Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is on the way and one of the most terrifying of the monsters we’ve seen so far is the Pale Lady. We first got a glimpse of her back in February during the Super Bowl spots that later made it into the official trailer.
EW shows off a new still of the spooky figure along with comments from producer Guillermo del Toro. The new image is bathed in red and creepy as hell, showing the terrifying, misshapen lady creeping up behind a scared-looking Chuck (Austin Zajur).
Del Toro spoke about the effort that went into bringing the original concept artwork to life:
“[Stephen] Gammell draws these very ephemeral images, and we tried to translate them into 3D. I actually recruited the best sculptors I know, who are Mike Hill and Norman Cabrera, and went to one of the best physical-effects makeup companies, Spectral Motion, and from there we went and really honoured the Gammell drawings. We did several of the characters in the book. In each instance we would say, ‘Does it look and feel like the character on the page?’”
He added: “Once you see them in movement in the film, they come across exactly as close as you can get to a Gammell drawing come alive.”
Directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), the upcoming film is an adaptation of the spooky book series of the 80s and 90s. Del Toro has written the script, along with Daniel & Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie).
The film will be set in 1968 America, where:
“Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.”
As well as Zajur, Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Kathleen Pollard, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint and Natalie Ganzhorn will star.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is set to release on the 9th of August.