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'The BFG' teaser trailer plays out like a horror classic

Disney is mining the dark side in a different way with a trailer for 2016's live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book "The BFG."

Sophie from "The BFG"
Sophie is about to meet a giant.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The witching hour is upon us. It's dark. We're the only ones awake late at night. There's something moving in the shadows outside. Quick...hide under the covers! This is how you may feel when you watch the first teaser trailer for "The BFG," a Disney and Steven Spielberg adaptation of Roald Dahl's famous 1982 children's book.

Book spoilers: "BFG" stands for "Big Friendly Giant." It follows the story of a young girl named Sophie who lives in an orphanage. She befriends the BFG, but complications crop up when other, not-so-nice giants enter the picture.

Yes, it's a children's book, but "The BFG" also carries dark undertones involving flesh-eating hulks with names like "The Bloodbottler" and "The Childchewer."

Judging by the teaser, the movie is ready to embrace the darker aspects of the book.

Some parents may want to screen the trailer before showing it to young, impressionable children. It kicks right off with a mention of the boogeyman and the whole teaser plays out like an opening to a Guillermo del Toro horror film.

Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) whispers, "Never get out of bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain." Naturally, she violates all of these rules. The trailer gives us just the barest glimpse of the BFG's face as played by British stage actor Mark Rylance.

The teaser arrived on YouTube on December 9 and has attracted nearly 1.9 million views, so there's definitely some public interest building for the film. An animated television adaptation came out in 1989, but this will be the first live-action feature film to tell Sophie's story. The movie is due out in theaters on July 1, 2016.