Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Where is the next John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, (or Hershel Gordon Lewis) coming from? Maybe from Fangoria Blood Drive -- a DVD collection of "America's Best Short Horror Films," as decided in a nationwide contest conducted by Fangoria magazine, the standing authority on horror films for more than 25 years now. The collection was created by, and is produced by, long-time Fangoria editor (and fellow high school alumnus) Anthony Timpone. Timpone joined Fangoria the same time I joined American Film magazine. While American Film (once thought to be the foremost authority in film journalism) is long gone, Fangoria goes on, and is stronger than ever, with Timpone launching side projects such as Blood Drive (a testament to Timpone's insight and America's love affair with horror). The collection (now up to 15 films, in two volumes) is a must for all fans of the genre. The audio/visual influence of modern horror masters, such as Carpenter and Craven, can clearly be seen in many of these short films, most notably We All Fall Down. The collection is not regulated to "splatter" films (as the packaging might indicate), but is, in fact, a rather well-rounded body of work which also includes less bloody and more psychological thrillers as well. My favorites: The Gibbering Horror of Howard Ghormley -- a black-and-white piece "proudly" shot on Super 8mm, and reminiscent of the German Expressionistic style of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- and Sawbones, a Civil War tale of impending madness on the battlefield. More information on this collection of films, and the contest behind them, can be found at www.FangoriaBloodDrive.com.