Fan Trailer Reimagines Mike Nichols’ Classic “The Graduate” as a Horror Film

The Graduate is one of the most classic films of all-time.  It launched the career of Dustin Hoffman but more importantly introduced society to the notion of older beautiful women seducing college grads.    You have to remember that this film came out in 1967 which is literally 50 years ago so if you want to talk “ahead of its time,” this movie certainly qualifies.  But like any movie that’s supposed to be construed in a particular way, with a little editing you can turn it into anything you want.  Alejandro Villareal has reimagined Mike Nichols’ classic coming-of-age film The Graduate into a horror film via this trailer he’s calling Hello Darkness.

Here’s a direct quote from Villarreal’s intro:

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. 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.

Check it out below:

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