For funsies I’m going to do some Blake Snyder Beat Sheets on horror movies. I plan on watching mostly exploitation horror, so likely they won’t hit every beat.
Opening Image – A psychologist diagnosis a child.
Set-up – Kevin Dornwinkle is a scientist. The scientific community does not believe his claims about his invisibility serum.
Theme Stated (happens during the Set-up) – His molecular reorganization theory will be proven. He can turn a man invisible.
Catalyst – Kevin Dornwinkle attempts to demonstrate his invisibility serum, it fails. He’s laughed at by all of his peers, has a nervous break down and kills as many as he can while they flee.
Debate – Kevin knows the kids hate him. He’s trying to put the past behind him. Should he work on his experiment some more?
Break Into Two (Choosing Act Two) – Kevin gets his formula to work, he can turn invisible. But, it messes him up mentally, and it’s addictive.
B Story – The teenage students, plot and scheme and fuck and shower.
The Promise of the Premise – Kevin Dornwinkle hunts down and kills each student.
Midpoint – Kevin seems to be satisfied peeping on girls. But when he turns the principal down, she threatens to call the cops. She found needles in his desk. Kevin kills her.
Bad Guys Close In – Kevin Dornwinkle chains the doors closed.
All is Lost – ???
Dark Night of the Soul – ???
Break Into Three (Choosing Act Three) – Thanks to a fresh idea, new inspiration, or last-minute Thematic advice from the B Story (usually the love interest), the main character chooses to try again.
Finale – Kevin Dornwinkle is getting out of town. Chet shows up with a gun, he realized Dornwinkle was the guy from the paper who escaped the asylum. They fight. They both turn invisible and fight. Dornwinkle blow’s Chet’s head off with a shotgun. The police show up, see the body, and assume it’s Dornwinkle’s.
Final Image – Kevin Dornwinkle reappears laughing.