“The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”
"I believe the cinema is one of our principal forms of art. It is an incredibly powerful way to tell uplifting stories that can move people to cry with joy and inspire them to reach for the stars."
"Horror films don't create fear. They release it."
"I like to address the fears of my culture. I believe it's good to face the enemy, for the enemy is fear."
"If whoever makes my gravestone has a sense of humor, it should say, ‘The man who gave you Freddy Krueger.’ But my change would be for it to say, 'Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.’ Every time our culture falls asleep, we get into a lot of trouble."