If you’re thinking up your next feature film, I suggest you make a horror movie. I am speaking from experience. Our first feature was a silly zombie movie. The production value was horrific. But the movie got a write up in Fangoria and was mentioned on dozens of horror fan websites. This drove traffic back our website, which we then directed to our film on Amazon.
The experience taught us that you don’t need a complex story or a ton of money to make a horror film. But in order to get your film made, you need lots of creativity and the willingness to take action and get it done. From there, it’s simply a matter of maintaining a safe set, and making sure that you have fun.
3 Reasons You Should Make A Horror Movie
Here are 3 (perhaps not too surprising) reasons why you should make a horror movie.
1. Horror Movies are cheap: You don’t necessarily need “name” actors or elaborate locations to make a successful horror film. You can leverage the resources you have including locations, cast and crew. You can then put your focus on (while always maintaining a safe set) capturing a scary horror story.
2. Finding your target audience is easy: Because there are already dozens of publications, events and online groups catering to all things horror, you don’t need to search too hart to find your audience. You simply need to find a story angle that will grab the attention of these fans.
3. Horror fans love to hate (and talk) horror: Obviously nobody sets out to make a bad film. But when it comes to horror, even if your production value is low, and the acting leaves a lot to be desired… You can still find a portion of the horror audience who loves to hate on films. And this online chatter can help drive awareness of your film over lesser-know, more mediocre films.
Think of your first horror movie as a fun learning experience. And if you can gain popularity, imagine what YOU the stories you could create with future films! Now might be a good time to stop reading this article and go make a horror movie! And if you’d like a few extra tactics, make sure to check out filmmaker training.