ByJulian Gerdes, writer at
Horror fan, taco aficionado and Community Manager at Email me at [email protected], or tweet me @kubrickhalls.
Julian Gerdes

Emotions. That's why we watch films, isn't it? We like to engage in stories and with characters that make us feel joy, relief, inspiration and for us fans — fear. To make a single person (let alone a room full of people) feel afraid is no small task, and as we've seen over the years, a lot of filmmakers just get it wrong — very, very wrong.

So, I'm curious, what is it that YOU think makes a good horror film? What are the most important ingredients when trying to create true terror?

Is it the atmosphere? Good practical affects? Is it all about the music score? Buckets of blood? Or, is the key to good horror simply a decent jump scare? Whatever you think it is, make your claim and stand by it.

The Challenge

'The Exorcist' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'The Exorcist' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Write an original article arguing for what YOU think are the most important ingredients for making a terrifying horror film. The article can be in any format you like — list, editorial, whatever — feel free to get creative!

To be in the running, you must write an article on, tag it with and press publish. Only new article entries will be considered.

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Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

The first prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon voucher to spend on whatever you choose! What's more, you will be featured across our social media pages, and optimized for google search.

The winning article will be chosen based on originality and writing quality.

'The Shining' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'The Shining' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

The DEADline


If you have any questions you can write me an email at [email protected] or or contact me through the horror FB group.

Happy writing, horror heads.


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