October 12, 2010

New DVD Reviews... and New Music!

"Nightmares in Red, White and Blue is the perfect way to get pumped up about October, my personal favorite month out of the year thanks to the strong proliferation of horror movies that will surface over its 31 days. Besides the novelty of seeing so many well known and cult classic horror movies represented through clips, the documentary truly does have some fascinating things to day about the genre. From tracing the different sub-genres that have risen and fallen based on the real-life fears Americans have faced at the time to the idea of a monster as the hero, Nightmares in Red, White and Blue does an admirable job at providing a sense of history and importance to a genre that is often overlooked or (worse) looked down at." - Inside Pulse

"Instead of making an I Love the 80's style drek-fest, the makers of NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE & BLUE: THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN HORROR FILM have relied on some of the most influential and educated gents in the horror film genre to talk about their love and knowledge of horror. First and foremost, this is a horror documentary by a horror fan about horror. Assembled is a group of people who not only make horror, but understand its importance and the impact it has had on society and how horror reflects the way of life occurring at the time... There's a respect for these guys in the time given them to talk that someone who isn't in love with the genre would never allow. I can imagine an MTV produced special, edited all to hell and soulless. This isn't one of those documentaries... This is the type of doc that makes you think and ask questions not only about the films we love, but the world we live in." - Ain't It Cool News

"What sets Nightmares apart from its peers is its intriguing thematic analysis of dark cinema, and its hypothesis that most major movements of American horror, from the monster movies of the '30s to the slasher cycle of the '80s, reflect the state of America at the time they were made... Many of its claims aren't original (the assertion that Wes Craven's Last House on the Left is actually an anti-Vietnam allegory has appeared in many books), but it's the first time all these theories have been gathered together in one place... It's a fantastic distillation of why horror enchants so many of us. As such, it's required viewing for all dark cinema fans, regardless of whether you (like me) have read just about every book or article on horror movie history every written." - Scranton Horror Movie Examiner

"Nightmare in Red, White and Blue takes over where past documentaries style films have left off. I enjoyed every second and found the director commentaries entertaining and educational. A really kick ass compilation and best documentary overview I’ve seen this year!" - Horror News

"A wonderful history lesson... No stone in American Horror is left un-turned. The doc has been criticized because it does not pay enough respect to foreign horror. This may be fair, but I mean at the end of the day, that's not what the documentary is about. If you love horror movies, you owe it to yourself to pick this up." - The Genre Squad

"Along with a doc from earlier this year, American Grindhouse that concentrates on the history of exploitation cinema, Nightmares in Red, White and Blue is a must see document for both horror mavens and cinemaphiles alike." - Free Press Houston

Fans of NIRWAB might also be interested in a new CD by musician Paul Casper, who composed the original score for the documentary. Details HERE.