Horror Review: In Search of Darkness (2019)

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.

I have to start off by saying this documentary is not for the weak, it has a run time of four and a half hours, that’s two hundred and seventy minutes!

Now I know that sounds like a lot, and it is, it’s quite intimidating really, I mean how are you going to sit there and watch a documentary for four and a half hours?! Well the answer is simple really, you’re going to do it with a huge bloody grin on your face the entire time and you won’t check the clock once.

I seriously cannot begin to tell you how quickly the time went by when I watched this, I sat there and just devoured everything on screen. I was seeing something that I love finally getting the proper treatment that it truly deserved, I only paused the documentary once for a pee break (TMI, I know I’m sorry but had to get my point across).

Sure there’s a lot of talking heads but that’s fine because it’s who those talking heads are, what they have to say and what they’re talking about that matters. With the likes of John Carpenter, Cassandra Peterson, Joe Dante, Don Mancini, Caroline Williams, Lloyd Kaufman, Barbara Crampton and SOOOO many more.

Hearing from these staples of 80’s Horror was so much fun and surprisingly informative, sure there are certain people that I’d love to have seen featured and even more time spent on certain films but ultimately you couldn’t ask more from the film makers. Who knows, we may get more of that in the upcoming sequel.

In my opinion “In Search of Darkness” has to be the definitive documentary on what many consider to be the best decade for our beloved genre. I’m seriously looking forward to what they have instore for us in “In Search of Darkness: Part II”

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