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Having Conquered All Other Genres, Coens Working on Horror Film




    We're not huge horror fans, but if that's what the Coen brothers have on offer, we'll take it.

    Joel and Ethan Coen have done noir, Western, romcom, satire, gangster... but they haven't yet done horror. They may soon cross that one off their list.

    "True Grit" Trailer Looks Great, Matt Damon's Mutton-Chops Less So

    [NATL] "True Grit" Trailer Looks Great, Matt Damon's Mutton-Chops Less So
    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin star in the Coen Brothers' remake of the classic John Wayne Western about a young girl who hires a legendary lawman to help her hunt down her father's killer. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    "Funny you should ask, yes, we're working on a couple of scripts now, one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie," Ethan told Empire. "Frances McDormand is the monster."

    The bit about McDormand is pretty clearly a joke, of course, as she's Joel's wife, but Empire swears the horror part was sincere.

    "A Serious Man"

    [NATL] "A Serious Man"
    Michael Stuhlbarg stars as a man whose faith in everything is being tested by people on all sides, in this film from the Coen Brothers that is also in the running for Best Original Screenplay. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    In the meantime, if you haven't yet seen their "True Grit," it's time. For most filmmakers it would stand as a career achievement, for these guys it was a minor masterpiece. It's a blast, as fun as most any other film of 2010.

    And if you're a Coen brothers completist, check out "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop," Yimou Zhang's remake of "Blood Simple" set in ancient China. It's a bit of a mess, but it's beautifully shot and certainly has its moments.

    "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop"

    [NATL] "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop"
    Chinese director Yimou Zhang remakes the Coen Brothers' first film, "Blood Simple," setting a couple centuries back in the middle of the desert. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010)