Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dollar Bin Horror Review:Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue(2009)

By Eric Polk-
With documentaries, you need to take these with a grain of salt. While factual in certain aspects, the majority of this genre revels in opinion. Need look no further than Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock for research. With Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue, we see my latter statement come to fruition.

Here, Lance Henriksen narrates a comprehensive study of our favorite movie genre from its beginnings in the silent era, all the way until today. Along the way, Henriksen attempts to equate the horror movie to the decay of the American Dream, saying that horror is a manifestation of our social anxieties. While I whole-heartily believe this to be the case, it's when filmmakers such as George Romero and John Carpenter espouse their political beliefs that I get a little annoyed, especially with Carpenter's comments with how after 9/11, people didn't come together in the way he thought they would.

Nevertheless, every sub-genre of American horror is covered from the classic Universal era, zombies, killer animals, slashers, torture porn, you name it. If you can see past the political rhetoric, Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue is a great documentary about the thing we love the most.

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