Friday, October 25, 2013

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

Director: Andrew Monument

Writer: Joseph Maddrey

Composer: Paul Casper

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mick Garris, Tom McLaoughlin, George A. Romero, Brian Yuzna, Dennis Fischer, Roger Corman, Anthony Timpone, John Kenneth Muir

More info: IMDb

Plot: An exploration of the history of American horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I think I'm done with documentaries on the history of horror films.  I've seen so many and I'm to the point where I know just about everything they discuss.  This is a good, short look at the history of American horror movies, their different phases and what makes them so popular.  It's well-made with interviews with some of the greatest living iconic horror directors.  Naturally you get clips from tons of movies to keep your eyes filled with great imagery.  If you're really wanting to delve into some more extensive stuff like this then you need to check out A HISTORY OF HORROR WITH MARK GATISS (2010) and 100 YEARS OF HORROR (1996) (narrated by Christopher Lee).  At least both of those spend several hours on the subject.  There hasn't been a horror history doc made yet that will fully satisfy a hardcore horror fan but there are some good attempts out there.

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