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Lots of people aren't too fond of remakes or reboots, but once in a while there's that particular one that actually doesn't do that bad at the box office (the Evil Dead remake) and people end up liking it. No matter what, a loyal horror buff still makes time to check it out and express their opinion about it. Quiet honestly, there's some movies out there that just shouldn't be touched (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for instance) but still, Hollywood keeps going forward with them, regardless of what people think. Some of the titles in the next list were once expected to make it to the big screen or VOD — mostly remakes or reboots — but sadly they ended up being dead projects that, as of today, might never see the light of day.

1. Halloween Returns

With an original release back in October 2010 and set to be in 3D, it never saw the light of the theater. In October of 2014, Malek Akkad (son of the original Halloween producer Moustapha Akkad) said that he was expecting the last draft for the movie before Halloween, but we never heard anything, nor who was in charge of writing it.

Since Dimension Films lost the rights to the movies (after 20 years) the project was left behind — at least for now. The premise of the movie revolved around Michael Myers being on death row. Once a child of one of his victims and his buddy (the son of a cop who's obsessed with Michael) sneak into witness the execution, things suddenly go haywire. The synopsis was never confirmed, but it does sounds like it could have potential.

2. The Last of Us

Back in August of 2014, news first broke out about a possible "live action" The Last of Us movie, based on the hit video game sensation of the same name. According to writer Neil Druckmann, he had finished a second draft of the script and even had a read-through with some actors. Very little work happened after this and we haven't had any news since. The movie had a plan to be produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. There was even a rumor that actress Maisie Williams (Arya from Game of Thrones) was reportedly in talks to play Ellie. There was however, a heavy rumor about a Last of Us 2 video game currently in the works (good news for gamers, see below) but nothing has been confirmed as far as a film goes.

3. The Monster Squad

One of the most beloved horror comedies of all time, it follows a group of teenage kids who idolize the classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man and their fight against them to stop their quest to control the world after they are accidentally summoned. News first broke out about a possible remake in 2011, but there was no official plot. Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller revealed that they aren't developing the remake anymore and quoted that the project was:

...dead, there's a possibility for the project to be picked up in the future but as of now, it's dead.

4. Motel Hell

We could have seen a remake of the 1980 film, which revolves around a crazy butcher, farmer and hotel owner that finds unsuspecting travelers only to bury them in his backyard so he can later make beef jerky out of them. The movie was supposed to be released back on December 7th of 2007 and was later moved for a theatrical released in 2008 but it never did happened. The project has since then been shelved and MGM (the original backer) hasn't mentioned a word about it.

5. Stigmata 2

Stigmata 2 was announced as an obvious sequel to the 1999 movie in which Frankie (Patricia Arquette), an atheist hairdresser, is suddenly afflicted by the phenomenon after receiving a rosary that belonged to a priest who suffered the same affliction. The film was announced back in 2008 and was written by Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection, The Crow: Wicked Prayer). Intended to go straight to DVD, the film is no longer in development and none of the original cast members were set to return.

6. The Fly

At first, Todd Lincoln was the original pick to write and direct the remake but when he was no longer associated with it, David Cronenberg stepped in to fill in his shoes. Cronenberg (who was the original director of the 1986 film starring Jeff Goldblum) was set to write and possibly direct the film one more time. At that time, Cronenberg stated that the film was more of a "sequel" rather than a remake. The people at Fox passed on Cronenberg's script (wow) and it seems that they still haven't found a script to their liking.

7. Fatal Frame

Yet another failed game adaption, the Fatal Frame movie was announced way back around 2002–2003 when DreamWorks hired writers Robert Fyvolent and Mark R. Brinker to adapt the game into film. No plot was released, but the game followed the story of Miku who, armed with a camera, was in search of her lost brother inside a mansion. To add to the terror, the siblings had the ability to see supernatural events. Rumor has it that when DreamWorks/Paramount split in 2008, they left many unfinished projects behind, with FF being one of them.

8. Rosemary's Baby

In 1976, a sequel titled Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, was highly disliked by viewers, so back in 2008 (for a brief moment) producer Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller briefly considered the possibility of a remake, but sadly that same year, it all fell through. Instead, on May 11th and 15th 2014, a two-part, four-hour television miniseries adaptation was released on NBC. But it's unclear if we will ever get a remake of the '76 classic on the big screen.

9. Chopping Mall

A 1986 science fiction horror film about a bunch of teenagers trapped in a mall with killer robots (originally titled Killbots), a Chopping Mall remake came into talks when co-writer/director Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) announced plans for a remake. It was later confirmed that filming was set to begin in spring of 2012, but that never happened. It's been a few years since we heard anything about any progress with it, so as of today is in development hell.

10. Candyman 4

I know what you're thinking, Candyman 4 was not much of a remake or reboot, but it was another project that created buzz and is now stuck waiting in the wings. Due to so many issues of ownership with different companies, this project never moved forward as it was intended. If it had been made, there was a budget of around $25 million for production alone. The studio reportedly contacted Clive Barker about the possibility of making this a "vs." film, specifically with another one of Clive's icons Pinhead (Hellrasier). Luckily, Clive was against the idea. Can you imagine what a disaster that would have been? Candyman vs. Pinhead!


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