Horror films are good for actors.
Why? because there are a lot of them being made and a lot of great contacts can occur on those gigs.
Horror Films are Good for Actors to Network
In the Backstage article “Why Horror Films Are a Good Career Decision for Actors” by Joanne Baron, it states:
“Actors, writers, and directors, whether starting their careers on a shoestring budget or enjoying an established career with a big budget, have used this genre both to launch and revitalize their careers” (1)
Therefore, this is why horror projects can give the actor a great chance to network and show their skills.
There can perhaps be players with who those actors would have never had a chance to network before.
Joanne Baron later states:
“Up-and-coming filmmakers often first start their careers writing and directing blood and gore horror movies as well like Sam Raimi with “Evil Dead.” Movies like these can be made on a very low budget and make a great impact. The extraordinary low-budget “Blair Witch Project” became a sensation and launched the careers of the unknown actors involved.” (1)
Many players today are working on a shoestring horror project, later maybe some of the great movers and shakers. So you want to do a wonderful job even on the smallest of projects.
Horror Film Acting
In the American Movie Co article on “Acting for the Horror Genre”, they state:
“Serious horror films require just as much preparation for a role as other genres. It’s imperative that the audience believes in the world of the film. The believability of your character is an integral portion of that believable world.” (2)
Thus, there needs to be a focus on being believable when it comes to Horror acting.
For the actor, one of the things that seems to be very hard to master is the scream.
In “Acting for the Horror Genre”, they state:
“Believe it or not, many actors have a terrible time screaming convincingly. Acting in horror films almost always requires some sort of noise of distress at some point or another…usually it comes in the form of a scream. ” (2)
Screams are used in many other genres. Like in ACTION films, screams are used as they run from bad guys, even in many Disney films screams are common.
The Skills of Horror are used in other Genres
Fear, Panic, and screams are used in more than just Horror films even for kids. For example, the iconic scream Drew Barrymore used in E.T is just one of many examples of fear and shock being used in a non-horror film.
Horror Films are Good for Actors to Highlight Emotional Skills
Horror films are a great base of work for they set an emotional skill level of that actor’s ability.
Many Horror Films contain fear, sadness, love, anger.
These are all great emotions for the actor to master.