- Old movies playing in background
- Insect buzzing noises
- Cat (optional)
- Swearing grandma. If PG you can maybe make her either sweet or fussy or both, too.
- Lightbulb hanging down that flicker on and off pretty much for no real reason I think.
- A small child around 6 years old. Can be either boy or girl.
- Either a dirty bathroom or a ridiculously, immaculately clean one.
- Farm animals like pigs and chickens. This one is sort of a “cheat”, but it can work well with the cornfield idea.
- Barking dog
- Quirky people – you can use regular people, too, but the quirky ones can make it easier to scare people sometimes.
- Gun, fire, sword, or cross. Can be one or all of these depending on type of horror movie. Also, explosives can be OK for some of the types of movie.
- Some minor 3rds (also, you can use this same recording for any type of action/thriller movie you make but you just have to speed them up).
- Random xylophone notes.
- Trombone type melody.
- If insects-take over the world type movie, you can use some pizzacato string stuff.
- Warbly electronic-type sounds.
- Echos of people laughing, talking etc, but no you can’t see them.
- Nursery rhyme song. Can be with children singing or just instruments.
- Music box, but don’t use the Music box and the nursery rhyme idea in the same movie unless you want to be the big risk-taker. I just want you to know to prepare for big criticism if you try it.
- “Don’t go in the cornfield!” (Obviously).
- “There’s nothing out there.” Ideally, you can have this said by the same person who said “Don’t go in the cornfield”.
- Calling the child “boy” and “buddy” in as many scenes as possibles.
- People walking about saying hi to the child and then told to “go on on” (ideally by same person who said the two cornfield lines.
- “Were you i those cornfields today?” (Can be said by anybody, but ideally not by the person who said “Don’t go into the cornfield.”)
- Skeptical dialogue ideas:
- Sherrif: “I aint going to start no manhunt on something aint nobody” seen.
- “Oh, let the child have fun with his/her imagination”.
- Dinner table setting (so people can eat weirdly and also stare at each other for a while during scees).
- Dining room or bedroom (for having the old movies it he background).
- Bar (if you make some sort of action movie, you can use the same bar for that one, too).