– (2016) – Documentary that promises to explore the rise and fall of physical media, but spends most of its time following the creators as they thrift shop for movies. Means well and provides some credible info, but lacks a narrative focus and as such is appallingly disjointed. Probably fun for those involved, but all else beware.
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– (2014) – Documentary about an impossibly troubled film production that began with ambition and was destroyed by ego. The tales of what happened have been made clear over the years, but seeing a film’s downfall in 98-minutes hits you like a bag of hammers. Mainly focuses on Richard Stanley, the original Dr. Moreau director, which is great, but also covers the fate of the cast and crew, all of whom had a miserable experience.
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– (2019) – Documentary that explores the life of a makeup F/X legend, from unexpected personal stories to familiar horror highlights. Covers ground most every horror fan has seen and heard before, but also has inclusions new to a seasoned die hard. Full of great coverage, and ends on a spiritually uplifting note.
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– (2017) – Documentary that explores the making of a horror film from promising script to well received feature. Though nothing astounding or ground breaking is ever put forth, this is still an informative look at the creation of a beloved film. Has enough integral players to make up for the inclusion of those whose input isn’t required, which helps fuel authenticity.
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– (2008) – Documentary that follows the production of a film where nothing ever goes right. As with previous Troma docs, this makes a case for why the lofty ambitions of filmmaking should be culled when dealing with a microbudget. Some of the main actors should have been more involved, but this is always humorous and eye opening.
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– (2017) – Documentary about a beloved stuntman/actor whose career almost ended before it began. Covers a lot of personal and meaningful ground during the first hour regarding burns and a lost movie role, and does so in an incredibly emotional way. The final third is a showcase of Kane’s family and fans, which doesn’t provide as much fresh insight. Still, when this hits home, it hits hard.
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– (2001) – Documentary that spans the production of a dirt cheap independent film with big ambitions. A making-of that’s better than the film it represents as it’s more focused than the subject in question. For every moment of the director berating his crew, there are truly funny moments that have to be seen to be believed.
1,749 total views
– (2002) – Documentary that follows the production of a low-budget film with high-intensity moments. A cautionary tale to those who dream of the moviemaking process, as this is far from the lip-service extra features that accompany most films. A brutally honest look into the creative process that’s full of false egos, bad attitudes, and the overall pride in accomplishing a goal.
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– (2007) – Documentary that explores the creation of Creepshow from inception to release. Reveals some truly funny and informative stories of what happened during the building of a classic, but loses some impact by involving more background than core participants (Stephen King and many key actors are missing). Still, fans of the film will undoubtedly find pleasure.
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– (1998) – Documentary that explores exploited actresses in a male driven film society. Showcases strong opinions from each end of the spectrum, and tends to aggravate as such since some viewpoints are extreme (but sometimes heartfelt). The production is worse than the low budget films in question, but does offer insight into the B-movie making process and strips away any and all glamour.
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