Horror is in right now, and not just because Halloween is almost upon us. Over the last 10 years or so, horror films have been increasing production year over year. It isn’t just films either, horror has found a strong new home on TV thanks to mega hits like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. There is yet another trend has been occurring with horror on TV, remakes, prequels, and continuations of classic horror films. Bates Motel acts as a prequel to Psycho, MTV’s Scream is a remake of the classic Wes Craven (RIP) movies, and most exciting of all, this Saturday is the debut of Ash vs Evil Dead, the continuation of the Evil Dead movies. As such, and with Halloween just around the corner, this week’s Top 10 Tuesday focuses on movies that would make great TV shows.
10. I Spit on Your Grave
This 1978 revenge film, which was also remade in 2010, could be an amazingly satisfying guilty pleasure. Unlike the recent series Revenge, I Spit on Your Grave would bring its moments of vengeance to vicious and bloody ends. The original film dealt with a gang rape which motivated the killer in the movie. In our current politically correct climate, rape as a plot device would only encourage the ire of most viewers. Thankfully, rape is not the only crime that could inspire such hostility.
09. Little Shop of Horrors
Frank Oz’s classic musical horror comedy would seem downright unfilmable for TV when it was made. Current TV, however, already has elaborate production values and detailed musical numbers. So this story about a man-eating plant would have room to shine. As a series from Netflix, Amazon, or any other streaming service getting into the game, Little Shop of Horrors could dominate water cooler chatter.
08. Idle Hands
Idle Hands was a great horror comedy starring Devin Sawa, Seth Green, and a pre mind blowingly famous Jessica Alba. The story followed a stoner whose hand is possessed by pure evil. Though a long run could be problematic for such a concept, it could easily sustain 2 cable seasons as a highly entertaining romp. Think Reaper meets Z Nation.
07. Fright Night
This 1985 horror movie already had an inspired 2011 remake, and it is within the structure of this remake that I feel a TV series could really work. If they could bring David Tennant in to reprise his role, all the better. The remake introduced the idea of different vampire races, a concept likely meant to be picked up on in sequels, but a concept that would work equally as well for a TV series about improvised vampire hunters from suburbia.
06. The Lost Boys
Another vampire series? Hell yeah. Just because Twilight butchered the concept, doesn’t mean it isn’t still ripe for storytelling. The Lost Boys came to us in 1987, and presented a group of vampires as something akin to a biker gang, and when reaching deeper into their structure, like an orphanage for lost children turned evil. It made a classic movie, and it could make a great show. On a downer note, after Lost Boys, the movie’s Director, Joel Schumacher, went on to make 2 abominations in Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin.
05. The Purge
I haven’t even watched The Purge, that being said, the concept is exciting. I like to imagine it as a real time anthology series on cable. Think of the real-time structure of 24, but with each season telling a different story. The series could even employ flashbacks to give us differing perspectives on the characters, humanizing the murderers, and showing what drives them to participate in such a horrific event.
Hey, there is a Muppets series on primetime this season. If we can bring back The Muppets, we can sure as hell bring back the 1984 classic, Gremlins. Can you imagine the merchandising potential of a series like this? This would be a killer series on a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon which have both been reaching towards more family friendly programing, in addition to their more mature content. If nothing else, it could help wipe Gremlins 2 out of our memories forever. Would that, alone, not be worth it?
03. The Fly
To clarify, I am talking about David Cronenberg’s 1986 existential remake, and not the 1958 original. The Fly told the story of a scientist who accidentally blends his DNA with that of a house fly. The horrific deconstruction of humanity that followed was graphic, disturbing, and philosophically deep. I would love to see what a capable Showrunner working for a cable channel or streaming service could do with the concept. A deep, disturbing, existential nightmare.
02. An American Werewolf in London
Perhaps the best werewolf movie of all time could give way to the best werewolf TV series of all time. You start off with some traveling American teenagers, you bring in the werewolves, then the mauled ghosts. Dive a little into the culture of the werewolves, maybe a few hunters, there are a lot of options in the rich world created by this 1981 cult classic from John Landis. Also, how cool would it be if they brought in Landis’ talented son Max (Chronicle) as the showrunner? It would also be cool to have big vicious werewolves back after countless cute lupine characters.
01. Monster Squad
This kid friendly horror film from 1987 was a favorite of mine. I practically wore out my VHS copy as a kid. I, like the protagonists of the movie, was obsessed with monsters, so you can imagine how much I grew attached to the movie. Monster Squad could work brilliantly as a show for families or kids. Many of the concepts in the movie are already in play with shows like Penny Dreadful, which unites Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolfman in a dark, adult oriented series. Monster Squad could be the kid friendly equivalent.
What do you think? Do you agree? Do you disagree? What horror movies would you like to see adapted for television? Tell us in our comments, and stay tuned to TVEnthusiast for more coverage of all of your favorite shows. Oh, and, happy Halloween.