It’s been a while since Bill Hader was gabbing about the slasher film that he is collaborating with Judd Apatow on. Way back in the when he said the movie was called House of Joel, and he described it by saying, “It’s partially Straw Dogs meets Halloween meets Home Alone meets The Monster Squad.” If I didn’t know better, I would say he looked into my mind and stole that quote directly from my deepest fantasies. Recently Hader spilled some more details about the project and where they’re at with its development when talking to The Playlist.
Firstly, Hader says that there has probably been a name change, “Well, I’m not sure it’s called House of Joel anymore. I don’t know what’s happening with it exactly. Judd, me, and Jason Woliner are gonna meet in L.A. soon to figure out what the next steps are. It’s a funny, funny script and it’s Judd’s take on a slasher movie. It’s been a long gestating project, but I think it’s worth it because it just keeps getting better.” Better sounds good, but Apatow hasn’t done anything yet other than comedies with a little added heart. What would an Apatow-made horror film look like?
Hader spills a few details; “I play a guy who finds out that his girlfriend was basically a Laurie Strode type. She’s been hiding the fact that 15 years ago she survived this horrible night, and the way I find this out is that I inadvertently take her back to her hometown as a surprise and reawaken all the evil. It’s kind of a getting over your girlfriend’s past kinda thing. It’s sort of like having to deal with, ‘You did what!?’” So there it is, the patented human element. Apatow is taking the idea of dating a girl who has lived through a slasher film and equating it to dating a girl who has a more sordid past than you might like. Speaking from experience, I can say that I would sometimes rather hear that a girl I’m dating has lived through a mass slaughter rather than some of the other things I’ve been subjected to. “You did what? With how many guys? Oh, but they’re all dead? Thank God.”
This movie sounds great to me. Hopefully a lunge into a different genre will break Apatow of his habit of bloating his comedies with increasingly larger amounts of personal crap. Or at least it will turn that personal crap into gory metaphor. I can take a bunch of brutal killings much easier than another 45 minutes stuck in a house with Adam Sandler and Apatow’s wife and kids.