Nearly forty years after Alvin Schwartz’ beloved book of short horror stories titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark terrified a whole generation of curious young readers, Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro helps bring the pages to life on the big screen, in this horror film made for teens.
Based on a true story about a down-on-his-luck Pakistani teenager named Javed living in Great Britain in the 1980s, who is in a social stranglehold by his strict father. Javed’s bleak outlook becomes changed completely after he is introduced to the music of the All-American legend, Bruce Springsteen.
A troubled and frequent runaway boy by the name of Billy Batson encounters an expiring ancient wizard who is the last of his kind. The wizard has personally chosen Billy, a child who is pure of heart, to inherit his superpowers, and to fulfill his destiny as the champion hero known as Shazam!