After hitting the public domain, the storybook character Winnie the Pooh will get a new horror retelling in the film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.
If Pooh can be spooky, then everything is fair game! Here are 21 films I would like to (eventually) see adapted into horror movies:
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The formula worked for Freddy Krueger, so why not take the stunning visuals from Inception and switch the film's genre into a terrifying psychological horror? Possibilities are endless, especially keeping a focus on free will and toxic/intrusive tactics people use to manipulate others.
My horror movie description: A woman discovers a group of men is trying to plant an idea inside her mind by entering her dreams, and they won't leave until they get what they want.
The closest film comparison: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
3.It's a Wonderful Life
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The original is a Christmas classic, but this horror adaptation would focus on the elements at the movie's end when George Bailey wishes he was never born. There's an opportunity for a thought-provoking thriller with dark and supernatural elements. Imagine Clarence as a dark angel instead of George's guardian angel.
My horror movie description: A man's life falls into chaos after an angel makes it so he was never born.
The closest film comparison: The Forgotten
Walt Disney Pictures
Obviously, the story would revolve around Sid's hybrid toys. The ones in Toy Story are friendly and helpful, but an adaption would offer a less friendly bunch of mutated toys.
My horror movie description: A troubled boy is convinced his much-abused toys are alive and trying to harm him.
The closest film comparison: Child's Play or Puppet Master.
5.The Truman Show
6.Back to the Future
7.The Wizard of Oz
There were rumors back in 2017 about a horror adaptation by New Line Cinema. No new updates recently, but I would love to see a thematically dark retelling, while still using colorful sets that pop on the screen. Instead of a beat-for-beat remake, get weird with it!
My horror movie description: A girl and her dog find themselves in a distant world full of terrifying monsters controlled by a wicked witch.
The closest film comparison: Return to Oz
10.Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
There are many layers to the creepiness of the Roald Dahl classic, but I think making Wonka a more sinister character would be a must for a horror adaptation. Think of him as a more sadistic Walt Disney. A chocolatier turned chocolate-killer!
"There is no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going."
My horror movie description: Children win a tour of a chocolate factory only to learn that their golden ticket is more than they bargained for because the factory owner isn't who they had expected.
The closest film comparison: No comparison.
A hard horror remake (not an action blockbuster) of Van Helsing could be like the Avengers of creature features.
Universal refuses to give audiences straight-up horror remakes of their classic monster movies. The only example I can think of is Invisible Man, and they hit a grand slam.
My horror movie description: A college student accompanies an older man tracking something sinister in the night.
The closest comparison: Van Helsing (TV series) or Troll Hunter
13.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
There is a very cool and original hybrid story of "undead pirates" and a "werewolf-like curse" present in the original that goes together like peanut butter and fluff. The element of being trapped on a ship with these undead souls only ups the stakes.
My horror movie description: A woman lost at sea finds herself onboard a ship crewed by pirates that carry a dark secret once they step underneath the moonlight.
The closest film comparison: Zombie Pirates
14.How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The jolly green prowler is back at it again, and he wants blood! Okay, maybe that's a little too far, but I could easily see the Grinch headlining as a creature feature star. I'm worried that, despite all the garlic in his soul, we're stepping too close to Krampus terror-tory.
My horror movie description: An outsider that lives on a mountaintop terrorizes a small town on Christmas Eve.
The closest film comparison: Krampus
15.Meet the Parents
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When I heard DC was working on a standalone Joker film, I seriously had my fingers crossed for a horror film. People are obsessed with the Joker being presented as "cool/likable" for some reason, but I'd like to see an adaption of the Clown Prince that would give Batman nightmares. This would have to be very grounded to avoid Pennywise comparisons.
My horror movie description: A mother protects her daughter from a neighbor on their apartment floor who dresses like a clown.
The closest film comparison: Rear Window
18.Bring it On
19.Night at the Museum
Buena Vista Distribution Company, Inc.
I think any movie with supernatural elements can be flipped into a horror film. Mary Poppins as a horror is an idea people on the internet have teased before, and I'm people on the internet.
My horror movie description: Two children are convinced their nanny has supernatural powers and the desire to punish them if they step out of line.
The closest film comparison: The Turning