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…

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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…

More Saw?!

“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…

Prop­erty: Con­demned

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.

Re­make fever

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.

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