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I am thoroughly enjoying A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss. It's about 70% film history (including interviews with people-who-were-there) and 30% fanboying. Seems that Gatiss is a massive horror fan. I don't really know much about horror, so it's educational as well as fun.

Plus, there's some great archival footage on offer - for example, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in period dress, interviewed on set in 1973, talking about how Victorian London in the fog makes for a good horror location, but the best is an old castle, yes, yes. ♥

Gatiss visits backlots, archives and filming locations which makes it more than just a clip show (I like the tangibility of it, if that makes sense). There's a good sense of humour about the whole thing, too. (The first episode is called "Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood", after all.)

And, amusingly, in the second episode the 2nd movement from Beethoven's 7th is used as incidental music. That's the second mention of it here in two days...

ETA: in the final episode, Gatiss touches on the fact that Canadian taxpayers bankrolled Shivers and the furor in Parliament died away when the film made a tidy profit. Tee hee.

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goodbyemyfancy
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Weird timing - I saw that series up on EZTV and was thinking of downloading it, being a film studies prof and horror geek :) Now you posted about it! Thus, it is now a must-see TV event for me!
naturelf
Nov. 1st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Do it! Gatiss declares himself to be a fan of the genre, and states right up front that this is his personal history of horror films. He only features films that he likes, and makes no apologies for not giving a comprehensive overview of all horror ever filmed.

Plus, in the third/final episode, he goes to an LA fan con and films at a zombie walk. He touches a little on horror fan culture, but mostly to frame a discussion on zombie movies and what causes this fannish affection for zombies and horror.

Also, he's grown a beard and for one of the episodes wears dark jeans, a slim jacket and a faded stripy tshirt. Looks good!
goodbyemyfancy
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Haahaa DLed it last night and plan on watching it this weekend! And maybe I can even use it for a research source since I am talking about zombie films as part of a sub genre of post apocalyptic narratives.

Speaking of which - make sure to watch the new series The Walking Dead if you can - zombie TV and it's awesome!
naturelf
Nov. 2nd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Woo, I hope you like it!

I've been noticing a lot of talk about The Walking Dead, so I'll check it out. (Did you ever see the pilot for Babylon Fields?)
thucyken
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I watched the first two parts the other night! Thoroughly enjoyable, though the ginger beard was a surprise. My image of Mark Gatiss is either Mycroft or the kill-happy Colonel in 'Clone'.
naturelf
Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
The third part is also good (especially since I just watched Halloween and they go to the neighbourhood where it was filmed and Gatiss lurks by that hedge and augh!! creepy stuff), but it's disappeared from iPlayer since I watched it last night. O_o

The beard is a surprise. But, I think it works for him. Makes him look friendly and not at all Mycroft-y. I also remember him as that old guy mad scientist from DW who turns into the giant bug-thing and they kill him at the cathedral? *imdbs* From "The Lazarus Experiment".
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