Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Proposed super 1980's Film Festival

Creepshow-represents Romero working with some star power, also features the writing and acting of Stephen King, so we've covered two icons with one film.  Film strikes a festive note to begin the festival.  A theme of paternity runs through the film, beginning with the most obvious and working down the line to the least obvious, cheapest but no less effective conclusion.

Basket Case-cheap, with some scenes that are done, well, on a shoestring, but oh-so effective.  A pure work of genius as it pertains to low budget deals.  And family is emphasized.  So there is a positive message behind the shouting and killing.

Critters-our festivals arguably biggest foray into the work of indie companies.  Idiosynchracy marks this one.  Yes!

Nightmare On Elm Street(1-3)-The first film is classical Wes Craven, working to his own formula, his own secret sauce.  The second film is a teen thing, with all those youthful anxieties rampant.  The third is lose-able in the festival, but a good film, perhaps with too much of an independent mindset without being independent at all, just using the trappings, the paraphenalia of the underground.

April Fool's-Pure teen stuff.  Muffy.  Buffy.  Film is weak but has a hook at the end that redeems it.

Toxic Avenger-indie comic book stuff.  Gore, violence, John Ford-like scenes in front of audiences.  If I made a film, I would want it to look like this.

CHUD 2-Just the right emotional note to hit after the teen stuff then toxic avenger.  a send-up!

The First Power-Just a straight horror film with a good idea.

Shocker-Wes Craven straying again from formula(also strayed with Serpent and the Rainbow), but not that far, because our main character is a teen.  Good idea executed really well, foreshadowing some of the quick scares of the later film, Scream, which everyone ga-ga-ed over.

The capstone of the festival is the film that is as good as any, but just doesn't fit:

The People Under The Stairs(1991)-Just as Apocalypse Now ended the 1970's era of film, so to does this later work end the beguiled 1980's.  Craven makes a more intimate work, yet broader in theme, with many pitch perfect moments.  This is the closest I get to praising Spike Lee(just kidding).

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