Gary Dauberman on his directorial debut Annabelle Comes Home, faith-based horror, and more

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I think my writing career informed my directing because over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside very talented filmmakers. Each had their own aesthetics and process, so I was able to pick elements that worked for me from each and adopt it as my own. It was the same process I had when I started out writing – I’d steal from King, I’d steal from Gaiman, Vonnegut, whoever. And eventually all the elements you took from those you admire wind up becoming your ‘voice’. Feels like that’s how it is with directing, although obviously I am not as far along with the process as I am with writing…

Recently had a chat with Gary Dauberman about his directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home. Gary’s a screenwriter as well, and he’s written lots of things – like the previous Annabelle movies, but also It and It: Chapter Two, the recent Swamp Thing adaptation, and so on.

It was neat to get the chance to talk to him about adapting Stephen King and Alan Moore, but also to ask him a few questions about how his faith has influenced his writing too – Gary had spoken in the past about how his faith had quite heavily influenced the Annabelle movies, so I was curious if that had an impact on any of his other work as well.

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