Screenwriter Gary Dauberman has been busy finding different scary stories to tell his audiences. Since his first script, the 2007 Made-for-TV movie In The Spider’s Web, Dauberman has been writing horror film after horror film, infusing the genre with his take on haunting tales. After 2014, Dauberman found himself positioned in two opposite successful franchises with Annabelle and It. Moreover, he has another story in The Conjuring universe with his latest film, The Nun, hitting theaters this weekend. Yet, there’s still plenty more frights Dauberman plans to tell.
Dauberman sat down with SlashFilm to talk about his upcoming projects, one of those being a reimagining of the 1990 Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. Dauberman had this to say about whether his interpretation will be inspired by such classics as Gremlins and Monster Squad, and if he plans to push the envelope slightly while still being appropriate for young viewers:
“I like your reference to Gremlins. I love Monster Squad. That show is so important to me. I didn’t want to age it down too much because for it’s time, it had some really disturbing episodes and some really dark episodes. Not every story the Midnight Society told ended with happily ever after or a person learning their lesson and it will never happen again. I really embraced that side of things and I think it’s been a long time. I think fear is healthy for kids. I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark. I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message. I think it’s got a great heart to it but it is still scary. I think that’s great. I think it’s going to open it up to a wider audience.”
Dauberman explained that while his script will be an original story, it will still feature the Midnight Society and a story being told around a campfire. He then spoke on the idea that young kids want to face scary situations and eventually survive them:
“I absolutely agree. I have an eight-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter. It’s interesting watching them develop that sense of is it too scary for me or is it not? That’s a lesson that we need to apply to the real world. If kids can’t learn that in the safety of their own homes trying to push the boundaries of what’s scary, what isn’t, what’s safe, what isn’t, then it’s a lot more difficult out there in the real world. I think there are those lessons that are taught by horror movies. I think we got a lot more of that when I was growing up. Somewhere along the lines it started to become a little too sanitized.”
The rest of the interview, where Dauberman talks about his upcoming project Swamp Thing and the future of the Annabelle franchise, can be read over at SlashFilm by following the source link below.
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