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Film Screening In Atlanta Pays Homage To Six Horror Periods

For their film “Solitude,” Taylor Olson and Livingston Oden travel through six horror time periods. This image represents the 1980s segment – a homage to slasher films.
For their film “Solitude,” Taylor Olson and Livingston Oden travel through six horror time periods. This image represents the 1980s segment – a homage to slasher films.
Credit COURTESY OF TAYLOR OLSON AND LIVINGSTON ODEN

For the past 75 years, a mysterious evil has killed several generations of a family – haunting a forest on their property.

That’s the plot of “Solitude,” a horror film by Taylor Olson and Atlanta-based Livingston Oden.

Shot in Minnesota, the film travels through six horror time periods. It pays homage to the campy monster movies of the 1930s, the Hitchcockian psychological style of the 1960s, the supernatural horror films of the 1970s, the slasher films of the 1980s, the found footage style – think “The Blair Witch Project” – of the 1990s and modern day horror.

Oden and Olson used shooting methods that reflected each time period. For example, in the 1930s segment, the filmmakers used wide shots, as cameras had less mobility at that time.

For the 1980s, they shot in color with bright neon tones. For the 1990s, the filmmakers used a camera that Olson had used when he was 10 years old.

Oden and Olson also referenced specific films. For example, in the 1970s segment, they referenced a shot from “The Exorcist III.”

“Solitude” will screen this Sunday at the Plaza Theatre at 3 p.m.

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