Fan Turns ‘The Graduate’ into a Horror Film for the 50th Anniversary

by Jayden Hausfeld
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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Mike Nichol’s classic coming of age film The Graduate, and to mark the occasion one fan decided to reconstruct a fake trailer for the beloved film with a twist.

Alejandro Villarreal decided to put a horror/thriller themed spin on the original to change up the perception of the film utilizing The Graduate’s darker more complex moments, titled Hello, Darkness. Villarreal wrote his thoughts about why he created this fan made trailer in the description of his video:

“What if The Graduate were a horror movie? The 50th anniversary of The Graduate is here. And in honor of this occasion, I created a fake trailer with a slight adjustment in perspective,” Villarreal said.

“Imagine The Graduate meets Basic Instinct meets Cape Fear with acne and pimples all over. Mike Nichols’s film is its generation’s grand statement about loneliness. The ‘60s didn’t have Hamlet, they had Benjamin Braddock. And the movie couldn’t have been more universal in its themes if Nichols and Buck Henry set out to write the Great American Play. But what they did write was a classic movie. And it is to their credit, and the cast’s talent, that the tone of this film didn’t stray into dark, depressing territory. It’s astonishing to re-watch the movie and see how light the tone is given the complex subject matter”.

Watch the trailer down below and judge for yourself whether or not you would have preferred a darker, scarier toned version. Enjoy!

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