Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film
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Insanely Informative and fascinating... a unique perspective on the rise of the American Horror film. --Classic-horror.com
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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.
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!
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.
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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