Joe Dante to direct Air Disturbance

News Glen Chapman 6 Nov 2012 - 06:42
Joe Dante, on the set of Gremlins

A new Joe Dante film is always worth getting excited over. Here are some details on his next project.

If there's one thing the world needs more of, it's Joe Dante films. For a director with his impressive back catalogue it seems as though we have too long a wait between films from the great man. Indeed, 2009's rather excellent The Hole was his last outing, although scandalously, that's a movie that only got a US release this year.

Still, it appears that the wheels are turning on Dante's next project. It's due to start filming on November 27th, it's called Air Disturbance, and it will star Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Dylan Walsh (The Stepfather). The horror film takes place on a flight between Los Angeles and Toronto, when strange atmospheric conditions leave Sam Davidson (Walsh), a widower and father of two, having to protect his children and girlfriend - who happens to be a psychic - from the other passengers. Englund plays a fanatical preacher who believes the supernatural occurrences affecting the flight to be a sign from God.

In lesser hands, that doesn't sound like a particularly compelling cocktail. In the hands of Joe Dante, our ticket is already sold. More news on the film as we get it. In fact, more news on any Joe Dante film as we get it. 

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I'll shout it out to anyone with older kids that The Hole is just the type of story to give them chills without being too scary and I recommend it as much as I can. I wish there were more films like this that are creepily effective without trying to be Eli Roth that you could take your kids along to. They love a good scary story as much us.

Are there not enough kids films? I love The Hole but I hate to see adult horror further sidelined in favour of more PG13.

That's not the point I'm making. It's more a case of films like The Hole and 9 are created specifically for older kids to get a taste of something other than Disney Saccharine. These films aren't part of the general toning down of movies that should be for adults which I also hate.

However there's no way I'm going to let my kids see graphic horror until I feel they're mature enough for it. Films like The Hole manage to take the best elements of Horror (like a good episode of Dr Who) and make it family friendly so that they can get a similar sense of peril and fear without experiencing anything too disturbing.

I think it's actually harder to create a genuine sense of fear in a movie with a lower rating than one at a higher rating which perhaps speaks both to the rarity of such films and the skill involved of those who manage to do it.

Sorry. I'm a bit defensive these days because you won't believe the amount of idiots I come across these days decrying R rated films. "Insidious was PG13 and was scary so why does Prometheus need to be R" and the old classic "The Dark Knight was PG13 and that was very violent so you don't need R ratings these days" (I'd love to show them Dredd).

But, yeah, I would love children's films adopt a darker tone more often. I like kids films from the 1980s simply because they did carry a threat in the shape of their villains (Gremlins, The Monster Squad, The Goonies).

Also, I'm not expecting you to show your children graphic horror.

And finally, I don't fully agree with your last point. I think fear can transcend ratings. One of the most chillibg moments I've ever witnessed was the ghost in the lake in The Innocents, which is only rated 12. Another frightening moment was from Event Horizon, where Sam Neill is stuck in a vent while his dead wife calls him. This is 18.

I guess what I'm crying about is that I hate to see adult horror disappear. Filmmakers like Cronenberg and Craven have used adult horror to explore the worst in human nature and society. Their themes don't translate to PG13 (challenge me, Videodrome remake). And sometimes I want to see a violent horror movie because I get tired out by ghosts and invisible demons (as a non-believer the fear factor does wear out easily).

You may be laughing at my paranoia but seriously, how many R rated films in cinemas do you see nowadays that are not dramas?

I thought Coraline was a great children's horror film. you could try your kids on reruns of tales from the darkside. i used to watch that when i was a kid and it scared the bejesus out of me, just enough for me to love the genre of the macabre.

To be honest I find it difficult to watch anything too graphic myself. I saw the first SAW movie and whilst i liked it, I didn't really want to see more of it! I prefer the ghost story sub genre especially where they play with idea of madness or the supernatural and it's left pretty ambiguous.

Event Horizon was my first graphic horror and I had to walk out of the cinema around halfway through!! I loved the creepiness of it but I struggled when it got to the bathtub scene and couldn't take any more. :-/

I don't think you do disagree with my last point though. As we're essentially saying the same thing in that you can experience a really frightening scene at a lower rating but i'm saying it takes a lot of skill to do it without reverting to horror tropes that push the rating up. I'm sure any sane and rational person would have some sense of fear when you can see the graphically obvious results of a supernatural menace (no slight on your sanity intended there btw! lol ).

It would be nice if DOG did one of their lists and tried to find some genuinely scary movies that are rated 12 or lower (I'm too lazy to think of them off the top of my head!).

Yup, add Coraline to the list!

I've not hears of tales from the darkside though, I'll have to check it out.

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