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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 6PRODUCING A HORROR FILM

“I aim to provide the public with beneficial shocks. Civilization has become so protective that we’re no longer able to get our goose bumps instinctively. The only way to remove the numbness and revive our moral equilibrium is to use artificial means to bring about the shock. The best way to achieve that, it seems to me, is through a movie.”

—ALFRED HITCHCOCK

If you are a new producer and considering making a horror film, the journey ahead is a long one that is filled with joy and heart-attack inducing fear. On my first producing job, I was a nervous wreck over every little detail. My mind was overwhelmed with questions like: What if the actor quits during production? What if the cash runs out? What if a crew ...

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