Max Thieriot Reveals Details on Wes Craven's 25/8
Back in February, we revealed that horror master Wes Craven was working on a new project titled 25/8 in which he was planning on introducing yet another "signature villain" in the same vein as Freddy Krueger or Scream's ghost mask killer. At the time, not much was known surrounding the story, the cast, or anything else, but today we finally have an update. STYD talked with 19-year-old actor Max Thieriot (seen above), who was cast in the lead as a character named Bug, and got some juicy story details out of him. Thieriot confirms that the film is more of a thriller than a slasher, but the story definitely sounds as twisted as anything else Craven has created in the past. Horror fans won't want to miss this.
What was revealed in February was this brief synopsis: the villain turns up 15 years after his execution to kill seven children born on that fateful night. Craven said that the film is "more a thriller than slasher film, and revolves around a young kid with a very dark past involving his family and his father." Thieriot plays that "kid." The big question is whether this film, which was written by Craven as well, will take him back to his Nightmare on Elm Street roots. Thieriot says that he brought on a new crew this time, which is different for Craven, but that it still pulls a bit from the classic Freddy Krueger franchise.
"I feel Nightmare on Elm Street is cool because it's very smart. It's not just killing. It has a whole back story and this craziness going on, and I think 25/8 has that, too. It's basically about this kid and his life and when he's born, his dad was a serial killer who had multiple personalities and basically, as people start dying in the movie, I start getting multiple personalities, too, because I inherited it from my dad. It's kind of like this crazy plot but the whole time, people are just switching in and out of personalities. You're not really sure who's killing who and it's very cool."
I'm not even sure what that all means, but it sounds rather twisted and enticing. I'll stand by my statements that I made initially, saying that we're in dire need of "another new iconic horror villain in this day and age that isn't Jigsaw from the Saw series, because too many people hate him and that entire torture-horror genre." Will 25/8 introduce the next iconic villain? Let's hope so, but from that description, I still have no clue what to expect. We'll need some strong visuals from Craven for that! Until then, this sounds like yet another mediocre horror flick that won't hit big. I hope Craven can really whip this into shape because the horror genre seriously needs a reboot itself.