How to make a horror movie
Updated: Jan 13
Have you ever wondered how to make a film dark & deadly, huh, well, you might as well stick around to find out more.
For my Inhale I read a goosebumps book called phantom of the auditorium. Then I watched goosebumps 2 & compared them. My goal for the inhale was #4: Explore texts & genre's in a way that's new to you. Stretch yourself to choose challenging texts that make you think in a new way. reflect on your choices, what you've learned about yourself & the world, & how the genre reaches its intended audience. During this exhale I made my own mini "horror" movie. the original was 18 minutes & 48 seconds, but I had to cut it down to 12 minutes. For my exhale my goal was #12: Emulate the style of a particular filmmaker or genre. reflect on how the text features & language common to this genre or creator influenced your choices. I fell that on both my inhale & exhale, I did an amazing job.
For this project, I decided to make my own horror movie. I couldn't add the final copy because it is a long video. But below is the script of the horror movie.
Ms.Morrane: How to make a horror movie. 1. Give your story a hero, but just kill it off in the end. No pun intended
Random hero: Stop right there villain
Random hero: You have left me no choice. Stop it. I don’t like it.
Villain: Oh no. I’m melting, oh what a world.
SHE RUNS Random hero: I’m awesome
Random hero: Who, who are you
THEY GRAB A KNIFE
Random hero: Help me father, help me!
Ms.Morrane: Add a Drama Queen. Aka a Karen
KILLER ENTERS ROOM & KAREN IS ON A PHONE CALL
Karen: How dare you, I would like to speak to the manager!
Karen: Did you just bomb my door? That's it. I’m calling the cops
Killer: That would be the least of your worries right now
Ms.Morrane: 3. Add a little kid, who opens the door to the killer obliviously
SHE OPENS THE DOOR
Anna: Hi mysterious, ominous murderer, want to play barbie
Killer: Sure. I’ll play, you’ll be the barbie
HE HOLDS A KNIFE & SOME STUFFING & PROCEEDS TO STAB HER
Ms.Morrane: 4. Question how the heck they get inside someone's house in the first place. Then make the characters lock themselves inside a room-_ With the killer. Then they die.
Ms.Somethingson: Hello is anyone there
Killer: It’s me, your son
Ms.Somethingson: It’s 3 AM! How long have you been in the backyard!? I was starting to get worried.
Killer: Oh about that. You’re next
Ms.Somethingson: Hah. I’m safe
Ms.Morrane: 5. At some point, you have to go over the special effects.
Girl: I think someone stabbed me.
THE KILLER CONTINUES TO KILL HER
Ms.Morrane: Make all your girls damsels in distress. Hire a killer off a black market. It’s only 40 bucks per victim. “Who knew you were so broke.” And most importantly add blood. Ketchup works.
Ms.Morrane: And of course since this is no fantasy your hero dies of hypothermia.
SARAH & MIKA ARE WALKING
Sarah: I hate November. It’s so boring
Sarah: It’s November.
Mika: Such a great reason.
Sarah: I just got an amber alert on my phone. Mr.Somethingson came back home at 3:30 AM after a business trip & found his wife, stabbed to death in a locked room, his son, the oldest of his three kids was found sliced in half in the yard, his elder daughter was shot in her room with her phone in her hand & the youngest was found dead on the doorsteps with stuffing replacing her blood & bones.
Mika: Oh well. They did have a terrible last name anyways.
Sarah: It says there is a Psycho killer on the loose in Calgary
Mika: Well it’s a good thing I don’t live anywhere around there.
Sarah: We are literally living IN Calgary. We even attend Random school located in Calgary public school.
Mika: OH NO! We’re going to die! I have an idea.
Sarah: Let’s lie & tell everyone we have the Delta variant so no one will come near us.
Sarah: Yeah. Like the covid thing
Mika: I’m really scared of this killer
Sarah: It’s okay. Everyone has fears. I’m scared of driving
Mika: You’re 13. You legally cannot even drive 1 meter even with a parent or guardian till you’re 14.
Sarah: Whatever. Dumb 14-year-old’s. Come on, let’s have a sleepover at my place. Oh & bring a weapon for self defense.
Ms.Morrane: 6. Introduce your characters (Usually the common trio of protagonists or sometimes duo) And their fears. But the killer hears them & uses them on them later on in the movie.
PHONE GIRL IS SITTING ON HER BED & THE KILLER BURSTS IN & GOES IN THE CLOSET
Killer: Time to find some new killing threads
HE PROCEEDS TO TRY ON NUMEROUS OUTFITS IN HER CLOSET
Ms.Morrane: 7. At one point just mock your movie for all it’s
Killer: Nah. A clown costume is too 2017.
Killer: Skeletons are creepy, but it’s missing blood
Killer: No one even knows what a Morlock is these days
Killer: I adore the Vampire blood, but I’m no cannibal.
Killer: Where is the wand, I thought Necromancers were magic.
Killer: This gross zombie green matches terribly with my eye color
Killer: Ugh this monster costume has several holes
Killer: It’s a rock! Even that’s too scary for me
Ms.Morrane: And stuff like that.
Phone girl: hey, excuse me, random weirdo who broke into my house & entered my closet, could you leave.
Killer: Oh yeah. Sorry.
Sarah: Okay. So I locked all doors & windows, turned on security & got fake positive covid tests for the delta variant sent to the nurses. Now, who wants a knife!
MIKA LOOKS AT THE WINDOW BUT SARAH SHOVES HER OUT OF THE WAY
Mika: What the
SHE CLOSES THE BLINDS & PASSES HER A KNIFE, MISSING HER BY AN INCH
Sarah: Are you trying to get us killed! The psycho killer could low & behold be watching us from the streets, searching for houses that aren’t empty. If he realizes this house is occupied he will come in with his movie magic & kill us. Now are you going to grab your knife & fight them like a girl, or do nothing like a 7-year-old!
Mika: But I am a 7-year-old
Killer: Hello my love.
Sarah: But, but how? I locked all the doors & windows. I even had security!
Killer: Well Babe, you left the basement door open. Also, your security password is 1234.
SHE FAINTS THEN GETS BACK UP
Sarah: Are you going to kill me?
Killer: No. Sarah. I have a confession to make. From the moment I first laid eyes on you, I’ve loved you. That day when the Grade 5’s & 6’s went to Camp Somethingson & you saved me from getting crushed by a rock.
Sarah: I don’t remember anything like that when I went there in Grade 5. Who are you again?
Killer: I still have a part-time job as a murderer remember!
Mika: It’s 7th-grade love, do do do do do doo doooo
Sarah: Not helping.
HE HUGS HER & SHE PUKES
Ms.Morrane: 8. Make your killer have a crush. Who they do no harm to.
Sarah: When was the last time you used deodorant?
Killer: Oh sorry. It’s the smell of blood from my victims.
Sarah: So you’re not going to kill me
Killer: Meet me at 4 am & I’ll spare your friend’s life
Sarah: I have school tomorrow
Sarah: NVM. Well anyways… Hippity Hoppity! Get off my property!
Killer: Hippity Hoppity, women are property.
SHE PUNCHES HIM, THEN SHOVES HIM OUT OF THE HOUSE
Sarah: Remind me to change my security password to 4321.
Killer(As Brad): Ughh. I hate 9th grade. Everyone is under 150 centimeters
Miss.Sabzevari: Can anyone tell me what the square root of 8 billion, 39 million, 679 thousand, 896?
Nerd: Wouldn’t it be around 90 000?
Miss.Sabzevari: You moron! It’s 89 664.262. You 8th graders really are stupid. And I thought you were just short!
Killer(As Brad): How dare you, you dumb Giraffe. Plus even due to our height we are still 9th graders.
Miss.Sabzevari: How dare you talk back you short 6 feet ant! Detention!
Nerd: Miss.Sabzevari. I was wondering if we could have homework. You forgot to give it to us.
Class: OH COME ON!
Miss.Sabzevari: Well for today nerd, LEARN WHAT A SQUARE ROOT IS!
NERD BURSTS INTO TEARS & RUNS AWAY
Miss.Sabzevari: And as for you, you pathetic excuse for an ant, how dare you talk back to your Queen! I am one grade above you so I am superior!
HE GRABS A KNIFE
Killer(Now as killer again): What did you say again Sabzevari?
Miss.Sabzevari: How dare you call me by my last name.
HE STABS HER
Miss.Sabzevari: You idiots really are pathetic at gym class. I’ll tell Ms.Yusra to put a 1 on your gym report card.
Killer: I legitimately just stabbed you 30 times. How are you alive!
Miss.Sabzevari: Because I know what a square root is!
Killer: I don’t care
Miss.Sabzevari: Learn the square root of 82.
SHE CHUCKS HIM OUT OF THE WINDOW
Nerd: I was right! You murdered that son-thing family!
Killer: Well, you were right. Also, Ms.Yusra told me you’re going to get a 1 on gym for your report card.
Nerd: Like your entire report card isn’t filled with 1’s
Killer: How come you’re not crying! I’ll make you
Ms.Morrane: 9. Give your story a character who was right all along
Nerd: Oh well. I’m right. And you’re going to jail
Ms.Morrane: Yet that nerd is usually one of the first to die.
Nerd: Who said that?
Killer: Miss. Sabzevari broke my knife using square roots so now I have to use my chainsaw. I hate life. As much as I’d love to watch you bleed to death, I have a date.
KILLER BREAKS INTO HOUSE & TYPES IN 1234
Killer: Damn. Those 7-year-olds must have changed it
HE TYPES IN 0000, 0001, 0002, ETC UNTIL MIKA WAKES UP & COMES
Mika: AHHH! Delta variant!
HE RUNS AWAY AND THE KILLER BREAKS SECURITY
Mika: Sarah! Call 911.
Sarah: I’m brushing my hair!
Mika: At 4 AM. You really are an early bird. That's going to take a decade
Killer: You will never get the chance
MIKA RUNS UP STAIRS & LOCKS HERSELF IN CLOSET & DIALS 911
Ms.Morrane: 10. Try to call the police,
911: What's your emergency
Mika: A killer is in my house. And it’s 4 AM.
911: Then kill it.
Mika: But I don’t have a weapon. He has multiple
Ms.Morrane: But the police are either incompetent
Mika: He’s the psycho who killed the Somethingson’s
911: Oh that guy. I’m on his side. They had a terrible last name.
Ms.Morrane: Have been seduced to join the villain’s team
Mika: Just send help!
Ms.Morrane: Or have been killed
KILLER OPENS THE CLOSET Killer: You’re dead
Sarah: I’m done brushing my hair, Mika. Now, what did you need… Oh hello there. I beg your pardon but what are you doing in my bedroom? And what did you do to the closet! Oh right. It’s 4 AM. Time flies. I was just going to write in my diary until you showed up. But I simply can’t find it.
Killer (Whispers): Maybe I can find out who her crush is.
HE RANDOMLY RUNS AWAY
Sarah: Mika, let’s go.
Sarah: He’ll finish reading my diary soon, we have to escape.
THEY RUN OUT OF THE HOUSE, ONLY TO FIND A CAR PARKED
Sarah: Of course.
Mika: He’s 14. Or 15. He is 1 grade above you so I guess he can have a license
Sarah: Please don’t say we have to use his car.
Mika: Sarah. You’re the only one tall enough to reach the pedals. You have to face your fears!
Sarah: I hate my life.
Ms.Morrane: Get a car, to drive away from the killer. It doesn’t matter how. Don’t forget to mention the common line of “Why can’t I have a normal life?”
Sarah: Why can't I have a normal life
Killer (crying): After an hour of reading all her diaries since grade 5, she has a crush on no one! WAHHH! AT least I can teleport due to plot convenience
Ms.Morrane: But they crash the car, then run away.
Sarah: Oh no. Due to lazy writing, we crashed the car! Come on. I think I know a place where we can hide. It’s a dark creepy forest that several people have been murdered in.
Mika: Good idea!
Sarah: Let’s stick together
THEY RUN INTO THE FOREST & FALL OFF A CLIFF
Sarah: Oh no! We’re now falling off a cliff & all heading in separate directions
Ms.Morrane: 12. Add a scene where the characters split up and they get hunted one by one, oh & casually mention never go in the woods, but they go anyway.
Sarah: Okay killer! Wherever you are, you may have a crush on me, but I don’t, so come out & face me. Oh & um when you kill me try to make it quick.
THEY GET CRUSHED BY BOULDER & DIE
Ms.Morrane: And since number 13 is bad luck, everyone else in your film gets murdered, except Miss. Sabzevari, she’s Immortal cause she knows square roots. This is why you should never make or watch a horror movie, they suck. Oh & kids if you learn what a square root is, you’ll be Immortal.
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