100 Years of Horror (1996– )
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100 Years of Horror: Gory Gimmicks 

Unrated | | Documentary, Horror | Episode aired 1996
100 Years of Horror examines the myriad of gimmicks used to enhance terror in horror films including Technicolor, 3-D, insurance, and electrical shocks.

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Episode credited cast:
William Alland William Alland ... Himself - Producer, 'It Came from Outer Space'
John Carpenter ... Himself - Writer & Director
Roger Corman ... Himself - Director, 'House of Usher'
Joe Dante ... Himself - Director
Richard Denning ... Himself - Star, 'Unknown Island'
Donald F. Glut ... Himself - Author, 'Classic Movie Monsters'
Hugh Hefner ... Himself - Publisher, 'Playboy' Magazine (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Christopher Lee ... Himself - Host
Mark Thomas McGee Mark Thomas McGee ... Himself - Author, 'Beyond Ballyhoo'
Lori Nelson ... Herself - Co-Star, 'Revenge of the Creature'
Vincent Price ... Himself - Himself - Star, 'House of Wax' (archive footage)


100 Years of Horror examines the myriad of gimmicks used to enhance terror in horror films including Technicolor, 3-D, insurance, and electrical shocks.

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Gory Gimmicks
16 October 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

100 Years of Horror: Gory Gimmicks (1996)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

One of the more entertaining entries in the series takes us on a rundown of the various gimmicks people would use to get folks into the theater. This started early in cinema when prints were hand colored and then the process went to Technicolor films movies like DOCTOR X. This gimmick would later change when movies were made in color but then we'd get another attempt to get kids into theaters with 3-D. People like William Castle would come along and films like MARK OF THE DEVIl would arrive giving out barf bags. Even in 1996 they had gimmicks like "unrated" editions that were really just a few seconds thrown back into the movie because the studios knew this was a way to make you pay twice to see a film.

I really enjoyed the rundown here even though I already knew everything I was seeing. I think the joy out of this episode is just seeing the various ways that Hollywood and producers would make you get into a movie. An entire documentary could be (and has been) made on William Castle and his various gimmicks. Vincent Price talks about his work with Castle as well as HOUSE OF WAX. Joe Dante and John Carpenter talk about various things that got them into the theater and Roger Corman talks about how he was given $200,000 to make two black and white cheapies but talked AIP into making one color picture (HOUSE OF USHER) instead.

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