Dave Alexander, former Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue, and a crew of merry misfits have just launched the multi-media brand Untold Horror, which currently lives as a multi-part documentary series that interviews some of the biggest names in the horror genre to find out just what happened to those films that never came to be.
Currently, they’ve got interviews with Takeshi Miike (Audition, Imprint, One Missed Call, Ichi the Killer), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), William Lustig (Maniac), Richard Raaphoorst (Frankenstein’s Army), and more. The series was created, produced, and written by Alexander and Mark Pollesel, produced and directed by Bob Barrett, and produced and edited by Kevin Burke, with Andrea Butler line producing.
Per the official press release, Untold Horror will, “…examine a variety of filmmakers, from Hollywood heavyweights to independent legends, from award winners to stubborn mavericks, delving into the projects that they’ve spent months, years, and in some cases, decades attempting to breathe life into.”
On top of the documentary series, Untold Horror will be publishing George A. Romero’s children’s book The Little World of Humongo Bongo. The book was originally released in French for the European market but will be getting an English international release sometime this fall/winter.
What happened to David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein? Roger Avery’s legendary Phantasm script? The dozens of George A. Romero projects announced over the years that disappeared? Why couldn’t the combined powers of Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, and Tom Cruise create At the Mountains of Madness? Has there ever been an unmade film with more talent attached to it than The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake? Why did these passion projects die, and what killed them? Can any of them live again in some form or another?
Untold Horror looks beyond the frustration and heartbreak, however, to celebrate the spirits of these projects, the passion in their creators’ hearts, and often the other projects – film or otherwise – that rose from the ashes. We ask not just the creators, but experts in the industry, studio decision makers, and passionate fans if these buried movies could – or even should – rise again. We’ll even discover that, thanks to fervent fandom, some of them already are coming back to life.