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.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Machete Maidens Unleashed

★★★☆ – (2010) – Documentary that explores America’s creation of exploitation films in the Philippines. Mainly focuses on the action genre, but the overall spirit involves guerrilla filmmaking of any kind. A fast, funny, and informative journey through a dangerous time that may never occur again.

American Movie

American Movie

★★½☆ – (1999) – Documentary that focuses on an ambitious filmmaker who aims to surpass society through low budget horror features. In some ways enlightening when dealing with dreams, but wholly depressing when dealing with reality. A strong case for why having a backup plan in life is essential.

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

★★☆☆ – (2012) – Documentary about a former occupant of a notorious murder site who claims his family moved into a haunted house. Basically beats a dead horse since the fictitious movies led us to believe the “true” stories were false, and does nothing to prove otherwise even with participants of actual events. The main subject, however, is nutty enough to hold attention.