June 29, 2010

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Adapted from a very popular book, this entertaining albeit interesting documentary slightly delivers what it promises: a look into the world of slasher cinema. Such as how it started, stayed popular, and what very well may have led to its downfall with audiences and reviewers.

One positive thing I can say about this Documentary is that it tries hard to include as many Slasher flicks as possible, but sometimes it felt a tad bit rushed. I wished they had focused a bit more attention on the era that they were chronicling, rather than saying a few things and then jumping into the next bit. While it was great to see and hear what many of those who played a part in the creation of these films had to say...I didn't really learn anything new, something I was hoping would happen.

It would have great to learn the history of gore in movies, and to learn about the influences for American slasher in exuberant detail. Instead we're vaguely told about Italian horror then before you know it they've skipped on into "Halloween," which they've also practically labeled as the first slasher movie, when "Black Christmas" came before it. Also, it seemed as if "Friday The 13th" was given more credit than it truly deserved as an original movie. Now, I'm not trying to imply that those movies aren't important when it comes to this genre, but I would have liked to have seen a fresh approach while taking a closer look at their origins.

I think they tried to cover a little too much ground with such a short running time, I really feel that this documentary could have, and should have, been fleshed out a bit more.

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