With his film Shazam! being certified fresh on RottenTomatoes, director David F. Sandberg is riding high these days and basking in the glory of the superhero genre. Sandberg hadn’t tried his hand in the comic book world before directing Shazam!, he talents lied in within the category of horror.
Directing several short horror films, sandberg eventually worked his way up to a feature length film in 2016’s Lights Out, which was based on one of the previously mentioned short films of the same title. He also directed an installment of the Annabelle franchise. Sandberg recently spoke with CinemaBlend and discussed why he thinks directing horror prepares one for the challenges of other genres.
“Maybe, I mean it takes a lot of work to get horror right. Like a lot of filmmaking skills that all needs to sort of come together. That, I guess, prepares you for other genres as well.”
Another recent DC Comics film adaptation, that is changing the course of how DC is viewed by fans, is Aquaman, which was directed by James Wan, who also started out making horror films. He wrote and directed the very first Saw film, and continued working in some capacity on other films in the franchise. He also directed films in the Conjuring and Insidious franchises. Wan is another great example best example of the horror genre preparing a director to deliver a kick ass Superhero flick.
Perhaps Sandberg is on to something?
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