by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Marcus Nispel, director of the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th, has chosen his next project and it’s an original horror idea from the filmmaker himself.
Stowaway, a seafaring tale of terror, is from a story by Nispel and Juhani Nurmi. Nurmi handled scripting alongside Scott Sandler and Connor Colebrook.
Nispel’s story is definitely original: A woman hits the seas with her new family that she’s marrying into. The seemingly perfect facade is shattered when she discovers that a family secret lies at the bottom of the ocean that is about to tear everyone apart emotionally and physically.
Apparently the story does have some basis on an old Nordic tale of seaborne humanoid avenging creature.
The announcement, which was made recently at Cannes, was very bold:
“Having revived major franchises like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, I intend to create the beginning of a new horror franchise with Stowaway. There has not been an edgy and original R-rated monster movie in a long time; a monster that is humanoid and strikes from below dark waters is so innately scary that it will stand shoulder to shoulder with other iconic brands, and at the same time reinvent claustrophobic and maritime horror, thus appealing to a whole new generation of audiences.”
Nispel isn’t messing around when it comes to the visuals either. Mike Elizalde, whose credits range from Gremlins 2 and Paul to Attack The Block and Looper, has been tapped to create the monster that will appear onscreen.
While many will balk at the idea of Marcus Nisepl making a decent horror movie, I can get behind him. While his versions of TCM and Friday the 13th weren’t perfect, they were good popcorn flicks. When it comes to horror as long as it’s not a ditzy blonde running upstairs when she should be running out the front door, I’m willing to give it a shot.