TerrorScribe’s Horror Beatdown – January 8, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but then it’s been a while since there has been so much awesome news… at least in my opinion. So, let’s get started.

Evil Dead Red Band Trailer

Before this came out last week, I was a bit skeptical about this. Sure, Raimi and Campbell were producing but a horror remake that could go toe to toe with the original or even surpass it is rarer than rocking horse poop. The first trailer looked good but still didn’t dispel that uneasy feeling that I get from most remakes.

Then came this

The fact that I am disgusted and excited by this all at the same time surely means that there’s something deeply wrong with me. But judging from the response around the internet, I’m not alone and I’m in good company. Check it out.

Del Toro’s Dark DC Universe

I was tracking Guillermo Del Toro pretty closely for a while when the Rumor Mill was chockablock with whispers about him trying to get his dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” off the ground. To say I was a little disappointed when the deal fell through we be like saying a rat is a little covered in fur. Since then, he’s been working on the Giant-Robots-Versus-Monsters movie, “Pacific Rim” and while that looks all good and shiny, it still doesn’t fill that space vacated by “Mountains”.

This comes pretty close though.

Fresh in my news feed from the good people at Shock Til You Drop, Del Toro has confirmed that he is working on a Justice League film for Warner Brothers. It’s not your father’s Justice League though. Del Toro’s version will be closer to DC newer title, “Justice League Dark” which features mystical characters from the DC universe. More specifically, he’s mentioned including Swamp Thing, the Demon Etrigan, John Constantine, Deadman, the Spectre and the father/daughter pair of Zatara and Zatanna.

While I’m sure GDT could handle a full on mainstream JLA movie, his sensibilities lay more towards the supernatural. I don’t know if I could be much happier…

“At the Mountains of Madness” Not Dead, Only Dreaming

And then our friends at Shock Til You Drop hit me with even better news. Way back in March of 2011, Lovecraft fans like me had their hopes for a hard-R, big budget, big screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story dashed when Universal decided not to pick up a Del Toro helmed version of the aforementioned “Mountains”. It was particularly cruel because of all the tidbits that had floated around about the production: GDT directing, James Cameron consulting on the 3-D, Tom Cruise (yes, the man is considered a little flakey personally but he can act) in the starring role. However, Universal wasn’t willing to take the chance on it. On top of that, with the release of “Prometheus” (which covered some very similar themes), Del Toro sadly pronounced the project dead.

So, what’s changed?
Del Toro finally saw “Prometheus”.

The long and the short of it is he now thinks there’s enough room in the universe for both films. Here’s to hoping.

Joe Lopez
Dubbed, "TerrorScribe" by a former editor, Joe made the conversion to horror sometime in the mid-2000s. Little did he know he'd favored the genre all of his life. When not struggling with short stories, he provided genre film reviews for local entertainment sites and later genre sites who could suffer his cynical views.

It was that same cynicism - and some might say hubris - that lead him to have a brief flirtation with filmmaking. His first two efforts, "Annotated" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde (Before It's Too Late)" both premiered at a local H.P. Lovecraft film festival. A third short, "Survivor Girl" proved to be his undoing though plans are in the works to revived the cursed project.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX., Joe now resides in a small Texas town. Statistics say more dead bodies turn up in small towns that big cities... though he claims to have NOTHING to do with that.
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