Master of suspense Wes Craven has been orchestrating horror for more than four decades. It began with ‘The Last House on the Left’ (1972), continued with Freddy Krueger and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984), and went mainstream with the ‘Scream’ series (beginning in 1996). Now, you have an opportunity to get a little payback.
Our friends at Studio 360 want you to create a super-short horror movie. Craven will judge the challenge. The theme, which he picked, is “young genius.” Your entry must be 30 seconds or less. That may sound tough, but as Craven tells Kurt Andersen, “today the attention span of most kids is about five seconds. To keep them there for ten seconds is going to be tough.” Other advice from the master: break all the rules you think you should be following.
“I think there is something about the ‘American Dream,’ the sort of Disneyesque dream if you will of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, god fearing and doing good whenever they can; that sort of expectation, and the flipside of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that’s not the truth of the matter, I think that gives American horror films in some ways kind of an additional rage…” —Wes Craven
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