Michael Bay Wants to Direct a Horror Movie

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We can now fairly say that Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw’s prediction that 2013 could be a profitable year for horror cinema has proven to be correct, thanks to the efforts of director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2), as well as the popular scarefests offered by newbie filmmakers (Mama, Evil Dead). On an even more encouraging note, horror is now a genre where creativity and ingenuity have proven to be the big selling points, as was recently observed by none other than… Michael Bay?

Yes, Bay – who has produced a number of poorly-received remakes and/or reboots of cherished horror properties through his Platinum Dunes banner over the past decade – has sung the horror genre’s praises, for the way that its success doesn’t usually hinge on having big-name stars as a selling point. More importantly, the Transformers franchise director says that he wants to get in on the horror moviemaking game – by serving as more than the money behind a horror project, that is.

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Michael Bay produced this year’s horror/thriller hit ‘The Purge’

The Bay quote comes from a recently-published THR article (hat tip to STYD) that focuses on “Hollwood’s 20 Masters of Horror”. Bay naturally made the cut, since there’s no getting around the fact that his and PD’s remakes of such titles as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street have tended to make a tidy sum and profit at the box office (regardless of your own personal feelings about each and/or every one of these horror classics re-imagined for the 21st century).

More intriguing, however, is the comment from Bay included in said article:

“I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie. I love this genre because the movie is the star.”

Now, although Bay and PD have made a bundle by remaking horror films, they’ve recently hit it big with the original horror/thriller The Purge, which grossed a healthy $64 million in the U.S. (against a $3 million budget, no less) thanks to its concept, far more than the draw of its leads (Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey). That is to say, Bay has taken a drink from the same well that has fed the financial success of recent horror films like Insidious, Sinister and so forth (i.e. movies sold on their artistic merits and originality) – so he knows from experience that “the [horror] movie is the star” (even when it’s not a remake/reboot).

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Michael Bay filming ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

Now, the big question is: does the horror genre and director Michael Bay read as being a good match? The filmmaker has ventured outside of the action blockbuster arena before, yet his fast-cutting style and/or his fondness of explosions have remained present even when Bay’s dipped his toe deeper into the pool of science-fiction (see: The Island) or social commentary/satire (see: Pain & Gain) – often to the point where it harms what might’ve been a better final product if it were not brought to life through Bay’s hands (to avoid sugarcoating the situation).

On the other hand, Bay is skilled at capturing movement (read: motion energy) on-camera; not to mention, exploiting the human form in order to produce attractive eye candy. As such, a horror film directed by Bay would presumably be more of an exercise in trashy and visceral horror filmmaking (rather than thoughtful and atmospheric scares) – and there is a market for that kind of horror entertainment, which bodes well for the chances that Bay will get to realize his (for now) dream.

How about it: do you want to see a horror movie directed by Michael Bay?


Source: THR [via STYD]

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  1. While I’m not the biggest Michael Bay fan and I’ve hated almost every remake Platinum Dunes has made I would be all in for Bay making a horror film himself.
    Even though horror films often make studios a lot of cash the genre itself is often treated like the red headed stepchild of movie genres.
    But if a director like Bay steps in and makes a quality horror flick it could open the doors for other big named directors doing so.
    How great would it be to see some of the top tier directors working today making horror films?
    I’ll answer my own question. Amazing. :)

    • I had similar thoughts when Michael’s name might be associated with the genre.
      Michael is a big name director, with fans and detractors, and a successful big
      name at that and having such a director tackle horror is good for horror.

      Maybe it could help start a trend much like comic book films that
      now attract top tier talent and there is precedent that should
      give any director confidence which is the likes of none other
      than Kubrick and Hitchcock have made classics of horror.

      • I wonder if the same could happen with re-releases of classic splatter movies like Bad Taste now that Peter Jackson has made a name for himself in Hollywood.

  2. Bay + Horror film = tons of blood, gore, boobs, stunts flying through the air, recycled scenes from other of his movies… sounds pretty entertaining…

    Go for it Bay!

  3. I’ll agree it could be good for horror in general. I won’t say ill be watching the movie when he makes it. I say when cause he’s got the money and pull to make it happen.

    I work in a multiplex and I see most films that come out in a wide release. At least over the last 10 years. Bay Ruined A Nightmare On Elm Street in my eyes. I’m waiting to see a trailer for whatever he tries to direct.

  4. Micheal Bay movies are both horrible and whore-able, so he kind of does that already!

  5. Michael is actually a very accomplished filmmaker. As a filmmaker myself, I know the kind of pressure that can be put on a director to amp up the action and spice up the film with some good old fashioned T&A. As for those of you bagging on the man, I understand it’s fashionable for you to bag on directors like Bay, Shyamalan and even Uwe Boll. But the real quest is have any of you critics ever even made a movie that made anywhere near what his lowest grossing movie did, much less ever even made a feature film? I sincerely doubt it.

    I’d like to see any of you do anything nearly as good as he’s done. And before any of you go there, no I don’t know Michael Bay or work for him or anyone associated with him. I’m just a filmmaker and not a very good one at that, who understands the process and B.S. that comes with making movies with other people’s money.

    I have no doubt that he’ll make a very entertaining horror movie as long as it’s his money with no strings attached to it. So why don’t you folks save your criticism until he actually makes the movie and it’s released, or until you make a movie that’s as profitable as his least profitable movie?

    • There’s art in everything. For me it wholly comes down to whether or not I’m being presented with an interesting or unique voice. I don’t personally see how Michael Bay’s art is less valid somehow in the movie-sphere than Nolan, Snyder, Whedon, Del Toro, Burton, Tarantino or say Justin Lin.

      Everyone auteur has a different aesthetic and in the case or Bay he sculptures action and kinetic energy on a truly epic scale that no-one has yet successfully matched. Roland Emmerich is the closest comparison I guess in movie-makers able to build massively enjoyable, beautiful and thrilling trash.

      Michael Bay’s films are really the only place I can hear that voice, and for all his lack of subtlety and obnoxious characterisations… Sometimes I just need to see a mid-air robot transform into a jet and boom off into the distance.

    • Well for starters he makes movies for a viewing audience then charges them money to make a profit from the film (nothing wrong with that it’s just fact). If that audience doesn’t appreciate the work that they have paid to see then they have every right to voice that opinion! especially on a website that revolves around participating in critiquing the films, t.v shows they watch.

      Not everyone who watches movies wants to make movies, that does not mean they don’t have a right to complain when the film fails to meet there expectations as an AUDIENCE not as Film school lecturer.

      I like the way after all that you can chalk your argument up to profit, does that mean Avatar and Titanic are the best films ever made?

    • People love to hate on successful people. Just because someone made a couple films that were disappointing, people act as if he can’t make good films at all. The Island, Bad Boys 1&2, Transformers 1 – they were all great films IMO.

      I hope he can find his way again. I’d be interested on seeing is take on a horror film. I just hope it’s not a remake so people will take the film on its own merits rather than comparing it to a past one.

      • Bab Boys 2 and The Island sucked!!!!

        • You suck!!!

          See how equally constructive that is?

          • Its very constructive, and you suck BIG ONE’S!

    • You completely invalidated whatever point you were trying to make by going down that cliched “You make something better then” route.

      We all have people who we just can’t get into their work at all. For me, it’s Joss Whedon and Kevin Smith, for others it’s Michael Bay, others hate Peter Jackson.

      Someone else said “people love to hate success”. Not true. I wish him all the success in the world, I just don’t understand why his movies are guaranteed box office draws when there’s little substance there and his films becoming massive successes tells studios, audiences and film makers that the way to do it is to go for mindless action.

      Someone else said The Island, Bad Boys 2 and Transformers 1 were great movies.

      I disagree entirely. I thought they were as crap as most of his other movies (Armageddon being an exception, I love that film and find it better than Deep Impact).

  6. @Shadowman

  7. Well, he already did. Horror have many faces..

  8. Michael Bay sucks!!!

  9. I have not seen any film directed by, it would be interesting to know his experience as director and watch the movie more popular than ever created.

  10. Michael Bay is the ingredient for all genres of film making. I’m not a fan of horror but with Bay behind the producing of the Purge I had to investigate and man did I like what I could see.