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Get ready, horror icons getting together for the horror version of The Expendables called Death House

February 13th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Despite the fact that The Expendables as a franchise is one of the biggest letdowns in the history of action films (how did they manage to mess that up not once, not twice but three times?!) the concept was a solid one; gather together the biggest names the genre has to offer and have them do what they do best. It’s been whispered about for a while now, but it looks like the horror genre is going to give it a go, as icons from screen screams gather at Death House.

And when we say icons, we mean the best of the best. Robert Englund (Freddy in A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danny Trejo (Machete), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Kane Hodder (Jason in many Friday the 13ths), Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling, Critters), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser’s Pinhead), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead) and Camille Keaton (I Spit on your Grave).

We can’t wait for some Internet guys to tally up the kill count these guys have between them.

Here’s the plot rundown:

“The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural. Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII. Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless, bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here. Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and… releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hordes led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The monsters are freed, and they’re going down. Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors gauntlet; their only hope of escape is descending into Hell and enlisting the help of the Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face-to-face standoff with absolute evil… only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply. Who are the monsters? Who will escape?”

This is gonna be messy.

The project has been on the cards for a while, but took a knock after co-writer and horror icon Gunnar Hansen passed away last year. Everything seems back on track now, and we’re so ready to visit Death House.

Thanks to Squareeyed for the catch

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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