Before there was Billie Eilish, there was Lana del Ray, and she’s back with a new single for the upcoming horror film ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, directed by André Øvredal, produced by Guillermo del Toro. The movie is based on the books written by Alvin Schwartz, and featuring the creepy art by Stephen Gammell. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman wrote the screenplay based on a story by del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan
For the film, del Ray recorded a cover of Donovan’s 1966 song “Season of the Witch” which is teased in the latest trailer. Like the movie, the full-length song will be released this Friday.
In a statement, del Toro explained:
“I have admired Lana’s music for a while now and felt in my gut that she would run with ‘Season of the Witch’ — that she would use her alchemy to transform it. She is a great artist and has been an amazing partner with us in this adventure. It is an honor for me to have met her.”
‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ is set in 1968, two years after Donovan’s original version was released. You can hear a sampling in the new trailer:
Del Ray is currently gearing up to tour in support of her upcoming ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’ album. “Season of the Witch” isn’t on the album, so it may be released as a stand-alone single or included on a ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ soundtrack album.
Set in the small town of Mill Valley, a group of teenagers come across a book written by a tortured young woman named Sarah Bellows, which draws them to her ancestral home, where they discover the “Scary Stories” she wrote are all too real.
‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ opens this weekend. It is rated PG-13, so like the books, it is okay for younger viewers.
Source: Rolling Stone