I groaned when I saw this week's topic. And I had no one to blame but myself since I arranged the schedule. This week we're blogging about what scary movies influenced our writing. But here's the rub - I hate horror movies.
They get into my brain. The images sear into my mind's eye and when I lay down to sleep they spring into full color to haunt me in the long dark hours of the night. Yes, I'm a wimp when it comes to movies with lots of blood and gore. If I can accept it, so can you.
The last truly scary stuff I've watched has been adaptations of Stephen King books. I'll put the disclaimer out there now that most of his work has not translated to the screen well. I blame it on the hollywood people, never the King.
If I dig deep inside myself I can say that perhaps the idea of the hotel could have sprung from The Shining. It may have been subconscious, but really my take is kinda similar. Deserted hotel in the middle of the winter with no hope of escape? Okay, so King doesn't write sex scenes and vampires, but hey, I can be creative.
I don't really develop the bad guy in my story well - he is kind of an absent or unknown tormentor for most of the book. Since the murder was always a subplot, I didn't spend much time on that angle. The whole thing was meant to be an enjoyable ride - not a neat category of Suspense, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Romance or Erotica -- but a mix of them all. Which translates to sub-plots and undercurrents as the reader journeys through the novel.
I can say that the description of my bad guy fits well with famous crazed picture of Nicholson sticking his head through the door. We can all remember the hallway scene with the ax, the bar scenes with the ghosts, or the little kid saying "Redrum" over and over. I haven't seen it in so long I think I'll have to watch it again to refresh my memory.
When I combine the things I remember from The Shining with the super crazy person in Misery, I get my villain. Hey and I just realized something - they are both winter settings with no hope of escape. Hmm... I guess I was more influenced by some classic horror films then I knew. Who woulda thunk it?
Have any classics or newer horror films influenced your work? And how? I'd love to hear.