It’s been a long time since the 80s — also known as the Golden Age Of Unsanitized Terrifying Eye-Scarring Movies Aimed At Children. Anyone who wonders why Stranger Things is half-horror hasn’t seen the kind of films kids had to watch back then — Return To Oz, The Secret of NIMH, The Witches, The Gate, you name it. Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark is an attempt by producer Guillermo del Toro to get back to that era.
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Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was sure great. It was one of those rare “kiddie” horror books that didn’t talk down to them or pull back its punches out of fear we couldn’t handle it. What made the book most memorable were the delightfully ghoulish illustrations which made kids feel they were reading something they weren’t supposed to — and depending on what state you lived in, this may well have been the case.