Although Dave Franco is famous for his roles in comedy-dramas, the American actor and director has a rich history in the world of horror.
Most commonly recognised for projects such as Superbad and his breakthrough role in 21 Jump Street , Franco is also familiar with working in popular horror films like Fright Night and Warm Bodies. Beginning to flex his muscles in the film industry, Franco recently released his debut feature film, The Rental, a thriller-horror that follows the story of two couples who go away for a weekend vacation in an oceanside rental house before it takes a sinister turn.
Before the release of The Rental, Dave Franco spoke of his love for the horror genre, “I wanted my directorial debut to be a horror film for a couple of reasons,” he said in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes. As a viewer, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a smart genre film.”
He added, “You know, I think about this young group of genre filmmakers that I mentioned in my top five favourite films, people like David Robert Mitchell, Ari Aster, Jeremy Saulnier, Amy Seimetz, people who are doing projects that are very artful and just happen to be scary too. And I think there’s a general stigma against horror films where people tend to look down on them and write them off as being schlocky. But I think they have just as much artistic merit as any serious drama out there.”
In the same conversation, Franco was asked to pick out five cinematic pictures that have helped shape his horror vision. Blending recent projects with some more traditionally iconic numbers, Franco cited the likes of Roman Polanski and Sean Durkin as part of his collection.
See the list, below.
Dave Franco’s 5 Favourite Horror Films:
- It Follows – David Robert Mitchell, 2014
- Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier, 2013
- Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin, 2013
- Rosemary’s Baby – Roman Polanski, 1968
- Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh) – Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, 2014
While speaking about Roman Polanski’s classic psychological horror film, Dave Franco said, “I feel like Rosemary’s Baby inspired all of the smart genre films that we see today. It takes the scares seriously, but it also prioritizes everything else. The acting, the visuals, the music, the production design, and approach everything in a tasteful, elevated way.”
He explained why the film works on so many levels, “It’s nuanced and atmospheric, and it takes its time to get under your skin, as opposed to leaning too heavily on cheap jump scares. And it’s the perfect example of how a well-made thriller or horror movie has just as much merit as the heavy dramas that are typically recognized during award season.”
Watch the trailer for Dave Franco’s debut feature film, The Rental, here:
(Via: Rotten Tomatoes)