It’s no big secret that auteur Wes Anderson has a particular aesthetic. His shot compositions are instantly recognizable, his characters wry and literary, and his themes melancholic. The fact that he’s so consistently locked into his own filmmaking world has made fans and detractors alike wonder what would happen if he switched genres and did something completely out of his oeuvre. As it turns out, Anderson has wondered this, too.
During a discussion with author Donna Tartt at the Rome Film Festival (via The Playlist), Anderson revealed he’s considered dipping into the horror and holiday genres. “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…”
Anderson went on to add that his fascination with fright films comes from the idea that you have rules that you’re meant to follow. “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.”
As for the Christmas genre, it seems Anderson’s a bit more concerned about cinematic immortality in that instance. “The good thing with a Christmas movie — if you make a great Christmas song or movie or book, as Dickens showed us, you can make a huge fortune, because they come back every year. As long as you have a piece of the action, then it’s a perennial,” he added.
It’s unlikely his next film, a stop-motion animation feature about dogs, will satisfy his holiday or horror cravings. Still, fans have already imagined what an Anderson horror classic might look like, and as you can see below, so has Saturday Night Live. Personally, I’m still waiting on Anderson’s first superhero flick.