Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nightmares In Red, White And Blue

One of Fantasmo's oldest and dearest supporters is a filmmaker named Joseph Maddrey. You'll see his great blog Maddrey Misc. over on the left column of this very page, and you can find his written work on our library shelves. Joe was a fixture at FantaSci, Monster Fest, and Fantasmo for a number of years, until he headed off to continue his film career in sunny California (taking hectic breaks to lend his producing talents to The House Between). Well, his efforts have paid off in the form of a cool new documentary he's put together on the evolution of the American horror film called Nightmares in Red, White And Blue. The documentary is based on his 2004 book of the same title, and features interviews with the likes of George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, etc. In the coming weeks I'll be interviewing Joe about the film, but in the meantime you can check out the trailer over at the official site:

A cool tidbit of info you horror fans may notice is that Joe also managed to get the great Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens, Millennium) to narrate the film. How cool is that?!? Anyhow, look for more info on the documentary here on the blog soon, and in the meantime you can read the awesome print version here at the library (shameless plug : )


Chris Johnson said...

You forgot to mention Pistol Whipped when you listed some of Lance Henriksen's movies.

Jim Blanton said...

Man, that was a crazy oversight on my part! I can only attribute it to the fact that it was one of the few movies with a star who could totally eclipse the presence of Henriksen!

On a related note, Henriksen also took on JCVD in Hard Target and Brian Bozworth in Stone Cold, so the man has certainly cut his teeth in some great action cinema gems. It's only fitting that he should show up in one of Seagal's best DTV efforts.

On a completely unrelated note, I was just reading up on Stallone's upcoming Expendables . . . this has the potential to be one of the greatest action films ever made. Having seen what he's capable of with Rambo I have every confidence this is going to be a masterpiece . . . and it co-stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, and (drumroll) Dolph Lundgren(yes!). Cannot wait!

george booker said...

so george smith is finishing up his own FEATURE LENGTH movie, Dead Men.

i remember when he was budgeting and scripting another, more ambitious action movie he wrote, Chasing Vengeance. At some point he was shopping the internet for affordable name actors.

funny thing was, the director he was planning it with was a computer fx guy who had just put alot of time into designing a semi-realistic helicopter...and asked poor george smith to spuriously incorporate a helicopter chase into his script out of nowhere!

meanwhile, in his fantasy internet actor shopping, lance henriksen came up, and my ears perked.

since then, i have advised george smith to include at the end of every pitch he gives for one of his scripts, regardless of whether the plot even allows a helicopter:

"and lance henriksen is the helicopter pilot!"

and that, my good friends, is the ideal way to conclude a pitch.

Jim Blanton said...

George that is indeed a great way to end any pitch!

Actually a truism I observed in the 90's (which held true for the 80's as well) is that every great action movie must have a helicopter (although not necessarily a helicopter chase). Seriously, watch just about any action movie from the 80's or 90's and a significant number feature a helicopter in some capacity.

I'm not sure what this means . . . maybe it was just a way for producers/execs to say look at my movie it's got an amazing budget and you can tell because we can afford a helicopter. Don't misunderstand, I loved this trend and am a lifelong fan of Blue Thunder - I just find it interesting.

I'll close this response with Arnold's famous love letter to movie helicopters, "Get to the chopper!"