Ran across a movie summary for The Ticket, which is apparently a thin-plotted drama about a blind guy regaining his sight (“like winning a lottery ticket”) and then getting caught up in the superficial things instead of the Important Things in Life. Reaction: “Bah. A title like that should be a horror movie set at an amusement park….”
Well. Why not a horror movie set at an amusement park? Your hapless protagonist wins some kind of free all-weekend-ticket to this great place, and going there seems awesome! Except that sometime after they’ve been on a ride or two it all twists into a hell dimension, and they’re being hunted. But, every time they survive a horror they get the ticket punched again, and with enough punches they might make it until dawn….
I think this is doable. I’ve done a little research into independent filmmaking, in case I wanted to write characters doing it. One of the major expenses in any production is how many locations you need to film at; because you need to transport all your equipment there, all your actors and makeup artists, etc., get all the permits, make sure you can film in hours nothing else is going to wreck your scene or your sounds….
If you were filming at one amusement park, you could cut that way down. Negotiate for renting the space out during one of their off days, maybe. Get a few daylight crowd scenes on one of their “on” days. If you need to do night scenes, you could do it with black cloth during the daylight; Under Siege did that on the U.S.S Alabama where it’s moored in Mobile. And a lot of scenes could be shot indoors, especially if you’re doing some kind of hell dimension; set up like the inside of a mirrored funhouse, or haunted house crawl, or whatever you come up with. You could get away with minimal makeup and special effects; just being hunted is most of the horror you need right there. Minimal costumes as well, given these would be characters just out for some fun. And the people who work at the amusement park probably have guest horror stories of their own you can use to inspire proper horror movie survival stupidity.
I would, however, suggest spending enough petty cash to get decent meals catered in for your cast. Nobody wants to spend all day eating amusement park food!
How about it? Anyone want to give Hollywood a run for their money with a well-plotted scream-fest? Free to good home!
(Seriously, take this idea if you want. Though if it makes it to film, let me know so I can cheer at the theater!)