In my recent retrospective of directors who have helmed multiple adaptations of Stephen King stories, I declared Frank Darabont the King (pun intended, obviously)! Not only are The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile both incredibly suspenseful and emotional, The Mist is often included on lists of the best horror movies of the 21st Century so far. The Mist is also a personal favorite of mine, as well, and I find it ironic that, while the film is divisive but harrowing, the TV series created by Christian Torpe was just terrible!
We’ve been giving a lot of coverage to the ongoing lawsuit between original Friday the 13th scribe and director, Victor Miller and Sean Cunningham respectively. It’s been a lengthy and often gut-wrenching drama and, unfortunately, The Mist may be the next horror property trapped in a legal quagmire. It’s all tied to the fall of Weinstein and whether or not rights to The Mist reverted back to Stephen King before or after the company’s collapse.
While Lantern Capital Partners bought up The Weinstein Company’s catalog when it went belly up, The Wall Street Journal has reviewed documents filed by attorneys on behalf of King wherein it’s maintained that the rights to the bestselling author’s novella were not part of the deal:
“In Tuesday’s filing, Mr. King’s attorney said Lantern informed the author in October that it didn’t intend to assume contracts related to the movie versions of The Mist and 1408, based on a short story. But Lantern said at the time that it did intend to hold onto the rights to The Mist, court papers say.”
Here’s hoping for a speedy resolution, and not because I’m in any hurry to see another remake of The Mist (especially after that TV series disaster). I really don’t want Lantern mucking around with it in any way. It feels much safer in King’s own hands and, let’s face it, writers deserve to have control over their works when contracts expire. King’s situation seems to be a byproduct of extremely bad timing.
Synopsis: After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.
Are you a fan of The Mist? What do you think about the lawsuit Stephen King has filed against Lantern Capital Partners? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
We all know that it’s fun to get something in the mail. Maybe it’s even a little more if you don’t really know exactly what you’re getting. For those that love spooky surprises (and miss companies like Nerd Block) there is a great new subscription box company out there for your needs called Creepy Crate. Brought to you by The Line-Up, Creepy Crate ships its boxes every other month and includes a variety of collectibles, from t-shirts and books, to homewares and accessories. Each crate is $29.99, with a $60-plus value, and you can purchase them individually or with a 6 or 12 month subscription.
What really intrigued me about this box was the fact that their items are not only catered to fans of the horror genre, but to true crime fans as well. I’ve been obsessed with true crime for as long as I have been with horror, so this seemed like a match made in heaven. Creepy Crate was kind enough to send me one of their boxes, so let’s open it up and see what’s inside!
First up is a little something from the Upside Down for Stranger Things fans. Here we have your very own official Hawkins Public Library card, and an old school library checkout card that can be used as a neat bookmark. The coolest thing about this, though, is that it introduced me to the fact that there is actually a book about Stranger Things coming out very soon! Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down by Gina McIntyre is “an official behind-the-scenes companion guide” for the first two seasons of the hit Netflix show – and it’s coming out next week on October 30!
Now not only does Creepy Crate give you a bookmark, but this month they also gave you a book to use it in as well. This is a beautiful hardcover copy of Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley. A synopsis from the inside cover: “Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep down from the moors for the winter. Very little changes in the Endlands, but this year, his grandfather – the Gaffer – has died and John’s new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. Each year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper but also through the remembrance of tales and timeless communal rituals, which keep the sheep safe from the Devil. But as the farmers of the Endlands bury the Gaffer and prepare to gather the sheep, they begin to wonder whether they’ve let the Devil in after all.” As a big supporter of all kinds of physical media, I was very happy to receive an actual hard copy rather than a digital download, and I can’t wait to dig into this intriguing story.
The next item is one that is very useful, and also lets you show off your horror love. This is a black tote bag with the all-too-real phrase “My favorite holiday is Halloween” below an image of our favorite holiday slasher Michael Myers. It’s a good image and easily recognizable, and it would have been cool if the font for “Halloween” was the same as the movie. The bag is a good size, more tall than it is wide, but my only gripe with it is that it is made of pretty thin material. I like to use these bags for grocery shopping so I’m not sure I would put anything too heavy in here until it’s tested out. Still, a great item that can be used daily year-round!
I am an obsessive collector of keychains so I was definitely stoked for this next item. This is a hotel keytag for room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, a reference to the Stephen King movie and short story 1408. I absolutely love items like this, and I actually already have two similar keytags on my key ring right now – for the Bates Motel and the Overlook Hotel – so this item is a welcome addition to my collection!
For those cool fall days when you want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or cocoa, you can do so with this great limited edition mug. The image on the off-white cup is of the Death tarot card with the words “warmed over” beneath, a very cute usage of the popular phrase. The mug is of a great, sturdy and thick quality, so it will for sure last a long time and get many uses from me.
Lastly, we have the ever-coveted item from any of these subscription boxes – the t-shirt. I saved looking at this item for last, feeling a little disappointed at the lack of the promised true crime collectibles, and then was very pleasantly surprised to see this! It’s like a logo or staff t-shirt for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Any true crime aficionado will recognize the visage of serial killer H.H. Holmes above a rendering of his infamous murder hotel, where he was operating during this momentous event. This is easily my favorite item from Creepy Crate, and I pray for the day that I wear it and someone else will know the reference!
All in all, I have to give Creepy Crate pretty high marks for its collectibles. And I actually prefer the fact that they only have six boxes a year instead of twelve, as stuff can really pile up if you get them every month. You can also go back and purchase specific items that you might have missed in a previous box. I definitely recommend this box for fans of both horror and true crime. If you like what you saw here today, head over to their website to start your subscription today!
Recently we were hit with the news that MGM is rebooting not one but two of their classic franchises. First, we got word that the studio will be remaking their classic killer doll flick Child’s Play from the producers of IT and the director of Polaroid.
And then shortly after we received the news that the studio will be producing a direct and true sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp at the helm of RoboCop Returns.
This rash of reboots has got us thinking that MGM is looking to reboot themselves from the ground up; and thus we will see more a more of their classic properties remade, sequelized, and reimagined over the course of the next few years. And so we wanted to take a look back at some of MGM (and United Artists) great properties and not only figure out what they will reboot next – but figure out what they should reset next.
Might as well go ahead and put this out there now: I’m saving Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper’s classic Poltergeist because not only has it already been remade/rebooted once, but the pitch we have for that particular project is too good, and it must get an article to itself. That out of the way, let’s get to today’s list.
Director Tony Scott’s feature directing debut The Hunger starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon is the story of a love triangle between a doctor (Sarandon) and a vampire couple (Deneuve and Bowie). Scott’s film was a loose adaptation of the 1981 novel of the same name by Whitley Strieber, with a screenplay by Ivan Davis and Michael Thomas, and we think this film (and its source material) would make for a great new TV series. Vampires for adults, you could say. Sophisticated, erotic vampire-horror is another way you could put it. Think of this reboot as Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive: the TV Series. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a golden piece of prime-time TV to us. Bonus points awarded if the powers that be could snag Sarandon again.
Like many of you out there, I love a good horror anthology. And one of my favorite hidden gems out there is directors Jim and Ken Wheat’s 1989 anthology After Midnight. If you haven’t seen this underrated flick, make sure to slap it up on your must-watch list as soon as possible. While this anthology doesn’t have to be adapted story-by-story, this could be either a Tales from the Crypt/Tales from the Darkside style anthology series with new stories every week or it could go the American Horror Story route, with a new story every season. Either way, After Midnight deserves more love than it gets. Plain and simple. Especially the segment called “A Night on the Town” which is one of my favorite segments in any horror anthology. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it here for you. I’ll say that I could AT LEAST watch a full film based on this segment alone.
This sexy sci-fi flick is a film that I have a lot of love for in my horror heart. Sure it’s a bit silly, but the pedigree of the cast and crew is phenomenal. It features Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, and even a young Michelle Williams, with the whole affair directed by Roger Donaldson (No Way Out). While I wouldn’t expect (most) of those people to return for a reboot of this franchise, I say this would make for a great HBO series – what with all the blood-n-boobs. And if the series could snag Williams as the new adult Sil, that’d be perfection; especially considering she could then play off herself in the flashback sequences. Too cool, right?
This entry is one for the kids. Sure Little Monstersdazzled all of us as little ones, but the movie doesn’t hold up so well these days. Chief reason among many is that the film LOOKS cheap, the cinematography I mean, it looks like a made-for-TV movie of the week. Let’s get a bit more production value in there, but let’s keep the monster designs and the designs of the world under the bed. Let’s have Fred Savage return and play the father this time. And hell, let’s even have his real-life brother Ben Savage return as well for more monster-mashing. Little Monsters would be an utterly delightful reboot, and it quite possibly tops my list of the films I hope MGM reboots the most. What about you? Watch it again and then give me your response.
Disturbing Behavior is a film I have always believed deserved a bit more love. Starring James Marsden, Katie Holmes, and Nick Stahl this 90’s sci-fi horror flick was directed by David Nutter, who was a director and producer of The X-Files as well as a director and co-executive producer of Millennium. The man knows his sci-fi horror, right? The movie is The Stepford Wives for teens, but that’s not a bad thing if you ask me. An MTV series (ala Scream: The TV Series) based on this movie is the best way to go, I think. It could not only be a massive hit with all its sex and violence, but I suspect it might also teach kids a thing or two about blind conformity. Maybe. Possibly. I guess they’ll wait until their friends react that way, or not.
Mr. Brooks is a movie that WAY too many of my non-horror fan friends and family love. They think it is a truly intense and insightful journey into the twisted mind of a serial killer. I don’t agree. That said, the movie does lay the groundwork for a lot of much more interesting situations for Brooks to come up against than just Dane Cook. And Kevin Costner’s Mr. Brooks is made for TV. Meaning he’s a character that you could drop into any given situation and I would be down to see how it all plays out. Plus, more William Hurt as Marshall would always be a welcome thing every week. Think of it as Breaking Bad but without the meth. Keep all the murder, ditch the meth. And Jesse. We don’t need him anymore, bitch.
Stick with me here as this might be the most controversial entry on this list. But I think a TV series based on Stephen King’s Carriewould be the best of the bunch. Think about it, “What if Carrie didn’t kill everyone at the prom that night?” What if she was calmed down by that friendly teacher? What if said teacher – along with maybe Sue Snell – helped Carrie gain a better understanding, and thus a slight bit of control over her powers. Carrie White as a superhero? More or less; probably less is more here, because there have to be more people out there with the power of telekinesis. And who better than a reformed Carrie to bring them down if they ever enter her hometown? I think this could work as an on-going series.
This Stephen King adaptation is yet another film that would again make for a killer horror anthology series. Like HBO and Mark Duplass’ series Room 104 recently taught us, an anthology series set within one hotel can work. You have to collect a roster of talent writer-directors in your arsenal. Plus, this series could work like gangbusters as – due to its supernatural aspects – can take place in any time. Hell, it could even take place in the future. Plus, as the movie laid out, the action doesn’t 100% have to be contained to the one room. It could spill out into the hotel as a whole. And a haunted hotel horror anthology series sounds like just the thing we all need in our lives. That or we could follow the story’s lead character Mike Enslin to different haunted rooms around the world. That could work too.
Personally, the idea of rebooting George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathanis appealing to me in that I crave more underwater horror movies. Whether this ends up as a big-budget R-rated spectacle film like The Megor a TV series, I’m always down for some aquatic terror. Plus a tentpole horror feature following the crew of an underwater geological facility stalked and killed by a hideous mutant creature – with creature effects designed by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Stan Winston (RIP) – sounds like the most fun in the whole world. If MGM owed Sean Cunningham’s Deepstar Six, that would have ended up on this list as well. We don’t have to keep this film’s creature, just the underwater horror aspects if need be. Plus the simple title Leviathanis one that is just too good to pass up. Set it in the near-future where the audience doesn’t know the horrors that may be lurking in the murky depths, and this could be a new classic.
Ask almost any horror fan what their top underappreciated horror films of the past ten years have been, and at least half of them will add Pathologyto their lists. Directed by Marc Schölermann from a script written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) this 2008 film is much better than you’d expect. It features a group of medical students, lead by Milo Ventimiglia at an elite pathology program, where they play a game in which one tries to commit the perfect, undetectable murder, then the others compete to determine the victim’s cause of death. And if THAT doesn’t sound like the plot of a fucking killer TV series, I don’t know what to tell you. This potential series is like CSIor one of those shows, but with a much more twisted cast of characters.
Honorable Mentions: He Knows You’re Alone, The Ice Pirates, The Vagrant, Lord of Illusions, Stigmata.
And there you have it. Those are the MGM/United Artist properties that we think the studio should and or will reboot in the next 2-3 years. What did you think of this article? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!