Some films just don’t feel over when the credits roll. And sometimes, some movies just seem custom-built for carrying out that eternal bane of the horror industry, the horror movie franchise. Whether it’s a story you just want more of, or a formula that could bear repeating a few times, there are a few movies that I think could do with the franchise treatment.
Maybe because it’s been released so recently they just haven’t had time to kick off a franchise surrounding the simple but effective haunted mirror movie, but I think it could bear to have one. Why? During the movie, we’re introduced to all the victims of the mirror so far, and the various violent and gratifyingly hideous ways that they’ve met their maker. I think it would be pretty fun to see those realized on the big screen- yes, I know the very mention of the word “prequels” will send some of you into a spiralling rage, but I think it could really work here. The original Oculus is packed with plenty of style and finesse, as well as some fantastically scary sequences, and a bit of a twist on that premise could give them a franchise that could run and run.
ABCs of Death
With no plans to expand on the existing two movies, I think it’s vital that we start petitioning everyone around to turn the ABCs of Death into a never-ending horror franchise. What’s not to like? Chuck a bit of budget at a bunch of indie horror directors, some established, some not, give them a letter of the alphabet, and get them to come up with some kind of short movie that has something to do with death and that letter. It’s a great way for talented up-and-comers to get noticed (the first movie was the first time I came across the excellent Nacho Vigalando, for example), and it offers an almost endless stream of new ideas and quirky takes on a single premise.
Stick with me on this one: this is a thought that I’ve had since I first saw the excellent zombie horror flick back when it was first released. With no real end to the zombie outbreak in sight, I’ve always thought it would be fascinating to explore some of the other stories that sprung up- using the same tone and meta-style of direction, I reckon that turning Zombieland into a franchise could give interested viewers an alternative take on the long-running zombie apocalypse story (let’s face it, The Walking Dead passed it’s sell by date at least a season and a half ago). Intertwine the stories, and you could easily create a sharp, interesting, and multi-layered look at a land full of the undead (and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say…again).