Juan Antonio Bayona, who recently gave us The Impossible, has been hired by Sony Pictures to remake the 1961 horror/thriller Scream of Fear. For those of you who remember, Bayona actually made his mark on Hollywood with the horror genre by giving us the excellent Guillermo del Toro-produced film The Orphanage.
Scream of Fear, which was originally directed by Seth Holt, follows a “wheelchair-bound woman who returns to her family home to look into the disappearance of her estranged father. During the investigations, she discovers his corpse in various locations, but it quickly vanishes again before anyone else can see it.”
Having both seen and really enjoyed The Impossible and The Orphanage, I’m always interested in seeing what the director is up to and hearing that he’ll be returning to the horror genre is something that excites me greatly. The Orphanage was one of the genre’s best entries in a long time and as good as The Impossible was, and it really was quite good, I’ve been itching for the director to return to the genre that helped get his name out there.
Honestly, I haven’t seen the original Scream of Fear, so I can’t comment much on that front, but judging by the synopsis it does sound like something that could turn out to be a chilling tale, especially with Juan Antonio Bayona at the helm. Why they are remaking this one is still unknown but perhaps they see some value in it that I don’t. I’d rather see the director try his hand at some original horror but I’ll have to take what I can get.
What do you think of Juan Antonio Bayona remaking Scream of Fear? Happy to see him returning to horror or would you rather see him head in a different direction? As always, let us know in the comments section below.