Horror is not only a genre. It’s easy to forget that it’s also an emotion, and a very powerful one, that we can use in all kinds of stories at some point or other. Here are a few recent Screenwriting Tips on HORROR.
861: Horror is when the audience has no idea what’s going to happen next, coupled with the awful suspicion that maybe they don’t want to find out.
825: The longer you draw out a mystery, the better the payoff has to be.
797: It’s easy to make us empathize with horror movie characters. It’s a lot harder to make us empathize with the monster (also a lot more fun, and potentially more disturbing).
796: Horror has to be transgressive — a violation of the normally-polite pact between storyteller and audience. If you’re not crossing some kind of line, you’re doing it wrong.
772: Fear of the unknown only works up to a point. Horror that never explains itself or establishes any sort of rules eventually becomes frustrating, then laughable.
Worth thinking about it, right?