GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM (2006)
“Ever Evil, Every Nightmare, Together in One Film”
RUNNING TIME: 89 Min.
DIRECTOR: Michael Bohusz
CAST: Akkad, Lilyan Akkad, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie, Sean S. Cunningham, Harry Manfredini, Gregory Nicotero, Betsy Palmer, Tom Savini, Stan Winston, Joseph Zito. Narrated by Ed Green
ANECDOTAL: Genre film documentaries at their best are like greatest hits collections of your favorite films, genre, or director. The few that I’ve seen completely enraptured me. I watch ‘em, notepad in hand, giddily scribbling down names of obscure giallo, grindhouse, and slasher films. The thrill of the hunt, something new that had previously eluded me, been forgotten, or lost to the VHS-era never to seen in the digital glory of DVD. The following is a list of documentaries I highly recommend. The vary in depth and quality, but each is entertaining and informative: MARIO BAVA: MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE (2000), MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM (2005), DARIO ARGENTO: AN EYE FOR HORROR (2000), AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2000), NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD (2009). Personally, I would love to see a documentary uncovering some classic VHS-era slashers that never made it to DVD. If you, dear reader, would like to suggest a title I may enjoy please do so.