Jon Croker

Snowman

High up on the mountaintops of the Himalayas and the snow-covered recesses of our movie libraries sits The Abominable Snowman, the 1957 monster mythic starring the legendary yeti terrorizing any explorer that dared to traverse its home. Much like the titular man-beast of the mountain shadows, the fascination with the snowman has yet to die, which is why British horror label Hammer and producer Ben Holden are rebooting the film for a new generation. Hammer, which owns the rights to the original, is looking to add a modern, dark spin on the campy classic, which starred Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, and Maureen Connell as a team of very misguided explorers. While the expedition in the original had the intention of finding the monster of the mountain, the reboot, written by Matthew Read (Pusher) and  Jon Croker (Angel of Death), is going in a more sinister path; this time around, an illegal expedition ascends an unclimbed peak on a treacherous mountain range, accidentally awakening the ancient yeti as they trespass. Essentially, they done messed up.

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Hammer Films’ return to fright cinema, the Daniel Radcliffe-starring The Woman in Black, has proven to be a lucrative spin on the haunted house thriller for the classic movie studio. The film is the highest-grossing British horror film in the past two decades, pulling in over $33m in the UK, with a worldwide receipt that has recently passed the $120m mark. So, of course, Hammer is working on a new installment to the film – and while horror sequels are not often something to get too excited about, this new film already has some creativity behind it that should set it apart from stuff like Jason X: We Set Jason to Space Because We Literally Had No Other Ideas. ComingSoon reports that the new film, titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death will be set forty years after the first film and will center on a couple and their experiences at the super-creepy Eel Marsh House. The story is an original one by novelist Susan Hill (who wrote “The Woman in Black” source material back in 1983) that has reportedly been in development for years. Scribe Jon Croker is currently working on the film’s script.

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