By Liz Lopez
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is on Digital now and on November 4th, it will now be available on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand from Lionsgate. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is produced by Academy Award® winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Best Director), with screen story by Guillermo Del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, written for the screen by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, and directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter).
The film stars Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie, Wildlife, “Rubicon”), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, “Wayward Pines,” “Timeless”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Claws,” “Scandal”), Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, “Into the Badlands,” “Orange is the New Black”), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, “Wonder Pets!,” “Kidding”), Natalie Ganzhorn (“The Stanley Dynamic,” “Make it Pop”) and Spain’s Javier Botet (REC -all four, Crimsons Peak, Mama, The Conjuring 2, The Mummy, Insidious, Slender Man, Alien: Convenant.)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark includes six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking these classic tales from page to screen.
About: 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. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.
INTERVIEW WITH JAVIER BOTET (Big Toe Corpse in this film)
EL- Have you been to Austin before?
JB – Yes, a long time ago and this last Fantastic Fest I could not attend. I went to Fantastic Fest about 9-10 years ago- REC 2 was released that year. Director Andy Muschietti, who I met at Fantastic Fest, was there with the short, Mama. Later, Guillermo del Toro produced (the feature) and I was in it.
Q – I read that as a child that you drew quite a bit – were your parents an influence, or something else?
JB – As a child, I saw many Sci-Fi films – aliens, monsters, etc. – and it blew my mind – that inspired me to be drawing creatures – used clay too. I was skinny and tall, so then I realized I could play these characters.
Q – Can you elaborate more about using your body in the characters?
JB – I have worked as a professional about 13 years. (He explained he has a medical condition.) Growing up during my life, I got out of the shower, and I took a long time in the mirror – studying my body for fun (to see what he could create by flexing, stretching, etc.). I enjoyed the weird movements. As a child, I didn’t think I would play a monster with my body. It helps me now to have control of my body.
Q- Have you discovered you can do more?
JB – Yes, based in the mirror, in movies, and I search for new things to try. Now it is hard to do because of lack of time. I search videos for dances and more professional things to learn.
Q – From the sound of your voice, it seems you get joy from these performances?
JB – Yes, I am so happy when I see the monsters – I see beauty. It is so hard though, to be in the make – up chair for 5-6 hours. You are already tired by the time you go shoot. It is very hard on the body. It is not especially fun, but other ways it is fun. Taking off the make – up is important. The photography, the lighting/make up before the shoot, all makes everything worth it.
Q – You star in a film titled “Amigo” that was at Fantastic Fest this year. Share something from that film experience.
JB – In the last 6 years I have been working on movies. When there is time, I like to do my own. I wrote the script with my friends. This is a little film I made with friends, as we had no budget for it. It was a nice experience. I will try to do more films, both writing and directing.