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    The Daily Dread - HorrorFest Inspiration Every Day!
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    Okay, so I'll be honest…the horror genre is probably my favorite of them all. In fact, the very first movie I actually remember seeing was "Jaws." We saw it at the drive-in (the old Airline Road Drive In, if I remember correctly). And I was five years old. When Betamax first came out, two of the first movies my parents bought were "Alien" and "The Fog." And back in the early days of HBO, it seemed like they played "Phantasm" every Friday night.

    So you could say horror is just in my blood (pun fully intended).

    With HorrorFest II launching today, I thought I might use this thread to provide a little piece of horror inspiration each day. It might be an interview with a great horror director, a tutorial on horror movie lighting, or something else that's just good and scary.

    I'm calling it "The Daily Dread," and let's get it started in style.

    Tomorrow is the birthday of one of horror's greatest directors, Wes Craven. He's given us absolutely shocking explorations into terror ("Last House on the Left"), and chilling characters like Pluto from "The Hills Have Eyes" and Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare On Elm Street." And while his movies haven't always been great ("My Soul To Take," anyone?), they almost always manage to be both scary and smart.

    So let's celebrate his birthday a day early by watching a handful of interviews with a master of the horror genre, Wes Craven…







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    Time for today's dose of "Daily Dread"…

    I hate to generalize, but most of us here love genre films. From slasher flicks to sci-fi westerns, we eat them up. So do the folks who run Fantastic Fest, which in their words, is "a film festival with all the boring s@$t cut out." They focus on genre films, feature and short, and if you're interested in making a flick for HorrorFest II, they're probably already on your fest radar. (If not, they should be.)

    So here's a nice little short that was part of their program in 2012. It's called "The Sleepover," and it's proof that a simple premise, a smart script, and good actors, you can make horror magic. Enjoy!



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    For today's "Daily Dread," we're focusing on wounds.

    Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a realistic-looking knife wound…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WowOwpKWnNQ

    Want to make a severed finger? Here you go…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=xBljlR3sLVs

    How about slitting someone's throat?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12R2FOgBywY

    Or how about a nice burn?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpR21y00b5Y


    And remember, if you're looking for makeup effects ideas or tips, check out our "Ask a Makeup Artist" thread also in the HorrorFest forum. Cheers!
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    Time for more Dread!


    Directed by Brad Anderson (and featuring Steadicam work by DVXUser's very own Charles Papert), "Session 9" has to be one of the most underrated horror films of the past twenty years.

    The film has a great cast, but more than anything, it takes full advantage of an amazing location: Danvers State Mental Hospital. As with the best horror films ("The Shining," "Alien," etc.), the location becomes more than just another character. But to say more would be to give too much away.

    The cast includes David Caruso, Josh Lucas, and one of my personal favorite "indie" actors, Brendan Sexton III. Every single one of them is completely authentic, disappearing into the dark that is Danvers.

    After "S9," Anderson has gone on to craft some impressive directorial efforts, including "The Machinist," "Transsiberian," and great episodes from TV series "The Killing" and "Boardwalk Empire."

    IMDB
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0261983/

    TRAILER

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsxkRNvEbhM


    And the Onion's AV Club has an excellent write-up about Session 9, but it includes some spoilers, so go to Netflix and watch the movie first if you haven't seen it.
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/session-9,48220/


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    I am not trying to take this thread over by any means, but this is something that has always "inspired" me... such a classic theme, and truly haunting.

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    New short film THE APPOINTMENT now available to see!


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    You're all alone in the house. You hear a noise in the kitchen. You go to check it out, falling victim to one of the horror genre's classic conventions. And as you notice the knife missing from the block on the counter, you realize someone is standing behind you. Suddenly…


    It's time for The Daily Dread!

    Enjoy this great little horror short, "Birthday Boys"…


    https://vimeo.com/42913584
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    It's not quite the witching hour, but here's your dose of "Daily Dread"…

    I've collected a few video resources related to lighting, general scariness, and the typical things you see in horror movies. Know them. Love them. Then feel free to subvert them and toss them upside down.


    The Conventions of Horror Movies

    http://tombowmanwgsbmedia.blogspot.c...ror-films.html

    Scary Shooting Techniques
    https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson...ing-techniques

    Horror Film Lighting
    http://www.ehow.com/info_12167530_ho...-lighting.html

    Low Key Lighting Tutorials
    http://photo.tutsplus.com/tutorials/...oting-low-key/
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCSPWyVulc4g4
    https://vimeo.com/39009372


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon Rice View Post
    I am not trying to take this thread over by any means, but this is something that has always "inspired" me... such a classic theme, and truly haunting.


    Well, then let's spend some time with Dario Argento himself for today's installment of "The Daily Dread"…



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQcvZJQm3o0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqVhnjsmxwc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWzFhXDVB-Q


    And for those of you who have about an hour and a half to learn from Argento and the other "Masters of Horror"…



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tKYnMwyzm4
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    Dread loves horror. Classic monsters. Seventies slashers. Modern scares. And while there are many new filmmakers working in the horror genre, one we have a special taste for is Ti West. His films aren't flashy in the way most modern horror films are. They aren't soulless blood-soaked affairs, over-edited and under-written, like so many of today's offerings.

    Instead, Ti's films could almost be considered old-school in their approach, using story, character, and tone to build suspense and create a real, growing sense of dread. They don't lean on cheap thrills like a crutch, but instead create an environment and inhabit it with characters that feel completely real, and because of that, when the scares come, they have impact. He has become a master of atmosphere, and his films are all fully-drawn worlds draped in layer after layer of authenticity. We believe his people and his places are real, and because of that, the horror that takes place on screen resonates with the audience.

    So get to know Ti West, and if you haven't seen "House of the Devil" and "The Innkeepers," you owe it to the darkness in your soul to watch them.

    Trailers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDZR3LN26R8


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SOur3WwZvM

    Interviews
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjOdGXNw__U
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4slJuiX0s7k
    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/ti-west#_
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/ti-west,68764/
    http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/fe...ew-ti-west/302
    http://movieline.com/2012/10/05/ti-w...anyon-karaoke/
    http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/04...rview-ti-west/
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    Okay, now that my internet connection is back up, here's what was supposed to be yesterday's "Daily Dread"…

    Low-budget horror has often broken new ground in the world of DIY effects and creative uses of filmmaking resources. Thanks to FilmmakerIQ, here's a collection of (as they say) 666 DIY Horror Filmmaking Tutorials…

    http://filmmakeriq.com/2009/10/666-d...ing-tutorials/
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