Despite their seemingly conflicting nature, horror films and comedies have always managed to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Some of the best entries in both genres have perfected the art of blending scares with laughs, but few horror-comedies have ever managed to match the sheer entertainment value of Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead. A major breakout moment for stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the 2004 zombie flick has become nothing short of iconic in the annals of horror history, and now it seems that the creative duo is gearing up for a brand new terror romp taking steady aim at prep school life.
If you're a fan of horror-comedy hybrids, then Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's upcoming collaboration should feel right up your alley. Titled Slaughterhouse Rulez (which seems like a play on The Cider House Rules), the project will center on a formal and proper prep school that finds itself quite literally plunged into hell when a local fracking site opens up a "mysterious sinkhole." Specific details related to the nature of the film's monsters remain firmly under wraps, but it sounds like the body count will eventually begin to climb, and Slaughterhouse Rulez will live up to its title's bloody connotation.
In addition to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, musician Crispian Mills is currently attached to the project as the film's director. Slaughterhouse Rulez is only Mills' second credited feature (after A Fantastic Fear of Everything, which he worked on with Pegg) so it will undoubtedly prove interesting to see how he handles the material that Pegg and Frost give him.
One major component of the project's narrative not revealed in the Radio Times report about the film is whether or not Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will star in Slaughterhouse Rulez. The two have proven time and time again that they have unique chemistry with one another whenever they get on-camera together, but unlike Shaun of the Dead, it's still entirely possible that they will stick to behind the scenes work on the upcoming horror-comedy. Casting for the film is currently underway, and we will have to wait and see whether or not they will opt to join the final ensemble.
Of course, even when they're not working together, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have managed to deliver the goods in the years since Shaun of the Dead first hit theaters. Pegg has since gone on to achieve massive success in the Mission: Impossible franchise, as well as the Star Trek franchise, and he will soon appear in the thriller Terminal with Margot Robbie. Frost, on the other hand, has found a nice niche in relatively smaller projects, and he is currently starring as Bajie on AMC's Into the Badlands. Any collaboration between these two is enough to get a self-respecting geek excited, so we cannot wait to see how Slaughterhouse Rulez comes together.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with relevant updates related to Slaughterhouse Rulez as new information about the project becomes available to us. For now, make sure to take a look at our comprehensive 2017 movie premiere guide for details about the rest of this year's major theatrical releases.