Recently Saturday Night Live wondered what a Wes Anderson horror movie would look like, and naturally Owen Wilson, as interpreted by Edward Norton, had to star. But what if you flipped that idea on its head -- how would horror movies like Freddy vs. Jason, Scream and Frankenstein be changed if Wilson starred in them, along with his good buddy Vince Vaughn? Wonder no more and watch the following video.
This year's Owen/Vince fright fest comes courtesy of writer-comic Dan Perrault (contributor to such sites as College Humor, Showtime and Cracked.com), and it's another reminder that good casting is crucial, especially when it comes to the horror genre, where the scare factor is influenced greatly by who, exactly, is playing the "final girl" -- or the nasty killer. Can you imagine what these movies would have been like cast with these folks?
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, The Shining (1980)
Sometimes, it's a matter of who doesn't get the role. Director Stanley Kubrick considered both De Niro and Williams to play Jack Torrance, but decided neither was quite right for the part that became one of Jack Nichoson's iconic roles. But we love to imagine a bug-eyed Robin Williams crying out, "Here's Johnny!" with an ax in his hand.
Jeremy Irons and Michelle Pfeiffer, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Irons might have brought more a bit more icy reserve as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, but we think the onetime Catwoman would have made a completely compelling Clarice Starling.
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Anne Lockhart, Halloween (1978)
Horror greats Cushing and Lee were both sought for the role of Dr. Loomis. In the end, Donald Pleasance was great, and went on to work with director John Carpenter multiple times. Cushing and/or Lee would have brought their own unique qualities to the role of the anguished medical professional (Lee is a heavy metal singer, after all). Anne Lockhart, an experienced young actress, was Carpenter's first choice for "final girl" Laurie, but he ended up going with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Veronica Cartwright, Alien (1979)
Cartwright auditioned to play Ripley, the lead, and thought she had been cast in the role until she showed up for costume tests and found she would instead be playing the important -- but supporting -- role of Lambert. Sigourney Weaver, of course, rode Ripley to stardom.