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Cinema of Dread: Screenwriters Discuss the Horror Film

March 10, 2009

Last week, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts hosted a Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) panel discussion of horror screenwriters talking about horror films. Reel 13 was there and captured the disturbing discussion on tape. If you’re pondering writing a horror screenplay — or any screenplay for that matter — the discussion is definitely a useful lens through which to view writing dread.

Event info:

Join screenwriters Steven Katz (The Shadow of the Vampire; Wind Chill) and Neal Marshall Stevens (Thir13en Ghosts; Hellraiser: Deader), moderated by screen and television writer David Steven Cohen, for a conversation about the art of writing the horror film. How do they explore the forbidden, the unknown, the deepest terrors of the psyche and live to tell the tale – as riveting and enduring entertainment? Join us for a frighteningly enlightening conversation… if you dare.

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  • Robert

    Well, it’s an interesting talk about writing a certain kind of movie, but these days with so many of these genre films being made and then released on the market as “unrated editions.” I do not think much of their contributions to American Cinema or lack of same.

  • Betina Goldman

    Hi David

    We are developing a slate of projects, one based on the Cult character legend Coffin Joe, created by Brazilian iconic Director Mojica Marins, the project aims to bring to life to international audiences the uniqueness of this gore character, all cast English speaking, Director tbc. Other a ghost ship story of marooned in the Antartica.

    Particularly on the first project we are seeking an American writer. We would be grateful if you would so kindly advise and recommend a few names.

    Thank you so much

    Betina Goldman

  • Denise Burke

    It is great that you are talking about all the great horror movies and writing. It will be perfect to show the horror films on TV.