Earning A Living With Horror Movies
Think about all of the movies that are loved the most, or hated the most, or actually thought about the most, and there is a very good chance that some of them are horror movies. Scary films have been known to be box office gold for years, and for very good reason. People just love to sit in the dark getting sacred stupid with each other.
Think about what kind of movie most would like to take a date to. Sure, the romantic comedy is the staple fare, but it is the scary flick that will get those two sitting all snuggly close and holding on to each other. And everybody just likes to be frightened when there is no real danger involved. It is like a roller coaster ride, fear without real fate involved.
So when one is watching those things, does one ever wonder what kind of sick mind is putting them all together? Many do, and some to the point of fascination. There is a stereotypical type; they go to wacky conventions dressed up like ghouls and vampires on their time off. But those running those conventions know something that others do not.
The folks who produce this fare know that they are gold mines waiting to happen. And the directors get involve for the very same reason. So why not get involved as a business venture? Here is a little secret: these pictures are often so low budget that they will use anyone who can make it to the set to work. No, the pay will be not be good, but the experience will, and an artist can build their reputation.
This would include makeup people, as most of the really good ones use a truck load of make up. And all of that blood and gore has to be mixed up and smeared on to the characters by someone. Hey, someone has to do it, and they could earn a little bit of money doing it.
As for budding screenwriters, surely they can cobble together a good script for a fright fest. It will be easier when it is realized that all horror plots are very much alike. Only the monsters really change. So they can go back to the classic screams and see if they can do an update or add a particularly sick twist to the plot. Again, many screenwriters did the same thing to get started.
For actors, B-films can be a goldmine of experience and information. If they look decent and can run around screaming pretty good, they could get a leg up in a scary film. Sure, one will not be a principle at first, in fact they will probably get killed off very early in the first reel, but it is a start, and it is verifiable acting work, both of which an actor needs plenty of to move up the ladder in this business.
So instead of paying the hard earned cash out of pocket to get scared by someone else, why not think about using some of that cash to do the scaring professionally? Many good, respectable careers have been started on the low budget B-film horror circuit. It is safe to say that others could, too, and could actually make a living with horror movies.