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

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Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film takes a critical look at the films that established the horror genre of slasher films. The 2006 documentary begins with John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978 and Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th in 1980, which helped launch the genre and reach mainstream audiences. The films are characterized by psychotic serial killers stalking their prey and utilizing increasingly gory methods to kill them off. While the early slasher films spawned dozens of sequels, the genre went through decline during the 1980s when controversy surrounded the stories and box office returns dwindled. The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and Scream movies revived demand for more slasher gore that continues today. The directors, writers, producers and special effects creators give insights into the making of these films and the success they found in waiting audiences. The documentary includes clips from famous slasher films and interviews with John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed, Rob Zombie and Stan Winston.moreless
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