One of the most important things that everyone learns as they grow up is that you don’t always get what you want. Maybe this happened when you were a little kid and you wanted a triceratops for Christmas, and your parents said that one would be there but then on Christmas morning they said that Santa couldn’t fit it in his sled, but OH NO that didn’t even matter because dinosaurs don’t exist and your parents lied to you the entire time about everyth-
Whoa… that got real there for a second….
Anywho, the lesson here is that even though you don’t always get what you want you can still hope and dream it into existence. So here are five horror related properties that I want to see before I die and why they would all be the most awesome thing that has ever awesomed.
World War Z: Volume 2 Starting off on the literary front, World War Z is a novel written by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks) about the survivors telling their personal stories and rebuilding everything after a massive zombie apocalypse. It is the “oral” history of the great zombie war that works as a sort of a collection of short stories involving the central theme of zombies and people who had their own first hand experiences in the zombie infested world.
Of course, whatever kind of sequel that could be imagined would probably not make too much sense considering the format of the book, so instead what I would want to see is sort of a Volume 2 of stories. World War Z was a great book that kept me glued to the page from the second I started it and to have another collection of people surviving a zombie war would be an addition to a great book. With this format, the book series could go on forever.
Ghostbusters 3 : Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd just love taking all of the devoted fans of the Ghostbusters films on a crazy emotional roller coaster involving one of our favorite franchises ever. However, what seems to be lost on them is the fact that everyone really does want to see this movie, not just talk about how cool it would be if it happened. It doesn’t matter if it is a story about the old Ghostbusters passing the torch to a younger generation or just of the old heads running around like four Sgt. Murtaughs talking about how much their hips hurt: I still want to see the movie.
I want to hear a proton pack firing up. I want to hear the whine of the siren on Ecto-1. I want to hear Peter Venkman be an asshole to people while still remaining lovable somehow with a charm that makes panties launch majestically off of women. I want all of that in another installment of a franchise that shouldn’t have been allowed to die no matter what.
The Suffering 3 Moving on to video games, The Suffering and its follow up called the Suffering 2: The Ties that Bind were both released back in the original Xbox/PS2 days with some decent sales numbers and fairly warm critical response. The game was about a death row inmate who essentially escaped the electric chair due to the prison that was confining him happens to be overtaken by some kind of demon hell beasts and he has to fight his way out to survive.
The game was a constant creepy atmosphere with all of the good elements from the survival horror genre jammed into one package and in my opinion, it was extremely underrated. The sequel took the fight outside in the means streets of Baltimore while the main character Torque fought internally with his own madness as well as the evil monsters causing havoc. To see this monsters rendered with the graphics available today would be a real treat considering how amazing they looked when they originally came out, so someone get on this game NOW!
Another Re-Animator Film Re-Animator was a classic of the genre while both Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator acted as serviceable sequels held in place by the lovable and insane Jeffery Combs as Dr. Herbert West. To be blunt, I want more of the character of Herbert West and if at all possible, played by Jeffery Combs. I would love to see some kind of origin story of how he got as crazy as he appears now, or possibly a continuation of his research considering the last time we saw him the experiments worked, just not as well as we all hoped.
Imagine what kind of movie it would be if it turns out that Herbert West actually go the chance to bring people back from the dead. We could meet and talk with famous historical figures as well as the societal impact of people being born, but no longer dying. It would be deep, insightful, and you know what, it may actually be pretty moving. I think that Stuart Gordon needs to get on this, ASAP.
Ash vs. ANYBODY comics We’ve already had Ash vs. Re-Animator and Ash vs. Freddy and Jason, so why not keep this party going as long as humanly possible? In horror, Ash is a pretty interesting character just based on the fact that in all the Evil dead films, he is the not only the good guy, but also the most popular character to emerge.
It’s completely different with Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th films where as the villains were the most prolific characters that the audiences came to see. So why not have Ash fight everyone we could possibly commit to paper? I would love to see Ash fight his way through a slew of cenobites or punting critters all over the place. I don’t know about you, but for me, seeing Ash kicking ass all over the horror world just never gets old.
So what do you look forward to that may never happen? Start the conversation!