Saturday, October 9, 2010
Today's film is not a real horror film, instead its a retrospective or maybe better described as a dissection of america's horror fascination and evolution of american scary cinema
It covers everything from Thomas Edison's studio early 1900's adaptation of Frankenstein which was a commercial flop all the way on.
Some of the greatest horror directors ruminate on everything from the idea of fear in reality permeating the silver screen to Lon Cheney Jr's bringing a sadness to the Wolfman character.
I wrote a paper on this very thesis, that of the different eras of horror cinema that were influenced about what was going on in the world around us. Everything from the Atomic age and Red Scare to Xenophobia that has made its way into films today.
I love this part in the documentary where George Romero is pointing out how in the original "The Thing" they are constantly opening doors and then finally when you are so use to seeing people opening doors and then BAM the there is the THING!!!!!!!.
I have a special place in my heart for the Atomic age of horror films or maybe some might consider them Sci Fi films but movie like "THEM!" and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and It Came From Outerspace.
They are cheesy but so much fun to watch without having to be full of gore.
I'm enjoying that they even mention the Hammer films. And they go on to show how Vietnam influenced the horror genre, which I think really was the birth of the great special effects since the we were seeing real gore on the television every night hosted by "Uncle Walter" . From them on we really got some point of reference to what human gore looked like and then we see the rise of Tom Savini and others trying to replicate it. Another very interesting aspect.