Totally Killer Cinematographer Reveals The ‘Rule’ Of Horror Movies, And I Think It Works For Every Terrifying Slasher


On Halloween, people around the world will be dressing up, and handing out candy to kids who are brave enough to knock on our doors. As the evening progresses, though, you’ll probably start looking for something scary to watch, hoping to get underneath your own skin, and end October with a tangible fright. There are plenty of classic horror films you can watch. And if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can fire up a recent horror release that mashes together a few winning genres: Nahnatchka Khan’s Totally Killer

Part John Hughes and part John Carpenter, Totally Killer sends a teenage girl (Kiernan Shipka) back to 1987, where she has to team up with her high school-aged mom (Olivia Holt) to stop a serial killer from terrorizing their town. The film is so good, it won over one of our staff writers who doesn’t care for scares. And part of that is because the team involved understands what works in the horror genre. During a recent interview with Totally Killer cinematographer Judd Overton (Young Rock), we talked about popular horror movies from the 1980s and ‘90s. And Overton says that those films, while dated, have more craft than people realize, so long as they adhere to the golden rule of terror. It shouldn’t matter if you are watching a terrific 1970s horror movie, or the best A24 horror film released to theaters. Overton told us:

There are definitely some… I don’t know if you want to say ‘tropes’ or some rules. You know, darkness is your friend because you’re hiding some of the things that you don’t want to show. Some of the creatures and some of the stuff that maybe the budget didn’t allow for at the time. But I think the thing that we kept finding was how suspense is the rule. How to create suspense, and how to really deliver on the impact of those scares.

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