One of the films I can’t help but look forward to is screenwriter Gary Dauberman’s (The Nun, IT) adaptation of the Snick’s kid horror anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
And if you’re as excited as I am, then today you’ll get a kick out of knowing Dauberman plans to keep the film as scary as possible.
Dauberman recently spoke with /Film about the movie and said, “That show is so important to me. I didn’t want to age it down too much because for it’s time, it had some really disturbing episodes and some really dark episodes. Not every story the Midnight Society told ended with happily ever after or a person learning their lesson and it will never happen again. I really embraced that side of things and I think it’s been a long time. I think fear is healthy for kids. I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark. I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message. I think it’s got a great heart to it but it is still scary. I think that’s great. I think it’s going to open it up to a wider audience.”
He continued on to say, “It is a completely original story I came up with, but it still has the Midnight Society and it still has the campfire. It’s still a story being told.”
And finally, “I have an eight-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter. It’s interesting watching them develop that sense of is it too scary for me or is it not? That’s a lesson that we need to apply to the real world. If kids can’t learn that in the safety of their own homes trying to push the boundaries of what’s scary, what isn’t, what’s safe, what isn’t, then it’s a lot more difficult out there in the real world. I think there are those lessons that are taught by horror movies. I think we got a lot more of that when I was growing up. Somewhere along the lines, it started to become a little too sanitized.”
The adaptation has locked down a release date of October 11, 2019.