To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story

★★★☆ – (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.

Apocalypse Soon: The Making of Citizen Toxie

★★★☆ – (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.

Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow

Just Desserts

★★½☆ – (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.

Some Nudity Required

Some Nudity Required

★★½☆ – (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.

Rewind This!

Rewind This!

★★½☆ – (2013) – Documentary that focuses on the rise of home video through to the current state of digital pirating. A few docs of this sort have come before, and a few will follow, but this one is well structured, expansive, and informative. A few too many nameless geeks participate, but by the end a valid point is made clear: collectors will save purchasable media.

Birth of the Living Dead

Birth of the Living Dead

★★½☆ – (2013) – Documentary that explores the cinematic and social importance of a no-budget zombie flick that took over the world. Showcases Night of the Living Dead’s legacy through filmmakers and historians, yet unwisely includes the irrelevant impressions of modern school children. Moves fast and provides eternal insights.

Crystal Lake Memories

Crystal Lake Memories

★★★☆ – (2013) – Documentary about the improbable yet extremely successful run of Friday the 13th films. Though portions are lifted from His Name Was Jason, and nothing entirely new is presented to seasoned fans, this is still an entertaining exploration of each film. Nearly seven hours long, but moves too fast to become tedious.