Let’s be fair. It’s not all that difficult to parody Wes Anderson’s movies. That’s the price of having a signature style.
Still, Saturday Night Live nailed it with this orange-tinted horror film The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, and they did it so well that I now desperately want to see a horror film from Anderson. The things you never knew you wanted, right?
Edward Norton beautifully channels Owen Wilson’s drawl here, and while the thrust of the gag is essentially a litany of Andersonisms lifted straight from his movies and deposited into a home invasion thriller, the jokes work best when they involve objects and set ups that the director hasn’t used but definitely, absolutely could have. The only way it could have been better? Adding SNL and Anderson alum Bill Murray into the mix.