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The New Generation Of Scare Cinema Roots Itself In The Indelible Classics
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Nov 21, 2023, 7:17 AM ET
New Pioneering Filmmaker Is The New Torchbearer of Horror/Action/Comedy Cinema
"Wrecker" follows in the footsteps of cult classics like "Army of Darkness," "Halloween," and "An American Werewolf in London," drawing on their successful elements while carving out its own unique space. Each of these films has left an indelible mark on the genre and "Wrecker" is set to do the same.
Sam Raimi's early works, particularly "The Evil Dead" series, set a new standard for horror/comedy. His blend of slapstick humor and genuine scares created a unique tone that many have tried to replicate but few have mastered. Bryan Brooks' "Wrecker" echoes this tone, balancing thrilling action, chilling horror and well-timed comedy to create a film that feels both familiar and fresh while also featuring strong and memorable characters.
John Carpenter's "Halloween" is renowned for its innovative use of music and sound design to create tension and suspense. Carpenter, known as the "Master of Horror," has a knack for creating nail-biting anxiety, a trait that has influenced countless filmmakers. His innovative use of music and sound design can be heard in his other works as well, like “The Thing” and “Big Trouble In Little China,” and has become a staple of the genre. Brooks pays homage to this masterful use of sound in his film "Wrecker," using it to enhance the film's suspense and action.
John Landis, with films like "An American Werewolf in London," showed that horror and comedy could coexist without diminishing the impact of either. His innovative storytelling techniques and character development added depth to a genre often dismissed for its lack of complexity. Brooks takes a page from Landis' book in "Wrecker" by crafting complex characters and an engaging plot that keeps viewers invested from start to finish.
But Brooks is not just a follower of these great filmmakers; he is also a trailblazer in his own right. With "Wrecker," he has taken on multiple roles, from writing and directing to acting and performing stunts. His dedication to the project is evident in every frame, reflecting a passion for filmmaking that rivals that of his predecessors. Brooks wrote the script, planned all fight choreographies, painted and constructed each set, edited the entire film and created all digital special effects.
That being said, ”Wrecker" also stands out for its commitment to practical effects, a hallmark of action/horror cinema. The film features seven car crashes, all performed without the use of CGI and all performed by Brooks himself. This dedication to authenticity harks back to the genre's roots and sets "Wrecker" apart in an era dominated by digital effects. "I believe storytellers are the most powerful people of our day, we have to ability to help form the mindset of the next generation. It's for this reason I have involved myself so deeply in my project. I really care about the people of this world and believe they can grow and develop into descent human beings by learning from the lessons that great storytellers create," says Brooks.
As "Wrecker" makes its way to audiences around the world, it's clear that Bryan Brooks is a name to watch in the world of horror/action/comedy cinema. With his deep understanding of the genre and his clear passion for filmmaking, he is poised to carry the torch lit by Raimi, Carpenter, and Landis into a new era. Check out "Wrecker" (2022) on Prime Video, Tubi and YouTube Movies.
Wrecker (2022) Trailer
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