In a recent interview with author Donna Tartt in Rome, prolific auteur Wes Anderson said that he would consider departing from his usual brand of quirky, hyper-stylized comedy in order to take a crack at the horror genre.
“I have thought of doing a horror movie,” Anderson explained. “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.”
What would a Wes Anderson horror film look like? Thankfully, “SNL” already figured that out for us, in this brilliant pre-taped sketch from 2013 called "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.”
In the same interview, Anderson said that he would also consider doing a Christmas movie, mainly because they make big bucks annually and “as long as you have a piece of the action, then it’s a perennial.” Maybe him and pal Bill Murray can team up for a crossover special?