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Top 5 2000s Horror Movies That Should Be TV Shows

May 1, 2021 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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The Top 5 2000’S Horror Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows

I had originally planned on doing just three weeks of “decade specific horror movies that would make great TV shows,” but I’ve decided that I’ll do one more week and pick five horror movies from the 2010’s. So that will be next week. This week, it’s all about horror movies from the 2000’s.

Now, if you missed the first two weeks of this series, here are the links to the, uh, first two weeks:

The Top 5 1980’s Horror Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows

The Top 5 1990’s Horror Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows

And now, The Top 5 2000’s Horror Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows:

The Top 5 2000’s Horror Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows

Honorable Mentions

The Devil’s Rejects: I’m surprised that some premium cable channel or streaming service hasn’t tried to adapt Rob Zombie’s second movie into a full on TV show because it has all of the necessary components for a show that resembles a sort of amped up Sons of Anarchy. A family of murderers driving around the south, killing random people, doing drugs, engaging in God knows what else, while being tracked by the police. People would watch something like this, and I’d bet that it would be kind of fun for a few episodes before it got super depressing.


5- Killer Pad: Modern horror icon Robert Englund’s second effort as a director was a hilarious horror comedy featuring three idiot friends who end up moving into a haunted house in Hollywood. It was goofy and fun and, while never all that scary, there were some weird moments that definitely showed that, if Englund wanted to go scarier he could have. A TV show adaptation for this movie would probably want more balance between the horror and the comedy bits, but I think it would succeed more as a consistently funny show as opposed to a scary show. It would all depend on the cast the producers could get. Would you want to go with a mix of known and unknown actors, or would you try to get stars throughout the cast? Englund would have to make an appearance, as well as Joey Lawrence. You could probably also turn the concept into a kind of sitcom (think a scary Modern Family or a horror movie riff on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). I think people would watch it.


4- Bones: It’s a shame that Bones wasn’t a bigger hit when it came out in the fall of 2001 because I would have loved to have seen a full on “Snoop Dogg as a horror icon” horror movie franchise. Bones was a heady mix of the weird and disturbing with a bit of supernatural slasher thrown in, and it would have been cool as hell to see what was next for the Jimmy Bones character. Since it doesn’t look like we’re ever going to get a part 2, why not transform the concept into a TV show? It could be a sort of riff on Freddy’s Nightmares but with Jimmy Bones as the hammy monster every episode. There could be “anthology” stories, where Bones doesn’t figure into the story directly, and other stories where he is the driving force of the narrative. I think that would work. And who the hell wouldn’t want to watch a weekly TV show featuring Snoop Dogg?


3- Final Destination: This is another movie that could be turned into a kind of Freddy’s Nightmares type show, where we see the Bludworth character (definitely played once again by Tony Todd) “hosting” the show and both appearing in “people escaping death only for death to come back for them later on” stories and driving the plot and stories where he just hosts the thing. There’s plenty of cool potential stories left to tell when it comes to the Final Destination concept, not to mention plenty of interesting ways for people to die that we haven’t seen in a TV show yet. And that would be the draw for the show sometimes, maybe have big stars do an episode and end up dying in the weirdest and most fucked up way possible. Yes, the whole thing would probably be weird as hell, but with Tony Todd leading the way and holding it all together I think you could get three or more seasons out of it. Eh, maybe this is all too “high concept.” Even if it is, it would be fun to try to make it happen.


2-Dreamcatcher: The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi horror novel Dreamcatcher is a mess. I mean, in general, it’s well made and features a top notch cast, but there’s way too much plot and story for a measly two hours and fourteen minutes. A proper movie would have simply focused on the grown up kids dealing with the alien monster in the woods, not that and the whole secret government/military agency that “deals” with aliens and whatnot. There’s just too much happening in that story for one movie. Dreamcatcher should be, needs to be, a TV show. It would work as a big deal mini-series type thing (one season and that’s it) or as the jumping off point for an ongoing show, but it’s definitely something that needs time to breathe. Again, there are just so many characters and so many things happening that a two hour movie just seems like a bad place to try to fit them all in. I know that Under the Dome lasted three seasons and, hell, that was longer than I thought it would last. So why not give the also very dense and full of characters Dreamcatcher a TV adaptation?


1—American Psycho: American Psycho is a weird movie because you’re not quite sure if what you’re seeing is actually happening/”real,” or if it’s all in the mind of incredibly disturbed yuppie monster Patrick Bateman. I see the validity in both ideas, and it’s something that a TV show could expand upon and explore. I would also keep the jet black comedy and the general absurdity of the yuppie stock broker era, with the business card envy and stuff like that, because that stuff is great. And I would use the movie as the direct inspiration for the show and stay away from the overwhelming darkness of the book the movie is based on because, well, I think I would rather watch a TV show about a deranged stock broker serial killer that’s funny as opposed to dark and serious. That kind of show would be depressing as fuck. I wonder what Lionsgate is going to try to do with the American Psycho show it’s proposing. Will it try to be funny or will it be all serious and depressing?


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