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10 Unfortunate Horror Movies That Haven’t Made It to the Big Screen

The process of bringing a movie from concept to the screen is often a lengthy and challenging journey, and many films never make it past various stages of development. Some horror movies in particular have sadly never been produced, although there remains hope for a few of them. Here are 10 such horror movies:

10 Peter Jackson’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Dream Lover

Peter Jackson, known for his 1987 film Bad Taste, wrote a script for the sixth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Titled The Dream Lover, the script aimed to bring the series back to its horror roots. However, New Line Cinema ultimately chose a different script and released Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare in 1991 instead.[1]

9 Darren Bousman’s Wild West Leprechaun Movie

Darren Bousman, known for his work on the Saw franchise, has long campaigned for a film for the Leprechaun franchise. He envisioned taking the titular character to the Wild West. Despite his efforts, the film has yet to be made, but Bousman remains committed to the idea.[2]

8 Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires

A sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep was planned, titled Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. Paul Giamatti signed on to the project, but a lack of funding prevented its production. However, Giamatti remains optimistic about its eventual realization.[3]

7 George A. Romero’s Resident Evil

George A. Romero was initially hired to direct a commercial for the second Resident Evil video game, which led Sony Pictures to approach him for the film adaptation. Romero penned a script that stayed true to the game’s plot, but his script was ultimately rejected. Many fans still wonder what Romero’s take on the franchise would have been.[4]

6 Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

After the release of Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, a sequel featuring Ash from the Evil Dead series was considered. Although the crossover never made it to the screen, it was made into a comic book series called Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.[5]

5 Michael Myers vs. Pinhead

A proposed crossover between Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise and Pinhead from the Hellraiser franchise was never realized. The project was scrapped due to disagreements between the rights holders of the two franchises.[6]

4 Ridley Scott’s The Train

Ridley Scott and artist H. R. Giger collaborated on a sci-fi horror film called The Train following the success of Alien. Although progress was made on concept art, the project was abandoned due to conflicts with the producer.[7]

3 House of Re-Animator

A fourth installment in the Re-Animator franchise, titled House of Re-Animator, was considered. The plot revolved around Herbert West reanimating the deceased president of the United States. Despite multiple treatments, the film failed to secure funding.[8]

2 Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness

Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness was close to being made, but the production company pulled out due to rating disagreements. Del Toro remains hopeful that the film will eventually be realized and has even considered filming it as a stop-motion animation.[9]

1 John Carpenter’s Creature from the Black Lagoon

John Carpenter intended to reboot Creature from the Black Lagoon, but the project was halted by the studio. Carpenter’s vision blended the idea of the Creature as a missing link between man and fish with a storyline about creationist scientists. Despite the setback, Carpenter’s maquettes of the Gill-man demonstrate his vision for the project.[10]

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