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Old 05-30-2024, 11:10 PM   #1
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What would a TMNT horror movie be like?

Hey, so remember when the Blood and Honey guy said he wanted to make a TMNT horror movie? I mean, he's obviously not going to, the only reason he even got to make Winnie the Pooh horror movies is because the character entered the public domain. It also doesn't seem likely that Paramount will entertain the idea and TMNT does not enter the public domain until 2080, so don't count on seeing a TMNT horror movie.

But... What if one was made? What would the angle be?
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Old 05-30-2024, 11:27 PM   #2
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People making horror movies based on public domain characters is stupid. They’re clearly just doing it for the attention of turning family friendly cartoon characters violent.

They’d probably just make the turtles ugly monsters that kill people with their weapons. That’s pretty much it from what I can tell. Never seen them and don’t plan to. It’s just low budget garbage.
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Old 05-30-2024, 11:42 PM   #3
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Plenty of room for that, with precedent set by Mirage, 4kids (at times), & of course the 2012 show. I'd just assume adapt one of those pre-existing stories. Rat King would be a great character to lean into for that, I think.
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Old 05-31-2024, 12:25 AM   #4
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Oh if we are talking a legitimate horror movie where the TMNT take on a supernatural villain or something that's different. That'd be cool to see.

The Shredder being brought back as like a zombie in the 2012 series was cool. I thought it was very well done and creepy.
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Old 05-31-2024, 03:01 AM   #5
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Picture creepy, dark sewers, grotesque mutant turtles, and Shredder as a slasher villain. April and Casey would be fighting to survive in a city overrun with mutant horrors. It'd be like "The Descent" meets "The Thing."
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Old 05-31-2024, 03:24 AM   #6
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Mirage TMNT + The Mist + The Descent

Very roughly inspired by the story in Mirage volume 2 where Leo faces off against a giant turtle.

Get one turtle alone for a reflective, cerebral, horror-action movie. Not tons dialogue or characters and not a lot of narrative handholding.

More about taking a turtle through a psychedelic horror adventure where you’re not always sure what’s happening. The large turtle is the existentially horrifying antagonist of sorts, which gives our ninja turtle a lot to chew on mentally and physically. There are other strange creatures or possibly characters to encounter down there as well. Possible Rat King appearance.

I suppose the real horror will be the existential themes like having to acknowledge being a strange mutated creature, or the horrifying awe of a giant snapping turtle underground. The relationship between our turtle and the “monster” turtle. Our ninja turtle having to reckon with destroying the giant turtle’s helpless eggs despite a shared connection and uniqueness between them.

Plenty of room for some action segments as well.

Perhaps it needs some type of McGuffin or even a child for Leonardo to save.
Something to drive the journey forward.

So not completely traditional but I think you have to take some swings to make a TMNT movie scary and so I’d lean into the trippy cerebral side of things. Despite the large physical threat it’s more of a mood piece overall. It’s a reflection on existence, mutation, and morality.

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Old 05-31-2024, 09:23 AM   #7
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Just take something like Rick Veitch's "The River" and lean into/amplify the horror material already there in droves.
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Old 05-31-2024, 10:24 AM   #8
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You won't have to wait too long to find out. By the end of the decade (That's basically only 5 years away but could be much sooner). You'll be able to prompt whatever Movie/TV show you want to watch and it'll be generated by AI.
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Old 05-31-2024, 10:56 AM   #9
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Someone some years ago here suggested the Rat King being used for a horror film and I haven't let that one go, I still want it.

Mind you, this was before IDW Rat King and leaned more toward the 2012 styling of him and it's what I think of, but honestly either of them, or even the 1987/Mirage type, would work well as a movie villain/monster. Give the largely clueless general public something unexpected.


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Mirage TMNT + The Mist + The Descent

Very roughly inspired by the story in Mirage volume 2 where Leo faces off against a giant turtle.

Get one turtle alone for a reflective, cerebral, horror-action movie. Not tons dialogue or characters and not a lot of narrative handholding.

More about taking a turtle through a psychedelic horror adventure where you’re not always sure what’s happening. The large turtle is the existentially horrifying antagonist of sorts, which gives our ninja turtle a lot to chew on mentally and physically. There are other strange creatures or possibly characters to encounter down there as well. Possible Rat King appearance.

I suppose the real horror will be the existential themes like having to acknowledge being a strange mutated creature, or the horrifying awe of a giant snapping turtle underground. The relationship between our turtle and the “monster” turtle. Our ninja turtle having to reckon with destroying the giant turtle’s helpless eggs despite a shared connection and uniqueness between them.

Plenty of room for some action segments as well.

Perhaps it needs some type of McGuffin or even a child for Leonardo to save.
Something to drive the journey forward.

So not completely traditional but I think you have to take some swings to make a TMNT movie scary and so I’d lean into the trippy cerebral side of things. Despite the large physical threat it’s more of a mood piece overall. It’s a reflection on existence, mutation, and morality.
I now want this too.

Heck, after Mikey gets a Ronin film, have Leo in a horror like this, some crazy Sci-fi with Donnie maybe, and Raph a very brawler-ish kinda movie.

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Old 06-01-2024, 01:22 AM   #10
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Michael Bay's monstrosities were pretty much horror to me.

But on a slightly serious note, those designs would fit for a horror TMNT movie.
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I brainstormed this back in a thread that I started over a year ago:
https://forums.thetechnodrome.com/sh...ad.php?t=65803

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New Yorkers are suddenly disappearing at an alarming rate, the first victim being a pizza delivery boy. Investigative journalist April O’Neil follows the trail into the city’s sewage system. There she discovers four frightening humanoid turtles that fight like deadly ninjas, and their master is a malicious mutant rat that feeds on human flesh. The city’s pollution problem has led to the creation of the mutant monsters instead of the mutagen accident in the original story, and every night the turtles kidnap at least one person and drag them underground to feed on them.
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Old 06-01-2024, 10:54 AM   #12
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Just take something like Rick Veitch's "The River" and lean into/amplify the horror material already there in droves.
But then they'd have to pay royalties...
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