Behind the Monsters
No horror icon came out of a filmmaker’s first draft fully formed. There were early drafts, wrong turns, experimentation. Once made flesh (or latex), there’s presentation, impact, audience response and legacy. Each of these steps that nudge a horror creation toward the annals of legend will be explored in Shudder’s BEHIND THE MONSTERS. Each episode examines a horror icon who has broken free of the confines of the film from which it was born and become the stuff of legend.
1. Michael Myers
A cheap film shot in 21 days changed the landscape of horror, made several careers, and gave one actress an iconic role that she’s tweaking 42 years later.
The genre's first black slasher showed up in 1992, rich with subtext about racial tensions in American history. In 2021, he's coming back - and is perhaps the most relevant horror icon imaginable.
What started as a nasty spin on 80s consumerism flourished over three decades into an unlikely progressive horror property that refuses to get back on the shelf.
4. Freddy Krueger
In 1984 Wes Craven saw the slasher boom filling screens and took it to the next level by leaving reality behind. Other slashers carved through teen bodies; Freddy invaded their minds.
5. Jason Voorhees
The producers just wanted to rip off HALLOWEEN. What happened instead was the accidental creation of a machete-wielding avatar of conservative 1980s morality.
I love this. Watching people who legitimately loved working on these characters and hardcore fans talk about them is such a treat for my horror loving heart.
Awesome! For an Autumn binge watch!!! Sooooo many memories & extremely well documented/illustrated... a must see
Fantastic series! Binged the whole thing in one evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely behind the scenes and backstory info for every franchise. Agree with everyone else- MORE SEASONS PLEASE!
Really great series!
Amazing Can't get enough!