The Future of Horror – Guillermo Del Toro

We’d like to introduce Elliot Garlick as the latest member of the Popcorn Horror team. Elliot will be writing features and articles for Popcorn Horror. You can check out his first piece below.

Listen up folks, it’s January and that means one thing; you’ve probably spent this month knee deepin ‘Best of 2014’ lists. Thank you very much Buzzfeed, we’re bored out of our fucking minds. Books, TV shows, Celebrity fights, Films-absolutely everything is fair game and there is one list above all that will incur my violent, Voorhees-esq rage.

Best horror movies.

I mean let’s be perfectly honest, we’re lucky if we get one good mainstream release every year. ‘The Babadook’ was the film storming cinemas in 2014 and it’s really difficult to make a list with just one movie. As a result, we get tons of content-aggregating journalists telling us how great ‘The Purge 2’ is and that it truly horrific.

However things are starting to look up, starting with the announcement that Guillermo Del Toro is taking the helm of the next ‘Frankenstein’ reboot. We are excited.


But hold up a minute; we’ve just survived ‘The Year of the Terrible Action-Horror’. Both ‘I,Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula: Untold’ stole our money at the box office (none-refundable MY ARSE) and if Del Toro takes over, a man who’s recent achievements include ‘Pacific Rim’ and the Hellboy franchise, won’t it just be more of the same?

Possibly not. After all, Del Toro said that, if offered the project he would take three years to write the script in full. The guy is a self-confessed FrankenFreak saying that he has a ‘Fetish to a degree that is unhealthy’ and ‘whenever I get to it, it will be the right way’. If there is one thing that I know about horror fans it is that we are INSANELY protective of our favourite franchises, so who better to direct than a man who loves a corpse so much that necrophiliacs think it’s creepy?

The internet rumour mill has already been working overtime on this as-yet-unconfirmed production, and it’s been hinted by Universal that, if Del Toro’s take on the monster is a success then it might herald a complete regeneration project for Universal Monsters within a single film universe. Holy shit.

In a recent interview, the man himself stated:

“I would love to. I mean, look, I would love to do Frankenstein and Bride, or Frankenstein for sure, but it really, Frankenstein has been…I’ve been really afraid. Donna has approached me a few times to start it now and I’m always like, you know, it’s like the dream project so I’m a little chicken shit, you know? When I do it, I need to do it. Like, if I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I’m going to a sabbatical of three years, just to write that. It’s not something that’s gonna just flow, like second nature. It’s my favorite book in history.”

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So the sad news is we might not be seeing our favourite living corpse on the big screen anytime soon. But, on the other hand, Del Toro’s newest film, Crimson Peak, is set for an October release starring Mia Wasikowska (from Park Chan Wook’s largely forgettable ‘Stoker’, Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and the excellent ‘Tracks) and Tom Hiddleston (thus guaranteeing a slew of erhmagerd-ing teens).

Whatever the case, Guillermo has shown that he is most definitely alive and kicking, and hopefully soon going to shock life back into the Horror Genre.


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