As someone who is deeply involved in the horror community, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of amazing genre films coming down the pike that, sadly, never make it to fruition. Whether due to lack of studio support or problems with procuring rights, cinematic history is littered with tales of what “Could Have Been”. Some of the most famous recent examples are Neill Blomkamp’s Alien, Guillermo del Toro’s In the Mouth of Madness, David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein, and Roger Avary’s Phantasm 2013 A.D.
Untold Horrors is a new docuseries that aims to explore these and other examples of horror movies that were once hot commodities, but, for one reason or another, fizzled out. It’s the brainchild of David Alexander.
Per Rue Morgue:
Dave Alexander, former editor-in-chief of RUE MORGUE, has teamed to create, produce and write a documentary series called UNTOLD HORRORS. Produced and directed by Bob Barrett and produced and edited by Kevin Burke, with Andrea Butler line-producing, UNTOLD HORRORS features interviews that reveal the histories (some stretching over years and even decades) of fright features that never got made, celebrating the spirit and tenacity of the filmmakers who struggled to bring them to the screen. Distribution and premiere-date details are forthcoming.
In addition to highlighting these unrealized projects, Untold Horrors aims to reinvigorate interest in some of these films with the ultimate goal of getting them made—finally! We recently told you about Bill Paxton’s passion project that was never realized, an adaptation of The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale; he already had a script from his Frailty screenwriter/collaborator Brent Hanley. Maybe Alexander and his team can get this one back on track; it would certainly be a wonderful tribute to Paxton, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend.
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Keep up to date on Untold Horrors by following them on Facebook, HERE, and check out the trailer below. Filmmakers featured will include: George A. Romero, John Landis, Takashi Miike, Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein’s Army), and William Lustig.