How To Make a Horror Movie and Survive

Redhook: Orbit. Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780316569316. pap. $18.99. HORROR
In DiLouie’s (Episode Thirteen; The Children of Red Peak) new novel, set in 1988, Max Maurey is a horror movie director at the top of his game, but he wants to make something new, a film that can capture the authentic horror of real life. Meanwhile, Sally has been making a name for herself as “the bad girl” in Maurey’s films, but what she really wants to be is “the final girl.” When Sally and Maurey find the camera with which a director filmed the horrific, accidental deaths of most of his cast members, Maurey realizes that it may hold the power to help him realize his filmmaking dreams. Readers quickly learn that this will be no ordinary movie, as the camera’s deadly intentions make themselves known. However, despite this slasher novel’s high body count, DiLouie adds a tenderness to the story, encased in the horror of the camera itself, which ultimately allows Maurey to create the authentic experience he was striving for all along.
VERDICT A great read for fans of authors who embrace slasher-movie tropes in their storytelling such as Brian McAuley, Grady Hendrix, and Stephen Graham Jones, and also those who love tales where artists and cursed objects collide, such as Gothic by Philip Fracassi.
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