Quentin Tarantino has written and directed some of the most iconic movies of the past 20 years, consistently pleasing fans and film critics alike. He plans to follow 2012's Django Unchained with The Hateful Eight, another western.
Tarantino redefines each genre he tackles, putting unique twists on its archetypes and cliches. Here are five genres we hope Tarantino explores in the future.
1 1920s Gangster
Tarantino already has applied his distinctive style to Nazi-occupied France and the Antebellum South. What might the Prohibition Era hold for him? From Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino's gangs command the big screen with unparalleled presence, so the idea of a '20s gangster flick entices. The luxurious lifestyle of the era's crime bosses lends itself well to the larger-than-life Tarantino atmosphere.
2 Alien Invasion
A firm believer in celluloid and practical effects, Tarantino could make a killer old-school alien movie. The genre would allow him to experiment with lighting, makeup and prosthetics in ways his previous films did not. His characters usually wind up in outrageous situations, so an alien invasion would be a perfect setup for his signature comedy and mayhem.
The Bride battled the Crazy 88's in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Django faced Calvin Candie's henchmen in Django Unchained. Tarantino's "one versus a million" finales never fail to entertain, so hordes of zombies present many interesting possibilities. Tarantino's characters could seek revenge on the undead and slay them to surf music or an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. If for no other reason, Tarantino's love of exploitation film aesthetics would really suit a zombie movie.
Tarantino's clever, over-the-top villains would be perfect for Bond movies. Espionage calls for many of Tarantino's trademarks such as chaotic action sequences and long, dramatic speeches during moments of extreme tension. Tarantino could certainly work in his trunk shots and torture scenes.
5 Haunted House
Just when viewers think a genre has been completely exhausted, Tarantino writes its be-all, end-all film. He knows how to build tension, one of the most important components of good paranormal horror. His signature long takes and revolving shots would be absolutely nerve-racking in a haunted house. Moreover, Tarantino is a horror fan, and he has proven his ability to succeed in the genres he loves.
Mark Mukherjee is a senior at King High.