Well, the Super Bowl finally arrived, and I was not disappointed.
Oh, the game itself was a mess. Tom Brady and the Patriots beat the LA Rams 13-3 to win their sixth Super Bowl, Adam Levine took his shirt off during the Halftime Show, Big Boi was on that Kryptonite, blah blah blah.
The REAL story of the Super Bowl, for me, was those damn Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark teasers.
Now I’ll admit when I first heard that they were filming a SSTTITT movie (produced by Guillermo del Toro, the guy who brought us a movie about a mute chick who makes love to a sea monster), I was, um, pretty skeptical.
SSTTITT was one of my favorite books as a kid, and the last thing I wanted was to see it get ruined on the big screen.
But then last night I saw the teasers.
And they were pretty good.
Readers of literature are often wary of when books/novels are made into movies, and understandably so.
“It wasn’t at all how I imagined it!”
“Why did they have to change the ending?”
“There wasn’t any sex in it!”
You get the idea.
It’s still a concern for me, because a large reason for SSTTITT being so memorable was Stephen Gammell’s absolutely horrifying illustrations.
How in the world would anyone be able to truly replicate that, aside from just making the movie animated (a Gammell-illustrated animated film? Now THAT would be some leaded nightmare fuel!)
But from the look of the teasers, SSTTITT appears to have successfully brought the skin-crawling, keep-your-night-light-on spookiness of the original books to the screen.
The teasers referencing “The Big Toe” and “The Red Spot” were pretty sweet, but the one that really put me in a cold sweat was the preview of the Pale Lady (the spooky bitch from “The Dream”, if I’m not mistaken).
And they made her look almost the exact same!
How much sleep do you think I got after seeing THAT on TV?
Don’t get me wrong, I still have my doubts. A few good-looking teaser/trailers a movie does not make (first example that comes to mind: Pearl Harbor).
But for now, I can rest easy knowing that SSTTITT is in good hands with del Toro.
Now, if I hear about any girl-on-sea-creature sex scenes, then I’m gonna be pissed.
If I was into that, then I would just look up Hentai (google at your own damn risk!).