In Search of Darkness

REVIEW: ‘In Search Of Darkness’ – Iconic 80’s Horror in Music and Film

“In Search Of Darkness” – The Original Soundtrack

In case you hadn’t already seen it, ‘In Search of Darkness’ is a new film/documentary that’s been made by CreatorVC Studios as a joint UK/US production, exploring the cult of 1980’s horror films and characters. A mixture of interview and film, its production was made possible by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which raised the initial £99,478 to get the project off the ground. A later Indiegogo campaign boosted produced by a further £234,000 that allowed the film to be completed.

‘In Search of Darkness’ is directed, produced and written by American journalist David A. Weiner, and features giant names in 80’s film such as John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Barbara Crampton, Alex Winter as well as Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and dozens of other 80’s alumni from acting and production, all of whom worked on some of the most famous films of the decade. Films that include ‘Creepshow’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Predator’, ‘Evil Dead’ and of course ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’!

Most exciting of all, for music fans, is the soundtrack which comes from various artists and released through NewRetroWave Records! Running at over an hour long, the score is one long homage to 80’s electro-synthwave, the music of the time, and there are some superb and haunting tunes in there! NRW veterans Waveshaper, Tokyo Rose, Alex and VileMoral, and many others are all in there on the 16 track album that accompany’s the film. Listen and enjoy 80’s geeks!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!