This is as cool as it gets.
One of the things we, as horror fans, love to speculate on and debate is “unmade” horrors. For example, back when we launched the website on October 1st of 2015, we led off with a great article from Stephen Scarlata on the unseen creature designs for John Carpenter’s THE THING! (Scarlata himself produced the documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, all about the filmmaker’s unmade version of DUNE.) I recently tracked the history of the unmade LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT PART 2 in this piece. It’s the “what if” scenarios that us genre fans can never get enough of!
Now, former Rue Morgue magazine editor-in-chief Dave Alexander is launching a new documentary series UNTOLD HORROR, a multi-media brand dedicated to exploring the greatest horror stories never told! Have a look at the trailer below:
Here’s the full press release!
Dave Alexander, former Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue magazine, and partners, have launched Untold Horror, a multi-media brand dedicated to exploring the greatest horror stories never told – and bringing some of these stillborn stories back to life. The label is anchored by the currently in-development Untold Horror documentary series, created, produced and written by Alexander and Mark Pollesel, produced and directed by Bob Barrett and produced and edited by Kevin Burke, with Andrea Butler line producing. While the production team is currently seeking distribution and broadcast partners, premiere details for Untold Horror will be announced at a later date.
Hosted by Alexander, the multi-part documentary series features interviews with George A. Romeo (Night of the Living Dead), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer), William Lustig (Maniac), Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein’s Army) and more. Untold Horror will examine a variety of filmmakers, from Hollywood heavyweights to independent legends; from award winners to stubborn mavericks, delving into the projects that they’ve spent months, years and, in some cases, decades attempting to breathe life into.
What happened to David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein? Roger Avery’s legendary Phantasm script? The dozens of George A. Romero projects announced over the years that disappeared? Why couldn’t the combined powers of Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron and Tom Cruise create At the Mountains of Madness? Has there ever been an unmade film with more talent attached to it than The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake? Why did these passion projects die, and what killed them? Can any of them live again in some form or another? Untold Horror looks beyond the frustration and heartbreak, however, to celebrate the spirits of these projects, the passion in their creators’ hearts, and often the other projects – film or otherwise – that rose from the ashes. We ask not just the creators, but experts in the industry, studio decision makers and passionate fans if these buried movies could – or even should – rise again. We’ll even discover that, thanks to fervent fandom, some of them already are coming back to life.
The first story to live again will be a children’s book about monsters by genre legend George A. Romero (The Crazies, Creepshow, Night of the Living Dead). The Little World of Humongo Bongo will be published by ChiZine Publications (CZP) a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction, in association with Untold Horror.
Originally released in French for the European market, The Little World of Humongo Bongo will be released internationally in English (excluding France and Belgium) in Fall/Winter 2017.