Seeing as he is the man responsible for such seminal comedy classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers, there is a chunk of the population at large that considers John Landis to be a comedic director. I mean, this is the guy who made Coming to America; clearly he’s the master of the chuckle. Horror fans will tell you different, however. Not only did Landis first cut his teeth on a monster movie called Schlock, he’s also the man responsible for one of the greatest horror movies of the 80s An American Werewolf in London.
Why was that movie so good? Because it took Average Joe characters that we could relate to and put them into genuinely horrific circumstances, because it used top of the line practical and makeup effects to bring its creature elements to life. It didn’t show off with how much it could do using computer animation like modern horror; it stuck to giving us things that felt real and consequently made our skin crawl. For my money the monster and gore milieu never got any better than when directors like John Carpenter and John Landis were making gross movies with practical special effects, so of course horror fans must be wondering if Landis ever plans on dipping his toe back into the genre. Well, turns out, he does.
When talking to the director, Bloody Disgusting asked if there were any more horror films in his future, and his answer was surprisingly definitive, “You know what? Actually, I’m writing one with Alexandre Gavras and we’re shooting it within the next two years in Paris,” he said. “Yeah, a little monster movie. It has no title [yet]…You’re the first people to know about it.”
There was already a pretty lackluster sequel to An American Werewolf in London set in Paris, but Landis didn’t have much to do with the development of that one. Could this be his way of making it up to the fans? Or might this even be another crack at An American Werewolf in Paris done the right way? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate. Landis, of course, is old school, so he managed to exit the interview by giving us a bit of a tease.
He added, “We know who’s gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now [so I can’t tell you who they are].” What a jerk! What if he’s planning on making a project that revisits elements from all of his big hits? He’s going to be re-teaming with his Oscar leading man Sylvester Stallone, isn’t he? Angelo ‘Snaps’ Provolone goes to Paris and becomes a werewolf. Sounds good to me.