Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Horror Film Fest Revisited!

Last year I posted about a project I do with upper elementary students to develop story grammar, expository language and understanding of genre: a horror film fest.  Being back in the elementary school setting, I was thrilled to be able to revisit this theme.  I did notice that some of the films had become unavailable or changed URL location, so I wanted to update you with new links!

Again, all the films are short and relatively tame, violence and gore wise, in fact, most are more funny than scary.  However, you will want to preview these of course and apply your own standards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA (Thriller- I just use the first 4 min as a story example)
http://www.amctv.com/videos/presence-attached (this is an error on the site- the movie is actually called Tears of a Clown)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bj13j1sZmY (Blood Syrup)
http://darkartsmedia.com/DevilsTrampingGround.com.html (the Maco Lights)

Additionally, my immensely talented Graduate Intern, Laura Kasparian, constructed this great BrainFrame that helped the students apply genre aspects and align with story grammar:


  1. I'm very excited to use these videos. I made a matrix chart to work on comparisons - similar to the what your grad student did - so that the students can record different aspects of the movies. My students are older, so I might also have them write a paragraph using the chart as their organizer. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Fun, I'm so glad it was useful, especially since it took me just about forever to find these videos haha!