Fall’s frights and Halloween’s horrors come early this year thanks to André Øvredal, Guillermo del Toro, and a creative team hell-bent on horrifying hordes of hooligans this summer. Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, based on the iconic horror anthology book series of the same name, is receiving the Hollywood treatment. As it turns out, the teasers we’ve seen have done little to prepare us for the movie’s first full trailer–which we now have.

For a horror movie geared towards teens—it’s rated PG-13—the movie’s first full trailer is full of ghastly images that toe an R-rated line. According to Øvredal in an interview with Polygon, there’s no blood on screen. Instead, the movie focuses being scary, something the trailer does well. Well, maybe scary is hyperbolic, but it is creepy.

The big-screen adaption of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark follows a group of teens who discover a book of scary stories. However, the teens quickly learn the stores are more than fiction when they start to become all too real. The movie then recreates stories from the books as the teens face new dangers.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark creeps into theaters August 9, 2019.

Plot Synopsis:

It’s l968 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.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie poster.