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Writing the Horror Movie / Edition 1

Writing the Horror Movie / Edition 1

by Marc Blake, Sara BaileyMarc Blake
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Tales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience is undeniable. Marc Blake and Sara Bailey offer a detailed analysis of the horror genre, including its subgenres, tropes and the specific requirements of the horror screenplay.

Tracing the development of the horror film from its beginnings in German Expressionism, the authors engage in a readable style that will appeal to anyone with a genuine interest in the form and the mechanics of the genre. This book examines the success of Universal Studio's franchises of the ‘30s to the Serial Killer, the Slasher film, Asian Horror, the Supernatural, Horror Vérité and current developments in the field, including 3D and remakes. It also includes step-by-step writing exercises, annotated extracts from horror screenplays and interviews with seasoned writers/directors/ producers discussing budget restrictions, screenplay form and formulas and how screenplays work during shooting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441196187
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/18/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 636,781
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Marc Blake has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, The Mail, Express and the Scriptwriter as well being a freelance writer on Eagle Moss' ‘The Horror Collection'. He now teaches horror film at Southampton Solent University, UK, on their graduate programme. He is the author of three novels, Sunstroke, Big Time, and 24 Karat Schmooze.

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Nightmare
1. Why do we like to be scared? On the Abject and the Unknown
2. Horror history and literary/film background
3. Subgenres. The Undead. Monsters. Demons and possession. Serial Killers, Slashers, Werewolves, Bad science and Body Horror
4. Staging horror. Five tropes. Unease, dread, terror, horror & disgust
5. On creating the Nemesis: Norman, Hannibal, Freddie and Jigsaw
6. Forming the idea. Writing exercises. Fears and phobias. Notes on the screenplay. Short, visual and credible
7. The First Act: Unease and dread. Character and milieu
8. The Second Act: Modulating fear, terror and horror
9. Third Act. Resolutions. Tragic and redemptive endings
10. Writing the horror sequel/franchise
11. Adaptations. From page to screen. Short stories and novels
12. On Cross-genre. Where can you bleed into other genres? Zom-Com, Thriller/Horror, Vampire romance, Horror and comedy
13. World markets. Horror in the US, the UK and European Horror. Asian, Thai and Hong Kong horror
14. Lo-budget Horror. How Blair Witch, Colin and Paranormal Activity became box office gold
15. Case studies. Selling the scare. Interviews with Writer/directors Chris Smith (Creep, Severance), James Watkins (Eden Lake). Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Descent, Doom), Adam Gierasch (Autopsy, Night of the Demons) Mark Ezra and more....
16. Producer Interviews. What producers are looking for?
17. Marketing. Frightest and Sitges. Interviews with directors of the world's leading Horror festivals and conventions
18. Fifty Essential Horror movies. Synopses and analysis of each subgenre.

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