Quentin Tarantino On Wanting To Make a ‘Really, Really Scary Horror Film’

By January 6, 2016

Could you imagine if Quentin Tarantino took his talents and applied them towards crafting a serious horror film? The sense of dread he could apply using mere words? The idea isn’t a total impossibility for horror fans. It’s in the man’s wheelhouse.

Tarantino had an interview recently with TimeOut.com  about his most recent film The Hateful Eight when the interviewer asked if there were any specific type of film he was burning to make with only two films left to go:

There is not a genre left where I have that same burning desire I had to do a World War II–movie or a martial arts movie. I think maybe the one genre left might be a 1930s-gangster movie, that kind of John Dillinger thing. I’m interested in doing something contemporary, where I can have a character who gets in a car and turns on the radio, so I can have a cool driving montage. And if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The Exorcist. But I don’t know if me taking my sense of humor and putting it in the backseat just to hit a tone of dread from beginning to end is the best use of my talents or my time.

Anybody hoping he changes his mind? Those who follow Tarantino knows he can sometimes jump from one idea to the next and he’s certaintly earned that. He was just talking recently about maybe doing Kill Bill 3 with Uma Thurman so who knows? The sky is the limit. It wouldn’t surprise this writer at all if the idea comes full circle and he decides, after-all, to make his horror masterpiece. Tarantino fans only wish we had more than two films on the way. About his self imposed, ten film limit, he said this:

I don’t want to be the guy who’s doing this forever. There should be an end. And I should take responsibility for that. I’ve gotten more solid on that idea. I think a lot of directors, if not all directors, think they have more time than they do. By time, I mean either mortality or changes of fortune in the industry. You never know what will happen. And so, I think every director walks around thinking, even when they have only one more movie to go, that they have six left.

Who wouldn’t want to crawl in this guy’s mind and kick around? Heavily armed of course because who knows what lurks up there. He mentioned, once more, making a horror film, the comedy aspect of it, and even compared The Hateful Eight:

I don’t know if I could let go of that humor and be able to make something like The Exorcist and keep that tone of dread all the way through. Although a case could be made that The Hateful Eight is the closest I’ve ever come to a horror film. And more than any other Western, the film that influenced this movie the most is John Carpenter’s The Thing, way beyond just working with the same composer, Ennio Morricone, and star, Kurt Russell. The Thing also hugely influenced Reservoir Dogs, of course. And in its own way, The Hateful Eight is also influenced by Reservoir Dogs

It’s fascinating to think about the places these guys get their inspiration and influence from movie to movie. One of the coolest things about Tarantino is the fact he learned so much about his craft from watching a LOT of VHS tapes while working as a sales assistant in a video shop.

Would you like to see him take a crack at horror with only two films to go? We’ll let you know if he decides to go through with it right here on GeekNation!


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Mike Holtz
Mike Holtz is just a guy looking for any excuse to talk movies and needs to be able to give people a legitimate reason to spend what they spend on popcorn each month. The Dad to a superhero little girl with another on the way, Mike's also written for a few cool websites and talked for a few more. Also, Mike cries like a school girl every time he watches 'Rocky.'