Chiller TV is back with another special, and this time we didn’t have to wait an entire year. The special? THE FUTURE OF FEAR, and it examines why people love being scared, and what makes a great horror film great. THE FUTURE OF FEAR premiers tonight, Friday, November 25, 2011 at 8pm.
Chiller’s yearly Halloween lists of CHILLER 13 shows has become a much anticipated show in my household. Whether you agree with the lists or not, they are always great to spark a heated and prolonged debate among horror lovers. With THE FUTURE OF FEAR, Chiller strays away from the “list” format to a more documentary-style format. We get some of the genre’s most talented and famous faces exploring the elements and nature of horror films and speculating on what the future holds for the horror genre. We get a lot of input and discussion from John Carpenter, George Romero, Joe Dante, John Landis, Sean Cunningham, and Wes Craven. Their views are scattered across the show’s 2-hour runtime, which is divided up into various “chapters” exploring slasher films, vampire films, monster movies, supernatural movies, gore flicks, and of course zombie films. Joining such iconic filmmakers are Tony Timpone (editor of Fangoria), actresses Danielle Harris and Dee Wallace, actors Tony Todd and Kane Hodder, f/x guru Tom Savini, and Jovanka Vuckovic (formerly of Rue Morgue Magazine & now a horror writer and filmmaker). This is great company to have as we’re taken through the various sub-genres as they are explored and these minds guess at what is in store for each sub-genre in the future.
I’m not gonna go into all the conclusions made about the future of the horror genre, but there’s a lot of really exciting hypotheses about where horror may/should lead to in the future. Oh hell; I’ll let you in on a few of them. For one, there was an unanimous consensus that there’s gonna be a more feminine voice in future horror films. That is a pretty exciting prospect. Think about how much more disturbing THE DESCENT and INSIDE would’ve been if written and directed by women. One other conclusion made about the future of the horror genre that I’ll share with you is that we’re gonna see less CGI standing on its own and more of a blend of practical and CGI f/x. This would be a huge step in the right direction for making horror films actually scary again!!
Don’t miss Chiller’s THE FUTURE OF FEAR. Any fan of horror, whether its a maniacal fan like myself or the casual fan like my wife, will enjoy this documentary and see how it explores past trends in horror and how those past trends may tell us of future horrors to come. What I would’ve loved to have seen is a more roundtable-type discussion with a moderator. It would’ve been great to see all these brilliant minds debating each other in an open forum. But other than this very small critique, THE FUTURE OF FEAR will captivate you and grab you as the future of the genre is discussed.
Nice job, once again, Chiller, and keep up the kick ass work!! THE FUTURE OF FEAR premiers tonight, Friday, November 25,2011 at 8pm.
Narrator: Linda Hamilton
Plot: 5 out of 5 stars
Gore: 8.5 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 4 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer