ByRobert Massetti, writer at
I've been an independent filmmaker for over 20 years and run FEAR FILM Studios in Orlando. I'm also the Executive Director of the FREAK SHOW
Cast of the Independent Horror Film BEWARE.
Cast of the Independent Horror Film BEWARE.

Being a part of a large horror film festival can have so many benefits. One of which is seeing all kinds of new independent horror films from around the world. But it can also have it's downsides.

Working as a the Executive Director of the FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival, I have seen a lot of horror movies over my ten year career with the festival. Some good, some bad. Some really good even great! And some...well, let's just say they should look to another career path.

But over the years I have noticed this disturbing trend happening with not only independent horror movies but also some Hollywood made horror movies. The movies tend to all start out the same way! Let me give you an example.

Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods

The movie starts out with 4 good looking cast members, 2 male and 2 female and they are traveling by car to a cabin, forest or a lake for a weekend getaway. As they travel we are witness to a bunch of boring dialog that has nothing to do with the plot of the movie. Usually they arguing about sex, drugs, or something really stupid. When they finally get to their destination, they are killed one by one by a serial killer with a large knife, axe, or garden tool. Oh, yeah the killer is wearing a mask. Ugh!

Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the slasher genre and love movies like Friday the 13th but COME ON! When you see this same opening in 80 per cent of submitted movies to the film festival, something is wrong!

Perfect example of this kind of opening is in the Hollywood film "The Cabin in the Woods". But what sets this movie apart for this typical horror cliche is the payoff after the characters make it to the cabin. If you've seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If not, see the movie.

Filmmakers, all I ask is that you please come up with something original or approach it in a different more interesting way. By doing this, you might have a better chance of getting your movie into a film festival.


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