That’s right, slashery-er. As in more slasherish. Slasherific. Moving on.
In an interview over at Fangoria, Eli Roth expressed his interest in (and pursuit of) remaking Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror film The Funhouse. In his estimation, the original has a lot of great elements but failed to use them well. Here’s a quote…
“THE FUNHOUSE is a movie where the first half is brilliant—they set up these great characters—and then they pay off none of them. You have Marco the Magician sawing his daughter in half, the brothers who run the carnival and the funhouse setting. And then it’s all about this weird mutant thing. It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends. A smart remake could be so much fun. Kill the kids in fabulous ways and continually reuse the bodies by making them freaks in the freak museum, sew their eyes shut, waxworks… That’s the stuff I want to do in a remake of THE FUNHOUSE.”
Well…first off, he’s right. That’s definitely the way to go with this material. The other side of the coin, though, is that his description reminds me of just about all other slasher movies out there…they live and die with creative kills and stacking up bodies to elicit screams from the survivor chick later.
So the funny thing about this, to me, is that if any other wannabe horror director ejaculated the same gleeful synopsis in the same words, we’d probably be rolling our eyes at the lack of originality in Hollywood. But because it’s Tarantino’s buddy Eli Roth, the tendency is to scream “cool!”
I’m not a Roth fan. Hostel was sick and depraved but with no real weight, horror or scares. Check out Wolf Creek if you want a torture porn film that will really get under your skin.
After Drag Me to Hell, though, I’m kind of done with the whole 2000′s “chained in the basement with a sadistic killer” slasher genre, and this sounds like it would be a variation on that. In my opinion, it’s time for horror to move in a whole different direction.
For those of you unfamiliar with the original, here’s a trailer. Delightfully cheesy.