Horrid Henry’s Guide to Making a Scary Movie!

horrid-henry-monster-movie-2012Out on 24th May is the brand new book by Francesca Simon, Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie.

There are four new stories for you to read, from Horrid Henry creating his own ‘Holympic’ Games to Henry spending a weekend with his arch-enemies!

Click here to find out more and pre-order your copy!

One of the stories also sees Horrid Henry create his very own scary movie, ‘The Undead Demon Monster Who Would Not Die’! And surely if anyone could make the most horrible scary movie in the world it would be Horrid Henry?

So to help you make your own scary movie too, Henry’s put together a step-by-step guide!

henry-skeleton-2012Step One: Get a Scary Idea

Any scary film needs a scary idea behind it! And you’re going to want to make it good so the audience don’t know what to expect!

Ideally try to think of something that can also put your cast (ahem Perfect Peter) into plenty of silly situations, from jumping into mud to shouting that he’s a crybaby!

Step Two: Think of a Scary Name

Press play to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Whatever you do, nice words are strictly off limits!

You need to pack in as many scary words as you possible can – if they all make sense then that’s a bonus!

henry-dracula-2012Step Three: Always Include Monsters!

Press play to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Scary movies need scary monsters – whether it’s a vampire, zombie, zombie-vampire or something completely new you’ve made up in your head!

Give it big teeth, long claws, very ugly and you won’t go far wrong! Actually, that description kind of sounds like Moody Margaret!

Step Four: Find a Spooky Location

Press play to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Location is very important! Abandoned houses, castles or cabins are perfect, especially if they’re really worn down and old – who knows what you might find?

Just make sure you get permission before you use anywhere and send in Perfect Peter first – just in case it is haunted!

henry-camera-2012Step Five: Put Togther Your Cast

Press play to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

There’s no need to find any Oscar-winners for your film – just make sure they can look scared and are willing to take orders, especially when you want lots of snacks!

Step Six: Use Music

Press play to listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Sometimes you don’t notice it, but music is great at building tension and making you think something scary is going to happen.

Make it sound as creepy as possible. You can even go out of tune – anything to unsettle the audience!

henry-roses-2012Step Seven: Have a Plot Twist

Nothing is scarier then something unexpected happening!

You can put plot twists anywhere in the film – start, middle, end – and have more than one if you want.

One suggestion would be that two parents realise their so-called ‘perfect’ child is actually a man-eating monster – RARGGGHH!

Step Eight: Use Good Effects

You don’t need to be a whizz at the computer to make good effects, just be imaginative.

Perhaps use loads of water on the garden to make it really muddy – perfect for a squelchy mud monster!
.

So that’s Horrid Henry’s step-to-step guide to making a scary movie. What you waiting for? Let’s get cracking!

Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie is written by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by Orion Children’s Books. Out from 24th May.

Click here to find out more and pre-order your copy!