chapter  1
THE MECHANICS OF MONSTERS
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Is that gruesome enough for you? Welcome to the horror genre. If you are going to make a successful, sellable horror film on a low-budget scale, choosing the right monster is the key to your success. Let’s face it: independent horror films can’t afford A-list Hollywood talent, some occasionally have B-movie actors who have been used excessively or appear for only a few minutes, and others have none. My advice is to treat your monster as your star and put as much money and effort into the makeup and creature effects as possible. This is your main attraction, your box cover and trailer, your Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Make it terrifying.