The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders (Rhys Thomas, 2013)

Criterion Collection devotees should love The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders (2013), a SNL short film by Rhys Thomas. Originally called simply New Horror Trailer, Thomas’ film is a brilliant parody of Wes Anderson‘s distinctive aesthetic reset in the creepy home invasion horror subgenre. This tale of “handmade horror” is the quintessential “homemade bicycle made of antique tuba parts” (thank you Amy Poehler), being so faithful to Anderson’s kitschy style and tone that it might be true if it weren’t a joke. For those looking to unpack Anderson’s particular look and how it is reproduced, we highly recommend Alex Buono’s “How We Did It” blog post which provides exceptional insight on the short film’s making.

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7 thoughts on “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders (Rhys Thomas, 2013)

  1. aaronwest October 27, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Would love this to be an extra on the Grand Budapest release, preferably with a Wes Anderson commentary.

    • spinenumbered October 28, 2016 / 1:06 am

      Agreed! I know Jason Schwartzman loves this short; maybe they could get a few of Anderson’s stock actors involved. It’d be good to hear Norton have to discuss the short with them!

  2. The Vern October 28, 2016 / 12:09 am

    I do love this and yes I would watch this if this was a real thing

  3. Anna (Film Grimoire) October 31, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Oh my god, I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. This is genius! I would also love to see this film.

    • spinenumbered October 31, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Ed Norton’s Owen Wilson is worth it all by itself.

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