Film #169: NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue
3 out of 5 stars
While this documentary on the American horror film is well-made, star studded, and packed with scenes from your favorite movies, it is also nothing more than a refresher course on horror cinema - especially for anything more than casual viewers of the genre. There is literally no new ground broken here. “Gee, you mean Universal made horror films?” “You say ‘50s “big bug” movies addressed audience’s fear of nuclear war?” “Golly, ‘70s grindhouse pictures were statements on the permissiveness of the decade?” “Wow, ‘80s slasher films were about excess - much like the Reagan era?” Yeah, buddy… no shit! Still, there’s enough of a nostalgia factor at play here that makes the viewing experience sort of fun - even if only to play the “I Saw That!” game with friends and family. Not the greatest treatise on the horror film, but certainly not the worst either.