Doku – Scream and Scream again: The History of the Slasher Film

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Die Doku „Scream and Scream again: The History of the Slasher Film“ untersucht die Wurzeln des Slasher-Films und die Ikonen, die er hervorgebracht hat. Von Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Jason und Leatherface sind alle dabei und der Film hat jede Menge Interviews mit Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Sean S. Cunningham, Tom Savini und John Carpenter. Aus einem Review bei IMDB:

Exploring the origins of their creations in real life cases such as that of the Wisconsin man Ed Gein, the film explored the fascination with the 'mad and macabre' and tries to shed light on why people enjoy being scared. With the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the bizarre celebrity status that the child-molester Freddy Kruger enjoyed (with even Freddy Pyjamas being available at one point)is touched upon, as is the in-depth look at the Friday 13th series of films.

As Kermode walks around the filming locations for such iconic horror moments as the closing scenes at Camp Crystal Lake, and the suburban stillness of 'Haddonfield' it is very easy to become interested in these much forgotten films of the 70s and 80s. Even the lesser known entries into the genre such as 'Chopping Mall' 'Prom Night' and 'Graduation Day' get a mention. Noticing that Bob Clark's 'Black Christmas' was a forerunner to 'Halloween', and acknowledging Hitchcock's 'Psycho' and Mario Bava's 'Bay of Blood' deserves praise in itself, but credit must go to the makers for managing to compile an interesting and impressive collection of interviews with the masters of horror, talking even to John Carpenter.

Whilst occasionally seeming apologetic for its own interest in the genre, the final tone of the documentary is that of defiant enjoyment. As Kermodes final summary at the end of the film clearly states. What with the embarrassingly never-ending torrent from Hollywood of the remakes of films such as 'Texas Chainsaw', 'The Hills Have Eyes', 'Black Christmas', 'Amityville' 'The Hitcher' 'When a Stranger Calls', and numerous others, watching this introductory documentary is a perfect way to get excited by the original masterpieces all over again.

Ich liebe ja diese Horrorfilm-Dokus, weil sie die psychologischen Tiefen des Horror-Genres offenlegen, denn Horrorfilme reflektieren vielleicht mehr als andere Genres gesellschaftliche Zustände und Bewegungen, ohne diese konkret zu thematisieren. Ich warte ja auch immer noch sehnsüchtig auf das Buch oder den Film, der Zombie-Filme als die Gesellschaftskritik interpretiert, die sie tatsächlich sind. Und wo wir grade beim Thema Horror-Dokus sind: Ebenfalls online bei Youtube ist der fantastische „Terror in the Aisles“, der das Slasher-Genre schon 1984 untersuchte, „The American Nightmare“ sollte ebenfalls jeder Interessierte gesehen haben, der die Horrorfilme der Siebziger direkt auf den Vietnamkrieg zurückführt. Eine nette Übersicht über Horror-Dokus findet man hier.