It isn’t every day that we’d talk about a Dan Brown film here but it looks like Ron Howard‘s take on ‘Inferno‘ is actually closer to a horror film than a standard thriller. The third outing of Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon has a noticeably different tone from the trailers alone and Howard stresses that the horror elements that are hinted at are strongly prevalent in the film itself.
When asked about why he choose the approach that he did Howard says:
“I’m glad you picked up on that because that’s something that’s not necessarily in the book. Although what Dan Brown gives us is Dante Alighieri and his depiction of hell. And he basically invented the imagery that we assign to hell. … He was inventing the horror movie! Because so many of these tortures for the sinners were the moments that you’ve seen in all the great films, whether it’s something bursting out of a chest or wrapping around your throat. It was shocking! And I thought if Langdon and the clue path were going through a kind of a hellish gauntlet, and so many of the clues are buried in Dante’s hell, I should use the imagery. And it was a blast. And you right, this was new territory for me, which of course is what I’m always looking for as a director anyway.”
So, because the events were based on some of the horrors that were created when the modern concept of Hell was born from Dante it was incorporated into the film. This actually makes me want to see the movie which I had previously written off as something I wasn’t going to check out after the second installment.
I think one of the key takeaways though is that he had fun directing horror and hopefully is something that Howard might pursue again in the future. Could you imagine his talent working on a full-out horror film and not just a thriller? We could be in for something quite special if he ever wanted to go in that direction.
Are you more or less interested in checking out ‘Inferno’ with the idea that it was filmed with horror being a theme for the film? Do you think that Ron Howard would be able to put together a compelling full on horror story? Share your thoughts below!
‘Inferno’ opens in theaters on October 28th, 2016.
Source: Cinema Blend
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