Lost Soul

★★★☆ – (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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Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini

★★★☆ – (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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Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

★★½☆ – (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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Poultry in Motion: Truth Is Stranger Than Chicken

★★★☆ – (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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To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story

★★½☆ – (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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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