'The Mask' Was Almost a Horror Film With Jim Carrey as a Freddy Krueger–Type Killer

'The Mask' Was Almost a Horror Film With Jim Carrey as a Freddy Krueger–Type Killer

Director Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King, Eraser, last year's I Am Wrath) recently spoke to Xfinity (via Bloody Disgusting) about the 30th anniversary of his first film, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

At the end of the convo, they touched on 1994's The Mask, a screwball comedy that arrived the same year Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective made Jim Carrey a superstar. "It’s a great example of really fighting for your vision in a film. We changed it from a horror film into a comedy," Russell said. "It was original conceived as being a horror film. That was a real battle. New Line wanted a new kind of Freddy [Krueger] movie."