I watched an awesome film last night entitled BASKET CASE. It was about a dude with big hair and his little mutant brother he carried around in a basket (hence, the title…it’s a pun, people!!!!). Anyway, this little mutant brother of his was seriously f’d in the head and screams a lot and eats people. He even rapes his brother’s girlfriend, which totally breaks the Bro Code. Seriously, the little mutant dude was a major dick. Still, I felt kinda sorry for him. I was invested in the story and it had some good gore scenes and tits. Overall, everything you could want in an 1980s horror film.
The thing is, I knew it was going to be boss right at the start.
How you ask?
It had a red on black opening title sequence!
To break it down for you all, that’s when you’ve got red lettering on a black background. Nearly every 1980s horror film had red on black opening titles.
It said two things about the film…
1.) It’s R-rated.
2.) It’s going to be awesome!
A few weeks ago, I was watching GHOULIES. And guess what it had at the start? That’s right. Red on black, baby. And that film had a ghoulie pop out of a toilet bowel and he went “GGGGRRRRRRHHHH!!!!” And before that I was watching Paul Verhoeven’s masterwork, SPETTERS, and it had red on black credits intercutting with a dirt-bike racing through the streets. Shit! You know that film’s going to be boss! It wasn’t even a horror film, but it had dirt-bikes, naked girls, Rutger Hauer, and a homosexual gang-rape (I know, I know…sounds gay, but it was a pretty ballsy move on the part of the gang-rapers). Sometimes a film series like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET merely used the red lettering for the film’s title and then used white lettering for the rest of the credits. Not quite as cool, but still cool. As long as there’s SOME red in there.
You see, the thing about red on black is it’s EVIL looking. It’s a Satanic color scheme, you dig? And if a film’s coming out of the gate with Satanic colors, you know there’s going to be sex, violence, and a lot of ballsy shit going down.
Always bet on red on black.
You won’t be disappointed.