Recently Saturday Night Live wondered what a Wes Anderson horror movie would look like, and naturally Owen Wilson, as interpreted by Edward Norton, had to star. But what if you flipped that idea on its head -- how would horror movies like Freddy vs. Jason, Scream and Frankenstein be changed if Wilson starred in them, along with his good buddy Vince Vaughn? Wonder no more and watch this video from writer-comic Dan Perrault, who contributes to Cracked.com among others:
Funny, though not exactly the horror movies we've come to know and love. It's a reminder that good casting is crucial, especially when it comes to the horror genre, where the scare factor is influenced greatly by who, exactly, is playing the "final girl" -- or the nasty killer. Here are how some other horror movies might have been different, due to casting choices:
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, The Shining (1980)
Sometimes, it's a matter of who doesn't get the role. Director Stanley Kubrick considered both De Niro and Williams to play Jack Torrance, but decided neither was quite right for the part that became one of Jack Nichoson's iconic roles. But we love to imagine a bug-eyed Robin Williams crying out, "Here's Johnny!" with an ax in his hand.
Jeremy Irons and Michelle Pfeiffer, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Irons might have brought more a bit more icy reserve as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, but we think Pfeiffer would have made a completely different Clarice Starling than Jodie Foster.
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Anne Lockhart, Halloween (1978)
Horror greats Cushing and Lee were sought for the role of Dr. Loomis. Donald Pleasance was great, and ended up working with director John Carpenter multiple times, but Cushing and/or Lee would have brought different qualities to the role of the anguished medical professional. Lockhart, an experienced actress, was Carpenter's first pick for 'final girl' Laurie, the part that eventually went to first-timer Jamie Lee Curtis.
Veronica Cartwright, Alien (1979)
Cartwright auditioned to play Ripley, the lead, and thought she had been cast in the role until she showed up for costume tests and found she would instead be playing the important -- but supporting -- role of Lambert. Sigourney Weaver, of course, rode Ripley to stardom.
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