Shazam! Editor Discusses The Differences Between Comedy and Horror

Shazam! was a fun movie that reminded me a lot of the early Marvel Cinematic Universe films. It had elements of Iron ManThor, and Guardians of the Galaxy but was also its own thing. My son enjoyed it, I enjoyed it, and I hope they do a sequel that takes it to the next level. It’s nothing new for writers and directors to have a favorite genre and then step out of their comfort zone and hit a home run. The Russo brothers were mostly known for comedy shows like Community and Arrested Development before taking on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and showing the world that the espionage genre isn’t dead. For those of you that don’t know David F. Sandberg, the director of Shazam!, started out in horror movies including Annabelle: Creation. He often used Michel Aller as an editor and brought him along for the DCEU ride.

Aller was recently interviewed by /Film where they discussed some of the differences between the two genres. When asked how he approached editing a comedy he had this to say:

“The approach doesn’t differ that much, it’s mainly the content. I’m working on a comedy so you’re trying to make the laughs land just like how scares land.”

It makes sense to me. I often find horror funny (Does that make me weird?) and also love a good scare. Anybody can have a gotcha type scare with a loud noise or sudden appearance of a baddie but earned scares are better. Timing is everything in comedy and horror.

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If you haven’t seen Shazam! there is a particularly horror-esque scene and in a movie described as Big meets superheroes, it’s a balancing game to include it.

“It was definitely a balance that we had to work with we wanted it to be a fun superhero film but then David (Sandberg) always comes up with these cool scare ideas and nods to past horror. So it was just a matter of cutting and shaping the film as we went along, and pulling back when you had to pull back — you didn’t want to go too far.”

Maybe Aller and Sandberg can work on a horror comedy next.

What did you think of Shazam!? Do you have a preference for horror or comedy? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source: /Film

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Kyle Malone

Kyle is a Senior Editor and Multimedia Manager for LRM Online. He is a Retired Soldier and Business School graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife & their awesome little geek-in-training.

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