Daily Archives: February 20, 2010

Double Feature (AMS179)

The American Nightmare (2000)

A documentary on the Horror genre in the US from the 60s onward featuring interviews with directors such as George Romero, Wes Craven, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg in addition to critical remarks by several top-flight film scholars (Tom Gunning, Carol Clover, et al). A lot of emphasis is placed on the social content of a “new wave” of horror films in the context of the 1960s. Most interesting perhaps are the remarks of FX artist Tom Savini whose tour in Vietnam had a profound influence on his later work in the film industry. There is a powerful case to be made that the horror and violence of the 60s– not only in SE Asia but “at home” found a cinematic correlative in the rise of the slasher flick. Some disturbing images.

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