I think David Lynch would be the perfect director for a horror film. All his work (which, though definitely creepy and haunting, would be considered more “art film” than pure horror) is imbued with a sense of eerie dread that would be extremely effective in a scary movie.
Check out the short clips below and you’ll see what I mean.
The Black Lodge from Twin Peaks:
The videotape in Lost Highway:
The infamous “man at the party” scene from Lost Highway:
This bizarre Inland Empire “rabbit scene”:
Eraserhead (and, let’s be honest, the only thing that keeps this film from being straight-up horror is that it makes no real sense):
His movies are beautiful and full of atmosphere, but as narratives they can be frustratingly perplexing. (Or just very symbolic, depending on how much you want to trust his artistic vision.) Regardless, Lynch’s fever-dream style of directing would be incredible if applied to the horror genre.
Yes, I realize this is just wishful thinking on my part. But in related news, Lynch will be directing a Twin Peaks reboot next year! That’ll tide me over until he decides to take my advice.