Horror movies tend to get snubbed at the Academy Awards. The one-time Best Picture win for a pure horror movie was The Silence of the Lambs, despite many other popular and critical successes such as Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist receiving nominations.
That could all be about to change with legendary director Martin Scorsese's next picture - a biopic about 'America's First Serial Killer,' H.H. Holmes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Could horror be back in the Oscar game?
Since proving his skill at being evil in Django Unchained, depraved in Wolf of Wall Street, and coming-apart-at-the-seams in Shutter Island, Leo looks like a pretty good fit for the most demanding of dark roles: H.H. Holmes.
Here's Leo delivering some prime crazy as Calvin J. Candie; the blood on his hand is his own actual blood so let's give him extra points for going method...
According to Deadline, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will team up for an adaptation of Erik Larson's study of H.H. Holmes, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.
Paramount will finance the project after beating off competition from four other studios, and that cash seems safely bankable; Scorsese and DiCaprio's other team-ups include the critically acclaimed Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and Wolf of Wall Street.
The Terrible History of H.H. Holmes
Depending on which reports you read, Holmes killed somewhere between 27 and 200 people in his 'Murder Castle'; a giant hotel he built around the Chicago World Fair in the 19th Century.
He killed innocent guests using elaborate systems of poisonous gas tubes, hidden doors and secret passageways, dismembering and disposing of their bodies in the basement. He made sure to employ different architects for different portions of the hotel so that only he himself knew its true secrets.
Personally, I think the prospect of this movie is pretty damn exciting. Holmes was a horrible dark blot on humankind but he's still as big a part of history as Jack the Ripper (well, according the some sources, he could actually have BEEN him...)
Besides, talking purely cinematically, he may have been a scum-sucking murderous worm but he had a way with words...