As predicted long ago, Faces of death reboots for the 21st century at Legendary Entertainment. The studio reportedly just picked up the rights to the fake documentary that was originally released in 1978 and then became a cult hit, with multiple sequels over the following years. Because many video store stores refused to sell the film, it was often passed on bootleg VHS in the 1980s and 1990s.
For the reboot of Legendary, Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber, the team behind 2018 Cam, will write and direct the new film respectively. Susan Montford and Don Murphy of Angry Films will produce, and Cory Kaplan will executive produce with Rick Benattar of BT Productions. John Burrud, who produced the original Faces of death movies, is also on board to work on the reboot.
According to THR, the new film’s plot “ revolves around a female moderator of a YouTube-like website whose job is to remove offensive and violent content and who is herself recovering from severe trauma that a group encounters with the recreate is the murders from the original movie. But in the story prepared for the digital age and the age of online disinformation, the question is, are the murders real or fake? “
Released in 1978, the first Faces of death is written and directed by John Alan Schwartz, although he used the pseudonyms “Conan LeCilaire” and “Alan Black” in the credits. Presented as a documentary, the film features pathologist Francis B. Gross (Michael Carr) as the host, presenting viewers with the gruesome deaths captured on tape – from a paratrooper landing in a crocodile pit to a convicted prisoner being baked in the electric chair. The grainy, low-budget nature only helped the images feel more realistic, leading many to believe it Faces of death was a real snuff movie.
In reality, most of the footage was filmed especially for the movie with actors and the production crew. Since this was years before everyone had Google at their fingertips, it was not easy to prove or disprove the images’ authenticity, and its release caused waves of backlash around the world. In many places the movie was outright banned, making the VHS release a highly sought after item for movie collectors for many, many years.
Controversy creates cash, so it was only natural Faces of death to continue as a series. Schwartz returned to work on three more sequels, each with new death scenes, depicted as real-life images of actual deaths captured on tape. Faces of Death V. and Faces of Death VI would be released in the following years, consisting of footage from the previous episodes. The series also spawned copycat films, such as the 1993 film Traces of death, although in fact it contained considerably more real pictures of actual deaths.
Also in the works at Legendary on the horror side is another Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot. In front of Faces of deaththe studio wants to lean more towards psychological horror as opposed to the typical slasher film fanfare. As of now, no release date has been set for the reboot. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
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