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The Phantom wrote:
I'm really glad someone started this thread. I never got to see these type of shows but heard about them from my cousins who lived in Louisville, Ky. (I
come from a smaller town in so. Ky.) Anyway I always regretted never being able to get up there in time to see one. What I was wondering was how hard
would it be to bring em back?
Not only do I love watching horror movies I am in the process of trying to make two of them (on Super16mm). I have had some trouble with getting my
cast. I wish I had saved money to pay the cast in advance but I really HAD to buy my equipment (I got a good deals too) as rental houses are non-existent in
my area (well the closest to me --in Nashville, TN was more than I could afford). Anyway I got this script for a horror movie entitled
"Bloodybones" (any y'all remember that bogeyman?) The movie is intended to be scary, but not more than what your average 12 year old could
handle (which is probably a lot more than I will be delivering anyway). I was thinking this movie --if I get it right- ought to be to Halloween what "A
Christmas Story" was to the Christmas season (that's the idea anyway).
So I was doing some research on this line of Halloweeen decorations and mask and make-up and all sorts of goodies called "Totally Ghoul". I found
out that the line is owned by Kmart. So I tracked down Kmart corporate HQ address and was thinking of asking them to sort of 'partner' with me on a
marketing plan to promote the movie (which will be shown at the older palace type theatres we went to as kids) and maybe put on one of these old time
Spookshows and get the thing going again for kids these days.
What do y'all think of this idea--seriously?
Thanks in advance,
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what adults would have been actually disbelief-suspended enough to have been scared by the live show antics.
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I think that "then vs. now" mindset does tend to get oversimplified, Grant. Depending on what era you are talking about as to what factors are involved. For example, prior to World War I (and, to a lesser degree, World War II), you had people who were born, lived and died in pretty much the same community without straying too far away. (And, again depending on the time frame, more areas were small town and rural than they are today.) Not a lot of long-distance recreational travel prior to Interstate, and not as many people going off to college. (And, to a degree, not as diverse a cross-section of people in the work force since there was a time when a family could have a good living with only one parent working.) News came via newsreel, newspaper and radio (that last probably offering the most up-to-date info) so, in a sense, it was less enlightened primarily in that your information options were limited. (The immediacy of the Internet or texting lets a buddy overseas tell me here in the States about the latest-breaking news halfway around the world with just a few keystrokes.) And sociology plays a factor. Many of the controversial topics of today existed back then, but it was a society that tended not to talk about certain subjects openly. (Today, we have hit TV shows that air everyone's dirty little secrets via talk shows and reality shows.) Once upon a time, a kid getting pregnant in school was scandalous. Today, no one thinks twice about it because it happens all the time. Seeing murder in the headlines was a major shock; today, it's common to read about it on a daily basis. And let's not overlook that film and television can depict things now that couldn't be shown back then, so we've become accustomed to experiencing more as a matter of routine. I don't think those were necessarily more "innocent" times, but perhaps simply more naive. (And even this post only hits some of the highlights in the differences in mindset.)
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macraeross wrote:My podcast, BALLYCAST, THE PODCAST OF THE SIDESHOW, FREAK SHOW, CARNIVAL AND BURLESQUE had a great interview with an authority on the old spookshows who is temporarily reviving the experience.Also, HERE is a great article on the old-time shows.
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