When you think of ’80s horror cinema, you likely think of John Carpenter. From 1980's The Fog to 1988's They Live, Carpenter created movies that were as thought-provoking as they were horrifying, all the while showcasing practical effects that still stand the test of time. With this in mind, we're beyond thrilled that the Master of Horror has joined the dream team of interviewees in the new 1980s horror documentary In Search of Darkness, alongside the great Joe Bob Briggs and the wonderful Alex Winter!
You can read the full announcement for the new additions to In Search of Darkness in the press release below, and we have a look at a Carpenter-centric video from the documentary that originally premiered on Bloody Disgusting.
We're thrilled that Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures author and Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson is one of the featured interviewees in the new horror documentary, along with some of the most legendary names in horror cinema!
For more information, visit the film's official website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and to take part in the final Indiegogo campaign and to buy a copy of In Search of Darkness on Blu-ray and DVD, visit:
Press Release: Celebrating the greatest and most influential decade in horror, the groundbreaking documentary In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic ‘80s Horror launched last October with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that captured the imagination of fans from all over the world, and netted more than 300% of the campaign’s initial fundraising goal. 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 In Search of Darkness, as well as other perks, and over the last few weeks, even more exciting participants in this historic project have been announced, including Master of Horror John Carpenter, Legendary Horror Host Joe Bob Briggs and actor/filmmaker Alex Winter.
Featuring compelling critical takes and insider tales of the Hollywood filmmaking experience throughout the 1980s, In Search of Darkness will provide fans with a unique perspective on the decade that gave rise to some of the horror genre’s greatest icons, performers, directors and franchises that forever changed the landscape of modern cinema. Tracking major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems, the incredible array of interviewees that have been assembled for ISOD will weigh in on a multitude of topics: from creative and budgetary challenges creatives faced throughout the decade to the creature suits and practical effects that reinvigorated the makeup effects industry during the era to the eye-popping stunts that made a generation of fans believe in the impossible.
In Search of Darkness will also celebrate many of the atmospheric soundtracks released during that time, the resurgence of 3-D filmmaking, the cable TV revolution and the powerful marketing in video store aisles, the socio-political allegories infused throughout many notable films, and so much more.
“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.”
Set to be released in Summer 2019, In Search of Darkness is comprised of more than 40 interviews with the greatest array of talent ever assembled, including Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Larry Cohen (The Stuff, It’s Alive), Cassandra Peterson (iconic horror host “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”), Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play), Mick Garris (Critters 2, The Stand), Sean S. Cunningham (producer, Friday the 13th , the House series), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Nightmare), Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects), Don Mancini (Child’s Play, Curse of Chucky), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Stepfather II), Keith David (The Thing , They Live), Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Dolls), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13thseries, Hatchet), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, House on Haunted Hill ), Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment founder), Nick Castle (Michael Myers in Halloween  and Halloween ), Robbi Morgan (Friday the 13th ), Andre Gower (The Monster Squad), Harry Manfredini (composer for the Friday the 13thseries), Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator), Ken Sagoes (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), and special effects legends Greg Nicotero (Evil Dead II, The Walking Dead) and Tom Woodruff, Jr. (The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead).
As the expansive documentary examines just what made horror entertainment throughout the 1980s so unforgettable, In Search of Darkness will also feature many notable pop culture pundits and industry experts alike: Ryan Turek (producer, Halloween  and Happy Death Day), Ben Scrivens (Fright-Rags), Katie Featherston (the Paranormal Activity series), Spencer Hickman (DeathWaltz Records/Mondo), Phil Nobile Jr. (Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria Magazine), James Rolfe (YouTube creator, Angry Video Game Nerd and Cinemassacre), Cecil Trachenburg (YouTube creator, GoodBadFlicks), Michael Gingold (journalist and former Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria Magazine), Heather Wixson (Managing Editor, Daily Dead), Tom Hodge (The Dude Designs), 3-D expert Eric Kurland and celebrated horror artist Graham Humphreys.
NewRetroWave will also be curating the soundtrack for In Search of Darkness, and for more details on the various backer levels, or for more general information on In Search of Darkness, please check out the Indiegogo Campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-search-of-darkness#/
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