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The Second Act: Modulating Fear, Terror and Horror

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The Second Act is a complex unit, embodying the bulk of the action. It is often here that script readers comment that the pace ‘flags’ or the story has come adrift. Act One offers anticipation and Act Three resolution, but the Second Act...

The First Act: Unease and Dread, Character and Milieu

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...As we examine the tropes associated with the horror screenplay, please do not take these notes as prescriptive. We will make some particular reference to those embedded in Slasher or Serial Killer movies, as they have held market dominance...

The Third Act: Tragic and Redemptive Endings

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The third act in any movie is of huge importance, in that the ending is what the audience takes with them and blogs/shares with their friends.Horror is ideally placed for this, as by its nature it will often end on a horrific reveal. Who...

Adaptation: From Page to Screen

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...From the beginnings of cinema, adaptation has been a feature of the horror movie. Both Frankenstein and Dracula were freely adapted from the novels even when permission had not been sought, as was R. L. Stevenson’s novella, Dr. Jekyll...

Low Budget Horror

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Writing and directing the low budget horror movie has traditionally been seen as the entry level to moviemaking. This has a creditable provenance. George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (Romero 1968) was shot on a shoestring, and so too...

Creating the Nemesis

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Be very careful with Hannibal Lecter. Dr. Chilton at the asylum will go over the physical procedures used with him. Do not deviate from them, for any reason. You tell him nothing personal, Starling. Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal...

Cross-Genre

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Genre blending has had varying results in horror, barring the successful vampire romance of the ‘Twilight’ series. The TV series Buffy and Angel were better suited to this, as their act and story arc structures are different...

Why Do We Like To Be Scared?

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The first thing any writer needs to understand is ‘know your audience’. What is the attraction of horror? Why do we like to be scared? These questions have been addressed by myriad writers, philosophers and academics. The writer of horror...

Forming the Idea: Writing Exercises

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Why be scared? Or rather, why induce the feeling when it is not necessary? Because fear keeps us alive. When we are in danger we go into fight or flight, which stimulates the hypothalamus, the region in the brain responsible for maintaining...

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Rikke Schubart

Rikke Schubart is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. Her research focuses on gender, genre, and emotions in cinema and media. Schubart’s publications include Bloomsbury’s recent Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements (2016, co-edited with Anne Gjelsvik), Eastwood’s Iwo Jima: A Critical Engagement with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima (2013, co-edited with Anne Gjelsvik), and Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970–2006 (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering Fear : Women, Emotions, and Contemporary Horror

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...The aim with Mastering Fear has been to explore horror as edgework and show how it can be a play experience. Horror is not nice princess play. It can be upsetting, revolting, disgusting, and traumatizing, and this is the value of entering...