I’ve only seen a few of his movies, but I like them! I never considered them to be horror, though. I don’t mind knowing that there’s a twist ending coming! Who cares? They’re still interesting and clever.
It would be cool if he does something with Frank Darabont. He is a great storyteller and he actually said that BC was one of his favorite actors.
He is probably more famous for directing The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile and The Majestic but he is also an excellent horror director. Actually, I admire more his horror stuff than the dramas! He created and directing the early seasons of The Walking Dead but also the very nihilistic but entertaining The Mist. It would be great if he could return to films with a horror flick starring BC!
Another very good mainstream horror storyteller is Mike Flanagan. He is probably a little, you now, “woke”. Lol I mean, of course, some right wing people exaggerate with that word. As when they called TPOTD “woke”just because it was about gay cowboys when it was actually a faithful adaptation of a 1960s book! But on the other hand, it’s true that some productions feel like they are trying to force certain themes or characters and they just feel superficial and shallow. Flanagan, for example, failed with his adaptation of The Turn of the Screw because he decided to make the sexually repressed main character a lesbian and a very false feeling lesbian. If in the short novel, she had a lot of pathos (so much that some critics believe the “ghosts” aren’t real but just a product of her very perverted imagination), in the series we had a an anxious but also very centered cute girl who has this almost idyllic romance with a supposedly butch but actually also pretty cute and feminine other girl (she is the “gardener” so she supposedly is butch except that she isn’t!). It was like something from a fan fiction blog from Tumblr! The original not politically correct version was much more better! I don’t know how “correct” is present a single woman (I’m a single woman in my 40s and I’m not offended!) as a hysterical maid but Henry James and Deborah Kerr versions just feel much more human.
Still, his work is pretty strong. I really loved Midnight Mass although, again, the way he wrote the Muslim cop is risible because the dialogue feels very forced! The silly island is being attacked by vampires but he instead of acting just gives a long speech about how Muslim Americans suffered discrimination after 9/11. I mean, of course, I’m against Muslims being discriminated but that “educational” scene felt just out of place. Also, it was brilliant how he linked Catholicism with Vampirism and his criticisms of fanaticism was great but with an almost perfect centered and correct Muslim cop it seemed he was trying to suggests that Islam was more healthy religion, especially when he had that character trying to save his son from being indoctrinated by the corrupted Catholics! Why not daring y to go after all religious faiths? Or at least not doing differences, especially when the “good” one clearly needs some reformation nowadays. Again, it feels fake and manipulative.
It seems that I’m criticizing him but I actually think he is very good! He is making a new horror film with Tom Hiddleston and I’m happy with the news. Again, I’m not a TH fan but he barely works outside Marvel so I’m always glad when he had something and considering that the director is really good, it could easily be a hit at the box office. Good for him!
I'm really not a judge of the definition of what is horror movie seeing that the last one I liked was Rosemary's Baby.
I see certain elements of "horror" in DS2 but to me it was much more a fantasy than anything else. The horror seemed like a veneer.
Rosemary’s Baby is a masterpiece and extremely creepy. Much more than most gory stuff.
I don’t think BC will accept to work with Polanski, tho.! 😉 Such a shame that such a talented guy is a huge creep! But maybe, it’s reflected in his movies so…
Have you seen The Tenant? I think I like it even more that RB. He also plays the lead alongside Isabelle Adjani and it’s a very disturbed film.
EDITED What about Don’t Look Now? That’s another disturbing horror masterpiece! Why they don’t do movies like these anymore? That kind of picture would be perfect for BC but I can’t think on any filmmakers doing something like it. Well, there is Polanski but, of course, no! And maybe Guadagnino but his horror films are good but not THAT good!
Omg I saw The Tenent in college with a pile of buddies and we were all blown away! I still think about it from time to time when I see some movie with an ending that gets “repeated” like that. No spoilers but WHAT a movie. Too bad about Polanski and his nasty predelictions for underage girls but he’s certainly not the first or last with that kind of attraction. Just about every week up here in the States there’s yet another Youth Pastor who gets arrested for sexually assaulting a minor (or two or three), and/or having piles of child porn.