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

An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

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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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6 August 2009 (USA) See more »

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Darren Lynn Bousman: Speaking of Horror: Most of the power that it has relates to the time that it is made.
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Features Cursed (2005) See more »

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Get You Back
Composer: Quinn Coleman
Performed by Spank
Publisher: Audiosparx (ASCAP)
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Great "Horror" History Lesson, But Also A Lot Of Babble
7 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

When it comes to film-making, horror flicks have carved out quite a nice little existence for themselves. This documentary does two things: it reflects back on the history of the horror movie, as well as gives some reasons as to why they have evolved over the years.

That first part, the reflection, is truly what carries "Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue". It is interesting to see the history of the genre, remembering all the terrifying (whether physically or emotionally) images that have branded themselves into our collective "film conscience".

However, the "discussion" parts of the documentary leave much to be desired. The approach here is very political (in one laughable segment, former President Ronald Reagan is compared to Freddy Krueger!) and really tries to understand why the "Monster Era" of the early 1900s gave way to the aliens of the 50s, the slashers of the 80s, or the psychological thrillers of the 90s, for instance. While I appreciated the effort, the reasoning just seemed a bit ridiculous at times, almost as if the panel of guests were reaching for conclusions where perhaps none in fact exist.

Overall, then, "Nightmares" is a great doc if all you care about is a history lesson on horror movies. If you want anything deeper, be prepared to take pretty much every comment with a grain of salt or that nagging feeling of "this is all just being trumped up to sell a genre".


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