Guillermo Del Toro Inspired Scarecrow Gives Commuters A Shock Ahead of the Release of SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Londoners in Leicester Square were left shocked when a terrifying scarecrow came to life.
Appearing overnight on the lawn in Leicester Square gardens, the monstrous scarecrow with decaying face, sprouting straw and a spear clearly visible through a hole in his stomach, attracted the attention of commuters and tourists.
Those daring to go close enough to inspect the lifeless structure were given the fright of their lives when Harold burst into life. It transpired this was in fact a clever illusion created with the combination of a specially made prop, prosthetics and a very flexible actor.
The scarecrow is an almost exact recreation of the character Harold in the highly anticipated new horror Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a terrifying vision of Oscar-winning producer Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and director Andre Øvredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe).
Harold continued to terrify passers-by in the capital throughout the morning, with some even brave enough to capture a selfie with him.
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ABOUT SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
It’s 1968 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.
CBS Films and eOne Entertainment present in association with Rolling Hills and Starlight a Hivemind/1212 Entertainment/Double Dare You production. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is directed by André Øvredal, from a Screenplay by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman. Screen Story by Guillermo Del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan. Based on the series by Alvin Schwartz. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, p.g.a., Sean Daniel, p.g.a., Jason F. Brown, p.g.a., J. Miles Dale, p.g.a., Elizabeth Grave, p.g.a. Executive Producers are Peter Luo, Joshua Long, Roberto Grande. The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, and Lorraine Toussaint. The Director of Photography is Roman Osin, BSC. Production Design by David Brisbin. Editor is Patrick Larsgaard. Costume Designer is Ruth Myers. Music By Marco Beltrami and Anna Drubich, with Music Supervision by Howard Paar. Casting by Rich Delia, CSA.