Although he made his name in the late ’70s and early ’80s with horror classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, and (at least officially) Poltergeist, director Tobe Hooper‘s been laying low as of late. His last credits, two episodes of the Showtime series Masters of Horror, and the 2005 film Mortuary, are from several years back, and the films he did before that (including Toolbox Murders and The Mangler) were neither as well known nor as highly respected as his early work.

Happily for horror fans, he’s back this year with a new film called Djinn, described as “unique new take on the haunted house thriller uncovers the dark truth behind classic fairytales of the Genie.” And in even better news, the first trailer for the film actually looks pretty good, aside from the fact that some of the scenes could use subtitles for English speakers. Watch it after the jump.

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Tobe Hooper to Direct ‘Djinn’

Tobe Hooper will forever be linked to two of the most memorable horror films ever made: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. (Questions of direction of the latter film aside, that is.) His more recent stuff hasn’t been quite up to that level of recognizance, and in fact it has been over five years since he directed any feature or TV work. But he also hasn’t worn out his welcome so we’re hopeful that his new venture will pack a punch.

Tobe Hooper is now set to direct Djinn, a horror film that will take place in and be shot on location in Abu Dhabi. Read More »

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974′s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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Eli Roth In Talks To Remake The Funhouse

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Eli Roth is one of those writer/directors from the Quentin Tarantino school of talking about projects and ideas in development, many of which might never come to fruition (not a bad thing, it keeps us working). Recently Roth has been talking up his Transformers-sized sci-fi epic Endangered Species and Thanksgiving (based on the faux Grindhouse trailer) which he plans to shoot back to back. But now Roth tells Fangoria that he is also in talks to produce (possibly direct?) a remake of the classic 1981 Tobe Hooper horror film The Funhouse.

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The gory image above is our first clear look at Laurie Strode, once again played by actress Scout Taylor-Compton, in H2: Halloween 2. Nice chipped teeth, eh? As you’ll recall, Strode is the (formerly) estranged sister of slasher Michael Myers, and according to horror visionaire Rob Zombie, “let’s just say this is the best part of her stay [at the hospital]. The worst is yet to come.” It will be interesting to see how Zombie’s sequel deviates from the original underrated 1981 follow-up, which was co-written and ghost-edited by The Shape’s creator, John Carpenter, and also set partially in a hospital to creepy effect. On his blog, Zombie has ended speculation about actor Malcolm McDowell reprising the pivotal character, Dr. Loomis, confirming that “he’s back and ready to deal with Big Mike.”As we’ve mentioned, H2 is due with the quickness this August and is now shooting in the state of Georgia.

After the jump: Hunter’s lengthy rant on the complete disappoinment and failure that was Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dunes’ annoying reign over horror icons vs. Rob Zombie’s polarizing Halloween and interpretation of Michael Myers. No friggin’ contest!

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On the newly posted After Dark show, a /Film fan wrote in detesting MGM‘s planned Poltergeist remake. Not only did this topic snowball into the most tasteless Heather O’Rourke/pizza joke imaginable, we also contemplated whether the project qualifies as the first remake of a Steven Spielberg movie. And if so, is Jaws within reach? The freaky 1982 supernatural classic was officially helmed by Tobe Hooper, sure, but Spielberg’s directorial contribution remains a point of contention amongst horror fans. Today, Bloody Disgusting reports that Vadim Perelmen, a rather left-field choice, is in “heavy talks” to direct the unnecessary remake.

Perelman debuted with 2003′s House of Sand and Fog, a well received literary adaptation that garnered three Oscar noms, including a Best Actor nod for Ben Kingsley. Earlier this year, his follow-up, The Life Before Her Eyes starring Uma Thurman and Marilyn Manson’s muse, was memorably defecated on by the majority of critics. Perelman’s penchant for literature purportedly played a part in his attachment to the long-planned adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. Here’s a quote from his entry on Wikipedia

“I don’t want to spend a year of my life working on a film that does not resonate with me on a poetic level,” says Perelman. “Since great scripts are a rare commodity, I realized that I have to create my own opportunities and not wait for the right project to come along—for fate to smile upon me.”

Thanks for showing up, fate. I’m pretty sure a facsimile of this guy was in my screenwriting class. Big chain smoker, wrist model. Just last week, Peter lashed into the announcement that Juliet Snowden and Stiles White [Ed.-poetic name combination] were hired to pen the new (and undoubtedly improved) Poltergeist. Their writing credits include the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds for M.Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Alex Proyas’ Knowing with Nic Cage, and Ghost House’s sleeper hit Boogeyman. On a roll.

Discuss: What would Carol Anne say? And per our After Dark discussion, will the iPhone make an ace replacement for the original’s TV?

Boogeyman Writers Hired to Remake Poltergeist?!

I have some bad news. Not only is MGM remaking Poltergeist, but they have hired Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the team behind the modern horror classic (sarcasm) Boogeyman to write the screenplay.

Tobe Hooper‘s 1982 film was co-written, produced and highly supervised by Steven Spielberg, and told the story of a family’s haunted home which had been built over an Indian burial ground. The film is notorious for it’s PG rating, which it obtained after an appeal to the MPAA. The movie spawned two sequels, neither of which were as acclaimed or as successful as the original. It’s hard to believe that MGM would even dare to attempt a remake without some top writing level talent involved. Why not just make a direct-to-dvd sequel while you’re at it.

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