It’s no surprise that most horror fans will point to the 1980’s as the greatest decade of the genre. Those ten short years were filled to the brim with iconic villains, heavy synth scores, and unimaginable body counts. The upcoming horror documentary In Search of Darkness: A Journey into Iconic ’80s Horror aims to celebrate the decade’s best, and its lasting effects on the cultural landscape.
Director David Weiner recently spoke with Nightmare on Film Street’s Stephanie Cole about the documentary, and what made the decade so unique. Remembering back to the “creative explosion” that was the 1980’s, Weiner shared that “not only was horror in drive-ins and theaters, but you could get your hands on a VHS or a bootleg of a film that you weren’t supposed to see or weren’t old enough to see”.
In the clip below you’ll find all the reason you need to help bring this passion project to life. Loria Cardille (Day of The Dead, Tales From The Dark Side) and special effects legend Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Creepshow) discuss George A. Romero’s Day of The Dead (1985) and the glory of practical special effects.
An exploration of ’80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.
In Search of Darkness is entirely crowd funded, launching last October with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. “The amazing, enthusiastic response from the horror community for In Search of Darkness during this Indiegogo campaign has been nothing less than breathtaking, and we are bolstered by this excitement,” said David Weiner, director of In Search of Darkness. “With more than 40 amazing, insightful interviews, we have are fortunate to have a wealth of content that tells a very compelling and entertaining story of a killer decade for film. From the stars to the SFX to the socio-political commentary, the ‘80s were unlike any other time in movie history for the horror genre, and our tales reflect that. Our backers have already gotten a taste of what this film will be about with the multiple one-minute mini-movies we’ve assembled to help promote the campaign, and I can’t wait to show the world the final cut of ISOD very soon”.
Earlier this month, CreatorVC launched a final Indiegogo campaign to give horror fans the opportunity to be a part of horror history by grabbing their copy of the film. Fans have until March 31 to order their copy of the upcoming landmark documentary on ’80s horror. In Search of Darkness features interviews with a laundry list of genre favourites, including Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Larry Cohen (The Stuff, It’s Alive), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play), John Carpenter (Halloween, Christine), and Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In).