Horror Icons Say “Yes!” To Found-Footage29.04.12 # Remake # 2 Comments
He’s not really a man, but nonetheless we’re declaring venerable horror icon Frankenstein’s monster as our man of the day. Not only have two movies starring the big lug been revealed as being part of Universal’s centenary celebrations, but there is also talk of a fresh version of his much-visited tale being delivered, in found-footage format no less. And he’s not the only horror big name apparently headed down the FF route.
Lionsgate is developing a new movie entitled The Reawakening, which reportedly delivers a ‘Frankenstein meets Flatliners’ storyline through the found-footage method which has garnered itself such a lousy rep in recent years.
Attached to direct are four-strong filmmaking collective Radio Silence, who previously handled a segment of found-footage horror anthology V/H/S, along with other directors including Ti West (who Movie Moron‘s very own Dalmatian Jaws very recently caught up with for an interview).
The big screen legend of Frankenstein’s monster was sealed way back in 1931, when James Whale directed Boris Karloff in the role for the famed Universal movie version of Mary Shelley’s tale – meaning it’s only fitting that said movie is amongst the classics being digitally remastered and rereleased on DVD and Blu-Ray to celebrate the studio’s one-hundredth birthday.
Frankenstein is joined in this select roster by its follow-up Bride of Frankenstein and another horror icon, in the shape of Tod Browning’s Dracula. And speaking of horror cinema of yore, it has just been revealed that Carrie is another scary screen property heading down the found-footage route.
That a new version of Carrie is on the way is already known – with Kimberly Peirce at the helm, Chloe Moretz in the title role, and MGM footing the bill (and likely Julianne Moore as Carrie’s crazy mom). But MGM bigwig Roger Birnbaum has now revealed that this fresh adaptation of Stephen King’s novel will incorporate a found-footage element.
Which admittedly will sound like a pretty horrible idea to fans of Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of Carrie. But hey, this is a horror movie after all, so what do they expect? Cups of sick thrown in their faces? It can be arranged…