Documentary and film director, writer, producer, and showrunner James “Buddy” Day has a new series out that is titled “Blumhouse’s Compendium of Horror.” Originally, I’d previously never heard of this producer, however, after watching his latest series I realized that there are masterminds behind the horror genres. For any fans of this genre, this series will answer your questions in terms of diving deeper into the history of some of your favorite horror figures, their evolution, and influences as to why they were even created.
This five-part series truly unfolds the most iconic shocks and scares from our favorite horror films ranging from the 1930’s to today. I’ve never known the true inspiration behind the horror figures of Dracula, Frankenstein, and more until they brought up the history of the 1990’s and how they used these figures to connect with citizens depending on the time period. The times of being laid off, the Great Depression, and feeling like life was sucking everything out of you because nothing was going right, is the inspiration behind some of these notorious cinematic figures.
“The idea of the series came from the idea that Blumhouse is leading this horror renaissance. They wanted to reflect on how fear has evolved over the decades and how that’s reflected in horror movies,“ Day said. “Jason Blum (the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions), in the series at one point, says the world’s always coming up with new scares that we can create horror movies out of. And that really was the thesis. How do these historical events reflect in the movies? And then, how do those movies become kind of this cathartic event for horror fans to explore their fears in a safe space?”
This was the main concept behind the series that Day and I discussed regarding the creation of the film. The horror and psychological films such as Get Out and Us do reflect the old and current horror times of today within African American history.
This series isn’t your typical horror film build up, so it’s nothing that should scare you out of your chair or have you hide underneath comforters. However, if you want to understand the minds behind the horror genres, you should definitely binge watch this five-part series. Watch it now on Prime Video, Epix or Roku.
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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