Psycho Killer: Interdimensional soul-harvester, Pinhead… so named because he’s got sharp pins sticking out all over his head.
Franchise History: Loosely adapted from a novella by British genre favorite, Clive Barker, 1987’s Hellraiser — in which Pinhead was merely a supporting character — spawned eight Pinhead-centric follow-ups. The last, Hellraiser: Revelations, went directly to DVD in 2011.
Why It Would Work on TV: Between last season’s Constantine and this season’s Lucifer (not to mention next year’s Damien), it’s clear that TV execs are interested in characters who have literally been to hell and back. And few cinematic killers cut as hellish a figure as Pinhead. A Hellraiser show could easily be made into an episodic affair, with each installment chronicling the travails of a lost soul who comes into possession of the puzzle box that grants Pinhead access to our world. An encounter with the demon could either result in their savior… or damnation.
An American Werewolf in London
Psycho Killer: David Kessler, an American abroad in jolly old England who gets in touch with his wolfish side after an attack by another lunar-activated lupine.
Franchise History: John Landis’s 1981 hit is a nostalgic favorite for anyone who caught it in theaters or on cable during that era. The belated 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, has been forgotten by almost everyone, and for good reason.
Why It Would Work on TV: Because you just know that the Brits would make a killer 7-episode limited series that’d become a cult favorite stateside for some lucky streaming service. (See also: Black Mirror on Netflix, Misfits on Hulu, and Catastrophe on Amazon.) Picture this: Misfits mastermind Howard Overman brings rising American star Nat Wolff across the pond, gets him bit, and then embeds him in a wolf pack that includes Rupert “Ron Weasley” Grint and a newly Downton-less Laura Carmichael. We’re already howling with delight.
Psycho Killer: Nancy, a teenage witch who forgets Spider-Man’s famous lesson about great power requiring great responsibility.
Franchise History: There’s just the one movie, but Craft love looms large enough in the pop culture consciousness that Sony announced a film reboot earlier this year.
Why It Would Work on TV: And wouldn’t that big-screen reboot be the perfect jumping-off point for a series? Frankly, it’s surprising that The CW hasn’t already revived The Craft already, since it fits in perfectly with the “supernatural teen” thing they’ve got going on with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. In its previous life as The WB, the network was home to not just one, but two witch-themed series: Charmed and Sabrina. A soapy high-school drama with witches would be guaranteed to cast a spell on its target demo.
Psycho Killer: They may start out as cute and furry Mogwai, but all it takes is one post-midnight snack to transform these critters into scaly, sadistic gremlins.
Franchise History: Joe Dante directed the original 1984 box office smash and it’s less commercially successful (but critically adored) 1990 sequel.
Why It Would Work on TV: A feature film reboot is reportedly in the works, but producers might be wiser to explore small-screen options, allowing the town of Kingston Falls to potentially become the next Twin Peaks or Scream’s Lakewood. There are plenty of eccentrics present in the original film who aren’t given their full due once the Gremlins start running amok. Just think of the story potential in exploring how Ruby Deagle became the bitter old crone you root to see thrown out a window via a stair lift.
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