Look out Get Out, Edgar Wright Is Coming for the Psychological-Horror Movie Crown
Edgar Wright has put together one hell of a resume. His 2004 zombie-comedy/buddy movie Shaun of the Dead is an unassailable classic. 2007’s Hot Fuzz is an incredible action movie parody that works as a legit action-thriller. And 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is one of the best comic book movie adaptations period. (It’s secretly the best video game movie ever made too). Wright consistently makes knockout films, featuring endearing characters, and memorable dialogue.
Wright deconstructs genre movie conventions – in horror, action, and comedy – to an atomic level and reshapes their DNA until they resemble something new. Simply put: he takes common storytelling styles and repurposes them. So, then his zombie apocalypse movie is really a coming-of-age tale, and his alien invasion picture is actually a look at mid-life crisis. Wright’s special formula creates schlocky-looking genre flicks that resonate powerfully with his audience. That’s why his fans love him dearly.
So, when Wright spills the details on a new movie, it’s a big deal. In a recent interview with the folks at Empire Online, Wright discussed his next film, which they’re describing as a “straight-up psychological-horror-thriller,” which will “be set in London and feature a female lead.” The article cites Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973) and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965) as influences.
Wright said, “I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years.” He also added, “With Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”
The film is set to shoot this summer, and the script is co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Wilson Cairns’ most notable credits are for the gothic horror series Penny Dreadful.
If you’re curious about the movies that inspired Wright’s upcoming films, I’ve listed each film’s official synopsis.
Repulsion: Directed by Roman Polanski
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister’s boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
Don’t Look Now: Directed by Nicolas Roeg
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
By The Way:
If you want to dive into the genre and need a good jumping off point, I recommend Terence Youngs 1967 horror-thriller Wait Until Dark. Wait Until Dark is a great popcorn flick that doesn’t get as dark and heavy as the movies Wright sites. And best of all, the film features screen legend Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized by criminals deadest on finding their lost heroin in her apartment.
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