This New Horror Movie Is Based On An Iconic Book Series That Was Banned In The US

So many monsters omg.

If you love horror then get excited, because 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' is being released in Malaysia on 19 September!

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Set in 1968, the film follows a group of teenagers who discover a secret room and a book of scary stories in the long-abandoned Bellows family home.

They soon learn that the book writes its own stories, foreshadowing the gruesome deaths of each of the kids in terrifying detail.

Watch the trailer for a peek at the monsters who were summoned:

'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' has been one of the most highly anticipated horror films. Here's why:

1. The film is based on an iconic book series that was banned in US libraries when children began to experience trauma after reading it

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First published in 1981, Scary Stories was sold as a children's book. Packed with horror, ghouls, and ghastly figures, kids were left traumatised and parents began lodging countless complaints.

The book was banned from all US libraries but sold a record 7 million sales all over the world.

2. Academy Award-winning producer and director Guillermo del Toro, known for all things horror and strange, is behind this movie adaptation

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The mastermind behind pop culture hits including 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'The Shape of Water', del Toro possesses an intense love for creepy scares that lurk in the dark. So you know you're in for a treat with 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'!

3. The film opened strong with a US$30 million opening worldwide

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The film celebrated a better box office opening than 'The Conjuring' in Taiwan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

4. The original artwork from the books are brought to life on screen, and they look creepy AF!

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Famously illustrated by Stephen Gammell, the book art is more than enough to keep you awake at night. But with the film adaptation staying true to Gammell's creepy vision, you're sure to never sleep again.

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5. There are multiple monsters so you'll never know what horror lies in wait

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Rather than focus on one evil creature, the film spreads its narrative across multiple horrifying monsters. From the Pale Lady and Harold the scarecrow, to the eyeless ghost in the haunted house, you'll be on the edge of your seat at all times.

6. The Jangly Man is a new character and he's beyond disturbing

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While the film features monsters from the book series, it also introduces an original creation: The Jangly Man. More than just a decomposing corpse, this demon stitches himself together to take on a twisted final form that will definitely fuel your nightmares.

7. Rotten Tomatoes rated it as one of “the most anticipated horror film in 2019”

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'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' has a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing. Nerdist describes the movie as "impressively gruesome and thematically rich," meanwhile Chicago Reader wrote, "if there ever was a case of a film adaptation improving on the original source material, this is it."

8. And it's not just critics who love it, horror fans are praising the dark and twisted tale

9. Creepy fan art has been filling our timelines and we can't get enough of it!

Ready to face the horror? 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' hits cinemas nationwide on 19 September!

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