49 user 35 critic

In Search of Darkness (2019)

An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.


David A. Weiner


David A. Weiner




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Self - The Fog, Halloween III, Night of the Creeps
Doug Bradley ... Self - Hellraiser Franchise
John Bloom ... Self - Film Critic / Writer, Host of The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs (as Joe Bob Briggs)
Diana Prince ... Self - Cohost - The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs (as Darcy the Mail Girl)
Lori Cardille ... Self - Day of the Dead
John Carpenter ... Self - Director - The Fog, The Thing, They Live, Prince of Darkness
Nick Castle ... Self - Halloween
Larry Cohen ... Self - The Stuff, It's Alive
Jeffrey Combs ... Self - Re-Animator, From Beyond
Barbara Crampton ... Self - Re-Animator, From Beyond
Sean S. Cunningham ... Self - Friday the 13th, House I - II
Joe Dante ... Self - The Howling, Gremlins
Keith David ... Self - The Thing, They Live
Katie Featherston ... Self - Paranormal Activity
Mick Garris ... Self - Writer / Director - Critters 2, The Fly II


An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

1980s | See All (1) »


A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror


Not Rated

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


In the "Soundtrack" section, two music cues are referenced, one from Cat People and one from Hellraiser. Although the tracks are labeled as "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" and "Hellraiser", the referenced music are actually titled "The Myth" and "Resurrection". See more »

Crazy Credits

No Cenobites were harmed in the making of this film See more »


Features Night of the Comet (1984) See more »

User Reviews

Fun, Surface-Level Romp Through 80s Horror
6 July 2020 | by AlGranthamMusicSee all my reviews

Count me amongst those who were ecstatic at the prospect of a four and a half hour documentary on my favourite decade of horror, the 1980s. I felt disappointment set in pretty early however, as the obvious budget limitations had the film feeling like a slightly better produced YouTube video. That feeling may have also stemmed from a number of the talking heads being actual YouTube video bloggers. These people can be entertaining at times, but are ultimately little more than fans themselves. I would have preferred their time given to other folks actually involved in the making of these films. Then again, if Joe Bob Briggs was simply allowed to talk for four and half hours we would have gleaned much more than we did from the ensemble.

The best moments of In Search of Darkness were the sections in which the cultural and historical relevance of 80s horror was analyzed. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the doc is comprised of simple and brief commentary on classics of the decade. The decision to structure the discussion year-by-year (marked by title cards) made the project feel laborious at times.

I'm glad I watched the film, in the sense that it felt like talking about horror movies for an afternoon with fellow fanatics. Don't expect a deeply thorough examination though.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 49 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Site





Release Date:

13 October 2019 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

In Search of Darkness See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CreatorVC See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed