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

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This historical and critical look at slasher films, which includes dozens of clips, begins with "Halloween," "Friday the 13th," and "Prom Night." The films' directors, writers, producers, and special effects creators comment on the films' making and success. During the Reagan years, the films get gorier, budgets get smaller, and their appeal wanes. Then, "Nightmare on Elm Street" revives the genre. Jump to the late 90s, when "Scream" brings humor and TV stars into the mix. Although some criticize the genre as misogynistic (Siskel and Ebert), most of the talking heads celebrate the films: as long as there are teenagers, there will be slasher films, says one.


Aine Leicht
Amy Holden Jones
Anthony Timpone
Armand Mastroianni
Betsy Palmer
Chela Johnson
Ed Green
Felissa Rose
Gage Leicht
Gregory Nicotero
Harry Manfredini
Herb Freed
Jeff Katz
John Carpenter
Joseph Stefano
Lilyan Chauvin
Malek Akkad
Natasha Talonz
Paul Lynch
Rob Zombie
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Shaye
Sean S. Cunningham
Stan Winston
Tom Savini
Wes Craven



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