(Presenting a special guest post by Andy Burns of Biff Bam Pop!) This Sunday, May 21st brings us the long-awaited return of Twin Peaks. The surreal show, set in the Pacific Northwest, was co-created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, for brief period in the early 1990s, was the biggest television show in North America. An audience of 34 million watched the hypnotic two-hour ABC premiere, which felt more like a movie than a television show. There, we were introduced to Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), sent to the town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of the homecoming queen, sixteen-year-old Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Over the course of two seasons, Twin Peaks would meld auteur cinema with soap opera storytelling; myths and conspiracy theories; aliens and the supernatural; coffee and cherry pie. However, the series would quickly flame out thanks to network interference, and both Lynch and Frost’s other interests. When the final episode aired in the spring of 1991, fans were left with multiple cliffhangers, most notably Agent Cooper’s body now in possession of the malevolent spirit, BOB (Frank Silva). While David Lynch would release the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me one year later, it served as a prequel rather than sequel, leaving so many questions unanswered. Season two wasn’t meant to be the end of Twin Peaks, though. In fact, David Lynch appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in an appeal to fans to write in to ABC to give it a third season order. It didn’t work, but what if it had? In an interview back in July 2007, with the Twin Peaks Archive, artist Matt Haley revealed he and Twin Peaks producer and Fire Walk With Me co-writer Robert Engels were working on a graphic novel that would have incorporated various ideas […]
In our ongoing research into Untold Horror, we have uncovered a variety of projects which for better or worse went unrealized. Many of them only exist in pitch material artwork if nothing else. This ongoing series, entitled “Unknown Untold”, will shine a light on artwork for movies that never existed beyond what is seen on the page. If you have any further knowledge of any of the images posted, please let us know – Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any details you may have about these projects! In digging into this one, let’s start with the title: TASHMAD. Who or what does this exactly refer to? Some research turned up the following: The four Hebrew letters representing the new year 5744, each bearing numerical values as in Latin, form the Hebrew word Tashmad. The word means ‘destroy.’ So, taking this bit of knowledge and combine it with the the below pre-sale artwork and stated cinematic comparisons to The Exorcist and Poltergeist, one can only assume that this was some sort of end-of-the-world scenario, religious horror film. Besides literally citing the film, there are certainly more than a couple of similarities between this artwork with the iconic poster art for The Exorcist as well. Moving along – lets take a look at that catchy tag line: IT STARTED AS A GAME… BUT NOW THE EVIL WAS THE OPPONENT. If you find yourself reading that over several times you’re not alone. I’ve read it well over a dozen times, and the changing from past to present back to past tense is way more jarring than it should be. But perhaps this all makes sense when we get down to the director behind the attached filmmaker… Lucio Fulci. Fulci, director of genre classics like The Beyond, Don’t Torture a Duckling, Zombi 2, New York Ripper, and many more, is among […]
In our ongoing research into Untold Horror, we have uncovered a variety of projects which for better or worse went unrealized. Many of them only exist in pitch material artwork if nothing else. This ongoing series, entitled “Unknown Untold”, will shine a light on artwork for movies that never existed beyond what is seen on the page. If you have any further knowledge of any of the images posted, please let us know! Harry Houdini, the master trickster. Aleister Crowley, the student of Satan. An incredible adventure with the fate of an empire hanging in the balance. … and so reads the incredibly evocative advertisement from a May 1990 issue of Variety, taken out by Eagle Intermedia (apparently made up of producers David Sugar, Lawrence Vanger, and Martin Barab), for the never made The Dead of Night. No writer, nor director is listed. If a picture is worth a thousand words – then I can’t be the only one who really, really wants to see this movie! Harry Houdini, action hero battling the demonic Aleister Crowley! And if that wasn’t enough, it appears as though Crowley (or maybe even Satan himself) could soon be wearing the crown jewels, and ruling over the empire. These great Variety advertisements while heartbreaking in the sense we’ll never get to see the promised excitement on screen, certainly also let the mind race with possibilities. I mean, let’s just imagine a 1990 Sylvester Stallone, fresh off of a decade of Rambo and Rocky sequels, taking a page out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator playbook, and takes his action hero chops into horror territory. And Crowley… One can only imagine all the different choices of who could have stepped into the role of The Wickedest Man Alive. The possibilities are endless! Imagine Dracula himself, Christopher Lee stepping into the […]
Literary website Quill & Quire has a great interview up with George A. Romero about Humongo Bongo, by Alison Lang. A snippet of Q&A: Legendary horror director George A. Romero on his first (and only) kids book How did you end up illustrating this children’s book? George A. Romero: They said, “Well, go ahead and illustrate,” and I said, “Okay, but it won’t be good!” And it turned out to be good enough. This is a children’s book, but it seems to also have a very serious message. GR: I meant it to be a parable about over-population, greed, and all of the terrible values that we humans have. That’s all it was meant to illustrate. Did you think back to any books you read as a kid while you wrote the story? GR: As a youth, the first actual novel that I ever read was Something of Value. It’s about the Mau Mau Uprising in Africa. That’s the topic, but what it’s about is basically families that are torn apart. It’s almost an anti-apartheid thing. READ THE REST…
Canadian television personality, film critic and author Richard Crouse invited Untold Horror’s Dave Alexander onto his News Talk 1010 radio show in Toronto to chat about some of the most anticipated horror remakes that were never made. As a passionate film critic, Crouse does not hide his enthusiasm for the stories that have merely been hinted at thus far in the Untold Horror universe. Along with guests Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin, actors discussing their Stratford festival production of Macbeth, Richard and Dave discuss the origins of Untold Horror, as well as potential projects by some of our most beloved horror auteurs, such as David Cronenberg and George A. Romero. Romero has multiple unmade projects in his past, and as Dave explains, all it takes sometimes is “one little wrench in the machine and the whole thing falls apart.” Crouse and Alexander also compare the films that they’d most like to see remade, both of which are classic monster movies — one by Cronenberg and the other by Romero — they feel are immortal and retain the ability to comment on the times they’re made in. Listen to the podcast here. And check out Richard’s movie reviews here.
Given that David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of The Fly is considered the director’s ultimate meditation on body horror, one of the greatest horror films ever made, and was a box office success that earned over $60 million worldwide, it’s no surprise that it keeps coming back. This week, Deadline Hollywood announced that J.D. Dillard will direct a remake written by himself and his writing partner Alex Theurer, for Fox. (The duo’s first feature is the upcoming street magic-themed gangland thriller/superhero movie Sleight.) But what about the versions of The Fly that didn’t get made? First, some background: Cronenberg’s movie is loosely based on George Langelan’s 1957 short story of the same name – about a scientist who accidentally fuses his DNA with that of a house fly, turning himself into a hideous half-insect creature – and it’s 1958 film adaptation by Kurt Neumann. That movie spawned two sequels, Return of the Fly (1959) and Curse of The Fly (1965), while Cronenberg’s resulted in one sequel, 1989’s The Fly II, a poorly-received opera in 2008 and a five-issue comic book series in 2015 titled The Fly: Outbreak, which continued the story of Brundle’s son from The Fly II. The first of these was a sequel proposed by Cronenberg’s Fly star Geena Davis as a project for her then-husband to direct, titled Flies. According to an article at Wicked Horror, this version, “was to focus on Veronica giving birth to twin boys—picking up right after the original and totally ignoring the sequel—who start out normally and then begin their respective transformations at the onset of puberty.” The article also states that the genesis of the idea came from a pitch that author/screenwriter/creator of Video Watchdog Tim Lucas made before The Fly II. “His story would have been very different, revealing that the telepods could actually be re-purposed to function as cloning devices, which is where the Flies title would be relevant. Geena Davis would again have a leading role in […]
In our ongoing research into Untold Horror, we have uncovered a variety of projects which for better or worse went unrealized. Many of them only exist in pitch material artwork if nothing else. This ongoing series, entitled “Unknown Untold”, will shine a light on artwork for movies that never existed beyond what is seen on the page. If you have any further knowledge of any of the images posted, please let us know! In 1977 Jay Anson’s novel “The Amityville Horror” sparked a supernatural cultural phenomenon surrounding the alleged otherworldly events which centered around the Lutz family, and their Long Island, NY home. In 1979, an even wider audience was introduced to the terrifying “true story” as MGM released their film adaptation. Grossing over $85 million dollars domestically, the film was a hit, and invariably lead to sequels (and rip offs). By the summer of 1982, production was wrapped on an official sequel. However prior to the official sequel, if this advertisement from a fall 1981 Variety magazine is to be believed, there seemed to be an attempt at a European rip-off / sequel, “Amityville Vertigo”. There isn’t much that has turned up when digging into the production companies listed. There are neither credited talents nor stars attached. So take a look at this poster, and judge for yourself… Was there anything beyond this artwork? Or, was it just as real as the alleged haunting itself?
There are monsters, giant creatures and exotic sights aplenty in Kong: Skull Island, but it could have had pirates. Lots of dinosaurs. And maybe Gollum himself, Andy Serkis. That is, if Neil Marshall had taken his cinematic trip to Skull Island. In 2013 it was reported that Marshall – writer/director of Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday – was trying to mount his own Kong movie, based on the novel Kong: King of Skull Island, which was officially licensed by the estate of Merian C. Cooper, who wrote, produced and directed the original 1933 King Kong. The film rights to Kong have traditionally been tricky due to Cooper’s failure to properly secure them back in the day. (BirthMoviesDeath.com gives an excellent explanation here.) He did, however, copyright the novelization of the movie. So an official sequel (ignoring the Son of Kong sequel) was licensed, and in 2005 King of Skull Island was released, which was written by Joe DeVito (visit DeVito’s website for more official Kong stuff) and Brad Strickland. The official synopsis: “In 1933, American showman Carl Denham returned from a mysterious, hidden island with a priceless treasure. A treasure not gold or jewels, but the island’s barbaric god, a monstrous anthropoid called ‘Kong.’ The savage giant escaped and wreaked havoc among the man-made canyons of Manhattan, but within hours of the giant ape’s death his body – and Carl Denham – disappeared. Twenty-five years later, the son of Carl Denham makes a shocking discovery that leads him back to the site of his father’s greatest adventure and to the answers that will unlock the century’s greatest mystery and history’s greatest miracle.” Marshall acquired the rights and penned a screenplay with another writer, but Universal wasn’t interested at the time (remember, this was before the studio remade Godzilla and started seriously developing a shared universe for its giant monsters). In a 2015 interview with CHUD.com, he discusses his version, saying that it would […]
Last week, the team here at Untold Horror was very excited to “go public” with the project that we have been working so hard on for the last 18 months. We were thrilled to see such a passionate response from both genre fans, and media. On Facebook , we were excited to see that the “First Look Video” has been shared by over 200 people, and reaching tens of thousands. It was amazing to see so many excited horror fans around the world reacting to the project. Below you’ll find a sample of the coverage. Feel free to share any and all of the links and continue helping spread the word about Untold Horror! Once again, thank you for embracing the project – and we look forward to showing you all more in the coming weeks and months… Screen Anarchy http://screenanarchy.com/2017/03/exclusive-untold-horror-launches-documentary-series-and-a-childrens-book-by-george-a-romero.html Dread Central Untold Horror Tells the Story of Genre Films That Never Got Made Bloody Disgusting New Doc Series “Untold Horror” Explores Films the Masters Almost Made Joblo.com http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/documentary-series-untold-horror-will-cover-films-that-didn-t-get-made-162 Blumhouse Former Rue Morgue Editor-In-Chief Launching Documentary Series UNTOLD HORROR! CinemaBlend http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1631469/the-greatest-horror-movies-never-made-are-heading-to-tv-for-a-cool-new-show IndieWire ‘Untold Horror’ Trailer: George Romero, John Landis and More Directors Uncover the Films They Never Made in New Documentary Series Collider http://collider.com/untold-horror-documentary-series/ Rue Morgue http://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/03/01/Former-RUE-MORGUE-editor-launches-UNTOLD-HORROR-docu-series-and-Romero-children’s-book-trailer-and-exclusive-pics HorrorMovies.ca Documentary Series ‘Untold Horror’ Will Dive Into the Horror Movies that Never Were Horror Freak News Docuseries “Untold Horrors” Explores Movies That Could Have Been Tom Holland’s Terror Time UNTOLD HORROR: The Mysteries Finally Are Revealed Behind So Many Unseen Greats The Playlist https://theplaylist.net/masters-horror-discuss-unmade-films-trailer-documentary-series-untold-horror-20170303/ The Lowdown Under http://thelowdownunder.com/2017/03/04/untold-horror-trailer/ iHorror ‘Untold Horror’ Delves Into the Depths of Development Hell Horror Domain http://horrordomain.com/forums/topics/posts/index.cfm?f=256&t=27301
In July of 2016, Untold Horror was one of twenty projects selected for the eighth annual Frontières Market taking place as part of Montreal’s famed Fantasia Film Festival. The Market focuses on international co-production opportunities between North American and European partners, as well as four days of networking between genre film financiers and creators. Historically focusing on feature film productions, Untold Horror marked the first time a documentary series was welcomed into the market. Frontières kicked off with a marathon pitch session, featuring all invited participants being given the floor to present their projects to a theatre full of producers, media and fellow filmmakers. It was near the end of this mass pitch session (as the order was alphabetical) that we unveiled Untold Horror. Following the session, Andrew Mack of Screen Anarchy made Untold Horror one of his top picks in an article titled “Who Would Get My Money, Had I Any to Give.”