A Hooked On Horror Review - In Search of Darkness
Updated: Jul 12
So I just finished watching horror documentary In Search of Darkness; in short folks it was fantastic.
The 4 hour horror documentary examines one of the greatest eras of the genre speaking to a variety of guests, including some of thise responsible for those wonderful 80s horror moments.
"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."
To start with, the guest list the film makers managed to pull in is impressive in its own right. It included the likes of Kane Hodder, Greg Nictero, Cassandra Peterson, Heather Langenkamp, Larry Cohen, Tom Atkins, Ryan Turek, Barbera Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Don Mancini, Caroline Williams, Doug Bradley and more! It was already heartwarming to see so many familiar faces talking about horror and their contributions to it. It's hard to believe this was a crowd funded film due to how the quality of it and the guest list.
The film is a great mix of artwork, clips and interviews that will keep your interest from the opening to closing credits. I've got to be honest, those 4 hours flew by! Theres some really cool behind the scenes stuff that's revealed throughout as well as the stars sharing their insights and thoughts on cultural imapact and significance their work had and still has. It was an absolute pleasure to watch.
If you're a horror fan you'll really appreciate this one. The whole film feels like it was made by and for those die hard horror fans. I don't want to go into detail at the risk of ruining anything, but this is one documentary that you need to make time to watch. Those opening credits start, and believe me you will go on a 4 hour long nostalgia trip. That smile will just keep getting bigger and bigger as the film goes on.
For me personally, it reminded me of why I fell in love with the genre and what films kickstarted my love for all things horror. I will urge you though to make a note of every film they talk about to start re-watching...there's so many even I forgot about!
My only complaint is I would've loved to have seen more on each film that was covered, and there's a few I feel shouldn't have been missed out. But that's more of a minor issue and something I'm sure had to be cut down due to the run time. I could've happily have watched another four hours of it! I for one really hope the genius behind this film, David A. Weiner, gives us another horror documentary soon. Actually forget that, Shudder just needs to give him his own series like Eli Roth's History of Horror.
You can check out the trailer below.
In Search of Darkness: A Journey into Iconic 80s Horror is now available to watch on Shudder.