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In Search of Darkness – Watch the trailer for new ’80s horror documentary

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Limited Edition Artwork by Legendary Horror Artist Graham Humphreys

The 1980’s exploded onto our screens in a veritable feast of blood, sweat, and chills. Madmen, killers, and evil spirits mingled with aliens, demons and cursed dolls; horrific images burnt directly onto our retinas and etched permanently into our brains.

In Search of Darkness is a new documentary that takes an in-depth look at 80s horror. They had set up a Kickstarter and their goal was smashed within the first day. You can still donate so they can reach their stretch goals and make it even better.

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.

Through their interviews with ’80s masters, modern horror greats, and popular Horror commentators they want to explore a wide range of issues:

  • Learn about the era from the perspective of the masters who frightened us, the directors of today who were inspired by them, and the new generation of social media influencers who have fallen in love with the genre.
  • Hear from the actors, writers, directors, producers, and composers who brought horror icons such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers and Pinhead to the screen.
  • Delve into the imagery: the garish VHS covers and poster art that seduced us and came to define the ’80s horror aesthetic.
  • Re-examine 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 superstars: Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Combs, and Robert Englund; stars that could guarantee success for what was an otherwise overlooked sub-genre.
  • Investigate how the explosion of VHS enabled these icons of horror to take the leap from the movie screen into our homes and created new opportunities for low-budget filmmakers.
  • Examine the role of practical in-camera effects, animatronics, and prosthetics played in scaring us in a time before CGI.
  • Discuss the importance of the ’80s horror genre and its impact on society, including how its violent and explicit imagery opened-up new political, sociological, and cultural discussion.

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