THE HORROR, THE HORROR
Robert Eggers talks true screen terror
“I don’t like a lot of horror films. I like Hammer films, I like Universal stuff. I grew up with all that but I don’t find it very satisfying because it’s not actually asking questions about darkness. A lot of times – and I think this is also really cool – genre fans can over-intellectualise these things and make them much more profound than they actually are. Which is totally cool. But Ingmar Bergman’s the scariest horror film director that I know. Cries And Whispers, Through A Glass Darkly…
those are affecting, those are horrific, when they’re talking about the darkness in humankind. With most horror films it’s teenage masochistic titillation and you’re going to the edge shining a flashlight and then running away laughing at whatever you see. Well, that’s cool, and I get how it’s fun, but you’re not really going at it.”
Pschological fears in Ingmar Bergman’s Cries And Whispers.