A horror film that is child-friendly

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark may sound frightening, but film producer Guillermo del Toro says it is more of a "milk and cookies" horror tale

Produced by Guillermo del Toro (above), Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark stars Austin Zajur (top).
Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark stars Austin Zajur (above).PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (above), Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark stars Austin Zajur (top).
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (above), Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark stars Austin Zajur.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

He is known for the chilling Gothic fantasies Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape Of Water (2017), but in person, Oscar-winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro is like an affable teddy bear and as unscary as they come.

With Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, however, the Mexican film-maker has made a horror movie that might be his most child-friendly - and the closest to his real-life personality - yet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline 'A horror film that is child-friendly'. Subscribe