Horror movie fans should find “The Future for Fear” thrilling to watch, as the two-hour special revisits past horror movie classics, looks at how the horror genre has made its way into the mainstream of American culture, and contemplates what’s upcoming for this variety of entertainment.
Actress Linda Hamilton narrates the program, which features commentary from experts on the horror genre such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George Romero, Anne Rice, Alan Ball and John Landis.
Vampires, werewolves, aliens, zombies and demons are included among the monsters analyzed, and the reasons for their popularity are discussed.
Humor in horror films is also covered with “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and “Shaun of the Dead” being highlighted.
The comments on the gore factor in some horror movies – and how a lot of the scariest films don’t really have that much gore – I found to be especially interesting.
I agree with one of the major points brought up in this special – the human imagination can conjure up the most terrifying creatures and situations to be afraid of – less gore and a better story are more frightening in a horror movie to me.
But as “The Future of Fear” shows, there’s certainly something out there for everybody who likes a good scare.
“The Future of Fear” airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 on Chiller.
– Melissa Hayer
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