Fresh off the Venice premiere of her newest movie, Charlie Says, Mary Harron (director of American Psycho) has announced her newest project. She will be bringing the teenage vampire story, The Orange Eats Creeps, to the big screen.
The script is based on the 2010 cult novel of the same name, written by Grace Krilanovich. It takes place in the Pacific Northwest following a group of feral, strungout teenagers. The Amazon description says this of The Orange Eats Creeps:
“A band of hobo vampire junkies roam the blighted landscape—trashing supermarket breakrooms, praying to the altar of Poison Idea and GG Allin at basement rock shows, crashing senior center pancake breakfasts—locked in the thrall of Robitussin trips and their own wild dreams.”
The Orange Eats Creeps sounds absolutely insane, almost nonsensical, and something very much up Harron’s alley. Reviews after the novel’s release sung Krilanovich’s praises, particularly in the terrifying story and fascinating prose. Perhaps we can expect another a fever dream Harron film full of blood and guts.
So why adapt The Orange Eats Creeps? Harron told Screen Daily:
“It’s a very underground, experimental novel that I thought was interesting. Young people traveling around the northeast [of America], living around the highways.”
Harron will be collaborating on The Orange Eats Creeps with writing partner, Guinevere Turner. They’ve worked and collaborated together for years on films such as American Psycho, The Notorious Betty Page, and Charlie Says.
This news about The Orange Eats Creeps comes after the controversial premiere of Harron’s Charlie Says, her take on Charles Manson’s story. It stars Matt Smith as the deranged cult leader, which some found to be an odd choice for the role.
No further details have been released, but make sure to check back for more info on The Orange Eats Creeps as it comes. What do you think of Harron’s latest project? Have you read the novel? Do you think it’ll make a good film? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!