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Old 09-24-2018, 02:19 PM   #1
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How can I write horror without disgust

So, I finished my characters and their obstacles (character arc). Now my question is: How do I write horror with less blood and disgust. I mean, I wanna watch a horror movie. I don’t wanna stay barfing in the corner. That’s very seldom in the horror genre. How do I do that?
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:55 PM   #2
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Are you sure you are not mixing up the sub genre gore with the main genre horror?
Horror does not need to be bloody with flying intestines.

On the other hand: if you manage to write a script that makes you barf, you may have a killer script
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:59 PM   #3
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Horror is all about creating a mood that induces a certain type of feeling/reaction. You can do this without the grotesque visuals.
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What is seen on screen is rarely as frightening as what isn’t seen.

Study up on Hitchcock. Masterful horror stories. No gore.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:58 PM   #5
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Horror is really drama, but drama about life gone horribly wrong. I think people don't give horror enough credit for having to be (on some level) believable.

I would say focus on that; making stories about horrible situations and equally heinous consequences, and make them as believable as you can. you may not even need gore.

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Old 09-24-2018, 10:24 PM   #6
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Check out Nosferatu (The Vampire)
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Check out "The Changeling" (1980); it's a psychological horror film that definitely pays off.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080516/

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One of my biggest inspirations and example, World of Glory from Roy Andersson.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:50 AM   #9
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"So, I finished my characters and their obstacles (character arc). Now my question is: How do I write horror with less blood and disgust."

I can't get close to what exactly you mean. What you've finished and what not? What you want to write, what you can write, what you can't write?

You've finished your characters' arcs without writing a story? That's impossible. You've written a story but it is full of blood and now you want to know how to re-write it without so much blood? You haven't written anything yet but you've just written one - two paragraphs about some characters AKA you haven't written anything yet?... I think I'm close.
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A lot of popular horror might have blood and gore but the genre does not require it. Horror is about inducing anxiety and fear in the audience as they watch the film and, ideally, after they finish it. Focus on what fears the audience has that you're playing on. The scariest parts of any horror movie are about exposing people to those fears. Fear of the dark. Fear of strangers. Fear of loss. Fear of disease. Fear of harm coming to children. Focus on that. if exploring that doesn't require you to have blood and gore, don't have blood and gore.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:32 AM   #11
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Now my question is: How do I write horror with less blood and disgust.
The way you writer horror with less blood an disgust is to not
write any scenes with blood and disgust. If someone is killed do
not write the details of how the death occurs.

Horror comes from fear - not blood and disgust. It's SO easy
to not write blood and disgust in a script I suspect you are not
asking the question you really want to ask.

You don't have a story do you? You have the characters but
you don't have a story. Am I right?

Do you need some examples of great horror films that do not
use blood and disgust?
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