Smith and Horror? Yes Indeed.
by David Hartwell
August 24, 2006
Kevin Smith, the acclaimed director of some comedy classics such as Clerks and Mallrats, has officially announced his entrance into the horror genre. Moviehole.net had the opportunity to interview Smith on the matter while he was promoting his newest comedy Clerks II. While they couldn't get any exact particulars relating to the plot, they were able to get some great information regarding Kevin Smith's love of the genre, how he wants his horror movie to turn out, and most importantly, how he doesn't want it to turn out.
"Next up I want to do a horror movie. I just think it would be kinda interesting - for me at least - to go left. I've made seven comedies, or variation thereof, and some people would argue that none of them are funny. But it would be nice to make a horror movie. An intentional horror movie, not like Jersey Girl. [much laughter]. It's a genre that I grew up watching on VHS and on cable when I was a kid", said Smith.
I guess you have to let a legend in his own time do what he wants. I for one love his comedies- Dogma is probably my favorite- and don't want him to stop making them, but if this is what he really wants to do, I say let him. If a director who usually doesn't disappoint us (I have to say "usually" because he did make Jersey Girl), wants to experiment, then I am all for it.
"It'll be a bit of slasher, but I'm kinda looking more at - you remember that movie Race With The Devil? It's more kind of in that vein. Or Wicker Man. Something in that vein where it's creepy and unsettling more than gore."
Smith says some of his favourite horror movies include "The Shining, Halloween. I'll pretty much for anything that I came of age watching. You know, the '70s-'80s slasher genre. The current crop of horror movies not nearly as much. There seems to be a lot of remakes and whatnot. A lot of "Let's do Texas Chainsaw. Again. And let's do The Hills Have Eyes again." I'm sure there's probably ripe material out there. A lot of things are more horrible than a dude in a mask trying to stab you. [inaudible - something like, You can look it up in the newspaper and pull it out of there]. So I'm kinda going for that. The one thing I'm happy about is the idea that I have, I haven't seen it done before."
Well, at least he knows what not to do. And I'm glad he states that he, himself is happy with the idea he currently has. Now, horror has never been my favorite genre (our staff member Josh is the true horror buff at Firstshowing), although I do enjoy a good horror movie from time to time, but this sounds as if it will be an interesting experience. Something I'm definitely going to be looking forward to.
You can read the entire article from Moviehole.net (with no commentary from me) here. And if you feel like you've got something to say on the matter, leave a comment.
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