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Vintage Film Effect 1990s - How to Make

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Jan 29, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

In the 90s, movie production technology improved a lot. This decade saw horror movies become much more fun and immersive than in the 80s and 50s because they were more psychological. In fact, we can say that the horror movies of the 90s laid the foundation for current horror movies. So, without wasting time, let's create a 1990s horror movie similar to The Blair Witch Project.


1990s vintage scene

The preparation for this horror film production is relatively self-explanatory if you've watched The Blair Witch Project. Simply shoot footage inside a dark room and apply some light to your face. It's even better if you can shoot the video inside the woods. Just add some drama and a few screaming scenes to evoke emotions.

How to create a 1990s horror film with Filmora:

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Step1 Add the horror video to the timeline.
add the horror video to the timeline

Open Wondershare Filmora on your computer, then load the video you want to edit. After adding the video, drag it to the editing timeline, then move it a few keyframes to the right. The idea is to apply some black screen to add drama and fear before the film starts playing.

Step2 Apply color grading.
apply color grading

Next, double-click the horror clip and go to the Color menu. Then, click the Tone arrow before lowering the Saturation to -50%. This will give us a less saturated look popularly used in horror films.

double-click the horror clip

Now click the 3D LUT option and choose a LUT that works for your film. For this horror film project, we'll select the Dark Film option.

Step3 Add creepiness to the video.
add creepiness to the video

Obviously, you'll want your horror film to look as creepy as possible. To achieve that, click the Elements tab, then search for the Smokescreen 1 effect. Move the effect to the timeline above the video track before trimming the effect clip to fit with the original horror video.

click the elements tab

We'll now change the size and positioning of the smokescreen effect to match the feature video. To do that, double-click the effect track. You can also reduce the opacity to around 30% to make the smoke more visible.

Step4 Add a retro filming effect.
add a retro filming effect

Now we'll make the film more believable by adding a retro overlay. Click the Effects tab, then search for Retro Film Overlay 15 before dragging and dropping the effect above all the tracks in the editing timeline.

1990s vintage horror scene


That's it! With these tips and tricks, you can effortlessly create a retro-style 1990s horror film. Follow this tutorial and play around with the movie effects to find what works best for you. Remember, Filmstock is the ultimate resource for video and movie effects. Give it a try!

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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