Friday 23 October 2015

Author Jo-Anne Sieppert : Nightmare on elm street

Author Jo-Anne Sieppert : Nightmare on elm street: On my search for what's scary I watched  Nightmare on elm street, a classic. Or so I am told when talking to other horror movie buffs. I...

Nightmare on elm street

On my search for what's scary I watched Nightmare on elm street, a classic. Or so I am told when talking to other horror movie buffs. I remember enjoying them back in the day, I just don't remember if they were scary then. Well they aren't now.

Much like Poltergeist the effect are terrible. Granted they were great for their time, so this in my opinion makes the movie not stand the test of time. 
The premise is good. Evil guy comes into your dreams and takes you into a nightmare, brilliant! Then enter the special effects, and they over shadow the possibilities.
Now before you get mad and yell about how it was the 80's and the effects were ground breaking and all that, I get it, I really do! I just think there could have been something timeless in this story idea, something that could not just give you nightmares but your children, and your children's children.
I mean the song, oh my god, chills.
But that's where they end.

"One two Freddie's coming for you,
Three four better lock your door,
Five six get your crucifix..." Chills! 

Thursday 22 October 2015

The fear project


Fear is in everyone, we fear the unknown, the consequences, the loss, the fight, and most importantly, fear it's self. 

What makes a story truly terrifying?
What is it that makes the difference between making someone jump verses making them not be able to sleep?

Let's find out! 

I'm a huge horror movie fan, but there are so many that are laughable, not at all scary! So I'm going to write my own.
But first I intend to watch as many as I can, until my brain goes numb. I want to find out what works, what doesn't, and what it is that makes them great.

Some of the so called "classics" must have something that made them terrifying in their day, but most of them now wouldn't make the cut. Are there any timeless ones out there that can scare the hell out of generation after generation?

Star Wars, E.T., Jurrassic Park, all timeless, but try watching Nightmare on Elm street now, trust me I did and it was ridiculous! Why? Stay tuned and I'll tell you! 

Saturday 17 October 2015

The scary project

After watching terrible horror movie after terrible horror movie, desperately waiting for something so frightening it never leaves the soul. Yet finding nothing but disappointment. 
I have to wonder, is it even possible to frighten people anymore? Are we so bombarded with real terrible things going on in the world that the simple creak on the stairs of the empty house, moan in the darkness, or feeling that someone is watching you sleep does nothing anymore?

Do those writing this laughable attempt and horror even understand what it is to be afraid of something you can't see? 
Making one jump is not the same as making one sleep with the light on! 

So is it possible to write something truly terrifying? 
I guess there is only one way to find out...