There are some movies in American culture that definitely defined and served to redefine what cinema was and what it could do. In season three of The Movies That Made Us, there is a whole new set of films which have transcended genres, casting, film techniques, and have created the foundations for new fears, inspirations, and future art.
The movies covered in season one are some of the biggest, including Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, Ghostbusters, and Die Hard while season two continued the trend to include other transcendent films Back to the Future, Pretty Woman, Jurassic Park, and Forrest Gump.
Season three, on the other hand, couldn’t come at a better time than the Fall, and thus the Halloween season, and delves even deeper into a couple of other notable holiday classics. Episode one is of the film Halloween itself, followed up by other horror films such as Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Aliens. The other two holiday films are Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf. The season also includes Robocop and Coming to America.
These films are very worthy picks that continue to haunt, enlighten, and move audiences to greater passions. They have become part of our own holiday traditions and pivotal parts of our unique cultural identity.
The show details the budgeting, last-minute inspirations, and resulting box office bombs that went on to become truly legendary, as well as the people who made them so. Sometimes they became famous by chance, sometimes by design, but as with many monumental works of art, new things were tried and risks were taken without knowing how they would turn out at the time.
For cinephiles, these in-depth looks at some favourites provide a new appreciation for the details and struggles that paid off in films that are now watched over and over.