Nineteen years ago, Kevin Bacon starred in David Koepp’s adaptation of Richard Matheson’s story, Stir of Echoes. Now, they are teaming up for the new horror movie You Should Have Left for Blumhouse Productions.
“Whatever door you opened in my brain, I want you to shut it – now!” – Tom Witzky
Bacon’s Back to Horror
Kevin Bacon was still in the early stages of his career when he starred in a little film called Friday the 13th back in 1980. From there, he went on to headlining in the mega hit, Footloose and more mainstream movies like John Hughes’ She’s Having a Baby. However, he still kept his roots in the horror genre.
Movies like Tremors, Flatliners and Hollow Man gave him some serious cred with thriller audiences. He even starred in a serial killer show for Fox called, the Following. His SyFy Tremors pilot for the SyFy network is listed as being in post-production on IMDb.
Recently, Variety announced that he is teaming up with his Stir of Echoes director, David Koepp again. This time Bacon is producing and starring in the big screen adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann’s You Should Have Left.
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions will be behind the project. This bodes well for this effort considering the company has been on fire lately with the successes of Get Out and Split. Plus, Blum is also producing the upcoming Halloween film from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green.
According to IMDb, Bacon will be playing a screenwriter who rents a house in the German Alps moving his wife and daughter with him. Apparently, things go south when he experiences a block in his creative process.
Daniel Kehlmann’s You Should Have Left hit bookshelves in 2017. The premise of the novel sounds very much like Stephen King’s the Shining except with a possible twist. There may be time travel involved, an alternate dimension or Bacon’s character could be losing his mind.
Like Jack and Wendy Torrance, the screenwriter and his wife Susanna bicker all the time. According to the New York Times, the best moment in the book does for baby monitors what “Jaws did for swimming in the ocean.”
As with any other horror genre effort, there are cryptic warnings from characters that go unheeded as well as the beleaguered couple deciding to leave but sticking around in time for weird events to start occurring. The film is currently in pre-production.
We will keep you up to date on the progress of this project as the information is made available.
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