It really doesn’t matter what you think of all these horror remakes, ’cause they’re here to stay, and there will be more – many, many more. Here’s the latest “reimagined” scarefest from the Hollywood nightmare machine.
“In the shadow of evil, in the echo of sin; In the icy stare of moonlight, our ghostly tale begins.” Do you remember Screams of a Winter Night, the 1979 PG-rated horror anthology film featuring a bunch of college kids (played by thirtysomething actors) gathering in the woods and telling each other spooky stories (three, to be exact)? Odds are you may have stumbled upon this little ditty on late-night TV and didn’t quite know what you were watching – it’s one of those obscure horror flicks that’s destined to be described as “I saw this one scene once, late and night, and I don’t know what it’s from, but it was really creepy, I dunno, maybe I dreamt it…” and nobody knows what the hell you’re talking about. Hopefully, you caught the “Green Room” segment about the haunted hotel, which is actually quite unsettling. Not-so-hopefully, you caught one of the wraparound segments with the college kids in the woods (which are haunted by a Native American curse, natch), where they yammer incessantly and call each other “knuckle-brain,” “jaybird” and “turkey.”
Anyway, Screams of a Winter Night certainly has its low-budget charms, and it looks like writer-director Michael Dougherty, fresh off his own horror anthology film, Trick ‘r Treat, has been enchanted by its spell. Dougherty will update Screams for the 21st century, which means the college kids will probably be played by actors who are actually college-aged and they’ll have to acknowledge the fact that a Native American curse denies them cell phone reception and Twitter updates: “OMG – Indian ghost thing PISSED kthxbye.” No word yet on casting, but rumor hath it Dougherty would love to reunite with his Trick ‘r Treat pal Anna Paquin, also now known as “Anna Keeps Showing Her Paquins” thanks to her topless turns on True Blood. Dougherty also wants to shoot the entire film on those little Flip Cameras you can get on Amazon, because “They’re smaller than regular film cameras.” Huh. True. Check the trailer after the jump.