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Will The New Mutants Work as a Horror Movie?

October 16, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Every so often we get a round of columns and articles about how the superhero movie genre is getting oversaturated and stale. While the box office numbers are strong, it’s only a matter of time before audiences are looking for something new and fresh.

Then a trailer like Fox’s New Mutants comes along and makes you say, “Yeah, that’s different, I want to see where this goes.”

But will enough people feel that way?

Fans of the comic book are most likely familiar with The Demon Bear Saga storyline and are excited for what’s to come. But the average moviegoer is probably a little confused at what they saw and how it fits in with the rest of the Fox X-Men franchise.

The first trailer for New Mutants caught a lot of attention because it looks and feels like a full-on horror movie in the X-Men movie universe. It was supposed to. The movie’s director, Josh Boone, spoke to IGN about the project and made that clear. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

On how Fox let him make a X-Men horror movie: “FOX made Deadpool and Logan and they were sort of so tonally different they felt embolden to let us go make it different, and make have its own distinct tone and identity. I think of the mainline X-Men movies more as grand operative science-fiction films. This is much more of a performance-driven horror film.”

So what are the main influences on The New Mutants from the comics but also horror in general?

On what influenced the movie: “Our whole pitch for this series was based on Bill Sienkiewicz run with Chris Claremont [The New Mutants vol. 1 #18–31, 35–38], so it’s very much when New Mutants became dark and surreal and more horror driven.

We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Darabont wrote that back in the day and that was very inspiring to us. If we’d had just done New Mutants the comic, it would’ve been very much set-up like an X-Men movie in the mansion with Professor X and all that. So we really wanted to do something different. So kind of what we brought to Sienkiewicz and Claremont’s take on New Mutants was this idea they’re all in a psych-hole for mutants.”

On how it connects to the X-Men universe and will other X-Men appear in the movie: “I can’t… there’s some things I can’t talk about. I can just say it is connected to and a part of the X-Men universe, and will continue to be a part of the X-Men universe and will be a part of that as it opens up in the next movies and all that.

Every video complains online about characters that aren’t in it right now. I will say we’re going to introduce new characters in the next movie as well. Characters like Karma and Warlock, and all that will be in future movies.”

On the plans to make New Mutants a trilogy: “We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s.

These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie.

Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”

What did you think of the New Mutants trailer? Will audiences crowd to see a horror/superhero blend movie?

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