Imagination Connoisseur, Jared Snyder, explains what he sees as the critical difference(s) between European and American horror films – and shares his appreciation for the “demented vision” of PHANTASM.
Bonjour Elysabeth et Robert : “Le Seigneur de Cinéma”
Having had my movie appreciation improved by “Fast Colors” and “The Raid”, I am looking forward to horror month. While I agreed with the ACE about Phantasm, when I heard Rob’s passionate defense, I had to concede he was correct. The transition to suburban horror, especially after watching “Vampire Circus” and “Black Sunday” is really so true.
European filmmakers could find a creepy old building almost anywhere, but Americans really needed the blandness of the suburbs for its horror. Underneath, no matter the setting, horror is horror and all three movies used the plot device of “you’ll be safe if you stay here and lock yourself in.”
I appreciate the demented vision of Phantasm, the dwarfs, tall man, yellow blood, silver sphere, Arrakis, Bene Gessirit. They reached for it when all they needed was a funeral home and an undertaker. Believe me my friend Ken’s dad was an undertaker and being alone with him in a funeral parlor at night scared the shit out of me.