Will you see more Saw? Penny has the scoop. Plus a look at some terrifying movie kids.
What’s happening in the world of horror movies this month…
It’s easy to bitch and moan about all the terrible, cynical things going on in horror. But now Christmas is coming, 2015 is on its way and I’m desperately trying to look on the bright side! Hugs for Eli Roth for gifting the world with a “re- staging” of Cabin Fever! Praise be for another Saw movie! Happy new year…
“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre,” announced Saw/ Insidious/ The Conjuring director James Wan back in September 2013. But now Wan, whose upcoming slate includes The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and horror/ comic crossover Malignant Man, has been attached to another Saw movie, hinted at for 2016. Two of the series producers ( Mark Burg and Oren Koules) recently revealed plans to launch a new Saw at Comic- Con 2016 with James Wan and Leigh Whannell back on board. Depressing? Lazy? Cheap? Maybe. Or maybe not. I’m willing to hope for something exciting and inventive and new. Because James Wan is not an idiot. He revitalised the genre with Insidious and tapped into a new audience with The Conjuring – why not make a new Saw movie for a post- torture porn generation? Wes Craven made A Nightmare On Elm Street – he also made Scream. Why shouldn’t Wan be progressive and self- reflective in the same way? Go- Wan, give it a chance…
Spare a thought for Saw II, III and IV director Darren Lynn Bousman who’s cracking along with his next film Abattoir – a haunted house movie starring Lin Shaye and a bunch of E- listers centring on a house “built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred”. Pretty ground breaking. Christmas spirit, whatever, I have no qualms in assuming this’ll be guff.
What else is new? Not the script for Eli Roth’s new project, certainly, a re- staging of Cabin Fever that he’s producing with director Travis Zariwny at the helm. “I almost see this like re- staging a play,” said horror’s answer to Shakespeare. “I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it.” This isn’t the first remake that’s stuck slavishly to the original. Michael Haneke’s US remake of his own Austrian film Funny Games was virtually identical, save for the casting, which turned out to be what broke it. It was impossible to believe Naomi Watts and Tim Roth couldn’t have totally had Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet in a fight – golf club or otherwise. Then there was Gus Van Sant’s “experimental” remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho, which no one really saw the point of – when it’s Hitchcock it probably doesn’t need an update starring Anne Heche. I really like Cabin Fever, but does it warrant a re- do? It’s in colour, it’s in English and it’s not even particularly old so I just can’t see the point. Up side? Maybe it’ll keep Roth busy enough to stop him making another Hostel film.
Hail to the king
Not-A- Sequel- Or- A- RemakeArama! Evil Dead godhead Sam Raimi and his Evil Dead remake disciple Fede Alvarez are teaming up for an original horror/ thriller which sounds interesting. A Man In The Dark, which Alvarez wrote with his Evil Dead remake collaborator Rodo Sayagues,
follows three teens who break into the house of someone they think is a rich, helpless blind man but who turns out to be a full on card- carrying nutter. A home invasion horror in reverse, this is promising. The Evil Dead redux wasn’t a masterpiece but it was at least good looking and highly committed – grown up and harsh and in no way playing to a mass audience. With the success of
The Guest ( out 29 December on DVD) it feels like the right time to reinvent this subgenre so I’m on board. No cast announced as yet – an extra star if they cast Bruce Campbell as a blind stealth ninja…
Review of the year
2014 is coming to a close: it’s been a good year for horror. For every Annabelle there was The Babadook. For every A Haunted House 2 there was What
We Do In The Shadows. 2014 was the year which brought us indie gems Cheap Thrills and Blue Ruin. It was the year where Cold In
July and The Guest proved there’s mileage in stylish ’ 80s- style horror action thrillers and Willow Creak and The Borderlands proved found footage can still be scary. This was the year where The Devil’s
Due gave us a viral far better than the movie, where I, Frankenstein graciously disappeared without trace and Paranormal Activity 5 didn’t even get released. It was the year where We Are What We
Are won back respect for the remake and where Wake In Fright got its first proper UK release. In 2014 female psychological horror was queen – Under The Skin shocked and seduced,
Magic Magic intoxicated and repelled, while Oculus gave us two stories in one. Horns showed us Radders can rock a US accent,
The Purge: Anarchy showed us that the prolific Jason Blum isn’t slowing down any time soon, and Hollywood blockbusters proved that horror directors are the very best in the world as James Gunn ruled the universe with Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Scott Derrickson was snapped up for Doctor Strange. Need more proof ? Check out the new
Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer – it couldn’t be more horror if it tried. It’s the best time to be a horror fan. Bring on 2015…
Dreadful th ing to do
The winter is drawing in. Everything’s dark and cold. When better to get your gothic on? Head to BBC iPlayer for their Gothic Literature Collection – it’s a series of documentaries about classic horror stories and how they came about, including Bram S toker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Doctor Jekyll And Mister Hyde. Perfect
pre- Christmas viewing. www. bbc. co. uk/ iplayer/ group/
Cold In July: horror hasn’t finished with the ’ 80s yet.
Do you believe in Magic Magic?
Macon Blair was looking for revenge in Blue Ruin.