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. michael bay is the man

  2. *Cue explosion #1*
    *Cue explosion #2*
    *Cue horrible, PG-13, scary face*
    *Cue explosion #3*

  3. The thought of watching any of his films frightens me.

  4. He’s directed 3 horror movies already, Transformers 1, 2 & 3!

    • lol you beat me to the punch, I was just going to type something similar.

      He makes horror movies all of the time, truly horrific ones.


  5. If Bay wants to do a Horror film…make the long awaited Freddy vs Jason vs Michael Myers Film. Robert Englund as Freddy.

    • But Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash would make more sense seeing as there is already a comic and the book from Evil Dead is shown in Friday the 13th part 9.

      • Throw em all in there. Freddy vs Jason vs Michael Meyers, with Ash as the protagonist.

      • I think there was a condition put in though by Bruce Campbell that he’d only do a Freddy vs Jason vs Ash movie if Ash won.

  6. Exploding zombies?

  7. Don’t care what films he makes i wont be seeing them

  8. A Zombie movie would be the most suitable for him as…

    *puts on shades*

    … that is how all of his actors perform in his films anyways. Unless it is Will Smith, who will forever remain convinced he is living in the mid-90s.

    Obvious joke is obvious etc…

  9. Most of his work is already pyromaniac, mass destruction snuff. What more horrific things can he do ?

  10. I don’t see he can make horror genre movies but I do see he can make horrible movies.

  11. The Purge was a hit?

  12. It’s strange everyone here and all the people I know who enjoy movies hate his films so who keeps turning up at the cinema?

    • It’s cool to hate Michael Bay.

    • I gave up on him after the first Transformers movie. I was so excited when that first trailer hit, and in the end it was, in my opinion, a terrible film.

      • Agreed.

        I made the ridiculous decision to pay to see Transformers 2 in the hope it would be an improvement but it turned out to be even worse.

    • The same people who eat a chain restaurants and anything else heavily mass marketed, the general public.

  13. Michael’s key word is “self-financed”. Wan has proved you don’t have to spend a lot.
    Michael is known himself for adhering to tight budgets even on high budget
    films and there would be little risk for him to make his own horror film.

    • He could also easily afford it himself, from budget to promotion.

      I’m more excited for the found footage movies PD picked up though.

  14. Well I do get scared and scream in terror now when michael bay is attached to a franchise I like.

  15. No Way. Didn’t his company give a weak Friday The 13th & Nightmare On Elm Street reboots?

  16. Michael bay gets a lot of well deserved crap, but in all honesty i found pain and gain to be pretty solid

    • Pain and Gain did make me laugh quite a few times.

      • I dont think bay was the reason it was solid tho. The 3 men had spectacular chemistry and really drove the film. Bays stylistic choices were a bit to much for me.

  17. I can see it now…’The Night of the Living Explosions’

  18. If Michael Bay were to do a horror movie, it should be the Seinfeld inspired “Death Blow” “Death Blow: When someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but for different reasons altogether”.

  19. You mean he hasn’t made a horror movie yet? Oh horror, not horrible. My bad

  20. Michael Bay Wants to Direct a Horror Movie – then turn the camera around and film you making a movie. The Horror!

  21. So Bay wants to do David Cronenberg and Peter Jackson style movies then, full of body shock scenes and gore? I could see that working somehow.

    Wouldn’t want to watch it except for curiosity once it hits TV though.

  22. Not only is Michael Bay a great film-maker, but he’s also an IMPORTANT one. An auteur with a unique view of the world with his own voice and vision. I 100% believe without a seed of doubt that Father Time will be very kind to Mr Bay. He will be celebrated for all the reasons he is currently despised.

  23. So would it be fair to expect an explosion instead of a jump scare if he made a horror movie? At least he has experience on keeping the camera on fan service-y scenes.

  24. Yes plz! I <3 me some hawt Megan Fox gal darnit!

  25. I’d give him a chance depending on the concept.

  26. It would be called:

    Trandformers 5: Maximum Overdrive

  27. Michael bay directing a horror movie is the best plot for a horror movie ever.

  28. Well his movies are horror-ble.

  29. Aren’t all his movies horror?