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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2010)

Lance Henriksen , John Carpenter , Andrew Monument  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, John Carpenter, Mick Garris, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen
  • Directors: Andrew Monument
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWR1XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film" on IMDb

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The Best Documentary Of Its Kind in Years! --Fangoria

Insanely Informative and fascinating... a unique perspective on the rise of the American Horror film.

Thoroughly Entertaining --Dread Central

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Horror and sci-fi veteran Lance Henriksen (Alien, Near Dark) takes you through a fascinating look at the history of the American horror film, examining the earliest monster movies of the silent era up to the scariest modern-day masterpieces. Highlights include interviews with genre masters Roger Corman, John Carpenter and George A. Romero, plus clips from classic films like The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hostel, Rosemary's Baby and many more!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Fun But it Needs Some Work October 20, 2011
Having been born in 1952 I've seen much of what is talked about in this documentary, and my dad filled us kids in on the early Universal movies, so seeing this was a real trip down memory lane.

This is sort of a Reader's Digest version of the history of horror films. The talking heads are comprised of both horror film directors and horror film historians so the viewer gets a decent cross section of how the genre has transpired. It shows a lot of footage from many of the famed movies and juxtaposes them against their respective social/ historical periods to help make sense of their subtexts.

This has a one hour and thirty six minute running time so it is rather concise. The history of horror films is long and contains thousands of films. One would need much more time to do it justice. The producers do what they can in the allotted time but it left me wanting more. And it got a bit jumpy at times. The transition from one period to the next wasn't always that smooth. It were as though they didn't always know how to get from A to B. Plus, as in any other discipline, broad strokes don't always work. The films they show might fit a certain trend but I'm sure there were others in the same period that did not. Like any other field, not everything is black and white. And some important films, notably Eraserhead, were given no where near the attention they deserved.

All in all this is still a good watch. It was a lot of fun and gave some very good insights. The talking heads also brought a lot to the table. It helped flesh out the written script which was narrated nicely by Lance Henriksen. If you're a fan of the genre you will probably have a good time with this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue November 16, 2010
From Thomas Edison's FRANKENSTEIN to Eli Roth's HOSTEL, the new Horror documentary NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE covers the full spectrum of genre films beginning with their early inception through today's current trends. Filmmakers Mick Garris, John Carpenter, George Romero, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Darren Lynn Bousman, and many others grace the screen as they discuss the social and political significances that each of the film eras held, while also philosophizing over the inspirations and motives behind each of their own films. The thoughtful and engaging commentary by Horror's most prolific filmmakers offers a great amount of insight into each of the major movements that have occurred over the past century. Unfortunately, NIGHTMARES' 96m run-time limits director Andrew Monument into covering only the most mainstream and recognizable genre entries, with a few surprises like SHIVERS or ONE DARK NIGHT popping up along the way. As an all-encompassing overview, however, Monument has selected the absolute best that Horror has to offer, and has formed an intelligent presentation that would be quite informative for anyone that is unfamiliar with the genre. Notable examples that are covered include FRANKENSTEIN, THE LEOPARD MAN, THE THING, THEM, PSYCHO, BLOOD FEAST, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DEATHDREAM, STRAW DOGS, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE EXORCIST, CARRIE, HALLOWEEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THEY LIVE, FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE HOWLING, CANDYMAN, SCREAM, the recent remakes, and more recently, SAW and HOSTEL. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue March 19, 2012
By Anton
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This is one of the best horror documentaries that I have ever seen or purchased.
It is very informational and is a great buy for any Horror fan..... or film fan for that matter.
I would recommend this documentary to anyone interested in the Horror Genre!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Broad Look Back at the History & Impact of Horror October 24, 2012
Lance Henriksen (Alien) hosts this history of horror from the 1930s monster movies of the silent era to modern horror. Throughout the documentary we see clips of The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hostel, Rosemary's Baby and other golden horror films. Legendary horror filmmakers Craven, Carpenter, Romero, Roger Corman and others discuss the impact of horror movies on society. However, it does feel like the movie is trying to make a political statement and isn't really geared towards horror films (or its fans). It has a slightly dry academic feel to it as they take the subject matter a bit too seriously. So it misses the mark in capturing the magic of horror. Romero has said in other interviews, "Why can't I just make a zombie film -- does it always have to mean something?"

The scope of the material covered here is huge. It is basically an analysis of what was happening culture-wise in the USA from the dawn of film. War, politics, civil rights, etc. The movie tries to do too much and ends up glossing over some important eras in horror history. As the title implies, there isn't a focus on influential foreign horror films like The Haunting, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Videodrome or Demons. So we miss great directors like David Cronenberg, Mario Bava and Dario Argento. It does leave the viewer wanting more. We want to hear our filmmakers discuss their films as much as possible. Mr. Craven, Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Romero please keep producing and writing. You are some of the the best idea men Hollywood has known in almost 100 years.

Shopping: When you compare to other horror docs, such as Going to Pieces and The American Nightmare, I would say Going to Pieces is the best but they are all remarkably similar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was shocked
I was shocked at what good shape this DVD was was perfect and no scratches on arrived toady and I promptly had sex with it right there at the mailbox.
Published 7 months ago by Jah
2.0 out of 5 stars It's true. This is more of a political statement, than a overview of...
The beginning of this doc is somewhat good and well informed. It starts with the silent films and Universals horror franchise. Has a mediocre section about 1950's sci-fi. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fred J. Holycross
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the will learn something
Pretty good documentary. Liked it alot. Found it interesting to watch how scary movies in America have evolved over the decades. We really got messed up in the 60s.
Published 9 months ago by Joseph D. Delk
3.0 out of 5 stars it was an interesting doc but felt really pessimistic
nightmares in red white and blue does have some good points but at times it felt like they could of been a bit longer and could of talk about certain horror movies that were scary... Read more
Published 9 months ago by amudge
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but Not for Kids
I enjoyed learning about American horror films, but as a teacher, I'm a bit disappointed that I can't show it to my students because of the nudity.
Published 20 months ago by Susan M. Peyton
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy Nightmares
"Nightmares In Red White and Blue", is a particularly well-done history lesson of the Horror movie genre. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Todd O'Rourke
3.0 out of 5 stars Great "Horror" History Lesson, But Also A Lot Of Babble
When it comes to film-making, horror flicks have carved out quite a nice little existence for themselves. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Zachary Koenig
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre examination of American horror film
Perhaps I was expecting too much from this film but I eagerly picked it up on the day it came out, hoping for a profound statement of the evolution of American Cinema and horror's... Read more
Published on January 7, 2011 by Thomas Napier
1.0 out of 5 stars Liberal point of view
Historical revisionism at its finest, nevermind the millions killed by communism,stalin,pol pot,fidel,che,mao,nevermind vietnam was at it's intensity under the great... Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Jose Lopez
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