Wes Anderson taking on Horror? Bizarre, and quite the step away from his carefully crafted, quirky and picturesque movies. Imagine The Grand Budapest Hotel intertwined with horror…creepy.
Words: Yasmin Harding, Subeditor: Jason John
In conversation with novelist Donna Tartt at the Rome Film Festival, Anderson spoke about his plans to branch out towards the horror genre, and how it intrigues him.
“I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. Horror is an area where if a filmmaker really wants to use all the tricks, the techniques to affect your emotions….
“With the kind of movies I do, you’re supposed to say is this part supposed to be funny, or is this part supposed to be sad? Well, you say, I don’t know. I’m not sure. This is the way we wanted it. When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you’re supposed to be scared here. You’re supposed to be relieved here.
“Here we’re explaining something so you know the next part so you’ll be more scared then. I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that. I’ve done some scenes like that, but I’d like to do a scary movie.”
Anderson’ s biggest success to date was his 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel – offering a glimpse of what ‘Wes Anderson horror’ may look like, as the film features an extended sequence with a murderous Willem Dafoe pursuing Jeff Goldblum through a darkened museum.
With a comedic, rousing murder-mystery under his wing, we can only begin to imagine what Anderson has in store. Perhaps a darker colour palette can be expected, with a gothic look and feel taking precedence.
Could he even surprise us by giving us his usual aesthetic mixed with the horror genre, to create a new spin on his distinctive style? Either way, we cannot wait to see what he comes up with.