Wes Anderson is best known for his charmingly quirky films like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Saturday Night Live has recently released this old skit from 2013 that perfectly captures what a horror movie directed by Anderson could look like.
This is the official description:
A kitschy thriller from the mind of Wes Anderson, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders stars Owen Wilson (Edward Norton), Gwyneth Paltrow (Noel Wells), Tilda Swinton (Kate McKinnon) and Alec Baldwin as the narrator. [Season 39, 2013]
What I think is also amazing about the trailer is that it seemingly predicted Jordan Peele’s Us six years before it came out. I mean, creepy masks and home invaders seem like a familiar horror movie trope, but having characters wear matching track suits looked straight out of Us.
It’s also funny how the movie perfectly captures all the markings of an Anderson film, from the composing of the shots to the choice of music. They even had Ed Norton (a frequent Anderson collaborator) playing Owen Wilson (another Anderson regular), with ‘appearances’ from the likes of Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. They even got Alec Baldwin to do the voice over!
I guess the only thing they missed was that it wouldn’t be a Wes Anderson film without Bill Murray.
After great work on The Isle Dogs, Anderson’s next project is a film called The French Dispatch which is set to come out in 2020. No plot has been revealed, but the film is said to take place in France during World War II.