‘He’ll Come Knocking’ Movie Adapting Robert McCammon Halloween Horror Story

Author Robert McCammon’s Halloween horror story He‘ll Coming Knocking At Your Door is being adapted into a new feature film from Paramount Pictures and the director of Creep, with the movie to be titled simply He’ll Coming Knocking.

Hot off the recent box office success of Scream VI (read our review here) and last year’s hit Smile (read our review here), Paramount has picked up a spec package for He’ll Come Knocking, with Patrick Brice (There’s Someone Inside Your House, Creep, Creep 2) on board to direct the feature project, which is written by Jordan Goldberg and Alex Paraskevas, adapting a story by author Robert McCammon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Maarty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, which was behind the 2022 surprise horror hit Smile for Paramount, is producing.

THR details that the film follows “an ex-con who gets a new job in a revitalized factory town in the hopes of turning around his family’s life, only to soon discover that their idyllic suburban dream requires a terrible sacrifice.”

Additional details on the plot can be found in the official synopsis for McCammon’s short story that He’ll Come Knocking is based on, which says: “When Dan Burgess came to Essex, Alabama, he was down on his luck. No job. Money almost gone. His credit rating was zero. He had an old car that was ready for the junkyard. Now money’s coming in like never before. He’s got himself a brand-new truck, and landed a promotion at the plant where he works a good job. And there’ll be even more good things to come in the years ahead… IF he cooperates, that is… as Dan is about to learn, a payment is due every Halloween in Essex, and if that payment isn’t made… He’ll Come Knocking at Your Door.”

The story was originally published in the 1985 anthology Halloween Horrors.

THR’s sources describe the project as “being in the tone of the fight-for-your-life survival aspects of such movies as Ready or Not, The Purge, and Squid Game.”

We will be following this one closely, so stay tuned for continuing coverage of this upcoming Halloween horror film.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.