For the next 7 days I'm going to post highlights of the upcoming Monster Fest event, and I'm kicking things off with something we're all extremely excited about here at Fantasmo HQ. Honorary Fantasmo All-Star Joseph Maddrey's documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue is having its area premiere at Monster Fest, having just come from a successful screening at the Deauville Film Festival where Joe brushed elbows with the likes of Meryl Streep (who I'm sure is a hardcore horror film fan : ) If you've followed the blog for a while you may remember reading about the film here and the interview I conducted with Joe. The documentary provides an overview of the development of the horror film as a reflection of changing cultural attitudes and influences in America . . . interspersed with some truly excellent footage (including a showstopping montage of Jason Vorhees in action). It also explores the genre's enduring popularity over the years, and why it continues to resonate so strongly with audiences. Terrific stuff.
As if the subject matter weren't interesting enough on its own, Joe miraculously managed to interview a virtual who's who of great horror directors including the likes of Romero, Corman, Carpenter, Dante, Cohen, etc. Hearing their thoughts adds a fascinating perspective to the proceedings, and makes an already great film something truly special. Personally I can't wait for the DVD release to see even more of this footage - pure gold. The final crowning touch is that it's narrated by none other than Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, Aliens), the most perfect choice I can imagine for a project like this! I don't believe I'm overstating the case when I say that Nightmares in Red, White and Blue is poised to become THE definitive documentary on the American horror film. Ken Burns may own baseball and the national parks, but horror belongs to Maddrey!
So how can you see this amazing new film you ask? Just come on over to Monster Fest next Saturday at noon, and you can see it on the big screen in a darkened theater . . . the way it was meant to be seen. Given that we are not New York, Los Angeles, or Deauville, France, this will possibly be a one-time opportunity to see this in Hampton Roads . . . so you dare not miss it! See you on Saturday : )