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8 Non-Horror Directors Who Could Make Killer Horror Films

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Directors like James Wan, Mike Flanagan, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter have built their careers around the horror genre. But some of the best horror films in history like The Exorcist, The Shining, Alien, and Carrie didn’t come from directors whose careers revolved around scary movies. 

Most recently, Jordan Peele, John Krasinski, and David Gordon Green made the leap to horror from comedy, and have garnered huge success with Get Out, A Quiet Place, and Halloween (2018). This got us to thinking about what other non-horror directors could make absolutely killer horror films.

1. Denis Villeneuve

Villeneuve has surgical precision with every aspect of his films, and he’s able to seamlessly move between genres with ease. Films like Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049 show he’s a master of atmosphere and suspense, which is what horror is all about. He has said in a roundtable interview with THR that his favorite film is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it shows in his mesmerizing, hypnotic style. A horror movie from Villeneuve could potentially transcend the genre the same way Kubrick’s The Shining did.

2. Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s films are already bursting with horror elements, such as ridiculously over-the-top gore, palpable suspense, and unsavory characters. He’s always flirting with the genre, but never fully diving into it. The legendary director has already tackled crime thrillers, westerns, martial arts, and war films. It would be a shame to never see a full-fledged horror entry from him if he makes good on his romantic promise to be done after his 10th film. Tarantino teased his desire to do a “really, really scary horror film” in the vein of The Exorcist back in 2016, so he may only have one more chance to do so after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 

3. Jeong-beom Lee

If you are unfamiliar with Jeong-beom Lee’s work, the writer director is known for the criminally underrated, gritty action/thrillers The Man From Nowhere and No Tears for the Dead (Both which I highly recommend). Audiences ate up Sang-ho Yeon’s adrenaline-packed zombie ride Train to Busan, and Jeong-beom Lee is equally as talented in delivering heart-stopping action without neglecting the drama. A bloody, hard-hitting horror flick from Lee would be a thing of beauty.

4. Cary Joji Fukunaga 

After Fukunaga cut ties with 2017’s IT adaptation, fans have wondered ever since what could have been. Give Fukunaga a horror movie he has full creative control over so we can see what the True Detective Season 1 director can do. He now has an established relationship with Netflix, who tend to allow a lot more creative freedom to filmmakers than Hollywood. An original horror movie by Fukunaga would be right at home on the streaming service with hit films like Gerald’s Game, Apostle, Cargo, and The Ritual.

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‘American Horror Story: NYC’ Gets New Posters and Premiere Date

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American Horror Story has kept its season 11 plot very much under wraps leading up to its premiere. So far, all we know is that it is going to take place in New York judging from the title.

The two posters that have been released point to some possible Wendigo influences and lots of BDSM. Past that, we have no idea what the heck these posters could be signifying. We are sure we won’t have to wait long till we get a trailer premiere. Since the show drops on October 19, the trailer should arrive any day now.

The premiere date will feature two brand new episodes with one premiering weekly after.

This season stars Joe Mantello, Billie Lourd, Zachary Quinto, Russell Tovey, Leslie Grossman, Charlie Carver, Sandra Bernhard, Isaac Powell, Denis O’Hare and Patti LuPone.

The synopsis for American Horror Story: Double Feature went like this:

A struggling writer, his pregnant wife, and their daughter move to an isolated beach town for the winter. Once they’re settled in, the town’s true residents begin to make themselves known.

American Horror Story season 11 arrives on FX on October 19. It arrives on Hulu the following day.

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‘Dahmer’ Has Broken Netflix Series Debut Records – Crushing Even ‘Squid Game’

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Squid Game was event television when it dropped onto Netflix. I don’t know if you remember but the number of folks chatting about the series was insanely high and something you couldn’t escape anywhere. Well, Ryan Murphy’s recent debut of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story somehow eclipsed that show’s number of viewers by a long shot in its first week.

The chilling exploration of serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer pulled in 192.6 million viewers within its first week. During, Squid Game’s first week the series saw 63.1 million viewers tuning in. That is a huge debut for the series that is now Netflix’s number one series.

The synopsis for Netflix’s Dahmer goes like this:

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims. DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.

Have you watched Evan Peter’s chilling transformation into Dahmer yet?

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‘Slash/Back’ Trailer is Filled With Kids Fighting Lovecraftian Body Horrors

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‘Slash/Back’ is giving us a very The Thing-aligned sort of plot with one major exception… this film is about a group of young girls instead of a bunch of grumpy dudes. Slash/Back also features some very Lovecraftian bits compounded by the use of some intense-looking body horror. All-in-all, there is nothing to not absolutely dig about this trailer.

A small town becomes the target of a monster invasion and it’s up to a group of kiddos to go on the warpath against all of them.

The synopsis for Slash/Back is as follows:

Set in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean, SLASH/BACK opens as the village wakes up to a typical summer day. No School, no cool boys (well… except one), and 24-hour sunlight.  But for Maika and her ragtag friends, the usual summer is suddenly not in the cards when they discover an alien invasion threatening their hometown. These teenagers have been underestimated their whole lives but, using makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, they show the aliens you don’t f*** with the girls from Pang.

The film stars Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Vincent-Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth and Chelsea Prusky.

Slash/Back is in theaters, On Demand and on digital beginning October 21.

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