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

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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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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

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWR1XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,627 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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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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Loved the film clips ,but hated the far left political critique . I am surprised that they didn't say that Silence of the Lambs was a blast at Reagan's America . PS Giant monsters and aliens from outer space is Science fiction .
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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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Not bad, but not as good as it might have been.

Cohen bites off a huge chunk of domestic horror filmdom's body of work. but never really gets his teeth into it. Just too many films over too many decades for a film of this running length.

Still, the film provides plenty of good clips and enough thought provoking interviews with some of the industry's most successful producers and directors to warrant your attention.
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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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Great previews of horror movies many different varieties of horror. From 1920s to today's horror . There is something for everyone. Werewolves, vampires, ghost and other assorted creatures. I definitely recommended this video.
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"Nightmares In Red White and Blue", is a particularly well-done history lesson of the Horror movie genre. Lance Henriksen (Alien) narrates this 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 films.

This documentary examines the birth of the horror genre as well as taking a look at the explosion of horror movies in the 70's and 80's and finally, its rebirth in early 2000's.

Along the way, the viewer is treated to interviews with directors such as Roger Corman, John Carpenter and George A. Romero, as well as many film clips from their favorite movies within the genre.

What the film does particularly well is look at the state of politics within the United States in comparison to the horror genre. Some of the undertones within movies like "Friday The 13th" have passed me by, however, the insight that this documentary gives, shines a light on the mindset of the director and subsequently allows the audience to understand these undertones. "Nightmares in Red White & Blue" really does open your eyes with interesting commentary from some of the sharpest minds in horror and will make you reflect on Disney classics like Pinocchio in an all-new light.

"Nightmares in Red White and Blue" is a fantastic documentary, one that every fan of the genre should see. Whether you are interested in the history of horror films or you are simply looking for a new way to enjoy some of your favorite horror movies, "Nightmares in Red White and Blue" has something for everyone.

I give it three out of five stars.
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