The Horror of “The Orphan” and “The Orphanage” spawn more Terror!

August 05, 2009 | | Comments 1

Industry trades today are reporting two upcoming productions in the horror genre. New Line has signed actor-producer-director Larry Fessenden to take on directing duties on the remake of Guillermo del Toro’s frightening (Spanish language) supernatural thriller The Orphanage. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the original, it’s a must (and currently available via the Amazon link above at a frighteningly inexpensive $5.99). The film succeeded where Hollywood so often fails by emphasizing story and character development over crazy effects. It’s a masterpiece of a ghost story.

Over at Warner Brothers, Leonardo DeCaprio’s production company has signed screenwriter David Leslie Johnson who’s “The Orphan” is currently scaring theater-goers with it’s very twisted tale of a VERY bad seed. (Yes, there’s definitely something VERY wrong with Esther….). Johnson will write a Gothic reimagning of the Grimm’s “Little Red Riding Hood” tale. Earlier versions of the story date back to the Middle Ages and don’t end so well… We can only hope that it’s as impressive as the 1984 Neil Jordan directed The Company of Wolves, also highly recommended.

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  1. Robert says:

    “The Orphanage” is a beautiful horror film, definitely better than most I’ve seen. If the remake actually happens, I hope it’s as good. I’m worried it could go all Vanilla Sky.
    $5.99 is ridiculously cheap for that film.

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