'The New Mutants' Director Josh Boone Reveals the Film's 'Dream Warriors' Roots and Confirms it's a Horror Movie!
Whelp, sounds like all of our suspicions over The New Mutants were true...
...As soon as the trailer for The New Mutants dropped, we got the vibe that director Josh Boone had been influenced by Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and it turns out we were right! Boone spoke with Collider a while back, and he had a lot to say about the film.
Boone told the site, "I’d say biggest influences for this movie were '[One Flew Over the] Cuckoo’s Nest', 'The Shining' and 'Dream Warriors'. I do love 'Dream Warriors', I loved the first ['Nightmare on Elm Street'] as well, but this is very much a rubber reality horror movie for the first about 75% of the movie and then it becomes something else. It follows the logic of those early Wes Craven movies and all that.”
Considering Dream Warriors is one of my favorite horror films of all time, and probably many of yours, that's a pretty exciting statement.
As for whether or not The New Mutants is a horror film, which has been a point of argument amongst some fans? Boone said, “It’s a supernatural horror movie. I’d say this is pushed as far as you could push a PG 13, as far as 'Dark Knight' was pushed or whatever with Joker putting somebody’s head in a pencil and all that, or Two-Face’s face, we’ve pushed stuff as far as we could push it.”
So there you have it, The New Mutants is officially a horror film.
The New Mutants lands in theaters on April 3rd, 2020.
By Matt Konopka