Stephen King

Halloween has come and gone and as I sadly took down my decorations, I felt a bit of sadness sweep through my body. A bulk of my October was spent traveling, attending horror events, going to numerous weddings and squeezing in Halloween fun whenever I could. Even my commutes to-and-from work were spent watching horror movies. With film festivals like Shriekfest and Screamfest wrapping up, the sadness started to turn into inspiration.

As a fan of the genre, we all have a compelling need to find out how the magic started. If you are anything like me, after viewing a movie that I love, I immediately submerse myself with the origination of the idea, how the writer came up with the script, the workflow and of course ultimately hunting down the script for a midnight read.

With the vast amount of contests to get your material read and your work showcased, why not study up on the craft a bit? I have read hundreds of scripts and the horror genre is my favorite. Here are my top five favorite movie scripts and where you can read them!

THE CONJURING (2013) 

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Dubbed one of the greatest horror movies hitting the airwaves, this film explores an old home with a lot of secrets. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. -IMDB

Read the script by The Hayes Brothers.

THE SHINING (1980)

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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. – IMDB

Fun fact! The room number 217 has been changed to 237. Timberline Lodge located on Mt. Hood in Oregon, was used for the exterior shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel. The Lodge requested that Kubrick not depict Room 217 (featured in the book) in THE SHINING because future guests at the Lodge might be afraid to stay there, and a nonexistent room, 237, was substituted in the film. Contrary to the hotel’s expectations, Room 217 is requested more often than any other room at Timberline. – Source: Wilkpedia

My birthday is on February 17th. Happy dance.

Read the script by by Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson based off of Stephen King’s iconic novel of the same novelTIP: convert to PDF for a better read

SCREAM (1996)

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A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. -IMDB

One of the best screenplays to read to learn the craft. Ironically, it is a beautiful read.

Read the script by Kevin Williamson.

HALLOWEEN (1978)

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Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. – IMDB

Read the script by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001)

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JEEPER CREEPERS has always maintained a bit of controversy surrounding the screenwriter, however, the film has regained a cult classic with news about JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 both causing nausea and excitement all all at the same time.

A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. – IMDB

Read the script by Victor Salva.

Stay inspired my fellow boys and ghouls!

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