wes anderson wants to make a horror film

The director spoke about his slasher ambitions during a panel discussion at the Rome Film Festival.

by Emily Manning
Oct 30 2015, 7:21pm

A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes: recently departed horror master Wes Craven's films have haunted our dreams for almost 40 years. But in 2013, Saturday Night Live wondered what guts and gore might look like in the mind of another Wes: Anderson. The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders -- a delightfully un-scary parody (narrated by the voice of The Royal Tenenbaums, Alec Baldwin, no less) -- blended a typical slasher plot with Anderson's signature style. But what was once a sketch might now become a reality.

During the Rome Film Festival, Anderson discussed his love of Italian film with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt. Although their conversation largely dealt in Paolo Pasolini and Sorrentino, it also ventured into Dario Argento territory when Anderson told Tartt he wouldn't mind taking a crack at a horror film. "I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie," Anderson said (too bad Tim Burton already combined them).

"Horror is an area where a filmmaker really wants to use all the tricks, the techniques to affect your emotions," Anderson continued, explaining that he's attracted to the idea of working within the genre's spooky logic. "When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you're supposed to be scared here. You're supposed to be relieved here...I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that."

Recently, Indiewire confirmed that Anderson's next film will be a stop motion animation about dogs. Given his bizarrely sinister record of offing his film's family pooches, let's hope this forthcoming feature isn't actually the horror movie he's been itching to make. 


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