President Donald Trump is seeking to revive the “horror movies” genre of the past, telling an audience at the 2017 American Horror Story Convention that the genre needs to return to its roots.
Trump, who attended the convention last year to mark the 75th anniversary of the horror film franchise, made the comments at a panel discussion on Thursday.
The theme of the event was the “Return of the Horror Movies,” and Trump said the genre has lost a lot of its soul.
The original horror movies were based on real events that happened decades ago, Trump said, referring to the 1940s and 1950s, and his audience agreed.
“Now, it’s a completely different world, and I love the idea of the return of horror movies,” Trump said.
“I know you’re going to love them.
They’re wonderful movies, but I’m not going to bring them back.”
The original “horrifying” films featured scary scenarios that often included human beings, animals, and monsters, Trump added.
Trump’s campaign has previously touted the film genre’s appeal to a younger audience, and he is hoping to revive it in his presidency.
He has called for the revival of the genre and for more films to feature “family and friends,” as well as “socially conscious” themes.
The American Horror Movie Association said in a statement that the president is right to bring horror back.
“There are horror movies that have always been part of American culture, and we are grateful that the great Harvey Weinstein has made such great films, including “The Exorcist,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and “The Babadook,” which are still so relevant to audiences today,” the AHSA said.
“But there are also great films from the ’50s and ’60s, like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Gremlins,” which many are still trying to recapture today.”
Trump is also expected to attend the 2017 Emmys, where he is expected to make a bid for a nomination for best supporting actor.