I have a close friend who produces low-budget horror films. He’s a gentle man, married with children. An admirable person in every way. I’ve screened a few of his movies but kept my eyes averted for extended periods.
The truth is horror films scare me.
And I have zero patience for films that traffic in violence against children. I won’t even try screening them.
I like to think that the films I’ve written are not gratuitously violent. But I do know some people who think that my first film Body Double is way too graphic. I can only tell you that Director Brian DePalma and I relied on suspense—think Hitchcock for we surely did—rather than bloodshed. We used the suggestion of violence, especially in the now infamous drill sequence. And we did a good job because the films feels a great deal more violent than it really is.
In any case, I was reading about the great director Fritz Lang the other day and came across the above quote which I thought prophetic and accurate.