So I'm trying to put together an article detailing how subversive the slasher pictures of the early 1980s were and I'm spending my Christmas break watching a slasher film each night before I go to sleep.
Last night I watched The Prowler, which is part of a group of films that are known, primarily, for Tom Savini's hardcore special effects. And hardcore it was... Long, meandering shots of people getting slashed and diced. The pitch-fork in the beginning was particularly interesting as the killer announced himself as a very thorough craftsman... A lot of suspense and a great soundtrack mixing violins and that unmistakable early 1980s synthesizer.
Tonight I will watch another classic of the genre, The Burning, notable for its violence as well as appearances by a young Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter.
Tomorrow night: The original My Bloody Valentine.
PaperBack: “Assignment—Mara Tirana” - *Part of a series honoring the late author and blogger Bill Crider.* *Assignment—Mara Tirana, by Edward S. Aarons (Fawcett Gold Medal, 1960). This is app...
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