The Null Device

A documentary titled The American Nightmare looks at how 70s/80s cult and horror filmmakers were influenced by the upheavals of the era:
George A. Romero, it turns out, got the idea for 1968's ``Night of the Living Dead'' from the civil rights movement. Wes Craven (``Last House on the Left,'' 1972) and John Carpenter (``Halloween,'' 1978) were traumatized by the carnage they saw on TV of the Vietnam War, while Tom Savini, who worked as a makeup artist on many of these films, learned his trade as an actual army photographer in Vietnam. Tobe Hooper was shocked by the violence of consumer behavior in response to the oil shock, and came up with ``The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'' (1974) after experiencing an epiphany during a sale at Sears (``It was so crowded and I just had to get out, and suddenly I saw this chain saw''). David Cronenberg (``Shivers,'' 1975) and John Landis (``An American Werewolf in London,'' 1981) were spooked by the sexual revolution.

Judging by that, the morass the world is stumbling into should lead to some interestingly edgy cinema. So much for the prophesied New Norman Rockwell Era... (via a certain mailing list)

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Posted by: Mihaly http:// Fri Oct 26 14:52:00 2001

Well, at least they will save lots of money on the construction of realistic footage!

There must be some thousands of angles both professional and realistically choreographed "amateur" footage in all sorts of formats.

Without wishing too, though, I seem to be falling into a cynical mode again. Maybe it's a response to the increasing need to try to NOT THINK about some of the shitty, crappy, madness that is going on in the world.

And i dont even run a blog! I know though, somewhere in the back of my head going around and around and around (sort of like what Muslims are supposed to do in their daily life in keeping their mind solely attuned to the thought that "God is Great" "God is Great" (repeat ad nauseum) is the single thought that says WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY

fortunately someone many years ago discovered that alcohol could help to interrupt such musings.

Somewhat later, someone else invented 1st person shooters as a way to immerse oneself in a completely artificial e

Posted by: Ben Sat Oct 27 00:41:38 2001

Better writers than me have written copious numbers of essays on how the driving force behind much of the 'horror' cinema (and comics etc) of the 1950s and 60s was the fear of atomic war. The giant monster movies were clearly influenced by this. More subtle was the fear of communism, which tended to go hand in hand with nuclear paranoia, with films such as The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, alien invasion films etc.

Posted by: acb Sat Oct 27 08:29:10 2001

Yes. And a lot of those films (i.e., "I Married A Monster From Outer Space") end up being played at post-ironic, themed film nights like Splodge (at the Empress Hotel every other Monday).