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Following last week’s announcement that FANGORIA will be partnering with Anchor Bay Films and producer Steve
Stabler on a remake of writer/director Bob Clark’s much-loved 1972 cult
favorite CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, we caught up with Kevin
Kasha (pictured), Anchor Bay Films’ executive vice president of acquisitions
and co-productions, to get his take on the upcoming zombie flick.
“FANGORIA and Anchor Bay have a great working relationship
that goes back a couple of decades,” says Kasha. “Their name is renowned within
the horror community, and it was just a matter of time before we would combine
resources and reputations for a film.”
Kasha, who has produced such films as FLIGHT OF THE LIVING
DEAD, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2 and THE CELL 2, insists that the remake team will
do the previous ghoulish movie justice. “The 1972 original, directed by Bob
Clark of PORKY’S fame and written by Clark and star Alan Ormsby, scared the
hell out of me when I first saw it as a kid!” he says. “It left a lasting
impression on me. The film has reached a level of cult status reserved for few
movies of any genre, let alone horror. Our goal with the new version is to of
course honor the original, but reimagine the inventive premise for today’s
technologically sophisticated, but always thrill-hungry audiences.”
The producer joins fright fans everywhere in welcoming
makeup FX master Tom Savini, who got his start in the film business from Clark
and Ormsby, into the director’s chair for the CHILDREN redux. Says Kasha,
“Tom’s groundbreaking makeup effects on such horror classics as the original
DAWN OF THE DEAD and FRIDAY THE 13TH, as well as CREEPSHOW and MANIAC, have
given him the one must-have quality for a horror film director: He knows what
Stay tuned for more updates on Fango’s CHILDREN SHOULDN’T
PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS.
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