Notable films: Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Red Eye
Famous for: Horror with American allegory, heavy amounts of blood and gore, genre subversion, self-aware horror, torturing a female lead and sometimes letting her live.
Hypothetical title: Euro
Hypothetical premise: Honors student Jane is in the transitional summer between high school or college and has just been informed that her job at the ice cream station has been terminated because it is going out of business. With absolutely nothing tying her down, she decides to fly to Europe for the summer with her two best friends. This is set up in the first few episodes.
Of course, all three of them have seen tourist torture porn like Hostel and Turistas, so they’re on the lookout for creepy strangers and overly-nice Europeans. One of the nice people at their hotel gets so frustrated by their apparent knowledge of his schemes that he decides to resort to Taken and break into their hotel room with a gang of thugs and abduct them.
Once captured, the trio endure endless torment at the hands of some sick Germans. They know how this works, and begin to appeal to their captors’ obviously messed-up childhoods and ruined relationships. Jane is the only one successful at this, and returns home traumatized and unable to live a normal life. In essence, it’s a torture porn TV miniseries.
Cross between: Hostel, Scream, Taken and The Hills Have Eyes.
Likely to bring: Robert Englund is a Craven regular, though only in the Nightmare on Elm Street films as Freddy Krueger. He’d probably love a chance to pair up with the director who gave him his career and play a new evil character as well. As far as leading ladies go, Craven often likes to go with relative unknowns for his lead teen roles. This means someone like Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) would be ideal for his purposes here.
Likeliness of this happening: 6/10. Craven has done a TV series based off of his Nightmare on Elm Street mythology and also tackled a couple episodes of The Twilight Zone in the 80s. The next obvious step for him would be to take the self-reflexivity of the Scream films and apply to something original. Still, though, he may be making more entries in that film if Scream 4 does what it’s supposed to at the box office, so it’s semi-plausible, but still quite unlikely.