Go Behind the Scenes of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark's Practical Effects in Extended Featurette

Have a look at all the hard work that went into bringing Stephen Gammell’s terrifying illustrations to the big screen.

By Chris Morse

An extended featurette has been released for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, taking fans behind the scenes of the creation of the film’s terrifying monsters, which are based on the original book illustrations from Stephen Gammell. The video was premiered by INSIDER and shows off nearly 8 minutes of footage from the set and costume creation process, which relied heavily on practical effects as opposed to digital artistry and CGI, a welcome departure from many modern productions.

The effort has certainly paid off with the film pulling in an impressive $20.8 million for its opening weekend, making it the best horror film opening of the summer as it beat out Annabelle Comes Home, the Child’s Play remake, and Ma. Nostalgia for childhood scares was no doubt a recipe for success. Regardless, the above featurette is a fun watch so be sure to check it out if you are interested in seeing how a little movie magic translates into great monster design.

This film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.

The cast includes Zoe Colletti (Annie), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), Austin Abrams (Paper Towns), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), Natalie Ganzhorn (Make It Pop), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange is the New Black).

André Øvredal directs the movie, which is based on a script by Guillermo del Toro along with Daniel Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan. The film is in theaters now.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo