Okay, so you’ve seen a few scary movies and enjoyed them, and now you’re looking to expand your horror prowess. Maybe you’ve been reading/listening to a lot of creepypasta, and you feel like you’re ready to take the plunge. Or maybe you just have a feeling that you’d like horror, but have no idea where to start.
I’ve been a huge fan of all things creepy and scary for years. I was just reading an article called, “Horror Gems You Haven’t Seen Yet” and realized that I actually had seen almost every film on the list, so I guess that makes me an expert. So, my new baby horror fans, allow me to introduce you to the genre.
Felicity finds herself unable to sleep after watching a scary movie with Roy. Set in Season 3.
This my entry for this week’s Olicity Hiatus Fic-a-Thon prompt Sleepless.
had three different conversations in the past week about my fear of
scary movies so when I saw the prompt was sleepless, I couldn’t help
myself. I also couldn’t sleep after watching The Ring.
No beta for this one. All mistakes are mine. Also available on AO3.
“But this movie isn’t scary, Felicity, it’s more of a psychological thriller. You will be fine.” Roy smiled a Felicity.
“Roy, I’ve heard of The Ring, I also heard the original Japanese version is much better. Put it on and if I find it too scary, I’ll just stop watching.”
Felicity and Roy had begun hanging out lately. After Sara’s death, she just wanted to appreciate her time with her friends a bit more. So, they created movie night, this was Roy’s night to pick the movie.
It’s an Earthbound-inspired indie RPG that takes place in a post apocalyptic world where women have for some reason or another been wiped out of existence. Its a sad, terrible world full of buff guys who fight eachother. You play as a guy who finds a baby girl and decides to raise her as his own daughter. That’s all I’m gonna say cuz I love the games too much to directly spoil anything. The music is great and so is the story. It somehow manages to balance both heart breaking tragedy and really good comedy (If you enjoy dark humor you might get a kick out of it.) I would HIGHLY reccommend this game to anyone who likes those surreal earthbound-inspired kinds of RPG games. That said, proceed with caution cuz it deals with some really messy subjects.
Hello! Just wanted to tell you that I love your comic. It has a good balance between comedy and the darkness of, well, mafia XD and I love that. I also would like to see and learn more of the relationship between Viktor and Yurio on the comic because I aways HC Viktor being like the funny and protective big brother for Yurio. It warms my heart ❤ Love ya #SorryBadEnglish
Hey hey! :D GLAD TO HEAR IT!!! even though it’s a mafia AU, I definitely want to keep some parts light and what not, happy that you think the balance is pretty good ;w; And yus, we shall see the relationship between Yurio and Victor develop a bit more as the story goes on o3o It’s basically a Older brother/father and rebellious son relationship XD SO YEAH, I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY X3 and your English is great!! OuO
Back when I was a wee gothling in 2010, I was introduced to JTHM and my life was forever changed (some might say for the worse, I’d imagine Jhonen would think so). NNY has been a constant presence in my life since then- as a character who would eviscerate the sort of person who might take advantage of a child etc., I drew a lot of strength from what positive and cathartic elements he had written into his persona. I’ve never had the greatest mental health but he was one of my healthier crutches, if you can believe that.
That tattered copy of the director’s cut has been with me through maybe 6 moves, 2 bouts of homelessness, the loss of almost every scrap of my personal belongings, 3 trips to the psych ward, several shitty partners, uncountable mental breakdowns, and at this point might be my oldest possession. I’ve heard it said by a surprising amount of people that it’s considered their Bible; I often consider it a guide of what NOT to do in life. ;) At this point in my life I’m going to med school, living in a stable situation, finally found someone who isn’t running and screaming from my horrible mental deformities and I might be considered something like a functional adult with a happy life. I’d like to thank Jhonen for giving me something to hang onto through all that.
ANYWAY- 7 years (and probably hundreds of fanarts) later, my humble little blog has ALMOST 500 followers! Cool beans. To celebrate, I’ll be battling my constant desire to do nothing ever and drawing a kickass Thank You fanart of NNY or something JTHM related. But since it’s MY blog, here’s how it’s gonna work- send me ideas of what to draw, and reblog this image. Your idea will be valid and considered if you a) reblog this post and b) are following me. It’s just a lil effort to get about 20 more followers and bump me into a 500 follower count. Once I reach 500, I’ll select my favorite idea and draw it. That simple! Go to it and try to think of something Good. (If you’re wondering about my art style I drew the images in both my icon and blog header so that should give you an idea of my ability to emulate the style.)
(NOTE: If you ask for something terrible and stupid like Nny and Squee interacting in some inappropriate way, your idea is going in the trash and you are unfollowed and blocked, do not ruin my day with that garbage I’m dead serious. I hate even acknowledging that possibility but I’ve seen some of the worst sludge of the earth somehow make its way into my pure and good dark comedy/gore fandom and it will not be tolerated, end of story. In fact I may personally bag and mail you the resulting vomit.)
If you’re looking for a really interesting show with a queer actress then watch Search Party on TBS. It’s honestly so fucking good, it’s a dark comedy revolving around a woman who is looking for a missing acquaintance from college & is not really something you’d expect from TBS and the lead actress is a mixed race bisexual woman of Iraqi/European descent who is amazing SO STOP SLEEPIN ON THIS SHOW AND CHECK IT OUT
PS: What happens now is you check out the fuckin show
Imagine Hakyeon coming out of the shower after an hour and having the members tease him for taking so long while all he was doing was questioning life and thinking about the ships in VIXX and the probability of the ships being true in the shower
If you don’t know yet, I’m prone to having quick moodswings. One moment I’m feeling moody, the next it’s all sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, that affects my art, as well.
More often that not I can’t pick a mood for the story and roll with it. Do I want it to be funny? serious? disturbing? heartwarming? hopeful? depressing? I want all of those! Right now I feel like writing edgy stuff, tomorrow I’m gonna be in a funky mood and rewrite the edgy dialog because it’s way too emo.
This leads to a bizarre mess, not just regarding the mood transitions, but the tone of the whole stories in general. I still kinda like the early creepy disturbing BBR, but I also like the late more cutesy and heartwarming BBR, but I also like dark comedy, but I also wanna insert some good morals, but I also… god DAMN, just pick one direction and roll with it!
Just a few examples. Look at Bastille’s early design. It made sense in the context, because everything was this colorful, weird and twisted. Now look at that dress in the new context. The minimalistic, down-to-earth nuBastille looks ridiculous in it.
(I kinda tried to work around it, waving it off as “it’s just for show when she posed as a cartoonish villain to conquer the country”, but yeahh)
I think Ferret and Pepper suffered the most from it. Actually, the very name of Ferret Lie is goddamn stupid in the new setting, and that goes for many things like that.
Early witches were completely devoid of humanity, so Pepper abusing and\or eating people and Ferret making unfair manipulative deals with a wide smile worked fine. But then I started giving them more and more personality, and even wanted to feel bad for them. But it’s hard to buy the sad backstory trope when Pepper killing and nearly molesting people is presented in the semi-comedic light. I mean, it’s either a dark comedy or a serious and dramatic character study.
The same goes for Ferret. Who the hell is Ferret at this point, what is her personality? Does she enjoy being an asshole to people? Is she an actual asshole or is she just misunderstood? Does she just do that for the sake of money and power? Are money and power more important to her than human lives? Does she value human lives at all? Has she ever truly loved anyone? Is she capable of having genuine heartwarming moments? Does she like Bastille? Is she afraid of her? Is she jealous of her? Is she making fun of her? I went through so many changes regarding Ferret, I got lost in those questions. She’s just whatever is convenient for the plot.
I think I needed to stop somewhere in the middle. Keep the O.Z. a little bit of a surreal and nonsensical place, but not a complete freakfest. Keep Pepper and Ferret as villains, but clearly show they’re such and cannot be excused. Give them some human moments, but not sweep their deeds under the rug.
I’m a little more stable when it comes to this now. At least I have some sort of reminder that I can look at and go “oh yeah, that’s what it’s supposed to be, I’m getting off track here”. But it’s still something that isn’t gonna go away any time soon.
One Malcolm McDowell movie you need to see: Disturbed. It's on youtube as far as I know (it's so obscure that I don't think it ever got anything above a vhs release) and is so bizarre that I cannot decide if it is crap or a pretty good dark comedy/horror movie. Malcolm is the only thing unambiguously great in it, naturally
My god, this thing has less IMDb ratings on it than The Sender, I must see it immediately!
I’ll check it out as soon as I can. I’ll probably add it to my horror movie marathon, I hope to exceed 31 films anyways.
"For the record, ya’ll can ask me anything you want about I, Tonya." How about the chemistry between Sebbie and Paul? In the script they seem hilarious. Do you think Allison Janney deserves and Oscar non? How long is Seb's dick, no sorry, screentime?
[Anon #2] Did you like Tonya cut you watched, just as a movie, was it good or had potential at least? And is Seb in it a lot, from the script it seems he’s in it a lot later on… About Oscar buzz, from the awards forums and sites I visit, it’s quite possible Allison could get a nom for this, and Margot is probably gonna get a golden globe one. Dark comedies are my favorite I hope this is good. Thanks :)
You know, I feel bad answering this, because S and P seem to have gotten pretty close, but… I really hated P in the film.
Obviously his character is supposed to be pretty reprehensible, but when I read the script, I expected his role to be, idk, funnier I guess. Really I was just frustrated by him, and I wouldn’t be sad if they cut it down a lot. He seems like a cool guy irl but his role was just… gross and, yeah, aggravating.
Allison Janney was, as always, superb. Everyone at the screening (because we stayed after and gave feedback to the filmmakers) loved her and wanted her role beefed up. The dynamic between her and Tonya was the most engaging. She could definitely get a supporting actress nod for it.
S had a lot more screen time than I expected, actually. I’m a little worried his will get trimmed down though, in order to make more room for the dynamic between Tonya & her, but we’ll see.
His voice, which was smaller, nasally – I’m not sure if he was going for a regional dialect or, well, I guess he was just trying to imitate Jeff’s real voice. Anyway, it was intriguing. Also, he had colored-contacts, and it was interesting to see him with dark eyes.
Seeing S strike a woman, repeatedly, was shocking. And personally I thought it was a little much – lots of scenes of casual abuse. I feel like they will narrow those down in the final cut.
A little sex, moments of dumb, adolescent “love”
S dorky dancing at his and Tonya’s wedding – very reminiscent of his moves from Ricki and the Flash; a brief moment of sweetest between them.
S having an absolute freak out at toward the end of the story, when he realizes what P’s character has done. It was great to see him give so much to a moment, panicking and just – going for it.
Mckenna Grace as little Tonya was too cute.
Like I said, I know they’ll change things in the final version.
The cut I saw, they hadn’t even finished CGI-ing Margot’s face onto her skating double and the music wasn’t all done, and there were some characters that definitely didn’t need to be there (a Hard Line reporter, whose role was utterly pointless – and I’m confused because IMDB lists that role as Jason MacDonald, but that is NOT who was in the version I saw it… it was a recognizable guy but dammit, I can’t think of his name).
Also there was some 4th wall talking at the camera that was stylistically jarring, so I’ll be interested to see if they kept that.
I'm writing a novel about murder and I want to make it a dark comedy but I don't really know how because I've never done comedy before
Honestly I’m not sure what specific tips I could suggest? But I’ll do my best.
I would suggest reading dark comedies, that way you could see how others have done it and have something to keep in mind while you’re writing.
Some dark comedy books are:
• Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
• Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
• A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
• Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
If you’re lazy you could try watching some dark comedy movies/shows. The Scary Movies come to mind. But to go about really writing and describing it, you’re better off reading some dark comedy books or short stories (you can just google them)
Hopefully this helped, good luck writing!