Crash Course: The Chilling Horror Film

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Kelly Gallagher - Executive, Dark Castle Entertainment
Weekly, starting on Sunday, 10/10 @ 10:00AM - 11:00AM PT
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What better way to cool off from the warm summer days than with a chilling horror movie? Horror movies are great any time of year, and for us horror fans, there is never enough good content to consume. 

But what really makes a great horror film? What are the elements that need to be in place for the story (and genre) to work? 

To answer all this and more, Roadmap welcomes horror aficionado Kelly Gallagher for this special two week clinic! 

This Two Week Clinic Will Cover: 

  • The conventions of a horror film 
  • Scares, tension and atmosphere 
  • Marketability 
  • Feedback on your first 10 pages 

Week One - Understanding Horror

Date / Time

This week, we will learn what makes a successful horror feature. 

Instructor will discuss

  • The fundamentals of horror
  • Characters, archetypes and monsters
  • Story and structure 
  • Subverting expectations

Week Two - Feedback on Your Pages

Date / Time

This week, each writer will get feedback on their opening 10 pages. 

More about
Kelly Gallagher
Dark Castle Entertainment

Born in suburban South Jersey to two mostly normal people who love a good drive-in B-movie, Kelly Gallagher attended Boston University, where she studied Film/TV and English, primarily focusing on Film Studies, Screenwriting, and Physical Production.  After graduating, she got her start in the business at management company Industry Entertainment working in the Television Literary Department, and as a Script Reader for the Paradigm Agency. She then joined the film and television development arm of indie comic book company Oni Press, where she worked on book-to-film projects such as David Leitch's ATOMIC BLONDE and Co-Produced the Chris Hemsworth hit EXTRACTION, Netflix's most-watched original film.  Since joining the rebooted Dark Castle, Kelly has been able to fulfill her blood-and-guts dreams working with the iconic horror brand.  She recently Co-Produced Simon Barrett's directorial debut SEANCE starring Suki Waterhouse and Inanna Sarkis (RLJE/Shudder), Mary Harron's THE EXPECTING starring AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin (Quibi/Roku), and Dark Castle's upcoming prequel to 2009's cult hit ORPHAN, ORPHAN:FIRST KILL, which stars Julia Stiles and Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her iconic role. 

How it Works

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.

Please ensure you are familiar with our Code of Conduct.

The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.