Yeah, I agree with the psychological part. Since, it is by nature a mind based horror. If someone really wanted gore, they could do it.
Like for example, a memory of hearing a child being mauled by a pair of dogs, only to chase the dogs off and see a really gruesome scene that haunts the person for the rest of their life. That way, when they “relive it” in the movie, they can hear the dogs and the child like before.
Other things could be sexual assaults, abusive parents, car crashes, whatever.
Have you considered making your own movie without your friend?
Yes I have thought about doing that. As of right now though we are trying to combine each together. Cause my first idea was to have the shit just happen in the cabin not going through a door into flashback. Cause my friend was the one writing the script and really me and him decided on making a movie this summer so he came up with an idea and a script and showed it to me like this is what we should shoot i just wrote it. WHen I read it, it had potential and I wanted it to change some stuff with it. Also btw when i said gore i didnt mean really like a fucking gore nasty movie but i mean using blood in some of the scenes nothing really extreme. My friend is making more of like a Goosebumps/kids disney movie. Cause it really isnt that scary if you read the script. I would show you the script but its all on his computer so I dont have one with me but i’ll try to get one this weekend. But anyways i kept switching back and forth with the doors and no doors. Cause when i first read waht he had. Its just a girl randomly walking into a cabin and she walks into basically each door and its some random strangers memory basically telling her not to go into her final door or she’ll be trapped which she does randomly and it just ends with her not escaping. I wasnt going to focus on her but rather have it be her and her friends and when she walks into her cabin its them walking into there own worst memory rather then her just watching some random stranger going through there worst memory. Cause thats what happens she just see’s other peoples memories and they tell her to not go into her worst memory in which she randomly does nothing really even strikes her to go into it she just gets curious i guess and walks in. I was going to have each person suffer throug there worst memory but have it be even worse then it was before like they will be trapped in there own worst memory forever. Then he didnt want that cause it was already typed out. I said we can try to work something out and he said well i took time into this we should just leave it. Then i basically told him we shouldnt have them walk into the door but all their fear and worst memories happens in the cabin. Like the place is haunted and they cant escape and the cabin has these people who are all friends and who all grew up with very tragic bad memories that come back to them. then i went back and forth to the other idea cause he wants to build the cabin and he created basically a blue print.
So I don’t know this is mostly his idea wrote it but i was planning on shooting something with him this summer i thought we would collaborate together but he just wrote all this himself which makes me upset kind of cause we talked about doing something together and he has an HD camera thats worth 3 to 4 grand. So i don’t have any equipment except for a laptop with final cut pro and stuff on it. So I talked to him about it he said we can try to work something with it but he just doest want to go back into the script and do all of that. So sometimes i think just fuck it ill do what he wants and other part of me says I’m going to do my own thing or just do nothing and enjoy my summer watching movies and hanging out with people.