Banned Book Goes Viral

Scary Stories Gets Frightful Warm Welcome Kuala Lumpur, August 14Based on the most iconic banned book series – Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, the hit movie recorded a strong start with a $20.8 million opening at the United States box office in its debut over the weekend. Listed by the online American film critique – Rotten Tomatoes as one of the most anticipated horror film in 2019, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is the latest horror hit in the world. The movie earned $21 million in US over the weekend, right behind Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw which continued to dominate the box office with $25 million in its second weekend. It is unsure if Fast & Furious would be able to top the box office entering its third week with daunting challenges posed by Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Featuring more than just spooky horror stories, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is best known for its creepy and gruesome illustrations that for a lot of kids, marks their first foray into horror. Children of all grades over the world were so frightened by the stories that it was condemned by parents and teachers nationwide. As the complaints grew like a snowball, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark reached the height of its popularity in the early 90s. As the book was banned by The American Library Association (ALA), it made its way to number one on the list of “Most Challenged Books” from 1990-1999 and the seventh most challenged from 2000-2009. As of 2017, the books had collectively sold more than seven million copies. However, the book never seemed to reach the shelf of any library in the world. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is adapted into a movie this year while its controversy seems to expand simultaneously. Just over a few weeks ago, the film courted controversy in Malaysia following the disproval (haram) of The Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) on its first batch of teaser poster. The promotion material, however, has then been approved after an appeal made by the distributor. It is understood that Taiwan has also imposed similar restrictions and limitations towards the movie’s point of sale earlier on. As the news spread, local horror film fans are getting more and more excited towards the film. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is produced by acclaimed filmmaker – Guillermo del Toro who is best known for his Oscar award winning film – Shape of Water while its director – André Øvredal, who also directed The Autopsy of Jane Doe, has also drawn the attention of movie-lovers after being appointed to direct Stephen King’s adaptation – The Long Walk. Distributed by mm2 Entertainment Malaysia, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is set to debut in Malaysia on 19 September! The official trailer released by local cinemas some weeks ago was well received by the local audience with 600k views accumulated as well as over ten thousand shares thus far. For more information, visit mm2 Malaysia’s official Facebook page at 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 home. “You don’t read the book. The book reads you.” These terrifying tales play on the deepest, darkest fears of those who read them…]]>