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Horror Movie 101: Failing Can Be Deadly

Horror Movie 101: Failing Can Be Deadly

by Steven Stack

Surviving your teenage years is difficult enough. But in St. Claire, where teens continually violate the rules of Horror Movie 101, it’s practically impossible.

You know the rules: never open a door if someone knocks after the lights go out. If your car runs out of gas and a girl on the side of the road asks you to take her home to mother - don’t. Haunted houses are never a good idea, and neither are cabins in the middle of the woods. And if you use an ancient burial ground to bring someone back, they’ll come back wrong. Everyone knows that.

This collection of haunting, horrifying, harrowing AND humorous scenes will keep you laughing as you keep your eyes covered.

Comedy Black Comedy Mystery

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Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

About 55 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
21 Characters
5 M | 16 F, double and triple casting possible
Simple set
53 pages
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Praise for Horror Movie 101: Failing Can Be Deadly

Cathy Archer
Rutland High School
This was a competition piece - the students loved it and jumped into rehearsing it. They had great fun with and were able to memorize their lines and work on physical business as well.
Anne Vlahos
Wyndham Central College
This play is great at highlighting performance strengths while allowing first time performers to have success with smaller roles.
Jeremy Grant
Madison Southern High School
The play was very accessible for my students and we were able to use minimal sets, but still create a very cool aesthetic for our audience. The script allows for you to cast a large variety of actors and provide a bit of a showcase for some of your actors that may not be utilized as often.

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