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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: [talking about The Howling] Horror became spectacle again. Back in the '50s it was spectacle because it was space monsters and all those things. And in the '60s it drew down to the Norman Bates and "Rosemary's Baby" and into human drama. Now it was a new time because suddenly it wasn't just the filmmaker, but it is also the special effects guys, the Rick Bakers of the world, the Rob Bottins of the world. Spectacle returned in a big way.
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Repetitious and a bit disappointing
7 August 2010 | by werewolf7-559-431110See all my reviews

I got a chance to watch a screening of this with the director followed by a Q & A session. It actually starts out well. It breaks into the major time periods of the 20th century and posits that the social issues of the time helped craft their most notable horror films. Paranoia and the threat of nuclear war in the 50s led to "Invasion of the Body Snacthers" and "Them!" The loosening of social mores helped drive the slasher films of the 70s and 80s.

It's when this movie gets to the modern day that it stumbles. Face it, to 2000s have been a TERRIBLE time for American horror. The biggest characteristic of this decade has been not original films, but remakes of either past classics or more inventive foreign films. "Nightmares" somewhat acknowledges this, but by saying that since we face many of the same social problems as we did in decades past, THAT is the reason we've turned to remakes. Yeah, I know. LAME.

I would have much better things to say about the movie if it had acknowledged that the quality of the genre has flagged from time to time, and we're currently in a slump. Such a lost opportunity.


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