Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film
An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.
But the singular use of the word 'Horror' does not do justice. Are many elements of Film Genres that cross over, and this Documentary gives tribute - so add Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Sci-Fi and all those other 'things' in Movies, Stories, and Tales that keep us on the edge of our seat, or huddled in fear around the campfire.
Especially impressive is the Multi-Disciplinary approach. Movies and Stories don't exist in a vacuum, so factors of History and Culture are included to give further understanding of Society and how these Movies illuminate and/or reflect their Times. And although not directly mentioned, the Film does give tacit reference to Freud/Jung/Joseph Campbell's insights on Dreams, Archetypes and Myth - nothing you'd notice if you weren't aware of their work, but a taste to tease those who want to learn more.
At the time of my posting are only 2 other reviews, with value in them both. Yes, a Ken Burns comparison is appropriate - has that Academic Quality. And yes, the 2000's as a decade may not measure up to those in the past. But this Film, at least in passing, does address that somewhat - plus, is difficult to write History as it's still evolving.
Now, what is maybe the Greatest Thing ?
All the Movies it tells us about, then gives the complete list, by Date, during the End Credits.
Should keep you busy here at IMDb - and your 'video store' - for a while (smile).
- Oct 4, 2010