Maine is horrifying. Stephen King is aware of it. Anybody waking as much as the 12 months’s first blizzard with a damaged snowblower is aware of it. And moviemakers realize it – even when Maine’s baffling refusal to go filming incentives signifies that most “Maine-set” horror films and TV reveals are filmed cheaper elsewhere. However simply how scary can Maine get? Properly, listed below are some picks for the real-world Maine places most inviting for a courageous movie crew to carry to cinematic life. Or dying. All story concepts freely given – right here’s to Maine lastly getting the in-person horror film legacy it deserves. (Additionally, I’m up for a “story by” credit score and a few back-end factors.)
Malaga Island (off Phippsburg)
Proposed title: “Malaga,” has the proper pronoun (mal = “unhealthy”), and simply sounds appropriately ominous
The pitch: A tiny Maine island with an unsightly historical past performs host to a story of buried secrets and techniques, the place the previous is rarely as useless as sure folks wish to fake.
The Maine horror: The story of Malaga Island is one in all Maine’s most potent true tales of epic injustice. The early Twentieth-century eviction and displacement of the island’s mixed-race residents by the Maine authorities concerned thuggish white supremacy, the doubtful dedication of residents to an infamously merciless psychological establishment, and even the disinterment of the islanders’ graves. Trendy-day horror has come a good distance within the style’s skill to sort out real-world racial points in ways in which delve deeper than utilizing real-world horrors for exploitative window-dressing. A Black filmmaker like Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Nia DaCosta (the “Candyman” remake), Barry Jenkins (“The Underground Railroad”), or “Lovecraft Nation’s” Misha Inexperienced may discover the proper, nuanced supernatural tackle one in all Maine’s most horrific legacies of racial injustice – and the way it bleeds into Twenty first-century America.
Evergreen Ski Resort (Stoneham)
Proposed title: “The Pining” (due to the Maine woods – you get it)
The pitch: An organization’s plans to reopen a long-abandoned ski resort deep within the White Mountain Nationwide Forest inadvertently reawakens – one thing – left behind within the a long time after the disastrous collapse of the scandal-plagued vacationer lure.
The Maine horror: An deserted resort? In the midst of nowhere (technically on the lonely Maine/New Hampshire border)? Anybody else getting some mixed “The Shining” and “Friday The thirteenth” tingles proper about now? Maine’s historical past of increasing into, after which retreating from, a few of our most distant and starkly lovely reaches has left plenty of crumbling buildings for the unwary to encounter, ought to they stray from the highway. In a slasher/supernatural thriller, an evocatively spooky location (full with frozen-in-time Seventies lodge interiors) is half the battle. Plus, a spot like this might have plenty of rusty, forgotten implements mendacity round.
Pocomoonshine Lake (Princeton)
Proposed title: In case you’re not going to hurry out to see a monster film named “Pocomoonshine Lake,” you and I are very completely different folks.
The pitch: A scientific crew despatched to analyze the centuries’ price of tales a few large, snake-like monster on this Washington County lake finds one thing a lot, a lot worse.
The Maine horror: Look, if Scotland can have Nessie and Vermont can have Champ, then Maine can have Poco, which is what I’m deciding is the one title for this legendary (or is it?) Maine monster. One of many issues that varied Maine governments’ refusal to go tax incentives for movie manufacturing within the state misses is the possibility to essentially showcase how strikingly wonderful Maine can look onscreen, and a part-aquatic horror-adventure monster flick set within the nice, darkish north is simply the form of factor that might put Maine on the map, cinematically talking.
Flagstaff (close to Eustis)
The title: Taken from Maine singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves song concerning the location, “Beneath” is evocatively haunting. (The track itself is a little bit jaunty for our functions, however perhaps it may play over the top credit.)
The pitch: An unlawful diving crew attempting to find a secret flooded together with the complete Maine city of Flagstaff finds that one thing else has been ready for them.
The Maine horror: Flagstaff, Maine’s Wikipedia web page begins with the phrase, “a ghost city and former city in Somerset County,” and that’s a very good begin. The reality of Flagstaff is even higher/scarier, because the previously energetic Maine city was deliberately flooded to make manner for the damming of the Lifeless River (additionally a very good title) in 1950, leaving what stays of the place lurking on the backside of what’s now Flagstaff Lake. Oh, and the place was initially based by eventual notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, so perhaps we work in some shady Revolutionary Warfare ghosts as effectively.
Proposed title: “The Disturbed.”
The pitch: After a company land-grab opens previously protected forest to growth, building crews start to expertise an escalating collection of horrifying occasions – marked by some very huge footprints.
The Maine horror: As chronicled in every single place from Maine’s International Cryptozoology Museum to the guide “Bigfoot In Maine” by Portlander and Inexperienced Hand Bookshop proprietor Michelle Souliere, the Pacific Northwest can’t monopolize all of the Sasquatch sightings. And whereas the entire Bigfoot horror style has been fairly awful general (Bobcat Goldthwait’s unnerving, “Blair Witch”-esque “Willow Creek” being the exception), the concept of the probably legendary whatever-it-is solely turning into a menace as soon as its pristine and remoted habitat is disturbed (see title) introduces a whole lot of thematic weight. Logging, deforestation, human-caused extinctions, and greed reaping a large, bushy comeuppance has all of the telltale indicators of a contemporary Maine horror traditional.
Dennis Perkins is a contract author who lives in Auburn together with his spouse and cat.