Friday, November 30, 2012

Jump Scares

Ah, the jump scare. Even the most seasoned horror fan will occasionally fall for them, but they’re most effective when used sparingly. All too often, this advice falls on deaf ears. Characters are constantly subjected to cats springing out of cupboards (How do they manage to close the doors behind them?), sneaky buddies popping up out of dark alleys, split-second shots of spooky faces in bathroom mirrors, etc. It's all about balance. You can't have your ghost/monster/killer to appear in every scene that requires tension or else they'll lose their effectiveness. There's nothing wrong with a quick, cheap scare, just stay away from the same old cliches. Put a new spin on them.

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