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Dark Dreamers

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Meet the Dark Dreamers. Join award-winning author Stanley Wiater as he interviews the world's greatest horror/fantasy writers, artists, actors and filmmakers in close-up, insightful conversations originally recorded in 2000 and 2001 for the Dark Dreamers television series. Disc 1 - Season 1: Clive Barker Forrest J Ackerman Richard Matheson Nancy Kilpatrick Edo Van Belkom John Saxon Douglas Clegg Jack Ketchum Gahan Wilson Disc 2 - Season 1: Peter Straub Harlan Ellison Richard Laymon Bernie Wrightson Peter Atkins Tony Randel George Clayton Johnson William F. Nolan Larry Cohen Joseph Stefano Disc 3 - Season 2: Bob Burns Charles Band Wes Craven Chas Balun Del Howison William Lustig Julie Strain Disc 4 - Season 2: Stan Winston Richard Band John Ottman John Landis Denice Duff John Skipp Sean S. Cunningham Craig Spector Richard Christian Matheson KNB Effects Group

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  • Actors: Stanley Wiater, Forrest J. Ackerman, Wes Craven, Clive Barker
  • Directors: Stanley Wiater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Smash Vision
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O21I9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on July 27, 2009
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Anyone who loves horror and fantasy (fiction, art, movies, directors, actors, screenwriters, and special effects) is going to want the DVD set of Stanley Wiater's Dark Dreamers. This is a four disc-collection of interviews that appeared on Canadian television from 2000 to 2001, which includes sit downs with Richard Matheson, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, Harlan Ellison, the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman and Richard Laymon and Stan Winston, Bernie Wrightson, Wes Craven, John Landis, John Skipp & Craig Spector, Richard Christian Matheson, and another twenty people who are involved in the world of make-believe horror. Each disc has seven-to-ten interviews on them with some segments geared toward one interview, instead of two, such as those with Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Stan Winston, Sean S. Cunningham, Peter Straub, John Landis.

The quality of the filming is very low budget and most of the interviews take place around the Los Angeles area, where most of the people seem to live. There are no bells and whistles in this set, nor are the interviews done with any kind of flash or circumstance. This is simply a sit down between Stanley Wiater and the person being interviewed with a few questions being asked and the famous dark believer doing most of the talking. Of course, it's the interviews that are the most important aspects of this collection. In many ways, the interviews are priceless, especially since a number of the people here are now dead. So with that stated, you know exactly what you're getting when you buy this set, and believe me, it is worth the price of twenty-five dollars. That's just the cost of one hardcover novel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Feo Amante on March 5, 2009
I can't beat around the bush on this one.

I love it.

Seriously, what's not to love? Hardcore Horror fan Stanley Wiater has been making his Dark Dreamers series of interviews when people were paying him and when he had to pay for it himself. The guy is dedicated.

Through the years he collected possibly hundreds of interviews and in this first volume, Wiater brings together talks with Clive Barker, the late great Forrest J Ackerman, Richard Matheson, Nancy Kilpatrick, Edo Van Belkom, John Saxon, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, Gahan Wilson, and that's just the first DVD! There are still three more to go!

According to the box, these interviews were brought together between 2000 and 2001.

They're nearly a decade old! Not topical? Sure! But what these people had to say about their career, their history, and their views all transcend the "now" anyway. Seriously, do you want Matheson to opine on the latest celebutard scandal or do you want him to tell you what it was like being young and working with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price?

Some of the folks on this DVD set are no longer with us, making this collection even more valuable as a Horror Thriller fan's archive. There are interviews with Richard Laymon, Joseph Stefano, and Stan Winston to name a few.

I've played through the whole thing twice now and I'm sure I'll watch it again. The interviews aren't filled with Access Hollywood or TMZ drooling sugar babble. Stanley asks the kinds of questions we would ask if we only had his wonderful jaw-dropping opportunity.

Dark Dreamers Volume 1 collects two seasons of DARK DREAMERS on four DVDs and that's it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darrin Venticinque on March 16, 2009
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What can really be said that the first reviewer has not already touched upon? Fans of horror films and books will, without a doubt, thoroughly enjoy this dvd set and will be left wanting more. One can only hope that some of the interviews will re-appear in their original, longer format, as some of the people just have way too many good things to say. Kudos to Mr. Wiater, who has obviously done this as a true fan of the genre and not as a job on someone else's directive. This set may include the only on-screen interview known with the late Richard Laymon, which is priceless in itself. I can go on for a long time, but it is best if you just buy this for the bargain price listed. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daimonion on March 27, 2011
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I never knew Dark Dreamers existed until I happened across it on Amazon for 17.00, so I had to buy it. It was well worth it, and I cannot recommend this highly enough for anybody interested in horror, sci-fi, or fantasy. There is a book by the same title by Stanley Wiater, and this DVD is of the TV show which was inspired by that book.

We get in-depth interviews conducted by Stanley Wiater with some of the greatest artists, writers, directors, and legends in their respective fields. Roughly 10 hrs worth of interviews are contained here with the likes of Clive Barker, Wes Craven, Stan Winston, Richard Matheson (and Junior), Richard Laymon, Forrest J Ackerman, Harlin Ellison, Skipp & Spector, Larry Cohen and many many more!

Wiater's interviews are well thought out and his questions are intelligent. He's not just some reporter, but a man who loves and works in the genre of fiction and it shows in the high quality of the conversation. Several of the individuals have died since this was shot in 2000 and 2001, making this show a valuable and lasting document, a tribute, to a few of the great minds and imaginations of our time.
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