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Sunday, August 30, 2020


Revealing, intimate documentary spotlighting the Hollywood horror community.

Starring: Lin Shaye, Greg Grunberg, and Russell Mulcahy

Directed by: Ruben Pla

  Whether on Twitter or on the podcast, we often talk about being a part of a horror community. Just a bunch of us out there talking about horror on social media, on podcasts, or creating anything from books to movies and art. We talk about it from a fan stand point in awe of the people out there creating big time horror movies. But in these conversations we rarely stop to consider…hey these people are a part of the horror community, or in this case crowd, as well.
  “The Horror Crowd” takes fans into the world of the Hollywood horror community. It’s brought to us by Ruben Pla, who has found himself part of this crowd after being in movies like “Insidious,” and “Big Ass Spider!”. He uses his connections to talk to many familiar faces in the horror crowd, and takes a fan friendly approach to it. He presents this documentary in a way of asking some things fans would want to know about these people, and reminding fans that just because they’re in Hollywood they’ve been fans of horror and still are.
  He starts with the showing where horror began for the likes of Darren Lynn Bousman, Lin Shaye, and Oren Peli. What was their first exposure to horror, first movies they watched, ideas they had, and what got them hooked on horror. As some might expect, many got exposed to horror because of their parents, and the first horror movies they watched. Some talked about books or comics that also appealed to them.
  One of the biggest things that brings horror fans together is Halloween. Ruben asks the crowd about their first experiences with Halloween, and the costumes they wore. It’s definitely funny to hear, but there are also some serious conversations. They talk about race relations in movies especially “Night of the Living Dead.” Also, they talk about women in horror, and some of the changes for women in horror movies. Eventually Ruben brings it altogether showing a place where the horror crowd liked to gather. A cafe where they could all go, and always meet a familiar face. 
  People can take different things away from documentaries. Some may watch this and enjoy hearing stories from their favorite writers, directors, or actors. Some may like the insight on some of the movies that they talk about. For me, I think that this documentary shows how similar horror fans, and “The Horror Crowd” are. Many in the crowd learned to love horror in the same ways, and help each other out just like we do on social media. For us fans, we hope can only hope to be a part of the crowd one day. With that, I give it 2.5 pools of blood!


The Horror Crowd received its world premiere on 29 August at FrightFest Digital Edition 2020

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