31 Days of Dreatober(2017): The New Mutants
Does your nerdy, horror-loving heart swoon at the thought of a horror movie set in the superhero genre? Well have no fear, The New Mutants trailer is here!
After the disappointing returns of 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox has been looking for ways to keep its owned comic book properties fresh and relevant. Shows like Legion and The Gifted are doing a great job of that on the TV side, while movies like Logan and Deadpool continue to break new ground in the superhero genre. By imbuing their films with hints of other genres, they’ve managed to keep public interest in a saturated market.
For those unfamiliar with the comic property, The New Mutants are a spin-off of the X-Men, which pits a band of teenagers with mutant powers up against the forces of evil. While The New Mutants was never really a horror comic, its obvious from the trailer that the studio has chosen to go in that direction.
The plot takes inspiration from Chris Claremont‘s 1984 Demon Bear Saga, which is considered one of the team’s most iconic adventures. In the film, the mutants are being held in a medical facility against their will. The filmmakers have been aloof about how exactly The Demon Bear, an antagonistic entity that takes the form of a bear and haunts the mutant, Mirage, will factor into the movie.
In an interview with IGN, director Josh Boone hinted that the film could be the beginning of a trilogy.
“We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s.
These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie.
Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”
The idea of a horror based, superhero trilogy really excites me and the trailer emphasized the horror elements way more than I had originally expected it to. While the original source material was never really horror based, The New Mutants did tend to deal more with the mystical than the X-Men. I think this could really be something if done right, but that’s just my opinion.
What do you guys think of a horror movie set in a superhero universe? Let me know in the comments below.