Part 2 of our look ahead at some of the horror highlights of 2014.
A sad and now seemingly inevitable trend in the genre is the dreaded remake (or reboot/reimagining/direct modern sequel to the classic original). For every half decent one The Evil Dead (2013), My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), there are a fistful of dire, crude cash-in attempts Black Christmas (2006), Prom Night (2008), The Wicker Man (2006), The Fog (2005)…and so on. So will 2014 be any better?
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The orginal was reportedly inspired by the true life killings in 1946 by a killer dubbed the Phantom Killer in Texarkana, Arkansas and is probably best described as a proto slasher film. This remake is the brainchild of Glee and American Horror Story maestro Ryan Murphy so should contain truly horrific sequences that will make audiences want to tear their eyeballs out of their heads. And some of it will be inspired by American Horror Story too.
Okay. This one has us worried. The original is a classic 80s horror film that brought terror to the suburbs. The practical effects of the original hold up and have a really creepy vibe to them. Will throwing high end effects at this one help or hinder?
But there are reasons to be hopeful. This remake is helmed by Monster House director Gil Kenan. Monster House itself felt like a modern take on the 80s style of family horror. Sam Raimi is producing, as he did with The Evil Dead remake, so it has a chance. But the real reason I am going to be in line to see this is Sam Rockwell.
Leprechaun : Origins
Controversial. Bear with me on this. This is a reboot of the popular yet still terrible franchise starring Warwick Davis. While this remake couldn’t possibly reach the cinematic highs of Leprechaun 4 In Space, or Leprechaun 5 In The Hood, there is a possibility that it could be this year’s Curse Of Chucky and surprise everyone. Let’s face it the bar ain’t that high.
Also it stars WWE wrestler Hornswoggle, so it is already a 6 out of 10 for me.
Day Of The Dead
This has already been kinda /sorta been remade in 2008 by Halloween (H20) and Friday The 13th (Parts 2 & 3) veteran director Steve Miner and it is fair to say it isn’t something many people will be talking about when looking over his career.
This remake promises to be faithful to Romero’s vision and fill the audiences desperate need for a zombie that doesn’t leg it all the time! Slow moving zombies from the Producers of Texas Chainsaw 3D…
This has been knocking around in remake Development Hell for years with Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) attached to direct among many others. The news came in October via Clive Barker’s Facebook account that he had pitched the idea to Bob Weinstein of remaking the classic film himself.
“What can I tell you about it? Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley,and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. “ – Clive Barker
So original writer/director on board with original Pinhead. Is that a good thing? Hellraiser is a masterpiece of visceral horror, is there anything more Barker can add to that? We’ll see.
And just announced today Rosemary’s Baby starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians Of The Galaxy). She’s been blue, she’s been green and now will she be embracing the Mia Farrow short back and sides?