Horror & exploitation filmmaking documentariesby Visioneer | created - 29 Oct 2010 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Updated on regular basis - in random order. They're mostly full-length documentaries about horror and exploitation filmmaking, plus some noteworthy featurettes.
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Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror
An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary
You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM. But there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS... See full summary »
6. Monsterland (2009 TV Movie)
80 min | Documentary
Monsterland journeys through time and around the world, exploring diverse monster types, from the origins of the latex monster in devastated postwar Japan to the aliens and serial murderers... See full summary »
7. The American Nightmare (2000)
Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Horror
An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.
8. Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, History
This documentary delves into the art of make-up effects with industry legends Dick Smith, Rob Bottin, Tom Savini, John Landis, Frank Darabont, Joe Dante and many others with a strong focus ... See full summary »
9. The Fearmakers Collection (2007 Video)
300 min | Documentary
Half-hour profiles of ten of the screen's masters of classic terror and suspense, based on the book THE FEARMAKERS (St. Martin's Press, 1994) by John McCarty.
10. Bloodsucking Cinema (2007 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary
The sound of flapping bat wings, an empty coffin, glistening fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, the sensual taste of blood, a blank reflection, fear of the cross, and death from daylight. ... See full summary »
13. Horror Business (2005 Video)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano began what would ... See full summary »
14. Hanging Shadows (2007 Video)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary
Offers a critical appreciation of Italian horror cinema, pioneered by directors such as Dario Argento and Mario Bava, a genre that influenced filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Takashi Miike.
15. Celluloid Horror (2004)
88 min | Documentary
Celluloid Horror explores Kier-La Janisse's tireless crusade to bring obscure cult horror film to the masses through her independently run international film festival, CineMuerte, 'cinema ... See full summary »
16. Scream Greats, Volume I: Tom Savini (1986 Video)
60 min | Documentary, Biography, Horror
A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on.
17. The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988–1989)
45 min | Documentary
This show is a series of documentaries focusing on the world of psychotronic movies. Episodes focus on the lives of such diverse filmakers as Hershell Gordon Lewis, Saim Raimi, Doris ... See full summary »
18. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)
Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Horror
Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!
20. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror
A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers.
23. Monster Squad Forever! (2007 Video)
87 min | Documentary
This is a feature-length look into the creation of the 20 year old cult-classic, Monster Squad, including interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, stars Tom Noonan, Duncan Regehr, Andre Gower and more.
24. Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (2007)
48 min | Documentary, Biography
Famous Monster takes a fast-paced, colorful look at the life of science fiction's greatest fan - Forrest J. Ackerman, whose 85 year love affair with the genre helped bring it into the ... See full summary »
25. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography
Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks.
27. Vampira: The Movie (2006 Video)
The new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi, the first horror host. In 1954 her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" ... See full synopsis »
28. The Psycho Legacy (2010 Video)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary
The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.
TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.
31. Best Worst Movie (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.
Votes: 7,254 | Gross: $0.10M
32. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 15,879 | Gross: $1.16M
36. Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion (1992 Video)
111 min | Documentary
A documentary detailing the making of the infamous "Plan 9 From Outer Space," and interviews with cast members and prominent filmmakers about the film and its creator, Edward D. Wood Jr.
41. Halloween: The Inside Story (2010 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary
"Halloween: The Inside Story" takes a look at one of the most successful film franchises of all time as it goes behind the scenes of John Carpenter's "Halloween," the "frightfest" that ... See full summary »
43. Dark Dreamers (2011– )
23 min | Documentary, Biography, Talk-Show
They have created the dreams that mark our nightmares, forging an unforgettable world of dark fantasy, horror and suspense. After thirty years of accruing in-depth interviews, award-winning... See full summary »
46. The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004– )
TV-14 | 300 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror
Film-makers, performers, genre authorities and selected high-profile fans count down the most chilling moments in cinematic history. Not just from horror films, but from such thrillers as ... See full summary »
47. Alan Yates Uncovered (2005 Video)
Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary
Documentary follows Gabriel Yorke, the actor turned Berkeley professor, who, after 25 years of silence, is finally willing to speak about his participation in the controversial film Cannibal Holocaust (1980).
48. John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004 Video)
60 min | Documentary
Chronicles the work of cult director John Carpenter through interviews with him and his associates, with emphases on the earlier work.
49. Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' (2007 Video)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror