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How-tos for all things horror; tips and tricks to help you write like Stephen King, tell a scary story, keep the monsters at bay and more.

  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer'

    (Note: this article contains information and analysis on the film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and in order to gain the full insight it is recommended that you watch the entire film at least once over).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 5)

    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 5)

    This is the fifth part of the series of "The 5 Best Films to Watch" in order to learn your craft. If you haven't done so already, you may want to have a look at the other sections though there is no order in which to watch them. I hope you get a good insight into a few horror films by reading this article.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn Horror Filmmaking (Part 4)

    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn Horror Filmmaking (Part 4)

    This is Part 4 of the 5 best horror films to watch to learn about the craft. I want to say that it's important that you watch as much as you can in order to learn more and take more in. It's better in the decision making process for your own film to know what you're doing, dealing with and what kind of films there have been that are similar in style to your own. We've been through 15 different films so far and now, I want to show you another five so that you can be on your way to a new project.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 3)

    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 3)

    As you've probably read Parts 1 and 2, you would already know what this post is about. Famously shorter than my usual requests these posts are here for you to take learning into your own hands and me, to simply guide you to the correct films. If you haven't already, check out Parts 1 and 2 and find out about 10 more horror films you could watch depending on you style of film.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 2)

    The 5 Best Films to Watch to Learn About Horror Filmmaking (Part 2)

    As you've probably already read Part 1, you will know about what's going to happen in Part 2. If you don't, then here's a bit of a recap: we're going to go through 5 films you should watch to study horror filmmaking and make a quick little summary on what to look out for and why that film is particularly good to watch for study purposes. In the previous section you would've noticed films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre of 1974 turn up alongside Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. So, in this second part, we're going to take a bit of a different approach and have a look at some slightly stranger horror films, hopefully you will be familiar with nearly all of them.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Interview with the Vampire'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Interview with the Vampire'

    (Note: this article covers analysis on the film Interview with the Vampire, if you would like the best insight it is recommended that you watch the entire film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Annabelle'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Annabelle'

    (This article analyses the film Annabelle and, in order to gain the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the film through at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Michael Jackson's Thriller'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Michael Jackson's Thriller'

    (Note: this article heavily draws on and analyses the short film, Michael Jackson's Thriller. In order to get the best insight of this article it is recommended that you watch the entire film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'The Blair Witch Project'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'The Blair Witch Project'

    (Note: this article contains analysis on the film The Blair Witch Project and in order to get the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'American Werewolf in London'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'American Werewolf in London'

    (Note: this article will contain extensive analysis and attention to the film An American Werewolf in London. In order to get the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the whole film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

    (This article will use The Exorcism of Emily Rose extensively in analysis of technique and frame. In order to get the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the whole film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 2 years ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcist'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcist'

    (This article will contain extensive analysis on the frames and scenes in The Exorcist, so if you want to get the best insight from this article it is recommended that you watch the film at least once).