man is the warmest place to hide.

eighties horror you might have missed

William Fruet

Mark Irwin is responsible for some of the best horror cinematography produced during the eighties. His earliest work was on low- and no-budget films (including many documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada, NFB), so it makes sense that he would become known for his usage of low-light, lens flares, and other vérité techniques. Coming up through the ranks in the late 70s, he worked on many genre films, including those with Wes Craven, William Fruet and Ed Hunt, but his crowning achievement during this period is his work with David Cronenberg. Starting in 1979 with Fast Company, Irwin was the director of photography for all of Cronenberg's work into the mid-80s: The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, and The Fly...

By the mid-80s, most holidays had already been co-opted for horror films, following in the tradition started by Halloween and Friday the 13th. And that's why in 1986 there were three different films in production based on April Fool's Day; only one of them, directed by Fred Walton, was released as "April Fool's Day". The other two were retitled: Slaughter High and Killer Party...