Magic, mystery, creatures and ghosts – all things that make a supernatural movie so intriguing. They go beyond common understandings of humanity’s perception of reality and introduce viewers to a world of complex mythology. In the history of cinema, this darker and more frightening genre has flourished in the medium of television. From Teen Wolf, to Supernaturalto vampire diaries, people were willing to spend hours and hours watching stories that explored unnatural forces.
Even now, 6 years after its series ended, the story of Teen Wolf gets to live in a new movie. But should this be the only story world that resurrects in this form? Over the past 10 years, television has lost its greatest supernatural stories, many of them due to abrupt cancellations. One way to solve this problem: record and extend these worlds into a film of their own. They are worthy contenders.
“The Secret Circle” (2011 – 2012)
After moving to Chance Harbor to live with her grandmother following the death of her mother, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) discovers that she comes from a family of witches – and is one herself. Now she has to join a secret coven with 5 other members.
Where this show was adored by fans, it was unfortunately canceled after just one season, even after numerous petitions. With all the tropes of a darling teen supernatural drama – the tension, the dark evocation of magic, the palpable sexual chemistry, the dramatic love triangles – The secret Circle would be a great nostalgic reboot for young adults. Adapting this story into a movie would even give its creators ample opportunity to resolve the series’ unresolved issues.
“The Originals” (2013 – 2018)
In a world of creatures and magic, the Mikaelson family is the most revered and feared. Known as ‘The Originals’ because they are the first vampires in existence, the family find themselves entangled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans’ French Quarter as they attempt to reclaim the ‘kingdom’ they once ruled. .
Despite the series finale reluctantly ending with the deaths of two siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies), the Mikaelsons have lived for more than a millennium. They’re rich characters with endless story possibilities – all series creators Julie I’m leaving need only look to their past. With The originals, The Vampire Diariesand Legacy now all cancelled, fans are left with a void for more Mystic Fallsshenanigans. A film about the most complex supernatural family could help revitalize this captivating world.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997 – 2003)
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is the youngest in a long line of women chosen for a fearsome mission – to hunt and fight demons, vampires and other types of supernatural forces of evil.
In these days of nostalgic ’90s reboots, it’s surprising that this isn’t one yet. Where Gellar recently explained that a revival of her character “didn’t need to be done”, she said she was “all for them to continue the story” as “it’s perfectly set. in place so that someone else has the power”. So where a potential film reboot might not feature Buffy herself, the beloved tradition of female slayers can live on. Whether it’s a brand new killer or even one of the oldest, this story must continue in cinematic form.
‘Wynonna Earp’ (2016 – 2021)
As a descendant and heiress of legendary lawmaker Wyatt Earp, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano) reluctantly travels to his hometown of Purgatory to fulfill his inherited destiny – to fight the Revenants (resurrected souls of criminals) and ensure that they don’t escape the city, nor enter the rest of the world.
With its cancellation during theseason 4’s mid-season break, the writers scrambled to carefully wrap up as many stories as possible. Bringing this back as a movie would give them the opportunity to delve into storylines that might have been – like Eve’s unresolved thread shapeshifting. Wynonna Earp might even benefit from a film adaptation due to its broad story scope.
‘Warrior Nun’ (2020 – 2022)
After waking up in a morgue with an ancient relic stuck in her back, Ava Silva (Alba Baptist) receives a new life with superhuman abilities. Now she must join a Divine Order of demon-fighting nuns tasked with protecting the world from the forces of evil.
A recent addition to Netflix’s cancel list, fans were completely devastated when this show was abruptly cut short. Captivating audiences with its rich and intricate mythology, wild action sequences and ornate settings of ancient churches, warrior nun needs an opportunity to continue its storytelling – if not another season, then at least a 2 hour movie.
‘Lovecraft Country’ (2020)
Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) is joined by her friend, Letitia (Jurnee Smollet), and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), while on a road trip in search of his long-lost father. Along the way, they not only face the dangers of racial persecution in 1950s white America, but also terrifying creatures.
Although this show has been praised by fans, critics and accolades, Lovecraft Countrywas another bizarrely canceled show after one season. Showrunner Micha Green gave fans a glimpse of his potential plans to expand the universe and its magic via Twitter. Producing a film would allow this expansion to happen. It could also answer what happens to Letitia after Atticus and George die.
‘The OA’ (2016 – 2019)
Meadow Johnson (British Marling) returns home after being missing for seven years. Now claiming to be “the OA” (the original Angel), she remains relatively tight-lipped about where she’s been, why her back is covered in scars, and how she’s no longer blind.
As a show intending to have five installments, fans were upset when it was canceled after two, especially since it ended abruptly with an incredibly meta cliffhanger that saw OA taking everyone to a different dimension – one where she was an actress named Brit suffering from on-definite stunt injuries, and Hap being the actual actor who portrayed her, Jason Isaac. Where it can be difficult to wrap up the story in a 2 hour movie, having answers can be better than nothing. As a show that warps expectations of the supernatural genre, it truly deserves a follow-up episode.
“A Discovery of Witches” (2018 – 2022)
When historian Diana Bishop (Therese Palmer) finds a long-lost manuscript in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, she inadvertently places a target on her back. With the book containing ancient secrets about vampires, witches, and demons, Diana is forced to embrace her magical heritage to escape the clutches of the creatures’ political council. Her life changes forever when she meets Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), an enigmatic geneticist who is also a highborn vampire.
Luckily for the fans, A discovery of witches was able to complete the adaptation of his trilogy of books. However, with its rich and complex lore set in motion, abandoning this world of history would be heartbreaking. Since the author Deborah Harkness revealed his plans for several spin-off books, this sets the stage for the cinematic expansion of the creature world. Maybe a movie about Matthew’s past lives or even what happens to his twins and Diana being half vampire, half witch.
“Resurrection” (2013 – 2015)
The residents of Arcadia, Missouri experience the shock of their lives when their loved ones suddenly return from the dead. With the help of ICE agent J. Marty Bellamy (Omar Epps), the city tries to discover the truth behind this phenomenon.
Canceled after two seasons, this show was left with so many unanswered questions. With an interesting premise that hooked its audience, some fans were disappointed that the series didn’t fully delve into the supernatural mystery. Rebooting this story in a movie can provide an opportunity to streamline (and revitalize) the main narrative of its complex lore.
“Midnight Mass” (2021)
Located in the small Catholic town of Crockett Island, Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) returns home after serving four years in prison. Meanwhile, a charismatic new priest, Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater), also arrives to temporarily replace the elder Monsignor Pruitt. Life in the isolated community begins to change as they experience several supernatural events – some miraculous, but many frightening.
Where Mike Flanagan’s recent projects are often self-contained, the ambiguity of Midnight Mass‘ the end calls for a sequel. It would be interesting to follow the aftermath of the only two survivors who escaped the massive devastation of the city. As a poignant story of faith and acceptance, this is a series worth revisiting, even in a single follow-up film.
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