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eighties horror you might have missed


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...

Many of us had a special teddy bear when we were kids. My bear's name was Fred E. Bear - he came with a poster that showed him as an astronaut floating in space, which was Blu-Tacked above my bunk bed's lower bunk for a brief period of time (later replaced by posters for RunawayRemo Williams: The Adventure Begins, then finally the Star Wars Blueprint for R2D2). In The Pit, 12-year-old Jamie has a special bear, too.