We’re closing in on two years since the sudden passing of Texas Chainsaw Massacre mastermind Tobe Hooper, and his legions of fans are still nursing a sore spot. While he passed away before production began on In Search of Darkness, his presence will still be felt in what seeks to be the “definitive” documentary on 1980s-era horror.
A couple weeks ago, we were thrilled to share an exclusive clip from In Search of Darkness that featured Barbara Crampton where she discussed her dislike for the term “Scream Queen.” Today, we’re equally excited to share another exclusive. This one features multiple horror icons singing Hooper’s praises. Most importantly, they squash the rumor that Steven Spielberg was the real director of Poltergeist, a rumor that unfairly dogged Hooper for his entire career.
Give our exclusive clip from In Search of Darkness a look-see at the top of the article; read more about the film and watch its official trailer below.
“Assembling the amazing interview talent and speaking with them for In Search of Darkness has been an absolute thrill for this longtime horror genre fan, and I’m thrilled to be able to share this journey into ‘80s horror with audiences,” said David Weiner, director of In Search of Darkness. “Calling anything ‘definitive’ can be quite a challenge for any filmmaker, but I genuinely believe we have captured something very special for horror fans — and fans of film in general — who are interested in more of a genre deep dive and an examination of a decade’s influence, than simply a broad survey of horror.”
Featuring compelling critical takes and insider tales of the Hollywood filmmaking experience throughout the 1980s, In Search of Darkness will provide fans with a unique perspective on the decade that gave rise to some of the horror genre’s greatest icons, performers, directors and franchises that forever changed the landscape of modern cinema. Tracking major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems, the incredible array of interviewees that have been assembled for ISOD will weigh in on a multitude of topics: from creative and budgetary challenges creatives faced throughout the decade to the creature suits and practical effects that reinvigorated the makeup effects industry during the era to the eye-popping stunts that made a generation of fans believe in the impossible. In Search of Darkness will also celebrate many of the atmospheric soundtracks released during that time, the resurgence of 3-D filmmaking, the cable TV revolution and the powerful marketing in video store aisles, the sociopolitical allegories infused throughout many notable films, and so much more.
It’s not too late to lock down your copy of In Search of Darkness (and other exciting perks) by contributing to the documentary’s final Indiegogo push, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-search-of-darkness#/