Thursday, September 18, 2003

A Festival for the Rest of Us

Wired News is covering Mania Fest, a genre-movie film festival that runs September 18-21. “Mania Fest won’t elevate slasher films into the realm of art cinema. But the idea that genre movies—once relegated to drive-in theaters—now deserve serious consideration is something of a new idea.” Maybe new to them; we’ve been interpreting movies of all sorts from the beginning. “According to the Internet Movie Database, 20 of the top 25 highest-grossing films of all time come from the sci-fi, fantasy or horror genres. Still, these films seem to suffer from something of an inferiority complex.” It’s probably more of a reaction to the snobbery against the subgenres—just like in book publishing. Still, good that people are addressing it more now (Jason Silverman, Wired News, 18 Sep 2003)

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