I love when actors, writers, or directors known almost exclusively for one thing decide to tackle a genre completely outside of their safety zone. It may not work every time, but it’s almost always interesting. Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder worked. Denise Richards in The World Is Not Enough didn’t. Which brings us to some interesting news from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Bill Hader is there promoting his comedy Adventureland, but while speaking with CHUD‘s Devin Faraci he let slip news of another possible collaboration with Judd Apatow. But instead of the usual pot-laced comedy, Hader has co-written (with Simon Rich) a slasher film with comedic elements. And the pitch that makes me want this film right this second?
“It’s partially Straw Dogs meets Halloween meets Home Alone meets The Monster Squad.”
Yes, please. Hader goes on to say that it’s about “the idea that you watch fucked-up shit on TV… violence in our culture… the idea of that thing coming to your house, and what do you do? I would shit my pants. What if that guy decided to come to your house. What would you and your dipshit friends do about it?” This has major potential in both directions. Could be funny as hell, or could be stupid Scary Movie-like slapstick.
What do you think?