The Writers of Horror Movies
Horror films have been captivating audiences for decades, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. While directors and actors often get the lion’s share of the credit for making horror films so terrifying, it’s the screenwriters who lay the groundwork for these scares. Here are some of the best horror screenwriters working today.
Jordan Peele burst onto the horror scene with his 2017 debut film “Get Out,” which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Peele’s unique perspective as a Black filmmaker allowed him to explore issues of race and identity within the horror genre, bringing new depth and nuance to the genre. His 2019 follow-up film, “Us,” cemented his status as one of the most exciting and innovative horror screenwriters working today.
Ari Aster made a splash with his 2018 debut film “Hereditary,” a chilling exploration of grief and familial dysfunction. With its slow-building tension and shocking twists, “Hereditary” announced Aster as a major talent in the horror genre. He followed up that success with the equally unsettling “Midsommar” in 2019, cementing his reputation as a master of psychological horror.
Mike Flanagan has been working in the horror genre for over a decade, but it was his 2018 Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” that really put him on the map. The show, which reimagined Shirley Jackson’s classic novel, was praised for its nuanced characterizations and its deft blending of psychological horror and family drama. Flanagan has since gone on to helm other successful horror projects, including “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to Stephen King’s “The Shining.”
Jennifer Kent made waves in the horror world with her 2014 debut film “The Babadook,” a chilling exploration of grief and trauma. The film was praised for its powerful performances and its use of psychological horror to explore the horrors of parenthood. Kent’s follow-up film, 2018’s “The Nightingale,” wasn’t strictly a horror film, but it continued to showcase her talent for crafting tense and emotionally resonant stories.
Robert Eggers burst onto the scene with his 2015 debut film “The Witch,” a period horror film set in 17th-century New England. The film was praised for its attention to historical detail and its use of authentic Puritan folklore to create an atmosphere of dread. Eggers followed up that success with 2019’s “The Lighthouse,” another period horror film that was praised for its stark black-and-white visuals and its powerful performances from its two leads.
These are just a few of the many talented horror screenwriters working today. Their work has helped to push the boundaries of the horror genre and to explore complex themes and ideas through the medium of scary movies. As long as there are audiences who crave thrills and chills, these writers will continue to create nightmares that keep us up at night.