Saturday, July 24, 2010

Now Available for Pre-Order: Nightmares in Red, White and Blue


Joseph Maddrey's horror film documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film -- which Fangoria called "The Best Documentary Of Its Kind in Years" -- is now up for pre-order at Amazon.com, here.

The incomparable Lance Henriksen narrates, and Joe conducted great on-screen interviews with John Carpenter, George Romero, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen, Mick Garris, Tom McLoughlin, Darren Lynn Bousman, and other horror icons.


And yes, yours truly is in the show too. Check it out!

9 comments:

  1. John, you can officially count me in as one of the pre-orders. Looks great. Thanks.

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  2. Le0pard13: Thanks, my friend. You won't be disappointed. Joe Maddrey did a fantastic job, and John Carpenter is amazing in the documentary.

    best,
    John

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  3. I'm highly intrigued! I'm just a little worried about the running time. . .96 mins? I want a 3-4 hour extravaganza of horror mania!

    But I've been spoiled since those LOTR documentaries. I think this documentary sounds great! What was your involvement? Interviewing/interviewee, writing?

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  4. Hi, Will:

    I appear in the last half of the film as an interviewee, at about the time the narrative gets to Rosemary's Baby. I'm in several clips discussing horror films from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

    And I also provided many of the horror photos that appear in the film from my personal horror film stills archive.

    Don't worry about the 96 minute running time: the movie gets in an amazing amount of material, in very smart fashion, in that length of time. It uses montage and quick cutting to very good effect, in my opinion. There's an hysterical montage that diagrams my comments about slasher films, particularly that "vice" (pre-marital sex and smoking weed...) precedes "slice and dice."

    Thanks for commenting!

    best,
    JKM

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  5. Folks,

    I can tell you first hand that this is an outstanding film. A must for all horror buffs. I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screener of the film. John is absolutely superb and his insights and commentary are the highlight of the film, in my opinion of course. Well done John!

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  6. Just found this as an "On Demand" feature provided by my cable company. It's just 4.99 and I'll be watching it today! I know I should order a copy but I can't wait!-Unk

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  7. TL: Thank you for those wonderful words, and the kind support! I'm glad you enjoyed the film, and even more, that you felt I held my own in such amazing company (Romero, Carpenter, etc...). Joe did a great job with the movie, IMO.

    Unk: Oh my goodness, I'll be thinking about you watching this all day! Wish I could sit on the sofa beside you and keep nudging you...."What did you think?" :)

    Anyway, I think (and hope...) you are in for a real treat!

    best,
    John

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  8. Wow. I'm going to write up something for the site but in the meantime I have to say I Loved with a capital L Nightmares in R,W&B!

    I'm very impressed with how much ground is covered. All of the classics are there but so are so many movies that never get mentioned.

    I've seen just about every horror doc that has come down the pike and this is one of the best.

    So many fresh insights and viewpoints and not the same old rigamarole.

    Great job and good to see you on my TV set John!

    ("Vice precedes slice and dice" was my favorite part!)

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  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed the film!

    I've watched it a couple times, and like you, I'm always sort of taken back by how much material is presented; and how cogently too.

    Joe did a great job with the interviews, but also with the movie's "backbone," the script that gets the audience from the early 1900s through the 2000s.

    I was very happy to be involved, and I'm I did okay too! :)

    best,
    JKM

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