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The Many Faces of Monsters – Part 2

If Vampires don’t sink your stake then perhaps you’d prefer a monster with its roots based in early science fiction? Frankenstein’s monster has captivated audiences for years, not only does it have a physical monster in its tale but it also asks you to question the conventions of what truly makes a monster. Is it […]

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The Many Faces of Monsters – Part 1

Horror films have gone through a significant number of changes since the dawn of cinema. People have become somewhat desensitised to many of the old tricks of the trade and it’s steered the genre towards a far more realistic direction since the days of old. Perhaps a greater knowledge of psychology and crime has showed […]

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Horror Film Festivals

FrighFest First up we have the London based film festival known as ‘FrighFest’. This is an entire weekend devoted to horror movies that began in the year 2000. It was started by a film producer named Paul McEvoy, Alan Jones who’ a journalist, a film distributer named Ian Rattray and Greg day, a film and […]

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The Makings of a Horror Villain

There are so many aspects to think of when it comes to creating a good horror film. The genre is steeped in atmosphere and stylistic themes, perhaps more so than any other. Though, even if you create the most terrifying scenery imaginable for your gruesome tale it won’t mean a thing without convincing characters and […]

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Horror for all the Family

First up we have the Goosebumps series, ask any kid that grew up in the 90s, this was the number one horror show for kids at the time. Based on R. L. Stine’s books of the same name, each episode told a different chilling tale that covered just about ever spooky subject you can imagine, […]

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The Shining

Stanley Kubrick is widely regarded as one of the greatest film directors that’s ever lived. His films look deep into the human psyche on a level that nobody had managed to achieve before and we can still see influencing cinema today. The man took on and mastered many genres, he redefined Sci-fi with 2001: A […]

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Writing a Killer Cliffhanger

Anyone that has binged a series in one sitting will know that a good cliffhanger can will keep an audience coming back for more, even when faced with an early start it can force you to squeeze in that extra episode, just to find out what happens next. It’s an excellent tool that if used […]

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How to Create a False Sense of Security

There is no doubt that if you are making a horror movie you want it to scare people, in fact if it doesn’t achieve this, then is it really horror? Today we are going to talk about how to land a good scare, though rather than focusing on shock factor we’re going to talk about […]

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Creating a Plot Twist

Amidst the action, gore and mindless gags of the general Hollywood scene, it’s easy to forget one of the most important parts of filmmaking – storytelling. There’s nothing more captivating than a good story and one of the hardest things to pull off is a good twist. First of all if you’re looking to create […]

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How Blumhouse Broke the Mould – Part 3

‘Glass’ is a new step for Blumhouse, this isn’t a typical Horror movie, this is blockbuster territory! Naturally the budget will likely extend if Disney are involved but I can’t imagine it will stray too far from their model considering the constant success it’s managed to reap. Only a month after ‘Split’ was released, ‘Get […]