The American Nightmare

The American Nightmare

Does a nice job tying horror into the cultural anxieties of the mid 20th century. Not the most surprising take to see Romero's zombies likened to consumers but I can't deny that seeing him laugh and say "they're us!" is welcome on my screen. Carpenter is a blast as always and Cronenberg is exactly as weird and socially distant as you want him to be but Hooper is a sort of the star of the show for me. He has the perfect amount of screws loose. Any less and you wouldn't notice but any more and you could write him off. It's uncanny. You narrow your eyes just a little when he's talking. Between these guys and the Godspeed You Black Emperor soundtrack I was basically just having a blast the whole time.

Branson's Jerk of the Week Award goes to John Landis. Even without his manslaughter stuff he's a very grating and unwelcome presence. Smug man. Smiles like an enemy.