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Carrie's Back: Four Other Horror Flicks That Deserve Musicals

It was announced recently that Carrie: The Musical would be revived on Broadway for MCC Theatre's 2011-12, season 22 years after it flopped like the fish in Faith No More's "Epic" video. How bad did Carrie, based as you may have guessed on the Stephen King novel and subsequent film, flop? Well, they named a history of Broadway failures Not Since Carrie. That should sum it up pretty well.

But hey, times they do a-change. Look at the world since Carrie was attempted. Horror musicals for the stage are on the rise, with Evil Dead and Re-Animator both doing respectably well. Repo: The Genetic Opera and the film version of Sweeney Todd were certainly proof that the cinema audiences at least are hungry for blood and arias. Maybe Carrie's time has come again.

If Carrie is ripe for the stage, we can think of several other films we'd like to see get the Broadway treatment.

Saw: The Opera

Saw and opera have a lot in common, and we don't just mean the wincing and the fact that neither make any sense whatsoever. The overall arc is the grand rise and fall of a larger than life figure who locks those around him into inescapable confrontations. Most of the people operas are based on are kind of psychotic anyway

For most of the first film in the series you don't even have to leave the basic set. The mystery aspect that forms much of the other aspects of the film isn't all that dissimilar to the mystery aspects of Phantom of the Opera. Also, think of how cool it would be to cut out the lights while Adam is being stalked by Jigsaw, singing a haunting tune while wandering up the aisles using a camera flash as the only light.

The only thing missing from such a show if it was based on the first film would be opportunities for Jigsaw himself to take center stage, as his absence is a main plot point. Perhaps a truly ingenious writer could work in some of Tobin Bell's fantastic speeches from the other films in some way.

Zombies Most Wanted: The Musical

From the moment we heard about local horror filmmaker Kevin De Vil's hunting show parody using zombies instead of deer we knew that it was going to be something special. Both the original short and the sequel were down and dirty, tongue in cheek, masterpieces of modern irreverence.

Honestly, such an approach to zombies is just what the stage needs. Between the guns, the hick characters, and the subtle dig at its own violence the shorts already play like Annie Get Your Gun as directed by Romero.

We're thinking something upbeat, something catchy with a good rock beat. You've got a great lead in the over-the-top Steve Killem, and in the end we might end up with the big zombie dance number we've all been waiting for since "Thriller."

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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