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Scream – Manipulating Expectations

Films which make the strongest impression on us make that impression for a reason. Sometimes that reason might be a slight one: you were in the right mood, you had nothing else to watch, everyone else liked the film and you can see exactly why. However, as you continue to study films, you will soon discover that the movies you remember the most typically have one thing in common: the story structure is solid.

As this thorough video essay by Cristobal Olguin points out, Wes Craven’s films are perfect to study for their structure. His films teach us that within any scene that truly frightens you, there are numerous relationships and correspondences that produce that feeling of fear. If one is missing, the entire effect might be lost.

Many of these elements are bound up in storytelling, in the little tricks Craven uses to move his tale along. This video takes a close look at a couple of the techniques Craven uses in Scream, written by Kevin Williamson.

[Spoiler alert twenty-one years later: this video reveals whodunnit in Scream.]

By the time you find out who the real killer is in Scream, you might not care. The movie has become less about suspense and more about how to tell a story. Using traditional story techniques in new and interesting ways can give your story a unique structure, such as Craven achieved from Williamson’s script for Scream.


Wes Craven teams up with Steve Niles

The-Disciples_Steve-NilesWes Craven, the iconic horror director behind Last House On the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, is partnering with 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles, to adapt Niles’ upcoming comic The Disciples, drawn by Christopher Mitten, a sci-fi horror story set in space. Reported by The Hollywood Reporter HERE

Universal Cable Productions, which produced shows such as “Being Human” and “Defiance”, is in the process of picking up the rights to the title, which is due to hit stands in May from Black Mask Studios.

Craven, who is not writing or directing, will exec produce along with Sara Bottfeld of Industry Entertainment.

Here’s a description of the debut comic:

Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious religious cult.

This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of “The Disciples,” the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters Of The Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he’s built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him.

But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Venture, they discover something has gone horribly wrong…

This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre Steve Niles with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.


Friday the 13th & the Birth of Jason Voorhees

Sebastian Twardosz interviews Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham to talk about everything from  how the film started out as only a title to the creation of the infamous hockey mask.

  • 00:30 — Introducing Sean S. Cunningham.
  • 00:45 — How Friday the 13th started as just a title.
  • 03:35 — The making of Friday The 13th.
  • 06:00 — Creating the soundscape of Friday The 13th.
  • 09:00 — Expectations after releasing the film.
  • 11:15 — What it’s like working with the same people on multiple projects.
  • 12:50 — Creating the grudge match Freddy vs Jason.
  • 15:00 — How did Jason Voorhees’ mask become part of the character?
  • 16:30 — Cunningham’s change of heart and decision to not be a doctor.
  • 21:15 — Raising funds before Kickstarter existed.
  • 22:05 — Early film projects of Sean S. Cunningham.
  • 24:25 — Bringing The Last House on the Left into being with Wes Craven.
  • 27:00 — Kids sports films; Here Come the Tigers and Manny’s Orphans.
  • 30:50 — Spring Break.
  • 33:50 — House and My Boyfriend’s Back.
  • 37:00 — Watching a screening of Alien with O.J. Simpson.

Not only dose Cunningham share information about how the franchise (originally not intending to be one) was formulated, but he shares some keen wisdom on filmmaking as well. For instance, he shares a story about when he first screened Friday the 13th for Wes Craven and was told that it was boring and slow. However, when he screened the final cut with all the audio, music, and sound effects added, reactions completely changed. Cunningham expresses how large of an impact the right soundtrack can make on how your viewers respond to your film emotionally.


Common Shiner – Social Mediasochist

Chicago pop rock band Common Shiner have released the most horror icon-filled music video ever AND made it entertaining at the same time! In their slasher romance video for “Social Mediasochist”, which was directed by Zoran Gvojic of LowCarbComedy, a teenage Jason Voorhees and his pal Freddy Krueger, who attend Wes Craven’s Slasher High School, try to get Jason hooked up with the school beauty, who is seemingly the only “normal” person in the whole video.

It’s just one horror reference after another, with “cameos” from Jigsaw, Candyman, Leatherface, Pinhead, Leprechaun, and a whole slew of other familiar faces! There are also several scenes that are direct references to the scenes from the original films as well, such as Leatherface slamming the door shut after Jason gets pulled into a room.


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One Two, Freddy’s Coming for you…

Freddy Kreuger_Child_A Nightmare on Elm Street


LEGO – Freddy Krueger


A Nightmare on Elm Street – Poster Art

Cool A Nightmare on Elm Street poster art… Happy Birthday Robert Englund.