Hollywood Loves Prequels
I’d seen a program with a number of the major players in the genre when we were considering writing a horror script. They expressed the idea that the themes of successful horror films often mirror real-life concerns.
We decided ours would be in the low budget range as that was a successful model – low cost meant a lower threshold for profit.
At the time we were working out possible story ideas, the threat of laws limiting women’s rights, particularly the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies, was looming. This, coupled with a number of investigative articles that revealed deaths of children in the care of religious orders, became underlying themes.
We chose to tell two intertwined stories. One was set in the 1940s, which involved the origin of the horror. The other is set in modern day, which involved the unleashing of the horror again.
When the script was rewritten, the intertwined story element was eliminated, and a new Act 3 added, which dealt with another modern day concern with horror possibilities – Artificial Intelligence.
This “prequel” is the 1940s story.