I’ve been pondering this idea for a while now, so I thought I’d post it on here. I haven’t thought up anything yet, not characters, settings, or even the plot so this is a very brief idea but it’s something I’m very keen to develop in the future.
I’ve always been fascinated with the gritty, disgusting, unpleasant, scary elements of history, maybe because I’m a twisted individual. I became fascinated with the plague and the middle ages back when I went to Weymouth Timewalk back when I was quite young. I don’t think it’s even open anymore but it was a walk through rooms set up with dummies and furniture etc made to replicate elements of history and part of it was to do with the plague. Something about that part of history fascinates me and I really want to make it into some kind of gritty historical horror film.
For a start, the outfit that plague doctors wore are terrifying and would be a perfect horror character. They’d go around painting red X’s on the doors of people who were infected and then lock them in, the disease was vile, lots of people died and the conditions back then were awful; what better basis for a horror film? It’s not really something that’s been done particularly either. Another ‘plague’ that interests me was the dancing plague of 1518 which was an extreme case of ‘dance mania’ where people started dancing, unable to stop and after several days ended up dying of exhaustion and other illnesses. How true it is I’ve no idea, and it’s not really something that’d be particularly cinematic, but it’s quite interesting.
When Once Bitten is out the way, I think this’ll be my next project. Obviously I’m unlikely to be able to make it for a long time, I simply don’t have the resources or money that’d be needed to do it, but I’m definitely keen to write the script.