Yesterday, Variety announced that Snakes on a Plane helmer David R. Ellis has signed on to direct Humpty Dumpty, a 3-D sci-fi horror movie about a murderous half-alien, half-human being. Some might balk at the idea of turning a child-friendly nursery rhyme into a bloody horror flick, but I say: Bring it on! After all, should we really be that shocked that “Humpty Dumpty” can so easily be transformed into a scary movie? It’s about a giant egg. Who is capable of feelings. What’s scarier than that?
Plus, plenty of childhood-related figures have been adapted into images of pure terror — clowns, dolls, leprechauns — and several nursery rhymes/songs are rooted in horror as well. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s see: There’s “Ring Around the Rosie,” a nice song/game that’s based on the Plague. And “London Bridge Is Falling Down” is thought to be referencing the Vikings’ attack on the London Bridge (another theory points to child sacrifice). “Humpty Dumpty” itself was likely inspired by the English Civil War.
So yes, I feel that “Humpty Dumpty” will make for a perfect horror flick. I only wish more nursery rhymes would follow in its footsteps. How about “Sing a Song of Sixpence”? The rhyme is about a bunch of blackbirds that are first baked in a pie, and then decide to eat the queen’s nose. Go ahead and try to convince me that that wouldn’t make a killer revenge flick. What do you think, PopWatchers? What nursery rhyme should be turned into a horror film? And which childhood images scared the bejeezus out of you? My vote goes to Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces.