the monkey's paw: if you were making the movie the monkey's paw, how would you create the right atmosphere?
I think in addition to the music and setting mentioned in #3 and #4, you also need to think about the way that sound plays such an important part in creating a creepy mood of suspense and terror. Consider the sound of the wind, the "jarring" sound of the piano and the terrifying knocking on the door at the end of the tale, accompanied by Mrs. White's wail of grief. it is important touse silence to introduce these sounds and to give them extra impact to shake up the audience.
Every good suspense tale has to be accompanied by music which sets the mood. Think of the dramatic music which would accompany a raging storm, a sudden night visitor, and a horrific knock at the door. The crescendos and decrescendos would be the perfect way to set the tone of horror, mystery, and suspense.
The atmosphere for "The Monkey's Paw" needs create a sense of mystery. Author W. W. Jacobs creates this mood by having the White home set "so far out." The weather is stormy and it is night when the sergeant major arrives. Inside the home, the lights should cast shadows and when Herbert sits up alone after his parents retire, he is in the darkness by the fire.
In an illustrated copy of the story, there is a drawing of Mr. and Mrs. White in their bedroom in Part III and Mr. White holds a candle. So, the time frame in the story is before the electric light bulb was invented. Thus, the shadowing of rooms is easy to create with candle and kerosene lighting.