In Progress – 80s inspiration

Here’s a new personal piece I’m working on. Lately, my boyfriend and I have been watching lots and lots of horror and sci fi b-movies from the 70s and 80s. Terrorvision, Night of the Comet, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow, Return of the Living Dead II, Basket Case… the list goes on and on. One thing I’ve come to really appreciate is the ability of lighting to completely alter a once-boring urban landscape.

One common feature of these films is the significance of the neon light. Usually if there’s more than one neon light shining on a character, something exciting’s about to happen. Now here are some awesome examples of neon in film from the 70s and 80s:

Creepshow: every bad event can be predicted by the amount of neon in the shot.

Terrorvision: my favourite intentionally-cheesy horror movie. Please watch it.

Susperia: starring Jessica Harper (I love her) and neon lights.

Night of the Comet: a great example of how light changes a landscape.

How could I not be inspired?


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