Monday, February 16, 2009
From Ordinary To Scary by Morgan Mandel
Darkness, storms, cliffs, raging waters - They're all tools to place an audence in a somber mood.
It takes a bit more imagination, talent and effort to turn the mundane into scary. Stephen King did it with Christine, the evil car with a vendetta against people.
Alfred Hitchock did it with The Birds, frightening creatures swooping down and pecking at unsuspecting humans.
Then there's the classic episode of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, where the coach falls asleep and drowns in his soup. Maybe some of you are too old to remember that one. Too bad. It was a hoot, though a sad one. Okay, that wasn't a mystery, but you get the idea.
Now, get your brains working. Can you think of any books, TV shows or movies where the ordinary turns sinister? Or, would you like to make up one for the fun of it? Come on, it won't kill you.