Outside of the realm of fear and screams, I’ve also always harkened a liking for comedy and laughter. Now at first one may look at the two genres in question, Comedy and Horror, and think that they are so wildly differing in moods and themes that they could never coexist in the same film or show. However there exists a genre-hybrid of the two genres, it is referred to as “horror-comedy.” It is actually a fairly popular genre that’s often considered to be a subcategory of horror, or a subcategory of comedy depending on which way it leans.
There are two general types of horror comedy movies. One formula was more popular in the early 2000’s. Which was a general formula of comedy movies made as satirical commentaries of horror, often tearing at the slasher sub genre for its outdated scares and redundant tropes. The second type of horror comedy which is more prevalent in the modern world of horror is a little more intelligent. These films are far less concerned with constant jokes and non-stop laughs. On the contrary, these films derive their humor from the writing. The characters tend to be less of general stereotypes, and the dialogue is more intelligently written and witty. These newer films feel less like satire films with a horror theme, and more like horror films with cynically funny characters and writing.
Now after I concluded my research on the history of horror comedy, I decided on a general concept that I could use to make a series. This concept ended up being Ghost Tales, a horror comedy series that will follow a duo of paranormal investigators as they go around the state conducting investigations and fighting supernatural beings. One of the characters in the Duo is named Chett Bloodstone. Chett is supposed to be a character almost representative of the horror genre. He’s very pessimistic, grouchy, gloomy, violent, and an overall macabre individual. His partner Robert Graves on the other hand, is meant to contrast Chett to an extent by representing comedy. He’s younger and more energetic than Chett, he is much friendlier, an optimist, and loves to joke around and try to make light of a dire situation. Of course at first in the beginning their personalities clash and they do not seem to get along together, but soon after they begin to bond and their opposing personalities end up bringing them closer together as they continue to fight off demons and monsters.
This series in particular will likely follow more closely to the modern formula of horror comedy, but that is not to say that it will not drive any inspiration from the satirical commentary films of the early 2000’s-2010’s. I do plan that many episodes will have antagonists that are parodies of horror villains of the past, such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, etc. But there also will be villains and characters that are not based off of horror icons, and rather are completely fabricated creatures or are original adaptations of existing cryptids or urban legends. Like Bigfoot, The Wendigo, Chupacabra, etc. It will be difficult to run out of antagonists. The primary anticipated challenges to be presented will be time, scheduling, and writer’s block. As for the first two I hope to overcome those issues which plagued my project last year, but for writer’s block all I can really do is try to think outside the box and not write myself into corners.
Currently I have a first episode ready to be filmed, a cast eager to get on camera, shooting locations set, a theme song being composed, and costumes ready to enhance character appearance. My next course of action will be to coordinate with my actors to have them review their lines, and work with me to find a date that will work for everyone involved to be ready to act. Once shooting wraps I’ll be editing and releasing the episode online.