Ah, the good ol' 'Family Film', designed to appeal not only to the little nippers, but to a much wider range of audiences too. Pleasing adults and children alike, they are the staple of entertainment to families growing up. But once those day's have passed and the audience looks for other genres, these family films may not be viewed as much as they were in years gone by. But what if these films were given a spin on them by incorporating real-life articles that could turn them into amazing horrors?
Below you will find eight family-friendly films, which can all be turned into some pretty disturbing horrors if they went along a slightly different route. What do you guys think? Vote in the poll below and don't forget to let me know in the comments section too!
8. When Nemo's Dad Goes Psycho
In 2003, the world was introduced to one of the most enchanting film ever, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios masterpiece, #FindingNemo. Following the death of his wife, the story follows a single parent clownfish named Marlin, who's son, Nemo, was taken from the Great Barrier Reef by a diver. But is all as it seems? If the film followed what actually happens in the wild, then it could have been turned into a decent horror along the lines of #Psycho. Clownfish live in a big school, with all of them being male, except for one. When the single female dies, the dominant male will then change sex to become the sole female in the school. As Marlin lost his wife, he should have turned into a female, so on that basis, has Nemo been abducted by an impostor? If Marlin didn't change sex, was his wife secretly a male in disguise? Was it a case of 'we all go a little mad sometimes?' Who knows, but that would have made #FindingDory a much darker sequel.
You can learn a little more about Marlin's sex change here.
7. Requiem for a Flipper
In 1963, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released the feature length film #Flipper, about a young boy who befriends a dolphin whilst living in Florida. The popularity of the film led to a TV series which ran from 1964–1967, a 1964 sequel called Flipper's New Adventure, plus the 1996 film starring #PaulHogan and #ElijahWood. Is Flipper really all smiles? Could the film have been made better if it was turned into a horror? If the infamous dolphin developed an habitual drug habit then certainly!
Earlier this year, it was brought to light that back in the 1960's, neuroscientist John C. Lilly ran a NASA-based research experiment in the hope that humans would be able to communicate with dolphins. During the experiments, someone came up with the idea of throwing LSD into the mix, and things got, well...weird. On top of this, the first reports of dolphins purposely getting high by inhaling pufferfish was described in late 2013. Having flipper basically flipping out whilst stoned off his face would lead to certain carnage, just a shame that the family-friendly route was taken and not this one.
6.The Sexually Depraved Penguins of Madagascar
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private were the secret agent penguins that first appeared in the 2005 film #Madagascar, before going on to star in their own film in 2014's #PenguinsofMadagascar. The film follows the quartet as they work together with Agent Classified in order to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world. But don't be fooled by their hilarious persona, as under the feathers lies a dark secret: these penguins are sexually depraved little perverts! If only the film took the horror route, and made the penguins more along the lines of the findings of Dr George Murray Levick. During his study between 1911 and 1912, Levick found evidence that adelie penguins were 'engaging in rape, gang rape, sexual and physical abuse of chicks, as well as necrophilia with penguins, some of which had died the previous year'. Now that's one way to turn a family friendly film into one almighty messed-up horror!
5. The Incestuous Lion King
Double Oscar winning film #TheLionKing follows Simba, a young lion Prince who is cast out of the pride by his uncle Scar following the death of his father. Years later, he meets his childhood friend Nala, who tells him that Scar has destroyed their home in the Savannah and Simba must return to reclaim his position as king. However, in a pride of lions, the dominant males (in this case Simba) are the only ones that mate, and they will kill any offspring that have been fathered by another male (in this case Nala), which will bring the female back into heat. So in a major plot twist to this family-friendly film, at the end of the movie when Simba and Nala form a romance and subsequently have a baby cub, the fact would be that Nala has mated with, and given birth to, her own brothers baby!
4. Babe: Pig with the Penis Face
In 1995, Universal Pictures released the Oscar-winning movie #Babe, about an orphaned piglet who was raised by sheepdogs, where he learned to herd sheep. Three years later, the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City was released, garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
However, in September 2016, reports came in that a bizarre-looking pig was found in China, with a human-looking face complete with a penis...on its forehead... After finishing his adventures in the city, is it possible that Babe was used in an experiment that went horribly wrong and started terrorizing the residents of Metropolis?
3. Night of the Little Dead Mermaid
In 1989, Walt Disney Pictures released the animated musical fantasy film #TheLittleMermaid. The double Oscar winning film follows Ariel, a rebellious 16-year-old mermaid who has a fascination with life on land. Forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, to take a trip to the surface, Ariel does so anyway, and falls in love with a human prince.
But little does Ariel know, the human race has become infested with a deadly virus that has wiped out the entire planet, and the un-dead roam the world looking for human flesh. Back in October 2016, Paul Jones was walking along the beach in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth when he discovered the remains of what certainly looks like a dead mermaid. It's just a shame that the remake of the original is due out later this year, and they decided not to go along the lines of this instead.
2. Bambi's Revenge
Can you believe that #Bambi is 75 years old this year! The multi Oscar nominated film follows Bambi, a young white-tailed deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest', on his adventures following the death of his mother at the hands of a poacher.
Could the sight of seeing his mother being shot by a human cause a red mist to descend on Bambi? Could he be looking out for revenge against the human race? In May this year, in Texas State, a deer was captured for the first time gnawing on human remains, not only this, but the deer...was a white-tailed deer...
1. The AristoCats Get Stuffed.
#TheAristoCats was produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1970 and follows a family of Persian cats who are set to inherit a hefty fortune. However, they are kidnapped by a jealous butler who leaves them in the country in order to inherit the money himself. Naturally, they are saved and the evil butler is thwarted, but earlier this year, reports came in of strange sightings of creepy turkeys forming a marching circle around a dead cat. Did the AristoCats really find themselves back home to Paris, or were they secretly kidnapped by a cult of sadistic murderous turkeys?
You can watch some footage of these crazy birds here.
So there you go! Eight family friendly films that can be given the horror treatment. So what do you guys think? Vote in the poll below and don't forget to let me know in the comments section too!