5 Reasons Why David Slade is a Great Director

Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. That's the filmography of my favorite director, David Slade. But, I will say that this article will be completely unbiased. Although I will only name five, I think that these are very valid reasons.

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By Nick Salinski - 1/17/2013

The way he views a script

Coincidentally, I view a script the way he does it (other directors might do the same thing, I don't know cause everyone has a different way of viewing it). As he reads it, it plays it in his mind as if the film was actually playing in front of him. Sure, many would find this to be a mistake. But, I don't think it is as long as you keep focus and you have a vision. Then, it all works well and you get the results you want for the most part. It's worked for him so far.

Good Sense of story telling

Okay so, 2 out of his three films are adaptations. But, you can't say that they were bad films (Eclipse is actually the best of the series). Hard Candy is the driving force of this part of the article. As far as I know (I'm 17 so, I still have a lot to learn and see) this was a pretty original film and it got lots of good reviews. It's a pretty intense and creepy movie. This isn't something kids should be seeing (I for one have never been good at watching movies my parents approve of) but, it's a good story and it's got fairly strong performances from Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. It's got a pretty low budget. But, the story is very good. He knows how to keep the story going without making it less interesting of a film. He has a good sense of story telling which partly for me also includes the pacing of the film.


He's done 3 completely different genres. One for each film. Hard Candy was more of thriller, 30 Days of Night is horror and Eclipse is action-romance. While they're all each pretty dark films. Each has a specific genre and he can do them with no problem. Watching Hard Candy with the help of the script of course, he is able to make the movie give you a major sense of the creeps. 30 Days of Night (for me) made vampires scary. I wasn't hiding my face scared but, I wasn't exactly going in any dark rooms or outside that night after watching it. It was also very suspensful which makes it work that much more. Eclipse was action-romance (the romance in those movies suck) but, he proved he can make good action (30 Days of Night also proved this). The kind that's very clear and you can see what's going on and it doesn't give you a headache.

Strong Performances

This guy, very under rated actor. Anyways, in all three of David Slade's movies. He has been able to bring out strong performances from his actors. Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson and Josh Hartnett are the three people that come to mind the most. If you don't believe me, go back and rewatch these movies. He knows what he wants from an actor and he makes sure that they do their best work (Hard Candy is my favorite Patrick Wilson movie) and it really does show. You don't really see a lot of "strong" performances from actors in movies anymore. The kind that give the films an emotional weight of some sort. Also, did I forget to mention Ben Foster? Yea, he was amazing in 30 Days of Night.

No uninteresting projects

Now, this part of the editorial is more less of what has made him so great so far. Twilight, okay ignore that one (although, Eclipse does have a interesting story). Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and the upcoming tv series, Hannibal (which he is directing the pilot episode). These each have something about them that makes them completely interesting. Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night have the same appeal. They both have VERY interesting stories. While, the upcoming tv series, Hannibal (last I knew is a prequel to the movies (except Hannibal Rising, I could be wrong)) has the "prequel" factor to it that attracts viewers. Not to mention the fact that it's Hannibal Lector (c'mon, who doesn't love Hannibal Lector?). So, I think that this man has made good project choices so far and I think he is destined for a great future as a film director.

Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts on David Slade? Comment below with your thoughts and I ask for respect amongst yourselves as well as myself and the editorial.

Fun Fact: David Slade is my choice director for a Mortal Kombat film.
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EdgyOutsider - 1/18/2013, 12:44 AM
@Battlin: I was watching the making of Eclipse and I heard him say how he visualizes the script frame by frame. So, that's what I meant by "how he views a script". Obviously, I have tons to learn, being 17 and all that. Cause, screenwriting and directing is what I want to do with my life. David Salde and Steven Spielberg are my heroes and are the biggest reasons I want to be part of the film industry.

But, yea. Him visualzing it frame by frame is what I meant. It kinda isn't much of a reason lol but, I tried and got my point across.
CorndogBurglar - 1/18/2013, 3:28 AM
30 Days of Night isnt an original film. Its an adaptation of a comic series. At this point i believe there are about 8 or 9 graphic novels in the series.

It is actually a very good adaptation. It left out 2 very important things from the comics, but somehow it didnt hurt the movie in the slightest.

I suggest you check out this series. Its a very good comic.
CorndogBurglar - 1/18/2013, 3:28 AM
Also, Hard Candy is a fantastic movie.
jessepostal - 1/18/2013, 5:32 AM
30 days was good because of the acting, and the vampires are portrayed great and in a fresh way. The story drags here and there and The cgi was pretty shoddy at times too. Even for the time it was made. I'm sure that had to do with the budget though. I haven't and won't watch twilight but I hear the cgi is pretty bad in all of those as well. Hard Candy was good in a disturbing way, once again all in the acting
EdgyOutsider - 1/18/2013, 7:24 AM
@CordogBurglar: I never said it was original.

@jessepostal: Never had any problems with 30 Days of Night that you have. It's mostly the acting that it has going for it. Hard Candy is all acting but it's still fantastic. Also, Eclipse has really good cgi.

@yossarian: I highly reccommend Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night.

@Splenda: Hard Candy (as CorndogBurglar stated) is fantastic. It's really worth the watch. As far as Eclipse goes, David Slade did a great job with what he was given. The problem being the fact it's Twilight.
CorndogBurglar - 1/18/2013, 10:21 AM
Oh my bad, when you said Hard Candy was an original film I thought you were talking about 30 days of night.

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