Horror Genre Secrets for Screenwriters

  • by Anthony Metivier
  • Narrated by John Eastman
  • 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wanted to improve your ability to write Horror Genre screenplays by 100%...200%…300% or more? If so, then here's how you can gut, slice, chainsaw, bite, hack, howl and chew your way to the top by writing Horror screenplays that slit throats, haunt houses, cook brains and tear souls apart.
Believe it or not, it doesn't matter how much you already know about the Horror genre.
Some of the tips inside this book include:


How to create horrific stories that are so potent, they are almost guaranteed to make people sweat and shiver in their seats. (Even if they normally eat Horror movies for breakfast!)
Why everything you've been taught about the Oedipus complex is wrong, and how to really use this story pattern to the bitter, gruesome end in any Horror genre screenplay. (These little known story-structure details will be eagerly read by agents, producers and studio execs and do a FAR better job of selling your story than the cliches and conventions taught in so many other screenwriting books.)
How to tap into three human anxieties that none of the screenwriting “gurus” ever discuss. (It's astonishing how many screenwriters don't know about these anxieties, and yet they are simple thumbscrews that will terrify audiences around the world.)
The real reasons why and how the most famous Horror movies succeed at the box office - including the screenwriting behind Child's Play, Nightmare On Elm Street and The Hellraiser series. (Learn these reasons and you'll be able to spin screenwriting you've already done but haven't sold into Horror genre gold…bloody gold, but still gold!)
Countless examples of how to turn normally “boring” Horror cliches into compelling scenes of terror. (This is the kind of information that will bring spanking new screenwriters quickly up to speed.)
And much, much more ...

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Customer Reviews

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Not bad, not great

Interesting and makes a lot of good points. Most of the ideas presented are fairly vague and theoretical, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. My biggest gripe is that the opening of the book is spent talking about how great this book is, and about how following it guarantees success. It's a point that's repeated at various points along the way too. That's nonsense sales speak (nothing is guaranteed, I don't care how good the book is) and should be left for the back of the book/web site description.

Also, there's a somewhat out of place (conservative) political comment midway through. Not really a problem, just thought it was a strange thing to include.
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- J. Clark

Good introduction with great homework

This is a nice short kickstarting for creative process in writing horror screenplays.

Although there is some shameless self-promotion in the book, it does not get in the way of a practical value.

The reading is good. A useful resource
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- Vales Tales "Rabbi Steve the Storyteller"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2014
  • Publisher: Anthony Metivier