Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Horror Director: Michael Dougherty

Today, I'm covering another horror movie director I have my eyes on. Let's check out Michael Dougherty. I bet you've seen one of his films - 

Michael Dougherty is a producer, writer and director. That is a holy trinity that is necessary, I believe. One doesn't have to write every movie they direct, but it helps that there is creative process in all three important arenas for putting out a good horror film. 

What strikes me about Dougherty is that he gets legends and the fears that root early in life. I'm not real keen on horror filmmakers who fixate on children, as it gets creepy over time, but my hope is that this director steps away from child focus but continues our childhood fears. He certainly understands the vital importance of creating monsters that linger and haunt us, dark surreal places, spooky music, and that suspended reality feeling that makes it seem as if you are in a world that is 20 foot x 20 foot and what's outside that box is the great irrelevant. 

Some of his films he directed and wrote include (descriptions from IMDB)- 

"Trick R Treat" Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

"Krampus" A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.

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