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Just in time for Halloween, Netflix’s ‘The Movies That Made Us’ takes a stab at three horror classics

Written by on October 13, 2021

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Just in time for Halloween, the third season of Netflix’s hit The Movies That Made Us peels back the curtain on the making of three horror classics: 1978’s Halloween, 1980’s Friday The 13th, and 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street

The series also takes a look at enduring ’80s hits like James Cameron‘s Aliens, the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, and Robocop.

With the spooky season upon us, KVSP caught up with Brian Volk-Weiss, the series’ creator and executive producer. He didn’t start out as a horror fan but as he and his “Mozart-level editors” Nick Ferrell and Ben Frost dove deep into what made the slasher flicks endure, he got it. 

“You know what it is, I think, and this is going to sound crazy talking about these low-budget horror films, but they have in their own way, a lot of heart,” he says. “It is a very, very simple antagonist. And everybody just gets out of his way or not! But there’s a charm to these films!”

Volk-Weiss notes another key element: casting. “Maybe these aren’t people that are going to get Oscars for best acting. I get it. But they had charisma. They had charm. Yes, most of them were good-looking, but they had charisma!”

Movies That Made Us’ look into 1986’s Aliens is also eye-opening: it features an interview with James Remar, who was fired from the film after shooting started because of a drug arrest, forcing James Cameron to replace him as Hicks with Terminator veteran Michael Biehn.

“I still cannot believe we got Remar,” Volk-Weiss admits. “By the way, even when I was interviewing Sigourney [Weaver], I told her…and she was like, ‘Really?!’ 

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