Sean Cunningham Is Remaking 1986 Horror Film House


If a horror movie was released in the ’80s and it hasn’t yet been remade, then it’s either completely irrelevant or someone just hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Steve Miner’s House, which hit theaters in 1986, is a favorite among fans, so it comes as no big surprise that it’s up on the chopping block.

In an exclusive interview with Fangoria, House producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) spoke about a modern day take on the horror-comedy gem, revealing that he’s currently developing a remake. Only he doesn’t quite call it a remake because some big changes are being made.

I’m doing it right now. We are deeply in development,” Cunningham told Fangoria after accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Horror Film Festival. “We worked on [a new] HOUSE about four or five years ago and determined that the structure of [the original] is extremely strong and that just remaking it in modern times wasn’t going to improve it and wasn’t going to change it. It would have to be rethought, and there had to be a really good reason to do it.”

Recently we came up with—and it sounds so obvious—what if we made a gender switch, so that it’s not a man in the house?” Cunningham continued. “Although they’re not involved, imagine HOUSE starring Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy. It wouldn’t be either one of them… well, it could; I mean, that’s a dream. But suddenly we realized, oh wait, then everything would have to adjust. And also, if we did it that way, it would bring back the fun that HOUSE had. So that’s the direction I’m committed to going in. I would love to make that movie, and I hope to be able to keep all the elements of the personal story from the Bill Katt version and still have it be fun.”

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