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Could Quentin Tarantino Direct A Horror Movie?!

Remember when Quentin Tarantino was in talks with New Line Cinema to director the “Ultimate” Friday the 13th? That’s something that’s always bugged me – the “what if?” Tarantino had taken on the Jason Voorhees mythology?

Here we are years later, and Tarantino has directed more than a handful of new films, all of which were laced in gore. He even dabbled in the genre with the 2007 Grindhouse, directing the intense killer stuntman segment “Death Proof”.

Still, every time he announces a new Western, I wish he’d surprise us all and do a straight horror film. The good news is that it’s not of the cards, yet.

I’ve done what I wanted to do by the time I was this age. Today, I’m further down the road,” Tarantino tells The Independent. “There are no genres I absolutely want to do any more, like ticking boxes: ‘This, done’. I don’t think about Kill Bill 3 that much, as… we already visited them,” he added.

If there was something I would like to work on again, it would be Honshu’s movies, maybe. Or a horror movie, perhaps.

Just the fact that it crossed his mind in the heat of the moment tells us that Tarantino has been thinking about it enough that it came off the tip of his tongue. That’s crazy exciting.

What sub genre would you like to see him direct?



  • David

    tarantino is a douchebag. can he sound any more of an arrogant asshat with that statement?

    • djblack1313

      David, i’m not saying Tarantino is or isn’t a douche bag (i have no idea if he is) but what is it in his statement above that makes him sound arrogant?

      i’m a tad bummed to read he’s really no longer into doing a KILL BILL 3 (parts 1 & 2 are in my top 5 movies ever) but then i don’t know how he would top the “Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves” sequence.

      and HELL YES(!) i’d love another horror movie from Tarantino. i have no doubt he’d make an awesome F13 movie. i don’t ever see him doing one though. oh and i’d be happy if he never made another western flick. i’ve never liked that genre (including DJANGO).

  • divisionbell

    I would have liked to have seen what he would have done with Jason. Especially if he kept the same visual style of death proof.

  • dirtyghettok

    I’ll go with a yes,,, but I’ll only get excited if he does it out of his element. Just sayin he has a certain over the top cinematic flair and it would be cool (to me) if he did a horror film, maybe, in a found footage way, like V/H/S. He’s the type of director that could surprise us and give the genre something new.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    Thats a terrible idea. He is a good director but sucks as a writer. The whole movie will be full of pointless conversations about music and toe sucking. So if he is just the director then excellent news, if he is the writer, then im not interested.

    • djblack1313

      SonOfVoorhees, are you basing your comment on 1, count ’em 1, movie of his that had too much pointless dialogue (DEATH PROOF)? i’m not a “ZOMFG! TARANTINO CAN DO NO WRONG!!” guy but his movies that i have seen (DP not included) have had interesting and well written dialogue.

  • DarrelDreadful

    I believe he could bring some creativity that lacks in the genre today. I think a “slasher” would be up his ally. But c’mon! No Kill Bill 3?? That sucks, lol.

  • polock91

    If Tarantino is doing a straight up horror picture, I could totally see him pulling together a bunch of pieces of the genre into one film, kinda like Cabin in the Woods. Combining genres is one of his trademarks. If he did just one small section of horror, for a QT film, it would feel like half the movie it could’ve been.

    Though, if he were to continue a series, as opposed to doing his own, I’d like to see him put an end to the first Halloween franchise rather than Friday the 13th. That’s a series that needs help, at the moment. But, then again, he’d probably write some great Krueger lines, too, imo…

  • horrorking95

    Yes please. No Kill Bill 3 is sad to hear though 🙁

  • CaptainHowdee

    “Remember when Quentin Tarantino was in talks with New Line Cinema to director the “Ultimate” Friday the 13th? That’s something that’s always bugged me – the “what if?” Tarantino had taken on the Jason Voorhees mythology?”

    The biggest “what if?” moment that has haunted me for years to come is that, Stanley Kubrick was considered to direct The Exorcist, and what would the result have been if he did make it? Would the movie had made the same impact? Would it be better? Would it be worse? That question has bothered me for the longest time, and while I think that Kubrick would have made an excellent Exorcist, I’m not sure if it could be adapted any better than what Friedkin did to bring it to life.

    As for Tarantino directing a horror movie, I think it would be amazing. After all, all of his films have that sort of snivy, satanic gleam of humor to them anyway, and it would be fantastic to see that incorporated into a horror film.

  • Mr.Mirage

    If he were to do a horror film, then, well, this is what he should seriously consider: a remake.

    Go ahead. I’ll wait. And remember, you never knew my mother, so there is that.

    Anyway… with his mad passion for music, then the film would have to have music at its core. It would be nice to see a film driven by the beats it worships, the strange places a combination of chords can take us.

    And… well… I have been begging the Universe for a Hard R animated film… so…

    Rock N Rule. GO QT. Sic ’em boy!

  • joeshmo447

    I’d love to see him do horror! He is known for great characters and that’s something he could make into the people getting slaughtered. Most are the typical college kids partying making bad choices and dieing, I could see him maybe doing a better “Kill Theory” where the killer is anyone that wants to stay alive. But also id kill to see him do a good sci fi movie, like he has enough power to bring back “Firefly” !

  • Ga5ton

    I love to think about stuff like this, like how this director would make a movie of this genre and all that shit, especially since that sketch from SNL came out of a horror movie made by Wes Anderson (seriously, how would it be?).
    Anyway, Tarantino could definetly make a good horror movie, but if he’s gonna put pointless dialogues, characters came out from animes and excesive gore (which doesn’t botter me that much really, but it doesn’t scare anyone anymore)then don’t count on me to watch it. But i believe he could make a really good horror movie, and even if it’s not that scary, i would love to see wath twist he introduces to the genre; by the way, i’m with Mr.Mirage, it would be cool to see wath soundtrack he prepares for a horror movie, that’s one of the things i like about him, he always take his time to make a good soundtrack, wich i think is something more directors should do

    • CaptainHowdee

      I’m not gonna lie, if Wes Anderson made a horror movie I’d rush to the cinema like a madman. It’s definitely an interesting thought.

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      That’s my point, too. Could Tarantino swap his classic “stylish” movies for something more brutal? Or is every character going to come out well-versed in pop culture like Mr. Brown, with every scene involving buckets of blood?

  • DeathProof is my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film ever. With the exception of the scene in the GIF above and the final chase with Stuntman Mike, DeathProof just bores me.

    But I’m all for Tarantino taking a shot at horror. Fingers crossed he’ll team up with Eli Roth in a director/writer duo, but they’ll have to include a few barf bags with each movie ticket. lol.

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      Roth and Tarantino in the same film would be almost too great to bear.

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    The problem with Tarantino doing a horror film is that this genre, while teeming with seemingly endless possibilities, is tough to be truly creative in. And if there’s one thing Tarantino doesn’t do, it’s make the same film someone else has already made. So what we might end up with is something so ridiculously out there that it’s impossible to really get behind.
    That being said, I think if anybody could add a fresh of breath air to a stagnant subgenre, it’s Tarantino. Which is why I think his next revenge fantasy should be a slasher flick. Picture it: a killer stalks a group of teens, and the survivors turn on him in a brutal, over the top way.
    It’s a commonplace plot we’ve seen in anything from In Their Sleep to The Purge, but I have a lot of faith that Tarantino could make it something really great.
    My other reservation with a Tarantino horror film is that we’ve come to expect dark humor in his films. I’d be interested to see if he could make a serious horror flick with none of his classic comic relief moments. How would he adapt a script that is straight-forward horror?
    Make it happen, Quentin.

  • Travis

    It would be so perfect. From Dusk Till Dawn was good, I know he only wrote it, but still.

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