Horror

Nightmare on Elm Street

WRITERS ON WRITING: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

A general meeting surprisingly landed writer Eric Heisserer the job of bringing back one of the most frightening villains of the 80s. He takes us into the franchise reboot of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and the many challenges he faced—including the origins of Freddy Krueger and the role of sleep patterns—in ratcheting up...

Horror Movies Sell

Writer’s Edge: Why Horror Movies Sell

The horror genre has been with us since the advent of silent films. There seems to be a strong, unexplainable and innate reason people want to be frightened. The reasons why horror films are so popular and successful at the box office are many. From the strictly budgetary point of view, horror movies are...

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Fragments #3: Continuity and the Universal Monsters, Part One

For this multi-part series within a series, we’re going to look at three examples of film continuity through the lens of generational examples: The Universal Monsters of the 1930s and 40s, the James Bond series of the 1960s through today, and lastly the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe.  When I talk about continuity here, I’m...

The Wide Margin: Less is More

The Wide Margin: When Less is More

On the nineteenth day of the eleventh month of the year four score and seven after the founding the Nation, Abraham Lincoln delivered his über-nano Gettysburg Address.  Just how short was this speech?  272 total words arranged in only 10 sentences.  That is to say, 143 different words.  Just how few words is that?...

FINAL DESTINATION 5

Are Your First 10 Pages Frighteningly Good?

By Danny Manus There is nothing selling hotter than horror right now. And not just because it’s Halloween! It’s because with the recent major successes of films like The Conjuring, Mama, Warm Bodies, Insidious 2, Carrie, The Purge and World War Z adding to the huge 2012 horror haul of Paranormal Activity 4, The...