently transforms. The following day, Tommy is reported missing. Unsettled, Stella and Ramón investigate and find a scarecrow wearing Tommy's clothes. Though Stella is convinced that Tommy has been turned into a scarecrow, the others are skeptical. Ramón is also hesitant to go to the police, as he fears they will suspect him due to his race and his previous altercation with Tommy.


Michael Garza
Ramón Morales
Gabriel Rush
Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Zajur
Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn
Ruth Steinberg
Austin Abrams
Tommy Milner
Dean Norris
Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows
Chief Turner
Lorraine Toussaint
Lou Lou
Zoe Margaret Colletti
Stella Nicholls (as Zoe Colletti)
Deborah Pollitt
Mrs. Steinberg
Marie Ward
Mrs. Hilderbrandt
Victoria Fodor
Mrs. Milner
Javier Botet
Big Toe Corpse
Kyle Labine
Deputy Hobbs
Kathleen Pollard
Sarah Bellows
Karen Glave
Claire Baptiste
Troy James
Jangly Man
Mark Steger
Harold the Scarecrow / Pale Lady
Ajanae Stephenson
Lou Lou (8 yrs)
Matt Smith
Mr. Steinberg
Will Carr
Ephraim Bellows
Jane Moffat
Delanie Bellows
Hume Baugh
Deodat Bellows
Amanda Smith
Gertrude Bellows
Andrew Jackson
Jangly Man (voice)
Brandon Knox
Harold Bellows
Elias Edraki
Dr. Ephraim Bellows (voice)
Will Corno
David Tompa
Stephanie Belding
Reception Nurse
Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll
Drive-in Manager
Alex Spencer
Orderly #1
Daniel Gravelle
Letterman #1
Colton Gobbo
Letterman #2


The film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was scheduled to be released on August 9, 2019 (United States), on August 23, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on October 31, 2019 (Germany) by Lionsgate, Lions Gate Entertainment, CBS Films, 20th Century Fox, ACME, Bontonfilm, CJ CGV Viet Nam, Diamond Films, Eagle Films, Entertainment One, Feelgood Entertainment, Kino Swiat, MM2 Entertainment, Metropolitan Filmexport, Multi Media Distribution, Notorious Pictures, Paradise, Pioneer Films, Shaw Organisation, The Klockworx, United King Films, Universal Pictures International (UPI), WW Entertainment, Batrax Entertainment, Film & TV House, Filmarti, GEM Entertainment, NOS Audiovisuais and Sierra / Affinity.

The duration of the film is 108 minutes. With a budget of $25 - 28 million, the film grossed over $95.6 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark got high rating from critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Wikipedia: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (film)

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