We’ve slowly been seeing details on Todd McFarlane‘s ‘Spawn’ reboot and now it seems the tone of the film might not be what we were expecting. With the nature of the ‘Spawn’ comics and the horror-themed microbudget films that Blumhouse is known for, we’ve all assumed that this was going to be a straight-up horror film, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. McFarlane is hinting that ‘Spawn’ will be more of a “supernatural thriller” than a horror movie.

While dealing with murderers and an anti-hero who literally made a deal with the devil to return to the land of the living, the theme seemed like it would be straightforward. Only, according to this iconic hero’s creator, when describing the tone he says:

“I hesitate on the word horror. I’m very specific about not using that word too much. Because it has a broad definition to a lot of people.”

That isn’t to say that there won’t be darker moments in the film. In fact, the only reason he is hesitant in describing the movie that way is how different many viewers feel about horror:

“Horror, to my wife or to a lot of people, it means, oh, you’re gonna slaughter some co-eds in some bloodbath or something. I consider dialing it back to say it’s a supernatural thriller. So then it’s not gonna be a gore fest.”

While we’ve seen plenty of violence and bloodshed in the ‘Spawn’ comics over the years, it never felt like the book was centered just around that and feels good to preface the movie in that same manner. He feels that the trailer will draw in audiences as:

“What’s gonna matter is, really, the first time they get to watch the trailer. And then, once you watch the trailer, then all the talking’s over. Because, now, they’re gonna see it.”
“And then, at that point, they’re gonna go, ‘Oh, that’s either interesting or curious. I might give it a chance.’ Or, they’re gonna go, ‘Yeah, you know what, I was hoping for something a little more, you know, Marvel-like.’ They’re gonna visually see it. I’m not gonna be tricking anybody by saying, ‘Hey, come to my movie. It’s superhero extravaganza,’ then do a dark movie behind their back. They’re gonna see the trailer. Might even do three or four trailers. They’re gonna see lots and lots of this. So, everybody will be personally educated as to whether they wanna walk into the theater and give it a chance by the time the movie gets there.”

I wouldn’t hold my breath on when we can actually see a trailer though with how early into pre-production the movie is.

Are you looking forward to ‘Spawn’ returning to the big screen? Do you prefer the film being described so early as a “supernatural thriller” over horror? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Comic Book