Joe Dante, Xavier Gens & Vincenzo Natali to Direct ‘Paris I’ll Kill You’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:12 pm,

From the moment I saw Paris, je t’aime, with art-house segments directed by the Coen Brothers, Gus van Sant, and Alfonso Cuarón, amongst others, I’ve wondered what the horror movie version could possibly be like. Okay, no, I didn’t ever really do that, but regardless, I was happy to see that such a version was being developed.

Paris I’ll Kill You is, indeed, the horror aficionado’s response to Paris, je t’aime, employing various horror directors to direct a multitude of stories that take a look at the seedy underbelly of the romance capitol of the world. With a movie like this, the quality always comes down to the directors chosen to participate. Now, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, we know who those directors are.

Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), and Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train) have joined the directors list, along with lesser-known directors Christopher Smith (Creep), directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (A L’Interieur), and music video auteur, Joern Heitman.

Am I the only person utterly underwhelmed by this list? In full disclosure, I’ve never seen half of these directors’ work in the genre of horror, but the ones I have seen aren’t exactly blowing me out of the water. Sure, Xavier Gens’ Hitman gave me nightmares, but not because it was a great horror movie—rather, it was just really, really bad. (To be fair, his Frontier(s) was pretty good.) Splice was fine, and so was Natali’s earlier, better film, Cube, but I can’t help but think…where are the heavy-hitters here? Or is Joe Dante the only one?

howling frontiers and splice posters Joe Dante, Xavier Gens & Vincenzo Natali to Direct Paris Ill Kill You

Not that he isn’t a good director—who doesn’t love The Howling, Gremlins, and The Burbs?—he’s just not number one on my list of horror directors. Alas, with Paris I’ll Kill You, he appears to be the main attraction. This is the sort of movie that requires a plethora of semi-legendary horror directors, in my opinion. Sure, Dante can be on that list, but where are the John Carpenters, the Stuart Gordons, the Dario Argentos, the Wes Cravens, and the George Romeros? Where are the horror directors that stack up to the likes of the Coen Brothers, Gus van Sant, and Alfonso Cuarón? At first glance, this film feels like squandered potential, but perhaps I’m jumping the gun.

Check out Joe Dante’s trailer for The Howling below to get a sense of how he might direct his segment:

I sincerely hope Paris I’ll Kill You succeeds creatively, because the concept is one I’m immediately interested in. Not just because it’s a horror anthology, but also because it’s a horror anthology making fun of an artsy romance anthology—which, admittedly, was very good in its own right.

Apparently, the producers are pitching Paris I’ll Kill You as the first of a “horror city” franchise, not unlike Paris, je t’aime. Perhaps if the first is a success, sequels will attract bigger horror talent—both in terms of actors and directors.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Ben, personally, I’d rather see a sequel to The ‘Burbs. It’s my favorite movie from him, and my favorite Hanks movie.

    • I would be so happy to see a Burbs sequel come to fruition. Such an underrated eighties movie.

      • I agree. When it came out, I went to a showing with a dead crowd. Not fun at all lol.

  2. anything vincenzo natalie does i’ll watch he has a great respect for films i think and really builds the characters and story and then thinks about the effects and other things. i also would love to see him do a sequel to splice or at least see a sequel to it done and done right. maybe he would also be a great pick for a island of dr moreau remake or sequel, or a remake to creature from the black lagoon,resident evil like the first game but his take and twists added into it, a underworld origins of corvinus,steve altens the loch,dino crisis with a dark and edgy take on it,or maybe even some killer animal flick could be greatly done by him with some really cool ideas of his added into it. but any horror film he does,guillormo del toro,chris nolan, m night shyamalan, and others who do a dark twisted take, and really focus on story and characters are great and i will watch them every time.

  3. I totally agree with you, Ben.

  4. Agree that it’s underwhelming, but isn’t the director of [REC], Paco Plaza, also on board?
    That gives me some excitement to this, along with the whole satire of _Paris, je t’aime_

    And I guess I’m looking forward to seeing the lesser known directors get a chance to “shine.”