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Wes Anderson opens up about Christmas & Halloween movies

Wes Anderson opens up about Christmas & Halloween movies

What would happen if an iconic director like Wes Anderson decided to work on a Christmas, or, to stay in the trend, on a Halloween movie?

Probably, during the years, many have asked themselves this seasonal question: the sceneries created by the American director are so precise and effective that it wouldn’t be difficult for him to imagine the perfect Christmas dinner or the best Halloween costumes, as only his loyal costume designer Milena Canonero could do.

The genre stereotype presents of course some pros and some cons. In a recent interview released by Anderson on the occasion of the latest Rome Film Festival, the director declared: "I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. Horror is an area where a filmmaker can use all the tricks and the techniques to affect your emotions. 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".

Concerning Christmas movies her said, instead: "The good thing with a Christmas movie – if you make a great Christmas song or movie or book, as Dickens showed us – is that 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”.

Now, we know for sure that none of these genres will be the protagonist of his next project: an animation movie about dogs. If you think that a horror movie would be too hardcore for him compared to the pastel atmospheres of his previous works, you can’t deny that a Christmas movie realized with an Anderson-like aesthetic would definitely be a good idea.