Hollywood Theater Reveals Birth Of Modern Horror With ‘Shock Value’


The 1970s film school movement is notable for producing such award-winning, celebrated talents as Scorsese and Coppola, but little attention is given to the era’s horror pioneers. Fortunately, writer Jason Zinoman’s book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror explains how directors such as Polanski, De Palma, Craven, and Carpenter revolutionized the genre by elevating it to grittier, more political heights.

The work inspired the USC School of Cinema Arts to revisit their archives and create a feature-length anthology of student works from the late 1960s and 1970s entitled Shock Value: The Movie. From Jan. 2nd through Jan. 5th, the Hollywood Theater will screen the film as part of a tribute to modern horror.

The compilation features recently uncovered and previously unseen student films by Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Total Recall) and John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York), along with films by their classmates Terry Winkless (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Oscar-nominated documentary producer Alec Lorimore, and Charles Adair (Bleeders) to show how USC was a major birthplace for the redefining of the horror genre in the 1970s.

Showtimes for Shock Value: The Movie are 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2nd, 7 p.m. on Jan. 3rd, 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 4th, and 7:30 p.m. on Jan 5th. The Hollywood Theater will also screen Carpenter’s 1988 classic They Live and the new release [REC] 4: Apocalypse in conjunction with the film. Tickets are $8, $6 for kids, students and seniors, or $10 for the Shock Value/They Live double feature. Tickets are available on Showclix or at the door.


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