Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

This historical and critical look at slasher films, which includes dozens of clips, begins with "Halloween," "Friday the 13th," and "Prom Night." The films' directors, writers, producers, and special effects creators comment on the films' making and success. During the Reagan years, the films get gorier, budgets get smaller, and their appeal wanes. Then, "Nightmare on Elm Street" revives the genre. Jump to the late 90s, when "Scream" brings humor and TV stars into the mix. Although some criticize the genre as misogynistic (Siskel and Ebert), most of the talking heads celebrate the films: as long as there are teenagers, there will be slasher films, says one.

    Tagline: Every Evil, Every Nightmare, Together in One Film

    Directing:
    • Jeff McQueen

    Writing:
    • Adam Rockoff
    • J. Albert Bell
    • Rachel Belofsky

Release Date: 2006-10-13

Rudy Scalese

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Rachel Belofsky

Writer/Producer

Adam Rockoff

Writer (book)

Armando Salas

Cinematography

Michael Fimognari

Cinematography

Vanessa Cartier

Makeup artist

Donald Webb

Composer (additional music)

Ed Green

Narrator

Jeff Katz

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Anna Massey

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Alfred Hitchcock

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Maxine Audley

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Brenda Bruce

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David Hess

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Sandra Peabody

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Lucy Grantham

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Anthony Perkins

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Janet Leigh

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Bill Moseley

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Rose McGowan

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Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew Lillard

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Anthony Hopkins

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Sid Haig

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Jsu Garcia

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Jodie Foster

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Glenn Ford

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Robert Englund

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Heather Donahue

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Johnny Depp

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Courteney Cox

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George Clooney

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Neve Campbell

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Jessica Biel

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Tobin Bell

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Dario Argento

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Patricia Arquette

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David Arquette

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Leslie Nielsen

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Ari Lehman

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Kevin Bacon

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Kyle Richards

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Brian Andrews

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Charles Cyphers

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P.J. Soles

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Nancy Kyes

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Donald Pleasence

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Jamie Lee Curtis

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Moustapha Akkad

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Michael Berryman

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Marian Waldman

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Lynne Griffin

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Jeramie Rain

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Fred J. Lincoln

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Daphne Zuniga

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Sheri Moon Zombie

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Renée Zellweger

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Amanda Wyss

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Alicia Witt

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Thomas F. Wilson

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Vanna White

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Leigh Whannell

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Tom Welling

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Harvey Weinstein

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Bob Weinstein

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Timothy Webber

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Rachel Ward

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Skeet Ulrich

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Fisher Stevens

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Anthony Sherwood

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Linda Shayne

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Kelly Rowland

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Ronald Reagan

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James Read

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Linnea Quigley

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Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

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Ryan Phillippe

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Ken Olandt

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Dina Meyer

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Heather Langenkamp

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Ken Kirzinger

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Dana Kimmell

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Jamie Kennedy

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Katherine Kamhi

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Joshua Jackson

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Holly Hunter

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Gina Smika Hunter

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Jennifer Love Hewitt

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Jay Hernandez

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Jessica Harper

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Tom Hanks

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