Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A collection of sit-down interviews with some of the top names in horror fiction and filmmaking.
Is it good movie?
As I am sure has not gone unnoticed by my superiors, it took me a while to get this review together. On the one hand, two hours of straight-up sit-down interviews tries the patience of even the patientist geek such as me (and yes, I did just make that word up). Secondly, I don't really have a metric by which to review such a thing. I mean, it is just a camera sitting on a subject talking about their work. There are really no cinematography issues or sound design problems or action sequences to speak about.
Wanna know how I solved both problems in one fell swoop, and how you can as well? Sure you do, or else you would have stopped reading after the first paragraph. Okay, what I did was, I ripped the disc and put it on my iPod. In that way, I could listen to it like an audiobook, and glance at the screen once in a while, if I really wanted to see what was happening - which is generally not much. Creator/Host Stanley Waiter is an author, literary critic, and editor, and has made undeniable strides in the land of horror fiction, but none of which makes him less dull than wishwater.
As far as the interviews in this 2+ hour first disc, they include: Clive Barker, who just gets creepier as he gets older. He gets a full 30 minutes to be slightly pretentious. Next up is a wonderful one-two punch of the late Forrest Ackerman and Richard Matheson, and is absolutely the highlight of the collection. They are both funny and insightful, and carry the weight of history in their words. Nancy Kilpatrick wastes our time for a few minutes with her erotic horror nonsense, and a sigh of relief is audible (at least it was to me) as Wiater then moves on to Kilpatrick's fellow Canadian Edo Van Belkom, who belies his name and is actually quite down to earth and pratical about his craft.
Next up is the legendary John Saxon, who is as entertaining as always, and tells a really funny story about his involvement in Cannibal Apocalypse. Following Saxon is a Douglas Clegg and Jack Ketchum combo. I have never read Clegg, but he seems affable enough and his interview intrigued me enough to check his stuff out. I have actually met Ketchum several times, and he is a lot better to talk to in person than this interview would suggest. Illustrator and author Gahan Wilson rounds the disc out, and tells a particularly funny Hef story.
Video / Audio
I have no idea. Dark Dreamers was a TV show, and as such is shot on video and looks about what you would think a made for TV interview show would look like. The audio is acceptable.
When the interview subjects are interesting, it is good watching (or listening, as it were) and when they are not, Wiater is hard pressed to help us out any. But ultimately, there are enough interesting subjects on the full four-disc set to justify owning this. Just be sure to utilize the select an interview screen.