In her new book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson enlightens readers with an entertaining and educational look back at amazing practical effects work, particularly in horror movies from the 1980s. We're thrilled that Heather will soon bring her expert knowledge on ’80s horror to the screen as one of the featured interviewees in the new documentary In Search of Darkness, which will take horror fans on a walk down macabre memory lane with a look back at how the horror genre influenced pop culture (and vice versa) in a vibrant decade where Krueger was king, Voorhees rocked a purple outfit on NES, and the local VHS store reigned supreme.
In Search of Darkness will be launching an official Kickstarter campaign soon, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.
"For the first time in Horror history, "In Search of Darkness" will bring together 80's icons, modern horror greats, popular YouTubers and Social Media Influencers to create the most complete retrospective documentary of the genre ever made. Together, they will bring their unique perspectives as we take a nostalgic journey back to revisit the unforgettable heroes, monsters, and movies that thrilled and chilled us.
Delve into the imagery: the garish covers and posters that seduced us and came to define the 80’s aesthetic.
Learn about the era from the perspective of the masters who frightened us, the icons who blew our minds, and the directors of today who were inspired by them.
Journey back to the socio/political context that inspired our favourite movies – fears of nuclear war, violent crime, and deadly diseases.
Explore the rise of the B-Movie superstar: Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Combs, and stars that could guarantee success for what otherwise overlooked direct-to-VHS movies."