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John Carpenter Joins 80s Horror Documentary ‘In Search of Darkness’

John Carpenter Joins 80s Horror Documentary ‘In Search of Darkness’

by Jessica Gomez on March 27th, 2019 | |

Last year, UK-based company CreatorVC Studios launched a crowdfunding campaign for their horror documentary In Search of Darkness, delving into the political and societal influences of horror in the 1980s, and the effect it had on the masses and the genre as a whole. The film recently announced on their facebook page that Master of Horror John Carpenter is joining the doc.

In a newly released trailer for the film, Carpenter states that 80s films had become all about “greed is good…and I had to do something about it.” He candidly remarked that Ronald Reagan may have been to thank for all of the great horror throughout the decade.

Storytelling, acting, special effects, and direction from a plethora of iconic horror films will all be dissected in what is shaping up to be the most comprehensive and engrossing documentary of 80s horror cinema. The film takes on cultural influences that shaped horror films during the decade, and vice versa. From the campaign: “Hysteria over AIDS transplanted body horror from the hospital onto our screens, while “Gordon Gecko” levels of excess and fears over rising violent crime met their match in increasingly over-the-top Slasher flicks. But this was a genre with more to offer than cheap scares. From Steven Miner’s comedy horror of ‘House’ to the daunting practical effects of Stuart Gordon’s ‘Re-Animator’, one of the defining characteristics of 1980s horror cinema was its sheer range and imagination when it came to examining our mortality.”

Per the indiegogo page, other notable interviews:

  • Heather Langenkamp talks the “crazy day” on set filming her iconic bathtub scene for A Nightmare of Elm Street
  • Joe Dante explains how Gremlins was originally a much darker film
  • Jeffrey Combs on crossing the line of excess in horror and how he studied real dead bodies before working on Re-Animator
  • Barbara Crampton on cocaine in the film industry and the use of nudity and violence to sell horror films
  • Keith David recalls the two-week prep and cinematic inspirations for his iconic fight with Roddy Piper in They Live
  • Greg Nicotero pulls talks the 80s’ greatest SFX shots
  • Bill Moseley on Tobe Hooper’s twisted humor
  • Caroline Williams on using a live chainsaw with no training, and that moment with Leatherface’s chainsaw between her legs
  • Sean S. Cunningham details how a film concept based on a simple title and marketing savvy became a juggernaut horror franchise
  • Tom Holland reveals the “blind dumb luck” and make-up effects inspirations on the Fright Night set that turned the film into a horror classic.

An entire section of the film will be dedicated to women in 80s horror.

Joe Bob Briggs, Ryan Turek, and Kane Hodder are among many others that have been interviewed for the doc. The film is set to be released July of this year, and only backers of the campaign will be awarded with access to the film. Thus far, they’ve raised over $190,000 for the project from over 2,000 backers. You can donate to the campaign through March 31st.



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