Review – In Search Of Darkness: The Definitive 80’s Horror Documentary

In Search of Darkness is a 2019 documentary film written and directed by David A. Weiner and executive produced by Robin Block of CreatorVC Studios.

The film explores the development and lasting impact of the horror film genre during the 1980s, and features interviews with numerous horror icons both from that decade and from the modern era, along with popular horror influencers.

Over its four-hour-plus runtime, In Search of Darkness features an incredible cast of 45+ contributors, including John Carpenter (Director – Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, They Live, Prince of Darkness), Heather Langenkamp (Actor – A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise), Doug Bradley (Actor – Hellraiser Franchise), Kane Hodder (Actor – Friday the 13th VII-X) and Barbara Crampton (Actor – Re-Animator, From Beyond).

These ‘80s horror legends are joined by popular horror commentators and critics, including James Rolfe (Cinemassacre), James A. Janisse (Dead Meat), and Joe Bob Briggs (Host of The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs).

Each of the contributors gives their unique take on the genre and the films they were a part of.

The project initially began as a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in October 2018, and the project met its initial goal in two days. It went on to amass £99,478 in pledges from 1,532 backers on Kickstarter, before later moving platforms to Indiegogo in March 2019, where it has raised over £234,300.

The film received an exclusive release in October 2019 to backers of the project.

During the Campaign phase of this project we interviewed Executive Producer, Robin Block. During the interview we asked him “What inspired you to create this documentary?”

The revival of VHS, the cover art from the time and that I had a vision for something that I wanted to see that didn’t exist yet. So I’m trying to help make that happen. We’re currently living through a global cultural time-warp where pop-culture is looking back to the comfortable and nostalgic feeling that the ’80s era represents.

Check out the full interview here.

In Search of Darkness is an insightful overview of the world of 80s horror that easily fills and carries it’s over four-hour run time; following in the footsteps of other extended length horror documentaries such as Crystal Lake Memories & Never Sleep Again- The Elm Street Legacy.

It is able to cover a wider range of films and film-makers; from the big franchise movies to the low budget classics and we get to hear from many interesting voices; both those who helped make these films and those who experienced them as fans. Although naturally it would be impossible to cover every single film from the decade and you may find some of your favourites are left out; but it’s fair to say it hits all the major titles and beyond.

The only downside of the broad subject matter is we don’t get to go in-depth on any particular film, and some are covered very briefly; the overall effect is like a video scrapbook of the 80s horror genre but we pick up some fun tidbits, insight and glorious nostalgia along the way. It goes on to explore many different and interesting aspects of the genre such as ‘Final Girls’, music and the effects of Home Media and 3D on the genre. Visually the film uses posters and VHS covers as the visual device to accompany us on our journey; accompanied by reflectively 80s music from Weary Pines.

4/5 – A must watch for any fans of 80s Horror or Horror in general!

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