It's kind of weird with Bastard Son, because I think this is the first time I've written a comic script where none of my influences for it have come from literature. Don't get me wrong, there are many writers out there that I massively admire and have influenced me thus far in my style, but for this book, it's mainly movies, metal music and my own nightmares.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm a big fan of the 'Slasher' films, (as you can probably tell from the Bastard Son 'trailer'). However, apart from the aforementioned lack of character development in some films, there are a bunch of other tropes that I've just got really sick of, here are a few:
- Protagonists making stupid decisions that no one would actually make in real life when confronted with a blade-wielding psychopath.
- Unironic use of of teenage stereotypes. The jock, the loose girl, the nerd, the black guy and the final girl. We rooted for Laurie Strode in Halloween because she was a realistic character, a decent person and she got her shit together. She had more than one dimension.
- When you put the previous two points together, you find that you don't really care about/like the characters in the movie, this stops you rooting for them and therefore pretty much all tension in that movie is lost.
Since I haven't attempted a horror screenplay yet, I'm trying to iron out all the issues I have with tired cliches in comic form instead. Bastard Son is basically the horror franchise I always wanted to watch/read about.
Until next time, peace out fellow bastards,
P.S. Speaking of horror comics, here are some excellent titles that I'm currently reading:
|Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson|
|Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock|
|October Faction by Steve Niles and Damien Worm|