Director Katt Shea (The Rage: Carrie 2, Poison Ivy) is bringing us a new Nancy Drew, this time with a dash of horror and what looks like a whole lot of fun in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Sophia Lillis (It, It: Chapter Two) stars as a new version of the plucky girl detective who likes to skateboard and wears ripped jeans. While the trailer errs towards the more upbeat, with Shea behind the camera, there’s bound to be some horror elements sprinkled throughout the film.
Shea’s Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is an adaptation of the original story written in 1939 by Mildred Wirt Benson. In this version of the story, Nancy moves from Chicago to a small town where she craves adventure and mystery. While boredom seems to be setting in, an opportunity finally presents itself in the form of a ghostly mystery at the Twin Elms mansion. While not explicitly a horror movie, it seems like it will serve as a vehicle for future horror fans to dip their toes into the genre.
This is Katt Shea’s first foray into directing since The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999). In fact, in a recent interview on the Shock Waves podcast, Shea says that Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is some of her best work. It is a shift from her other films, such as Poison Ivy (1992) and Streets (1990), with Shea moving away from the violent and into something new. Paired with Lillis, who has proven her acting chops in It and Sharp Objects, Nancy Drew is getting a 2019 makeover.
Needless to say, I am excited for this film even if I am a bit too old for its target audience. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase hits theatres March 15th, 2019. Were you a Nancy Drew fan growing up? Are you excited for Shea’s revival? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!