ON LOCATION, October 31, 2015: The Five Scariest Movies of All Time

The Five Scariest Movies of All Time

The Horror Genre and the many Sub-Genres have shown themselves to be durable and popular. The Genre itself goes back to the silent film era, (F. Murnau’s Nosferatu, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

Horror movies are the least expensive to produce and have remained popular with younger audiences.

Let’s take a look at some of the many sub genres and what screenwriters must do if writing in this genre.

Teen Slashers (Friday the Thirteenth Series), Occult Horror (Rosemary’s Baby), Supernatural Horror, (Stigmata), Monster (Alien Series) Demon Possession (The Exorcist), Ghost Horror (The House on Haunted Hill – 1958), Creature Horror (Frankenstein) and just plain scary (Psycho).

Regardless of the Sub-Genre, writers who chose this type of movie must have TWO things.

  • A fresh and unique concept
  • A killer trailer.

A writer may not be involved in the actual editing of a trailer but the requirement is to write the piece so that “trailer moments” are already in the script – those moments become the promise of the premise. I can advise on these areas if horror is the genre in which you are writing.

Here is my list of the five (5) scariest movies of all time.

  1. The Exorcist.
  2. The Curse of Frankenstein (Hammer Films)
  3. The Horror of Dracula (Hammer Films)
  4. The Purge
  5. Invasion of the Body Snatches (1956)

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