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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark takes some of the classic urban legends from the original trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones and combines them into one cohesive narrative.
There are a few obvious references to monsters adapted from the original series, like Harold the Scarecrow, The Pale Lady from The Dream and Me Tie Doughty Walker. But what about some of the more covert references? In this video I'll be going over Everything You Might Have Missed from the books, as well as my idea on how a sequel was promised from the very beginning as well as other clever foreshadowings you might have overlooked in the film.
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--About Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark--
It’s 1968 in America. 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.
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These videos point out some of the little details you may have missed in your favorite psychological horror franchises, analyse their meaning and why they are important or noteworthy in that work. Typically, I'll cover Things You Missed in horror movies, and Things You Missed in horror trailers.
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If you want to hear about how every story from the original trilogy of Scary Stories books was used in the movie, then stick around to the end of this video. It is the Fall of 1968 in a small town called Mill Valley, Pennsylvania and Halloween is being celebrated in full force. One thing I noticed was a poster for The Halloween Horror Double Bill, which presumably was a reference to the double feature taking place at the drive in, where we would later see the characters watch Night of the Living Dead. But the double bill might also be self-referential, because at the end of the movie we learn that the ending is left open for a possible sequel. That’s not the only bit of foreshadowing early on. One of the main characters, Chuck, wants to be Spiderman for Halloween, but his mom ends up making him a literal spider costume. His sister, Ruth, bickers with him because she sees him as a pest, pun intended -- the first example of her distaste for arachnids. Shortly after, when they go to check out the haunted house, we see that the place is crawling with spiders -- and at the end of that sequence, Tommy pushes Ruth into the locked room, where she gets spider webs caught in her hair, which is likely where she first receives the bite that becomes infected with spider eggs, known as The Red Spot. But I’ll discuss that further when we get to it. First, let’s talk about the first supernatural sight, the old lady with the black doberman seen by Chuck in the haunted house. This is likely part of the corrupt Bellows family that we learn more about throughout the movie, but the imagery of a black dog is one that comes up a couple times in Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of books, most notably the appropriately titled story: The Black Dog, from the third book. In that story, a man named Peter Rothberg lives alone in an old house. Every night at 11PM, a mysterious black dog appears and runs down his stairs. He tries night after night to catch it, but it's unsuccessful, until one day his neighbor sets up downstairs with a pistol. The dog disappears, never to be seen again, but he can still hear the dog running on most nights. Like the dog in the story, this is the only time Chuck gets a look at the dog, and naturally, his friends don’t believe him at first. Stella and Ramón happen across the room that Sarah Bellows was locked away in, and it is there that they discover two items, the music box and Sarah’s book of scary stories. When they find the book, there are a number of stories already written inside, and they correspond to actual stories in from the books that the movie is sourced from. The ones I noticed included: May I Carry Your Basket, a story about a man who offers to help an old woman out in the cold one night with her basket, only to discover that the basket contains her head, which attacks him; Somebody Fell From Aloft, the story of a mysterious corpse that falls onto a ship at sea; The Ghost With The Bloody Fingers, the story of a bloody hand that haunts hotel guests; The Hook, the story of an escaped convict with a hook for a hand, Strangers, a story about a man who meets a woman reading ghost stories on the train who proclaims he doesn’t believe in ghosts only to see the woman vanish before him; The Attic, about a guy who steps on a nail in the attic; Cat’s Paw, about a man who shoots the cat who is continually shooting meat from his smokehouse, only to discover that it was actually a shapeshifting witch who was also (plot twist) his neighbor’s wife; and Wendigo, the story of a hunter who goes out on a trip with a Native American guide named DeFago, a name I’m sure never got him made fun of at all during middle school, who essentially gets dragged away by this Algonquian mythological creature known as the Wendigo. Then there’s a blank page, and on the page after that Stella sees the beginnings of another story, Harold. She smears the red ink with her finger, as if to suggest that the words had just been written and the ink, or as we later find blood, was freshly. In the movie, the jock character Tommy lives on a farm with his mother, and he and his friends continually abuse this scarecrow, Harold, by throwing bottles and hitting it with a bat, until one night Harold comes to life and stabs Tommy with a pitchfork, causing him to turn into an ugly scarecrow. The involvement of the character Tommy is kind of hidden in plain sight in the movie, because the story in the book centers around two farmers, one of which is named Thomas. In the book, they create Harold resemble a farmer they don’t like and similarly abuse the scarecrow, but instead of turning Thomas into a scarecrow, Harold skins him and sets the skin out to dry in the sun. The next story to play out in the movie is the Big Toe. Unlike Harold, the name of the character in the Big Toe is never stated, but in the movie, the name August corresponds with one of Stella’s two best friends, Augie. In the book, the boy friends the toe out in the garden, and so his mom puts it into her soup, which is ridiculous, so in the movie, he just finds the stew which appears in the fridge and contains the toe and various other body parts. The next story is The Red Spot, which is another one where the name of the character, Ruth, nicely corresponds with the name of the character from the original story. In the book, Ruth’s boil bursts to release the spiders who had nested in her face while she’s in the bath, but in the movie, she rushes into the school bathroom before her production of Bye Bye Birdie -- which was likely chosen because it’s about a rockstar named Conrad Birdie who is to perform one last hit before being drafted into the army, much like how the character Ramón’s final act is helping rescue Stella before he is taken overseas by the draft. The kids try rush to save Ruth from popping open the red spot, but accidentally run into the wrong bathroom, where there are these four girls are just standing in the dark… wait, what was going on in that first bathroom? But anyway, after that, they go to visit Lou Lou Baptiste, who has a matching music box to the one we previously saw in Sarah Bellows’s room, but this time we get to hear it play, and the tune is a song known as “The Hearse Song.” You see, the Scary Stories books are not only filled with Scary Stories, but also games / pranks to play at Halloween parties or songs complete with lyrics and sheet music. I’m not a musician but I was able to recognize the melody from the only lyrics that Lou Lou mentions about the worms crawling and the fact that there’s an audiobook version, where some old guy sings the song. Roll it. “Don’t you ever laugh, as the hearse goes by. For you may be the next to die. They wrap you up in a big white sheet. From your head down to your feet.” Oh no… this song is so scary… But it’s around this time that Chuck starts to mention that he’s been having this recurring dream, which eventually leads to his own scary story encounter, where this creature known as The Pale Lady corners him from every direction, and eventually catches him and absorbs him. The book version is similar but with different circumstances. An artist named Lucy Morgan decides to go out of town to do some painting, but her destination changes after a pale lady in a dream tells her that this is an evil place. She ends up going to a town called Dorset, and when she goes to look at her room, it is the same as the location from her dream, just like how Chuck’s dream had described the Red Room, which is the room in the hospital that the kids are looking for. Lucy ends up fleeing the town after seeing The Pale Lady from her dream, but Chuck isn’t so lucky. The next one is one that I really did not expect to see in the movie adaptation, Me Tie Doughty Walker -- a story from the original Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Book. The film version has our characters locked in a jail cell where this creature called The Gangly Man assembles itself after the dog at the police station watches its body parts fall down the chimney, and it goes after Ramón. The book kind of establishes the legend that Ramón and Stella encounter. It tells of a man who offers $200 to anyone who stays in this haunted house overnight. A boy decides to try it and goes there with his dog. He goes there and hears someone in the distance singing the lyrics: “Me tie doughty walker.” And then his dog responds by signing “Lynchee kinchy colly molly dingo dingo.” If you listen to the dog’s grunting in the film, it actually sounds like he is grunting these lyrics. The singing gets closer until the head falls down the chimney, and in the book, that’s where it ends, but the movie really takes it a step further by having it be the head of a creature that continues to come after Ramón. That would seemingly be the last one, but we eventually come to find out that this entire thing was part of one big scary story, and that is The Haunted House. Here’s the low-down on The Haunted House. It’s the 10th story in book number one, and it follows a preacher who goes to investigate a house said to have been haunted for the last 10 years. The ghost of a woman appears and tells the preacher the story of how her husband killed her for her money and buried her in the cellar. She instructs the man to give her a proper burial, and put her finger in the collection plate at church, where it will stick to the man who is guilty. After he’s done this, she’ll tell him where the money is hidden, and it’s his to keep. This may not sound like anything from the movie, until you consider the fact that this is essentially the WHOLE movie. These kids wander into a haunted house and come across the book from Sarah Bellows. Little by little, they learn more and more about her family abused her and killed her for trying to expose the truth, about how her family’s paper mill poisoned the water supply and got some kids killed. She’s bringing her killers to justice just as the woman’s ghost in the haunted house story...