Tom Holland Switching To Horror Movies?

Tom Holland might be known for playing Peter Parker/ Spider-Man but he could be moving in a much direction, maybe into the horror realm

By Doug Norrie | Published

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Tom Holland has carved out quite the Hollywood niche these days as the face of one of the biggest movie franchises around and is set to carry an iconic character for many more years on screen. Beyond that, he’s starting to expand his acting horizons more lately, appearing in a variety of films in different genres. And that’s possibly set to continue with recent rumors from Daniel Richtman saying that Holland might be switching to horror movies. 

This rumor is related to Blumhouse supposedly wanting to get Holland in on their horror mix of flicks. The production house is known for churning out scary movies over the years (though not solely). They have a variety of psychological thriller movies plus some of your standard just campy blood-and-guts fare. Though he’s known mostly as Spider-Man these days, it’s kind of easy to see how Tom Holland could transition into a different genre completely. He’s already been heading in something of this direction already in smaller roles. 

Tom Holland took over the web-slinging Spider-Man role back in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, breaking on to the scene in a big way and ushering in a new feel for the character. It was a near-perfect casting decision and Holland stole almost every scene he was in. He, of course, reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame as well as two solo movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home. All were massive hits. 

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But in recent years he’s begun to take a few darker roles, transitioning a bit out of the happy-go-lucky/ innocent Spider-Man/Peter Parker role and expanding the tone in some of his films. One such role was in the Netflix film, The Devil All the Time. It’s a much (much) darker film that has Tom Holland at the center of a bizarre confluence of characters with a number of rather disturbing outcomes. It’s about as opposite a movie from the Marvel Universe as you’ll ever see. 

But seeing Tom Holland in this role suggests he has more than enough acting chops to work with Blumhouse, the same group that gave us psychological thrillers like Get Out, Split, Ma, and The Invisible Man as well as more typical horror fare like Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare or The Purge franchise. I think Tom Holland could fit right in here. 

Before we get Tom Holland in a blood and gut fright-fest or a mind-bending thriller, he’s got a number of big-time productions heading down the pike. First, there’s Cherry which will have him as a bank-robbing drug addict. See what I mean about starting to take darker roles? And after that, he’ll star in Chaos Walking, a flick that’s been in something of development hell over the years. And Uncharted is set for a 2022 release. 

Of course, the biggest of all is the much-anticipated Spider-Man 3 production which seemingly has a new rumor about it every day. It’s pretty clear Tom Holland can handle almost any role these days, so having him lean a little more horror makes a ton of sense.