Christopher Landon is one of Blumhouse’s most trusted talents.As a writer he helped run the Paranormal Activity franchise before embarking on the making of Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and Freaky, a slasher-Freaky Friday horror mashup he wrote with Michael Kennedy
The point is, Landon can have a lot of freedom when it comes to telling scary stories within the walls of Blumhouse. So what’s next? In an interview with Inverse, the filmmaker spoke about his theoretical plans for the classic universe of Universal’s monsters
The short answer? Landon wants to remake Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for our modern times
The long answer? Just because Blumhouse made classic monster movies cool with Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man doesn’t mean Landon has the keys to the franchise
“If there was any keys to give, they were all given to Leigh,” Landon tells Inverse “He literally destroyed this movie I actually went to the premiere, and I remember right after that , I walked over to him and I think the first words out of my mouth were, “ You motherfucker ‘I know Leigh is doing Wolfman with Ryan Gosling So this is gonna be really cool’
In the meantime, Landon is excited to discuss Freaky (a movie where Vince Vaughn performs a cheerleader routine and Kathryn Newton cuts high school bullies) and why the Jamie Lee Curtis / Lindsay Lohan Freaky Friday is the best Freaky Friday
If you could make a horror movie about one of Universal’s classic monsters, what would you do?
Would love to do Jekyll and Hyde I think I think there is a lot of complexity, and a lot of mine in there I love duality and playing around with that stuff I think it’s is a really cerebral horror movie That would be really fun to do
Unlike most horror movies, Freaky goes out of his way to spare all the main characters. Why is that?
First of all, in horror comedy, it’s not as beneficial to kill people you really love for the sake of the stakes. horror, and two of them bury your gays and kill your minorities Joshua [Misha Osherovich] even says it out loud in the movie
So we thought to ourselves: not only let these characters survive, but also make them an integral part of the plot Millie would not succeed for these two people by her side It was really important to us , was that this friendship was as important as the rest of the themes of the film
Alan Ruck steals the show in Freaky as an evil carpentry teacher Was he supposed to replace toxic masculinity?
We’re definitely interested in toxic masculinity, but I think more specifically this movie is a revenge fantasy It’s kinda weird you always find yourself rooting the serial killer in her body because she shoot down all those people who are bullies Anyone can relate to that teacher you had in high school who really seemed to have him for you and attacked you and was a bully I sure had teachers like that, and I know Michael too There is some sort of perverted wish fulfillment out there
This was also accentuated and softened by the fact that it’s Alan Ruck and it’s Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off It’s like Cameron took a wrong turn after this movie and just becomes that other person. which is horrible He became his father, but 10 times worse
I would do a sequel if and when the right idea arises, but I wouldn’t do a sequel just to make another movie
I prefer the remake The first movie is a snapshot of its time But the remake had insider knowledge of how this concept can actually work Also, Jamie Lee Curtis
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