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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: #73,382 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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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!

Review

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

Insanely Informative and fascinating... a unique perspective on the rise of the American Horror film. --Classic-horror.com

Thoroughly Entertaining --Dread Central

Customer Reviews

Like any other field, not everything is black and white.
Eric Sanberg
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.
MacheteJason
Overall, then, "Nightmares" is a great doc if all you care about is a history lesson on horror movies.
Zachary Koenig

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on October 20, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By Carl Manes on November 16, 2010
Format: DVD
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 By Anton on March 19, 2012
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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 By MacheteJason on October 24, 2012
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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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