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Looking For Short Horror Story Ideas

Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 3:47am

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Hello all, I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for a short horror story based in the fashion of short stories on such shows as Tales From The Crypt, Twilight Zone, Tales From The Dark Side, Night Gallery, Outer Limits, CreepShow Seems like every horror movie that comes out today looks good on the trailers, but end up being really crappy. The last good ploted, creepy horror movie, in my opinion was, The Six Sense. So if anyone has any good ideas jot em down. Thanks
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 4:26am

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Hate to break it to ya, but, most likely, if people have ideas, they'll probably put 'em to work with their own camcorders.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 4:51am

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Anne wrote:

Hate to break it to ya, but, most likely, if people have ideas, they'll probably put 'em to work with their own camcorders.
At first, I thought that too, but seems like the people here at FXHOME enjoy helping one another. plus I'm not looking for a blockbuster, just something to fiddle around with. I noticed alot of folks here enjoy making Action and Drama type films so maybe this was the wrong question to ask here.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 8:27pm

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My friend came up with an idea for one where a terrorist virus infects people and makes them kill others, but we're going to do that one.

I dunno think you could do a remake of a Twilight Zone...
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 9:27pm

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Horror Short Stories. If you like the ideas, contact the author and see if you can get permission to use the story to base a film on.

The Ufaq is your friend wink

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Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 9:46pm

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Here's an idea, check out some ghost hunter web pages and see if they will allow you to make a film based on their personal stories


thats the best i can due off the top of my head
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 10:25pm

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Thanks everyone
Posted: Sat, 2nd Sep 2006, 7:09am

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just be sure to add in that helpless feeling, make the audience think they're going to die along with the characters.
Posted: Sat, 2nd Sep 2006, 10:35pm

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You could always try the library! My girlfriend just got her Masters' Degree in Library Science, so this is sort of a plug for those places that let you check out (not "rent"!) analog tomes a.k.a BOOKS...

Good luck!
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Posted: Sun, 3rd Sep 2006, 1:20am

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Darth Penguin wrote:

I dunno think you could do a remake of a Twilight Zone...
The (original) Twilight Zone isn't creepy. It's more on the cheesy side, but nonetheless, some of them are done pretty well. I reccomend watching them... the only really creepy thing about them is the Writer, Rod Serling... now he's creepy. He shows up before every episode to give you the rundown. razz
Posted: Sun, 3rd Sep 2006, 4:41am

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I have one... how about:

A kids's (preferrably boy's) parents are gone, and he invites his girlfriend over to fool around. But on the same night, the two hear mysterious banging around the house, and then at the front door. The boy and his girlfriend go downstairs and check it out, and the guy looks through the peek-hole in the door, and he sees a strange sillhouette a couple of meters away. He turns to look at his girlfriend for a moment, looks back, and there's a big yellow eye staring back at him. He falls back, and---

That's where you can continue the story. wink
Posted: Sun, 3rd Sep 2006, 10:01am

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Horror stories are very personal, if you don't have the imagination to write a horror story then you wont be able to bring it alive. I origially started out writing, mainly horror stories, and the way a writer see's things is totally different to the way a director views things. Notice how the only real scary horror films are always the low budget ones, that is usually because the writer has a lot more input into the overall product, and in many cases the writer directs them.
Posted: Mon, 4th Sep 2006, 7:06am

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Well theres many ideas u can cover. Right now i am begining post production on a psychological thriller wich will prob take me at least 6 months to make but i will have a trailer out for it soon. ANY way back to ur ? i wish i could give ya some ideas but im using those ideas for my movie and it would realy suck if both our movies turn out to be same type of storrie lol. Um what gave me ideas was going to google images type in sumtin like death, horror, suiside, hauntinng, scary, stuff like that and maby sumtin might spark sumtin. Well back to writing my script lol. Hope things go good for ya man
Posted: Mon, 4th Sep 2006, 7:10am

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I know how bout posesed things. Old fashion dolls can be freaky or maby possesd dildos AHHH. lol but on a serious note u can always go with a storrie about sumtin possesd. That leaves you with lots you can work with...Ok back to my script lol.
Posted: Mon, 4th Sep 2006, 8:52am

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Check here. http://www.simplyscripts.com/unpro_horror.html if you dont see anything you like atleast you may get some ideas. Just remember, if you're planning to use them for anything other than personal view/showing friends and family (ie, film festivals) to get permission from the writer to use their script as most, possibly all, are copywrited.
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 9:13am

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hi, all the examples that you mentioned tales from the crypt, creepshow et al, were essentially morality plays, where the killer/badguy always got a kind of instant karma, what goes around comes around etc, so hows about some kind of killer haunted by the ghost of his victims, a child killer seeing the spirts of dead kids everywhere he goes, or even some kind of harold shipman kind of character, a doctor killing his patients starts to see the faces of the dead on buses and peering out of the windows of daycentres, you could end it with him being invited to give a talk for the womens institute, only to notice that halfway through his lecture that the audience is made up of his deceased victims who them shuffle towards him and choke him to death with victoria sponges and cat litter, er, tastefully done of course....
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 11:56am

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ooooo.....i just thought of something..is very short thought 2/3 tops.

is like this..... title - 1933 - first shot you see the moon from a window, the camera then moves down slowly and then pans, a this time the audience can see a girl asleep in her bed, the camera is still for a couple of seconds and then it starts to zoom in to her face very slowly. As the camera gets close to her face a hand quickly grabs her neck and the other close her eyes (you can't see the killer yet). next shot is outside in her garden.....the camera is focusing on her hand as sand particles cover it... the camera then tilts and zooms at constant speed framing the killers face and a big glowing moon behind him... the audience will now hear the girls still panting and moaning (still alive) and the killer saying "Toma sota balcu", the shot fades away - 2005 - a young boy is browsing the web for horror tales in his bedroom, he enters a site something catches his attetion "A girl died in 1933 by a homicidal murderer. He buried her in the ground when she was still alive. The murdered chanted, "Toma sota balcu" as he buried her..." as he gets to "he buried her" his mom enters his bedroom and he quickly minimizes his browser window...his mum calls him for dinner and he follows her.....still in the bedroom... the computer screen distorts in a wavey fasion and the browser window restores by itself.... the camera zooms in focusing on a phrase "Now that you have read the chant, you will meet this little girl. In the middle of the night she will be on your ceiling. She will suffocate you like she was suffocated. If you post this, she will not bother you. Your kindness will be rewarded."......cut to the kitchen.....the boy finishes his dinner and makes his way to the bathroom to brush his teeth and then he goes back to his bedroom....back to the bedroom....he stands in front of his mirror looking at his reflection and notices he looks like he hasn't slept for weeks....he turns of the light and turn on his torch.....he tucks himself in bed and waves his torch around the room.......as he waves it around the light from the torch quickly goes past something on the ceiling ..... and then quickly goes back......the boy can now see a dirty girl with her back towards him on the ceiling in dog position....the boy is now breathing heavily and quickly turns his torch down to iluminate his face.....he shuts his eyes to make it go away and as he opens the girls face is now right in from of him.......blackout - credits.


this story was created by MAXIMUS16 (just to leave my mark....lol) for VIKING, if he doesn't like it and any of you do....be free to use it.

hope this helps ya biggrin
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 12:39pm

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Nutbar wrote:

Horror stories are very personal, if you don't have the imagination to write a horror story then you wont be able to bring it alive.
That is, without a doubt, some of the worst advice I've heard in a long time.

One of the things I find about people starting out in the amateur film-making community is this odd preconception that everyone has to be an auteur, that everyone has to write, direct, edit and produce every aspect of a film themselves. I assure you, once you start getting into the industry for real, you will find people who write and direct are the exception - not the rule.

Back to that particular comment - did you ever see "The Shining"? I'd say that Stanley Kubrick managed to bring that film 'to life', even though it was written by Stephen King. What about "The Exorcist"? I'd say that even though William Friedkin didn't have the imagination to write the story himself, he did a good job of protraying the story that was written by William Blatty. The same goes for Hitchcock directing Robert Bloch's story "Psycho". Spielberg also did a good job of making Peter Benchley's killer shark seem pretty real in "Jaws"...

I could go on and on - look at all those movies, all classics of the genre, and not a single one was written by the director.

So, if you're not able to write a horror story yourself, don't give up hope. Don't take Nutbar's attitude that you have to write your own script, because it's simply not true, nor is it good advice smile

Cheers,
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Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 6:38pm

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Arktic wrote:

Nutbar wrote:

Horror stories are very personal, if you don't have the imagination to write a horror story then you wont be able to bring it alive.
That is, without a doubt, some of the worst advice I've heard in a long time.

One of the things I find about people starting out in the amateur film-making community is this odd preconception that everyone has to be an auteur, that everyone has to write, direct, edit and produce every aspect of a film themselves. I assure you, once you start getting into the industry for real, you will find people who write and direct are the exception - not the rule.

Back to that particular comment - did you ever see "The Shining"? I'd say that Stanley Kubrick managed to bring that film 'to life', even though it was written by Stephen King. What about "The Exorcist"? I'd say that even though William Friedkin didn't have the imagination to write the story himself, he did a good job of protraying the story that was written by William Blatty. The same goes for Hitchcock directing Robert Bloch's story "Psycho". Spielberg also did a good job of making Peter Benchley's killer shark seem pretty real in "Jaws"...

I could go on and on - look at all those movies, all classics of the genre, and not a single one was written by the director.

So, if you're not able to write a horror story yourself, don't give up hope. Don't take Nutbar's attitude that you have to write your own script, because it's simply not true, nor is it good advice smile

Cheers,
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I like the way you use "The Shining" as a point to prove me wrong. Incase you didn't know Stephen King wrote the BOOK "The Shining", not the FILM "The Shining". Do you know who wrote the film? It was none other than Stanley Kubrik (who as you well know directed the film). And im guessing from your comment that you haven't read the book, because they are very different. I would also guess that you haven't seen the mini-series of "The Shining" which was written by Stephen King himself, and also he worked closely with the director to influence the final outcome. Now while the mini-series was a bit longer (if i remember correctly it was about double the length of the film) it was very different from the Stanley Kubrik version, and in my eyes it was a hell of alot better.

Im also going to guess you didn't know that Robert Bloch didn't write the film "Psycho", he wrote the book, the film was written by Joseph Stefano. William Blatty did write the screenplay for the film "The Exorcist", but he also acted in it, and produced it so probably had more involvement in the overall overall outcome.

Jaws was not an all out horror film, it was more of an action/thriller.

Another note i would like to add is that ALL of the above directors have alot of writing expirience.


I stand by my origional statement. Although with hindsight i would have worded it slightly different. The quote you gave would have read

"Horror stories are very personal, if you don't have the imagination to write a horror story then you wont be able to bring them alive."
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 7:20pm

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I think you guys shouldn't bring that up in here......the guy is just looking for someone to give him a horror story.............and clearly is not coming from you right now...........not being rude ok......so dont get angry.

thank you
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 8:06pm

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Yes, i just don't think you should attack someone elses post in such a way just because you disagree with their opinion.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 12:59am

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Nutbar - and this chap was asking for STORIES to base his FILMS on, he wasn't asking for a script.

Nutbar wrote:

Im also going to guess you didn't know that Robert Bloch didn't write the film "Psycho", he wrote the book, the film was written by Joseph Stefano
And that makes any difference to my argument how? I was simply pointing out that many horror classics are based on stories written by other authors - and in this case, even scripts not written by the director.

As I say, trying to tell people that they have to write the stories they direct, that's really bad advice. Might work for you, but it won't work for everyone.

Arktic.

PS - That wasn't an 'attack'. I was just pointing out that the advice you gave was terrible. I wasn't trying to insult you personally, so I hope you didn't take it that way.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 1:18am

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"and this chap was asking for STORIES to base his FILMS on, he wasn't asking for a script."
script-story!!! at least it's useful......... this guy can make use of it and he doesn't need to go through any writing process which make it a little easier!!!
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 10:03am

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Arktic wrote:

Nutbar - and this chap was asking for STORIES to base his FILMS on, he wasn't asking for a script.

Nutbar wrote:

Im also going to guess you didn't know that Robert Bloch didn't write the film "Psycho", he wrote the book, the film was written by Joseph Stefano
And that makes any difference to my argument how? I was simply pointing out that many horror classics are based on stories written by other authors - and in this case, even scripts not written by the director.

As I say, trying to tell people that they have to write the stories they direct, that's really bad advice. Might work for you, but it won't work for everyone.

Arktic.

PS - That wasn't an 'attack'. I was just pointing out that the advice you gave was terrible. I wasn't trying to insult you personally, so I hope you didn't take it that way.
Ok, try telling Peter Jackson, Sam Rammi, George A Ramero, Stanley Kubrik, John Carpenter or David Cronenberg, or even the likes of Tod Browningon and Alfred Hitchcock (who started writing films for Graham Cutts before he started writing for himself), that its bad advice.

I didn't mean that you have to write the film in order to be able to direct the film well, i meant if you can't write horror films then you'll struggle to do a good job of directing them (although i realise that was what i said in the original post, which is why i changed the wording slightly) . Horror films require the same sort of imagination to write them as they do to direct them. Every time i write a horror story i don't just write the script, i plan in my head exactly how it will look right down to camera angle, lighting, distances ect.

Yes, there are no doubt some directors that have made films without the expirience of writing, but if you look at the best directors of the genre they usually either write the script themselves, work closely with the writer or have a vast expirience of writing themselves. You think any of the above directors just sat around waiting for other people to write them a script? And yes, a script is very different to a story, read some of the Stephen King/James Herbert books and then watch the film/read the script (for example S.K's "The Shining", "Kujo" J.H's "The Fog" "The Rats" (Or "Deadly Eyes" you may know it as)).

In the particular case you quoted it doesn't really make a difference, just pointing out that the basis for your arguement isn't entirely correct, If you are going to state facts for an arguement, make sure you know the facts first.

Arktic wrote:

I was simply pointing out that many horror classics are based on stories written by other authors - and in this case, even scripts not written by the director.

Arktic wrote:

I could go on and on - look at all those movies, all classics of the genre, and not a single one was written by the director.
You were pointing out that those directors didn't write the films, i was pointing out that in 1 of the cases he wrote it, and in one of the other cases the writer didn't direct it, but he did have alot more to do with the final outcome than you would assume only knowing that he was the writer. And in all cases the director is an experienced horror writer
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 1:22pm

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Nutbar - what you fail to realise is that none of that matters.

What you said was "if you can't write a horror story, you can't direct one". Which is bad advice, plain and simple.

Yes, writing and directing might work for some directors, but in the industry, those guys are the exception, not the rule.

So telling people that they HAVE to be able to write to be able to direct, that's bad advice.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 1:28pm

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You'll probably find that a large majority of directors (especially horror directors) start out as writers. That would make them the rule not the exception.

I never once said if you cant write a story you cant direct one, i said if you dont have the imagination to write one then you won't be able to bring them alive, there is a difference. Anyone can direct a film, not everyone can tell a story.

I'd also like to add, if you want to continue the discussion send me a message before we get this thread locked.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 5:25pm

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Okay.. It starts out with thi-

Oh wait. Ben's making that. wink
Posted: Mon, 11th Sep 2006, 5:44pm

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Anne wrote:

Hate to break it to ya, but, most likely, if people have ideas, they'll probably put 'em to work with their own camcorders.
..and it's kind of a bad time to share horror stories ideas because of the HorrorFest contest that a lot of us are in. We won't want two of the same film submitted now, will we?


Zea
Posted: Thu, 14th Sep 2006, 11:06pm

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How about the shortest thriller ever written (I read it in a sci-fi anthology once)?



The last person on earth sat alone in a room.

There was a knock at the door...
OK, not very filmable as it is, but not bad as a jumping off point.