Paramount+'s FATAL ATTRACTION Looks Good, But How Horrific Will It Be?

A new teaser trailer gives us a look at the reboot of a psychological horror classic.

By Scott Wampler · @ScottWamplerBMD · March 1, 2023, 10:26 AM EST

While aggregating the news for you here at FANGORIA HQ, we spend more time than you'd probably expect asking what would seem to be, on the surface of things, a very simple question: "Yeah, but is it horror?"

FANGORIA's a horror website. It's a horror magazine. For over four decades, this has been the primary directive: to bring you, the gentle FANGORIA readers of the world, all the horror news that's fit to print. But once we start looking at certain projects - Paramount+'s new Fatal Attraction remake series, for instance - we find ourselves in something of a gray area. "Is Fatal Attraction horror?" is likely to yield all kinds of answers, all of which entirely depend on how horrific you find the material.

By and large, we find the material horrific. You've got psychotic stalker shenanigans. Pet bunnies getting boiled. An ending (on Adrian Lyne's feature film version, anyway) that felt very horrific, indeed. Will Paramount+'s series, which stars Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson in the Glenn Close/Michael Douglas roles, respectively, follow suit? Will it have that same tone?

We think so, but it's honestly hard to tell from this just-released teaser...

Paramount+ describes the new Fatal Attraction as “a deep-dive reimagining of the classic psychosexual thriller and ‘80s cultural touchstone" that will explore “the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes toward strong women, personality and coercive control.” Y'know what, maybe "psychosexual thriller" is good enough for us.

At any rate, that teaser's pretty solid, and we're all interested in checking this one out when it hits Paramount+ on April 30th (sounds like they're mostly keeping to a weekly rollout on this one, but be aware that the first three episodes will be available on Paramount+ on that date). In the meantime? Stay tuned for further updates on Fatal Attraction as they roll in, gang.