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Coen Brothers writing a full-on horror script

02.09.2011

Practically every genre the Coen's decide to touch turns to gold. Comedy? LEBOWSKI. Drama? NO COUNTRY. Comedy Action Drama? TRUE GRIT. The list is endless.

But one genre the duo has steered away from is horror, with their closest effort probably being BLOOD SIMPLE way back in the day. But speaking to Empire, the brothers revealed that might actually change.

"Funny you should ask, yes, we're working on a couple of scripts now, one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie. Frances McDormand is the monster."

Guessing that's a joke about Frances McDormand, but if not, I'll roll with it. Granted we know nothing about this proposed horror script, or if it will even end up getting made with everything else they're working on, but I'd really like to see what they do with the genre. It's interesting to see directors go outside their usual into something like horror, which is why I'm actually very curious to see Kevin Smith's RED STATE.

What do you think a Coen brothers horror flick would look like?

Extra Tidbit: I think I'd have to go with FARGO as my favorite film from the duo, with TRUE GRIT a close second. Yours?
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7:18PM on 02/10/2011

I'm excited...

Is it just me or does anyone else want to see them do an adaptation and not an original script. I love their original movies, but when they're working with someone else's baby, they churn out pure dynamite!
Whatever it is, I'll watch!
Is it just me or does anyone else want to see them do an adaptation and not an original script. I love their original movies, but when they're working with someone else's baby, they churn out pure dynamite!
Whatever it is, I'll watch!
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4:25AM on 02/10/2011
I am not a big horror fan but I would love to see the Coen approach to the genre!
I am not a big horror fan but I would love to see the Coen approach to the genre!
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2:46AM on 02/10/2011
A Coen Brothers horror would be awesome. I'll watch anything these guys do. Hopefully after this they might do a Sci-Fi. A Coen Brothers Sci-Fi......... I'd love to see that.
A Coen Brothers horror would be awesome. I'll watch anything these guys do. Hopefully after this they might do a Sci-Fi. A Coen Brothers Sci-Fi......... I'd love to see that.
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12:39AM on 02/10/2011

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Fargo followed by O Brother Where Art Thou
Fargo followed by O Brother Where Art Thou
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9:43PM on 02/09/2011
They could write a horror movie about a killer strip of bacon, and it'd be ten times better than Red State.
They could write a horror movie about a killer strip of bacon, and it'd be ten times better than Red State.
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8:53PM on 02/09/2011

well

joel did edit evil dead...
joel did edit evil dead...
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8:52PM on 02/09/2011

well

joel did edit evil dead...
joel did edit evil dead...
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8:47PM on 02/09/2011

Favorite is Fargo

The best Horror films are really more suspense films (like Black Swan), as opposed to the slasher gore-fests that seems to pass for "horror" these days. I'm sure the Coens will give us the former and be great at it (the opening to a serious man had some great suspense).
The best Horror films are really more suspense films (like Black Swan), as opposed to the slasher gore-fests that seems to pass for "horror" these days. I'm sure the Coens will give us the former and be great at it (the opening to a serious man had some great suspense).
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8:53PM on 02/09/2011
what so horror movies in the 70s and 80s were anything but gory slashers? stop making such broad generalizations.
what so horror movies in the 70s and 80s were anything but gory slashers? stop making such broad generalizations.
11:12PM on 02/09/2011
Agree with Henry Lee. Gory movies can have suspense, it's not like they're opposites
Agree with Henry Lee. Gory movies can have suspense, it's not like they're opposites
8:22PM on 02/09/2011
Extra Tidbit: I'm glad I'm not the only one whose favorites go Fargo, then True Grit. Seems like everyone I know favors The Big Lebowski (which is still awesome and one of their best).

As for the main story: PLEASE let them make this. This would be awesome.
Extra Tidbit: I'm glad I'm not the only one whose favorites go Fargo, then True Grit. Seems like everyone I know favors The Big Lebowski (which is still awesome and one of their best).

As for the main story: PLEASE let them make this. This would be awesome.
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7:10PM on 02/09/2011
I consider "Barton Fink" as an horror film... at least it gave me the creeps when I watched it back in the day...
I consider "Barton Fink" as an horror film... at least it gave me the creeps when I watched it back in the day...
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6:57PM on 02/09/2011
as for the extra tidbit: I can't help but love The Hudsucker Proxy!
as for the extra tidbit: I can't help but love The Hudsucker Proxy!
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6:53PM on 02/09/2011
This can only be good
This can only be good
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5:10PM on 02/09/2011

Nice!!!

I guess they could be joking about Francis McDormand playing the "monster" but I assumed they meant that if the script gets made she would play the baddie of the piece. When they say monster, I'm assuming they mean a murdering psychopath. I think having her play a killer would be brilliant because it's the last thing you would ever expect and it would turn her Fargo image right on it's head.
I guess they could be joking about Francis McDormand playing the "monster" but I assumed they meant that if the script gets made she would play the baddie of the piece. When they say monster, I'm assuming they mean a murdering psychopath. I think having her play a killer would be brilliant because it's the last thing you would ever expect and it would turn her Fargo image right on it's head.
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4:03PM on 02/09/2011
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2:41PM on 02/09/2011
I'd like to see them making a full on action movie, but a smart one, like The Town or Inception.
I'd like to see them making a full on action movie, but a smart one, like The Town or Inception.
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2:39PM on 02/09/2011
Well, the Cohen's already touch on the genre a bit in some of their films, Fargo being the closest I can think of. I'm guessing it's going to be a similarily set Southwestern set film with familiar themes, but minus any humor or that kind of side character development we typically get. I'm guess by straight up, they mean a lot more of Anton from No Country and less of Francis McDormands character from Fargo. But I am so down. The Cohen's know how to do moody atmosphere, so a whole film of it
Well, the Cohen's already touch on the genre a bit in some of their films, Fargo being the closest I can think of. I'm guessing it's going to be a similarily set Southwestern set film with familiar themes, but minus any humor or that kind of side character development we typically get. I'm guess by straight up, they mean a lot more of Anton from No Country and less of Francis McDormands character from Fargo. But I am so down. The Cohen's know how to do moody atmosphere, so a whole film of it would be great.
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2:22PM on 02/09/2011
There is no genre these two can't handle or do. I would love to see them do horror, since it is my favorite genre.

Favorite Coen flick, The Big Lebowski.
There is no genre these two can't handle or do. I would love to see them do horror, since it is my favorite genre.

Favorite Coen flick, The Big Lebowski.
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6:56PM on 02/09/2011
The Big Lebowski.. (100 thumbs up, please!)
The Big Lebowski.. (100 thumbs up, please!)
1:40PM on 02/09/2011

Sometimes....

I feel like the only person in the world that doesn't like the Coen brothers. Everyone hypes their movies up so much that when I finally check them out I'm so underwelmed. I just don't see the fascination. I always try to see their films with an open mind but I never end up liking it.

With that said I still think The Big Lebowski is one of the funniest movies ever made and one of my all time favorites. I also like Barton Fink and Fargo to an extent. But I always thought "No Country for Old
I feel like the only person in the world that doesn't like the Coen brothers. Everyone hypes their movies up so much that when I finally check them out I'm so underwelmed. I just don't see the fascination. I always try to see their films with an open mind but I never end up liking it.

With that said I still think The Big Lebowski is one of the funniest movies ever made and one of my all time favorites. I also like Barton Fink and Fargo to an extent. But I always thought "No Country for Old Men" was very overrated along with "Burn After Reading"

Despite this I look forward to them making a horror film, could be good.
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1:39PM on 02/09/2011
I don't like horror movies in general, but there certainly are some gems in the genre that I do enjoy. I trust the Coens won't be doing a teen horror movie or one that would rely on cheap tricks to startle the audience. I'm really looking forward to this. Favorite Coen Bros. film is No Country for Old Men with O Brother Where Art Thou closely following.
I don't like horror movies in general, but there certainly are some gems in the genre that I do enjoy. I trust the Coens won't be doing a teen horror movie or one that would rely on cheap tricks to startle the audience. I'm really looking forward to this. Favorite Coen Bros. film is No Country for Old Men with O Brother Where Art Thou closely following.
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1:30PM on 02/09/2011
The Coen brothers should have remade Halloween.
The Coen brothers should have remade Halloween.
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12:59PM on 02/09/2011
Anything they do, I'm there.

I feel like No Country had its horror elements with Chigurh playing a bit a of a slasher killer/monster. Lots of great tension in that movie.

My favorite has to be Big Lebowski. I own most of their movies, though.
Anything they do, I'm there.

I feel like No Country had its horror elements with Chigurh playing a bit a of a slasher killer/monster. Lots of great tension in that movie.

My favorite has to be Big Lebowski. I own most of their movies, though.
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12:44PM on 02/09/2011
I really hope this happens! They make consistently excellent movies (with The Ladykillers being their only misfire, in my opinion), so there's no reason to think that they wouldn't make an excellent horror flick. Look at Aronofsky and Black Swan. The great filmmakers can usually translate their strengths across multiple genres.

EXTRA TIDBIT: Fargo is my favorite Coen Bros. movie, and my second favorite movie of all-time.
I really hope this happens! They make consistently excellent movies (with The Ladykillers being their only misfire, in my opinion), so there's no reason to think that they wouldn't make an excellent horror flick. Look at Aronofsky and Black Swan. The great filmmakers can usually translate their strengths across multiple genres.

EXTRA TIDBIT: Fargo is my favorite Coen Bros. movie, and my second favorite movie of all-time.
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12:39PM on 02/09/2011
A Coen bros. horror movie? Bring it on!

Dammit i still haven't seen The Big Lebowski.
A Coen bros. horror movie? Bring it on!

Dammit i still haven't seen The Big Lebowski.
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12:29PM on 02/09/2011
favorite cohen brother's movies

1. the big lebowski
2. o brother where art thou
3. millers crossing
4. fargo
5. raising arizona/no country for old men

honorable mention : barton fink
favorite cohen brother's movies

1. the big lebowski
2. o brother where art thou
3. millers crossing
4. fargo
5. raising arizona/no country for old men

honorable mention : barton fink
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12:27PM on 02/09/2011

Not a horror fan...

...though with the Coens, I'm sure it'll be awesome though.

Miller's Crossing. Only discovered it last year, but I'm already in love with it.
...though with the Coens, I'm sure it'll be awesome though.

Miller's Crossing. Only discovered it last year, but I'm already in love with it.
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12:24PM on 02/09/2011
favorite cohen brother's movies

1. the big lebowski
2. o brother where art thou
3. millers crossing
4. fargo
5. raising arizona/no country for old men

honorable mention : barton fink
favorite cohen brother's movies

1. the big lebowski
2. o brother where art thou
3. millers crossing
4. fargo
5. raising arizona/no country for old men

honorable mention : barton fink
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12:24PM on 02/09/2011

Right on....

My favourite is the one with that guy that hates the fucking Eagles? What's that movie again?
My favourite is the one with that guy that hates the fucking Eagles? What's that movie again?
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12:12PM on 02/09/2011

YEEEESSS!!!

I have been wishing for this after I saw Blood Simple years ago. They would make the most effective horror film. They've already know how to make white knuckle tension from he aforementioned film as well as No Country.

I am so for this!!!
I have been wishing for this after I saw Blood Simple years ago. They would make the most effective horror film. They've already know how to make white knuckle tension from he aforementioned film as well as No Country.

I am so for this!!!
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12:08PM on 02/09/2011
Favorite Coens movie?

O Brother Where Art Thou?
Favorite Coens movie?

O Brother Where Art Thou?
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12:07PM on 02/09/2011
I'm really having problem with directors trying their hand at full-on horror since I'm definitely not a fan of the genre. The only time it works for me is when it's either tongue-in-cheek (aka Shaun of the Dead ) or full-on comedic (aka Evil Dead 2). But normal horror, blergh. I'll still give them the benefit of the doubt, since the Coens are pretty awesome.

As for my favorite film of theirs, it's gotta be The Hudsucker Proxy with Fargo and the Big Lebowski close behind.
I'm really having problem with directors trying their hand at full-on horror since I'm definitely not a fan of the genre. The only time it works for me is when it's either tongue-in-cheek (aka Shaun of the Dead ) or full-on comedic (aka Evil Dead 2). But normal horror, blergh. I'll still give them the benefit of the doubt, since the Coens are pretty awesome.

As for my favorite film of theirs, it's gotta be The Hudsucker Proxy with Fargo and the Big Lebowski close behind.
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12:21PM on 02/09/2011
You know Evil Dead was actually a full-on horror film right? Evil Dead 2 was the comedy.
You know Evil Dead was actually a full-on horror film right? Evil Dead 2 was the comedy.
3:26PM on 02/09/2011
My bad, I meant Evil Dead 2
My bad, I meant Evil Dead 2
11:57AM on 02/09/2011
not sure if id call "True Grit" a 'comedy action drama.' it's a western.

anywho, the coens can def set the quiet dry tone for a haunting horror movie.
not sure if id call "True Grit" a 'comedy action drama.' it's a western.

anywho, the coens can def set the quiet dry tone for a haunting horror movie.
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