The Academy Presents Double Feature:
Horror Movie Trailer-A-Thon and The Crazies
Written by Karin Crighton
Presented by Michael Gingold and Roger Mancusi
On the chilly eve of Halloween, the Academy presented It Came From The Vault: 35MM Horror Trailer-A-Thon. Michael Gingold, former editor in chief of Fangoria and current East Coast editor for Rue Morgue Magazine, introduced 34 trailers for horror flicks from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and the rare ‘80s gem. The films ranged from classically terrifying flicks such as Psycho, to campy favorites like Phantom of the Paradise, to the absurdly awful duds like Day of the Animals. It was an absolute joy to watch the evolution of marketing a scary movie. Clever tactics like interviews with the president of the “Society of the Easily Scared” and warnings to weak-hearted attendees from the leading lady made me wish we had some creative trailers today. Gingold made a fair point that a darkened screen, eerie music, then screaming fast action and gore is the standard for new movies coming out these days. It's unlikely we'll see a return to these hilarious classic trailers, but it made viewing them on the big screen all the more enjoyable.
The culmination of the marathon was a vote on which of the trailers was enticing enough the theatre should screen the full movie in the near future. Fingers crossed you'll get to see Wicked Wicked at Metrograph in 2018!
The screening of George Romero's The Crazies was preceded by a brief Q & A with Roger Mancusi, New York Program Coordinator for the Academy; Robert Eggers, director of The Witch; and Josh Safdie, writer of Daddy Long Legs. Mancusi had some on-point questions, but unfortunately it didn't feel that Eggers and Safdie were quite focused. There was some diversion in the conversation insinuating the Las Vegas shooter was a conspiracy and the audience grew very uncomfortable. Mancusi was expertly able to divert that thread, but tension lingered for the remainder of the interview segment.
Luckily, the quick pace of The Crazies quickly resolved any remaining discomfort after the lights went down. While not a success for Romero, those lightning fast cuts are perfect for the tone and message of the movie, and I really enjoyed myself.
It really was a wonderful pre-Halloween celebration. And, as I've always wanted to say: I'd like to thank the Academy.