Superhero and supervillain movies have been tip-toeing towards horror territory for years, but we’ve only recently seen examples of truly terrifying flicks set in comic book universes. The James Gun-produced Brightburn thrilled genre fans and hopes are high for Todd Phillips’ Joker, which the director recently confirmed will be rated R.
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But the worlds of comic books and horror may have collided much sooner, according to an article on Digital Spy. Back in 1985, the rights to Spider-Man belonged to Cannon Films. Apparently, the studio toyed with the idea of hiring Texas Chainsaw Massacre mastermind Tobe Hooper to direct a horror version of the classic property.
In this new version, instead of being bitten by a radioactive spider, Parker was deliberately bombarded with radiation by a corporate scientist – named Doctor Zork – who transforms the ID photographer (not student, or journalist) into a giant eight-armed spider-hybrid, who’s so monstrous he swiftly becomes suicidal. Yay?
It was Spider-Man creator Stan Lee who put the kiabosh on the project.
We’ll never know what might have been, but a Tobe Hooper Spider-Man movie could have vastly altered the trajectory of superhero flicks and horror movies alike.
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