A Monster Success: B-Movies & Screenwriting

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Summary: Keep the story flowing and the monsters going!

I have always been a fan of B-movies. Sure, they can be a bit cliché, but they always leave me with a smile. They’re exciting, they’re exotic, and they’re fun. Really, what more could you ask for?

1. Be Exciting!

There are great movies out there, award-winning movies, that capture the essence of man in a deep and provocative way.

B-movies, however, tend to go the opposite direction. They do not attempt to capture humanity as it is, but as it could be. It features men and women fighting the bad guys using super strength and awesome ninja powers. Is it believable that a man could chainsaw his way through a shark in mid-flight? Probably not, but is it riveting?! You bet.

Even though you know what’s coming, you can’t help but cheer on the heroes and heroines as they kick some major butt! Weakness is not an option when the fate of the world is on the line. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

2. Be Fun!

This ties closely into the first section. Not only is there action around every corner, but there is also a pun attached to it. I am all for the puns. All my favorite people are incredible punsters.  So, to have people walking around spouting them out as they hack away at the undead… awesome! In fact, I give extra props to the Syfy Channel. A lot of their monster movies start with a pun, and go from there. (Piranhaconda?! Yes, please. I’ll take five.)

There are lots of reasons why we go to the movies, but being entertained is definitely up on the top reasons for me. If the characters on the screen are having a good time, there is a good chance that I am too. So, bring on the laughs!

3. Be Exotic!

Remember how I said I like to go to movies? Well, the key phrase there, I think is “go.” By leaving our house and entering a theater, we are essentially providing ourselves with a round-trip ticket to Adventureland. So, it is important for me to ask myself, as a writer and filmmaker, where do I want to take my audience? I could take them just across the street, or… I could take them to London, Paris, Tokyo, outers space, back in time…. The possibilities are endless.

Even  if a person never gets the chance to physically travel somewhere, I have the chance to take them there on-screen. Who wouldn’t want to take an opportunity to travel?

NOW, there are lots of wonderful genres out there. I like to keep my options open and watch whatever comes with a solid recommendation. But still, it is always good to have fail-safes to fall back on, in times when you’re indecisive or just need a good-old boost.

Thanks for tuning in.

Blessings to you in Christ,

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