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Forgotten Scares: An In-depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema (2016)

The feature-length documentary "Forgotten Scares" goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the '70s and shines a bright light on the future of horror in Belgium.


Steve De Roover


Steve De Roover
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Credited cast:
Charlotte Anne Bongaerts ... Self
Evelien Bosmans ... Self
Harry Kümel ... Self
Jonas Govaerts Jonas Govaerts ... Self
Jan Verheyen Jan Verheyen ... Self
Lars Damoiseaux Lars Damoiseaux ... Self
Sven De Ridder ... Self
Pieter Van Hees Pieter Van Hees ... Self
Eline Kuppens Eline Kuppens ... Self
Kobe Van Steenberghe ... Self
Johan Vandewoestijne Johan Vandewoestijne ... Self
Rob Van Eyck Rob Van Eyck ... Self
Jeroen Dumoulein Jeroen Dumoulein ... Self
Guy Lee Thys ... Self
Joël Rabijns Joël Rabijns ... Self


The feature-length documentary "Forgotten Scares" goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the '70s and shines a bright light on the future of horror in Belgium. The viewer gets a chance to discover long forgotten - and even unfinished - genre gems and learn in-depth info about underrated 'splatter and gore'-fests, post-apocalyptic movies, slasher-films, nazisploitation, women-in-prison and other fantastical Flemish genre benders through the eyes of the directors, producers, composers, principal actors and genre experts. "Forgotten Scares" is illustrated by rare behind the scene footage, classic film scenes, production stills, promotional art and even never before seen videos out of the vaults of the filmmakers. Written by Skladanowsky

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An In-depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema


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The official teaser trailer of "Forgotten Scares: An In-depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema" shows footage of Rob Van Eyck's thriller "Blue Belgium" (2000). This controversial film was originally included in the documentary, but was dropped in the editing because the running-time became too long. See more »


Jan Verheyen: I think 'horror' is a genre, just like the musical or the western... This is not Flemish!
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Alternate Versions

The work-print (with a running time of 126 minutes) was screened as a 'test-screening' at the Stuff Film Festival Mexico, and features several additional footage and interviews not included in the wide release. The segments about "De Terugtocht", "Blue Belgium" and "Vampires" were cut, because the documentary became too long. These segments will be part of the DVD. See more »


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You will believe in Flemish Horror
12 April 2017 | by GeertDeWijngaertSee all my reviews

From Daughters of Darkness (1970) to Cub (2015),this well-crafted documentary delivers a very insightful chronological history of something that few people will believe actually exists; Flemish Horror Movies.Upset by the Belgian press calling Cub (or Welp,it's original title) the very first Flemish Horror Film,director Steve De Roover went to bat.His mission:pay tribute to the forgotten pioneers. Surprisingly enough there's a respectful number of films discussed here.Be it the classy DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (Harry Kumel),the post-apocalyptic THE AFTERMAN (Rob Van Eyck),the necrophiliac LUCKER (James Desert) or the insane RABID GRANNIES(Emmanuel Kervyn).All movies discussed here get the screen time they deserve.Richely documented and fondly (or not) remembered by financiers,directors,actors and various contributors.Jan Verheyen, one of Belgium's most prolific directors and a real horror buff in his own right, is the glue that holds it all together.For this reviewer the emotional highlight of FORGOTTEN SCARES is the story behind THE ANTWERP KILLER (Luc Veldeman).An amateurish effort of a young dreamer that ends with the director's father tracking down all the existing copies of the film in order to destroy them. It's just a little example of a moment in time that will now not longer be forgotten,thanks to the makers of this very welcome documentary. Filmfestival programmers around the globe, take note. This is a must-see for everyone who has a heart for uncompromising,raw and pure filmmaking Flemish style

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12 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »

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