The 13th Floor

Ten Horror Comics Long Overdue for Big-Screen Adaptations

We don’t need to pull up comic sales figures to know that there are more genre titles in existence today than ever before. That’s a glorious thing, because the medium is perfect for horror. While we’re now frequently seeing comics adapted for both the big and small screen, there are a handful of titles that are in dire need of a transfer. For those who may have fallen out of the comic loop, or those just looking to have their own opinions verified by others, we’ve got a breakdown of 10 remarkable books that we’d love to see as feature films.

THE WOODS

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It’s been more than a year since Universal Cable Productions announced the acquisition of Boom! Studios’ extremely popular series, THE WOODS. An ongoing TV series was the plan, but we really haven’t heard too much regarding progress. That’s a bummer, and this book would certainly shine on the small screen… but why not go bigger? A sprawling two-part cinematic epic could be the perfect answer if the television transfer falls through. Who doesn’t want to watch a flick about an entire school that up and disappears, transported to the dangerous and mysterious woods of an entirely different planet? As the book has shown, there’s wonderfully horrifying potential here.

THE SPECTRE

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About five years ago, Fox picked up SPECTRE with designs on transferring his story to television. Unless I fell into a half-decade-long coma without knowing it, SPECTRE never arrived on any Fox network that I’m aware of. But that’s not a reason to leave this awesome super-powered vigilante in the dark. With a story eerily reminiscent of THE CROW, turning Jim Corrigan into something supernatural and eager to avenge the death of his fiancée could actually soothe the hurt from failed attempts at bringing THE CROW back to pop-culture relevance. Let’s let Eric Draven rest… give Corrigon the chance he’s deserved for decades.

REVIVAL

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A wild tale about a town that experiences some mighty strange occurrences — like the dead rising, and some awfully curious creatures lurking about the rural region — REVIVAL rocks. It’s a creepy little piece from Tim Seeley that makes for a near-identical story to A&E’s THE RETURNED. Interestingly enough, writing and publication of REVIVAL predates that of THE RETURNED (hmm). Here’s the thing — if we’ve got a small-screen adaptation of basically the same story already, then why not turn this into a feature-length film and introduce viewers to the same amazing characters from Seeley’s captivating tale that readers adore so much?

NAILBITER

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I’m big on serial killer horror — especially when that horror centers on a myriad of murderers with really disconcerting habits. Joshua Williamson’s story is great and multi-layered, and while the book tends to present more questions than answers, there are a number of strong arcs that could make for top notch big-screen horror. Why not open with very first arc, in which an NSA agent with a rocky past joins forces with serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren in an attempt to find a missing profiler? It’s a great read that leaves a lasting impression — and it could be the perfect launch point for a NAILBITER franchise.

HACK/SLASH

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HACK/SLASH has supposedly been in development since… well, about the dawn of time, I think. It doesn’t look like we’ll actually see this one land on screens anytime soon, and that’s a shame. The book introduces a brilliant vigilante heroine and one of the most unorthodox but endearing sidekicks in comic history. The idea of a bad-ass broad dispatching all the sadistic weirdos of the world that love to target young girls sounds like good entertainment — and when you throw a deformed father figure in the mix, as well as an endless array of compelling hurdles, the allure is amplified exponentially. We need to see this as a feature film, no matter what it takes to get it there.

FABLES

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More of a fantastical and diverse mash-up of horror, mystery, folklore and crime, FABLES offers some stunning arcs, and the entire concept — numerous famed folkloric figures chased from their familiar realms form a respectable community in New York City where they hope to live out their days in peace — is nothing short of genius. The potential practically pours from the pages of these magnetic books, and seeing all of the stunning imagery onscreen could be absolutely game-changing.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE

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AMERICAN VAMPIRE does a superb job of gifting readers with vampires of a different sort. While it isn’t wildly original, it is cool to see vampires with a few atypical characteristics, and it’s always a blast taking in a nice period piece — especially when we get a western setting as our backdrop, at least to kick things off. Skinner Sweet is an interesting vampire with an interesting story who deserves some time on the big screen. He could very well be the finest blood-sucking creation to come along since Steve Niles set up shop in Barrow, Alaska.

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

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Once upon a time, Marvel released a couple of excellent horror books (for the record, you should be reading CARNAGE). One of those books was WEREWOLF BY NIGHT, and holy hell, was it an absolute blast. The genre is in perennial need of high quality werewolf work, and an adaptation of WEREWOLF BY NIGHT could be just what the doctor ordered. It’s a twofold win, in the sense that a successful film won’t just be a win for the filmmakers — it will likely spawn enough interest to see the book rebooted, as horror comics are hotter than they’ve ever been. I’m game to watch a werewolf flick about an anti-heroic beast of the night. Slaughter those muggers, Mr. Werewolf!

LOCKE & KEY

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For some odd reason, LOCKE & KEY just can’t seem to find any traction on film. A pilot episode for an ongoing TV series was shot back in 2011, but the show wasn’t picked up. Rumor has it there are once more attempts being made at bringing LOCKE & KEY to television, but in case you haven’t noticed, we’re not hearing a lot of positive word on this latest one, either. The series has already delivered perfect story arcs — all of which would make for riveting supernatural tales — following a young trio who are suddenly cast in the roles of caretakers to the mysterious and magical Keyhouse. That means someone is really slipping, as there’s a full-on franchise here just begging for the chance to impress moviegoers.

COLDER

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Paul Tobin tells a mean, twisted tale, and nothing he’s ever been involved in hammers that reality home like the masterful COLDER. Declan Thomas is a mesmerizing character, and his troubles — as well as his abilities — are inventive, to say the least. The story opens up to reveal an alternate existence so grandiose and terrifying that it’s a true wonder this hasn’t been picked up for a big-screen transfer just yet. It needs to happen. COLDER is one of those rare stories that actually proves frightening. We need more scare in our scary movies, and COLDER can deliver!

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