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Super Hero Concepts That Could Easily Have Been Horror Movies

By Shawn DePasquale

Super Hero Concepts That Could Easily Have Been Horror Movies

The big news about the highly anticipated X-Men spinoff film, The New Mutants, is that director Josh Boone intends to make it a horror movie. Very little is known about the film, but a source told Entertainment Weekly the rough details:  “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”

By simply changing the perspective and shifting the tone a little, Boone took the Chris Claremont-created concept of superheroes-in-training in an unsettling new direction. What other superhero concepts could easily have gone in a different, frightening direction making them tales of terror rather than stories of heroic deeds.

Ant-Man - A psychological thriller about a scientist who uses an experimental serum on himself  hoping to have unlocked the secret of molecular manipulation to shrink objects and people. At first it seems like nothing happened and his experiment is a failure. As time goes on the increasingly irritable scientist begins to get terrible headaches. He drinks to numb the pain and his relationships further deteriorate. Eventually he discovers the truth: his serum worked, but only on his brain which has been slowly shrinking over time and giving him symptoms similar to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), causing him to become violent and crazy.

Blue Beetle - Jaime Reyes is a normal teenage boy until he discovers an ancient Scarab on his way home from school. That night, the Scarab comes alive and grafts itself to the base of his spine, inducing nightmarish visions.

Guardians Of the Galaxy - Peter Quill is 12-years-old when he is abducted from Earth, held captive on a ship with flesh hungry aliens and has to fight for his life to survive. His only allies are a terrifying, homicidal talking raccoon, a moronic sociopath, the daughter of a despot, and a creature that looks like a tree but clearly isn’t from Earth.

Hawkgirl - Kendra Saunders tries to commit suicide, but when her soul briefly departs it allows an ancient Egyptian Goddess to inhabit her body. Things get much worse for our heroine when a winged man shows up insisting they're soulmates. Helplessly trapped in her own body Kendra can only watch in horror as the Goddess inside her does unspeakable things with her body and she's forced to love a man she doesn't know.

Carnage - This one sort of writes itself. A serial killer gets ahold of an alien being that provides him with enhanced powers to become a more efficient killing machine! In the horror movie version there is no spider powered superhero around to stop him! Can the man inside the monster defeat the demons in his head and gain control or this creature, or is humanity doomed?

Invincible -  Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been tapped to adapt this long-running comic series into a feature, but if you remove the coolness-factor of a kid discovering he’s got superpowers, all that’s left of this story is a boy who learns he’s got powers only to find out he has to murder his father to save the world! That right there is darker than anything in The Walking Dead.

Robin - An orphaned boy is adopted by an eccentric billionaire and forced to dress up in a costume and fight crime with the man who believes he's a bat.

Spider-Man - He’s a hideous mutant spider, man! Body-horror at its best. Someone call David Cronenberg!!

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