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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary, Horror | 6 August 2009 (USA)
An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

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Andrew Monument

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Joseph Maddrey, Joseph Maddrey (based on the book by)
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Cast overview:
Lance Henriksen ... Narrator (voice)
Larry Cohen ... Himself
Joe Dante ... Himself
John Carpenter ... Himself
Darren Lynn Bousman ... Himself
Mick Garris ... Himself
Tom McLoughlin ... Himself
George A. Romero ... Himself
Brian Yuzna ... Himself
Dennis Fischer Dennis Fischer ... Himself
Roger Corman ... Himself
Anthony Timpone ... Himself (as Tony Timpone)
John Kenneth Muir John Kenneth Muir ... Himself
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

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Mick Garris: If you meet all the people who make horror films, you discover they are very non-violent, they're politically active and knowledgeable and anti-war. They have opened themselves up to all of these possibilities, and it's the people repressed them who are the ones you have to look out for.
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Composer: Scott Joplin
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The Only Thing To Fear Is Fear Itself
26 March 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Can you believe that even today (56 years later) Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" still continues to have a substantial impact on the general direction of contemporary, American, horror movies? Well, it does!

And, with that in mind - Is it any wonder that this particular genre of film has become the stalest and most predictably trite movie category of them all?

According to all of the horror-movie directors, story-writers and historians who offered up their opinions in their fright-flick documentary - It was completely unanimous by all that Psycho was, indeed, the turning point. In the decades to follow, Psycho single-handedly set the inevitable direction that horror movies would head.

And, of course, in order to continue to compete with such a significant milestone as Psycho, horror-movie scenarios quickly accelerated into fast-pace mode and became a helluva lot messier and horrendously more sadistic in those years that followed Hitchcock's unforgettable slasher classic.

Yet, as is clearly evident today, it has been proved virtually impossible to fully satisfy and quench America's seemingly insatiable thirst for buckets of blood, and geysers of gore, and horrific stories that escalate into a non-stop barrage of pure, x-rated ultra-violence.

2 things that quickly lost this documentary some serious points were -

(1) All of those who offered up their opinions on the subject of horror movies placed a ludicrous amount of emphasis on directly connecting up these films with the socio-political mood (especially since 1950) that was clearly present in American society (at any given time in their nation's turbulent history).

(2) Way too much screen-time was given over to focusing in on director John Carpenter's half-baked opinions. As well, far too many film clips from his movies were spotlighted in this documentary. Also movies adapted from Stephen King novels were given too much attention, too.

P.S. - In order to make a point, I thought it was really pushing things a little too far when a particular scene from Disney's animated, 1940, classic Pinocchio was included in this film as yet another example of a horrific movie-moment worth discussing..... Spare me!


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