Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell
Given Bay’s considerable success in the megabudget action sphere — where his movies have grossed a staggering $4.7 billion — it may have struck some as odd when he began snapping up rights to a bunch of classic horror flicks from the 1970s and ’80s. But the 48-year-old says he was profoundly influenced by the genre growing up in Los Angeles during that period.
“Some of my favorites include The Exorcist and The Shining,” says Bay. “These are movies that stand the test of time.” Through his Platinum Dunes production company, he is able to relive a bit of his spine-tingling adolescence, dredging up such monsters as Leatherface (for 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 sequel), Freddy Krueger (2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street), Jason Voorhees (2009’s Friday the 13th) and Michael Myers (for an in-the-works Halloween III).
But amid a shifting horror landscape where the microbudget offering is all the rage, Bay is staying nimble. He teamed with producer Jason Blum on The Purge ($3 million budget; $87 million worldwide gross) and delved into the found-footage subgenre with the upcoming Almanac. Bay has yet to direct a horror film, but that might change. “I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie,” he says.
And for the man who once sparred with his Transformers leading lady Megan Fox, horror has one definite upside: “I love this genre because the movie is the star.”
Read THR's complete Masters of Horror list here.