'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Post-Credits Scenes: Spoiler-Free Guide
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the live-action adaption of the classic collection of horror stories for kids produced by Guillermo del Toro, scares its way into theaters this weekend, and for anyone wondering whether or not this fright-filled thriller has any post-credits scenes to wait for, we have a spoiler-free guide to help.
With a whopping total of 82 short stories between the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981), More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984), and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones (1991) all written by author Alvin Schwartz, this budding horror cinematic universe has more than enough source material to keep things going for a few sequels. So it stands to reason that some kind of mid- or post-credits scene is a possibility, especially once you get to the end of the story and realize how things could lead in an exciting new direction.
So are there any scenes to wait for?
Here’s the short answer: No.
The central narrative of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark places a group of friends in a small Pennsylvania town in 1968. Nixon is the U.S. president. War in Vietnam is raging. And this town has some very dark secrets. On Halloween, a group of friends explore a supposedly haunted house in town, talking of the urban legends related to the daughter of the family who was imprisoned in the basement by her wealthy family.
When they find the girl’s personal book written in blood, they discover that it has the power to transform horrifying stories into reality. So what unfolds is a startling race against the clock that feels kind of like Jumanji, The Mummy, Final Destination, and Goosebumps. Specific short stories from the anthologies are adapted into film.
The way this plot gets resolved is surprising and interesting so we won’t spoil the ending here, but it unfolds in a way that if there were a post-credits scene, it would feel like a pleasant — and totally acceptable — surprise. Sadly, as soon as the stylized mid-credits start, that’s the end of the movie.
There’s no reason for anyone to stick around in their seat to the end of the credits unless they want to support the many hardworking individuals that made this frightening adventure.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be released in theaters August 9, 2019.