Christopher Nolan Plans Horror Movie Debut

Nolan Delves into Genre Innovation with New Ambition.

by Nouman Rasool
Christopher Nolan Plans Horror Movie Debut
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Brilliant movie director, Christopher Nolan, known all over the world by his signature filmography in movies "Inception" and "The Dark Knight," recently has proven a sharp interest in moving into the horror genre. It was during his engaging dialogue with the British Film Institute that he revealed these hopes and shared why horror, in particular, is appealing to him.

Nolan, whose latest blockbuster "Oppenheimer" has become a real sensation at the box office and seriously competes for the Oscars with 13 nominations, including Best Picture, shared his view on the potential of horror cinema.

"Horror films are fascinating because they are fundamentally cinematic," Nolan remarked. "It's a gut reaction, they invoke a gut reaction, and that's what makes it so interesting and engaging. Actually, I'm looking forward to going on in this genre.

But really, a horror film needs a great idea, which is actually quite rare. I haven't really found the story which is working properly yet, but there is something in me that triggers the potential."

Hollywood's Horror Allure

He went on to further highlight special characteristics that define horror as "the most alluring of all of them, for the filmmaker," among them its allowance for bleakness and abstraction, elements not normally accepted by Hollywood films.

Those were the elements that horror set itself apart through, Nolan says—the genre that provides a creative playground that other genres might not. Interestingly, Nolan also identified the horror elements in "Oppenheimer," particularly the portions that follow the successful creation of the atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project.

To this, he replied, "There are for sure horror elements in 'Oppenheimer,' especially with the subject matter. The film also goes into other genre paths as in the middle it's very much a heist film, and then the final act becomes a courtroom drama.

I did that by the genres they have in tension and that work with scenes driven by dialogue." There is no news in Christopher Nolan's predilection toward the synthesis of different genres. His movies usually transcend the standards of commonplace storytelling, complicatedness of plots in such a manner that they challenge the viewers.

Close to a billion dollars in domestic ticket sales, and with "Oppenheimer" and his other films, Nolan is the epitome of a director who has wide range and diversity in cinematic style and genre, with success both critically and commercially.

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