Writing a Great Horror Film
At a Glance
Discover the little-known tricks of the trade that are vital to writing and marketing this money-making genre with Writing a Great Horror Film. In this live 90 minute workshop, award-winning screenwriter Glenn M. Benest will cover the unique methods for writing commercial horror scripts and creating scares for your audience.
Through analysis of scenes from well-known horror films along with student examples from past classes, you’ll learn the techniques they employed to make their projects truly memorable, including:
- Using more than just fear and terror to create the right mood
- Breaking tension with humor, wit, relief and fake jumps
- Creating relatable characters in compromising, scary situations
- How horror is all about dark secrets and “the tease”
- The importance of a truly horrible villain
- Horror sub genres, including The Creature Feature, Slasher, Teen Horror , Zombie/Vampire, Horror/Comedy, Horror/Romance, Torture and Supernatural
You’ll also work your writing muscles with exercises that elucidate key points discussed in the workshop. Plus, you’re encouraged to bring in copies of horror scenes you’re working on to be read out loud in the class in the style of a staged reading. Extensive handouts will also be provided, so you can continue your horror writing education at home.
Ready to learn all the secrets of writing a commercial horror script that sells? Sign up for
Writing a Great Horror Film today.
See what students have to say about the course and instructor Glenn M. Benest:
“Glenn's class has been invaluable. I had already produced a highly acclaimed studio picture (The Hurricane) when I decided to join the writing group and I wish I had done it sooner. The process of analyzing and scrutinizing a script prevents you from getting away with imperfect work and allows an intelligent group to elevate any material. He and the class won’t sign off on a script until it’s ready, and that’s why his students have done so well.”
“With the help of Glenn’s workshops, I wrote my first screenplay ‘Niloofar’, which I directed in 2007. The film has been in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently at the Cannes Film Festival, to name only a few. Glenn’s approach to writing an outline is simple yet the most effective I have encountered. I often recommend Glenn’s classes to my friends.”
--Sabine El Gemayel
“I met Glenn just after I moved to L.A. to write movies. He managed to boost my confidence in my talent even as he convinced me that I still had a lot to learn about the art of screenwriting. I’m now working on my third studio assignment for Paramount, which I work-shopped in Glenn’s class. Glenn is a terrific teacher with a deep knowledge of the craft.”
- Date available: 04/05/2012
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Meet the Author: Glenn M. Benest
Glenn M. Benest is an award-winning writing producer with seven produced screenplays, including two that were directed by Wes Craven. His independent film, HUNGRY HEARTS, was nominated for numerous awards at film festivals throughout the country and is being distributed internationally by Shoreline Entertainment. Mr. Benest is a celebrated lecturer and instructor and his professional screenwriting workshops have launched six feature films, including SCREAM and EVENT HORIZON.