Ten must see horror documentaries!

Below is a list of documentaries I feel are "must sees" for fans of the genre.  A few of them can be caught on netflix and other streaming services, while the rest can generally be purchased for pocket change on amazon.  If I missed any you feel need coverage leave a comment and I'll be sure to get around to it in a future list.  Enjoy!

The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010)
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry is about the life of the late Paul Naschy.  For those unfamiliar with the man he's been called  the Spanish Lon Chaney, a statement that I would agree with.  I've always been a big fan of his Wolfman/Daninsky films so this was right up my alley.  It's an extremely well done documentary.  If you're a fan if Naschy do yourself a favor and watch this immediately.  I'd even go as far as to recommend this to those unfamiliar with the man's work.  It'd be a nice stepping stone into the world of Naschy and Spanish horror.


American Nightmare (2000)
American Nightmare covers a few of the more infamous flicks of the 60's and 70's along with their influences and inevitable impact.  Romero, Craven, Landis, and a slew of other directors and actors are all on hand to discuss the films and their inspirations.  I originally saw this on IFC when I was a teenager and it made a lasting impression on me, it's not to be missed.  

One For the Fire: The Legacy of NOTLD (2008)
It was hard choosing between this and the wonderful Autopsy of the Dead.  I went ahead and went with One For The Fire because I feel it's more accessible for general horror fans.  This one is certainly your definitive documentary about all things Night and it covers the last 40 years of the film's legacy.  It can be found on Dimension's 2008 release of Night of the Living Dead.  I'll also give Autopsy a mention again, if you're a hardcore deadhead that's also one you'll want gracing your collection.

Fleshwounds (2006)
This a seven chapter documentary on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  It was included in Dark Sky's excellent Chainsaw release in 2006 and again on their blu-ray reissue.  There have been a handful of documentaries on the film while they are all good, I feel this one is the best of the pack.  It was produced/directed by Michael Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures who is in my opinion the go to company when you want a good featurette/documentary created.

Never Sleep Again (2010)
This is the ultimate Elm Street documentary clocking in at just over 4 hours.  Yeah, 4 damn hours.  That'e enough time to cover even the most minuscule of details (and it believe me, it does.)  Did I mention it's hosted by Freddy's greatest rival, Nancy?  I'm sure most have likely seen this by now, and if you haven't...Get to it!

Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)
25 Years of Terror covers the evolution of the Halloween franchise over the last 25 years.  There's also some kickass coverage of the H25 convention.  This can be bought as a two disc set that includes a comic, or if you're feeling like spending a little bit extra you can get it in Anchor Bay's deluxe Halloween set.  Either way it's one that no Halloween fan should be without.

Beware The Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' (2009)
This is a documentary directed and hosted by Paul Davis, a self proclaimed American Werewolf uber-fan.  For fans of the film it's something that is truly a 'must see' as it gathers most of the original cast and crew together and is much better than any previously released featurette on the film.  Universal execs must have also thought pretty highly of it as it was included with the American Werewolf in London blu-ray that was released in 2009.

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
This is one of my DVD's that has gotten a lot of play- it's not just a good informative documentary, it's a damn entertaining one.  It follows the slasher film from it's inception to it's current state.  Tons of interviews with a lot of familiar faces.  A definite must see for slasher fans!

Not Quite Hollywood
I feel the same way about this one as I do "Going to Pieces."  It's very informative and well made all while being extremely entertaining, sometimes if I'm a bit too busy to give my attention 100% to the television I'll toss this disc in the player and just have it going on in the background.  While I do love it, I also had a tough time deciding if I'd put it on the list because it's not entirely horror, it essentially covers a wide range of Aussie films of which there are some damn fine horror movies.  At the end of the day my love for the film ruled, it's got enough horror in it for this list and is one I'd highly recommend.  The guy behind it is currently working on a very anticipated documentary covering Canon Films.

Fear in the Dark (1991)
This is a made for TV documentary narrated by the great Christopher Lee.  For something that was made for television it's pretty damn extensive.  In an hour everything from Suspiria to Hellrasier gets coverage.  Most of the documentaries in this list are somewhat current, it's nice to see an older one that was filmed at a time when each of these guys were still pumping out scare after scare.

Okay so I've seen just a metric shit-ton of horror documentaries and narrowing down this list to just ten was a pain in the butt.  So if you've managed to check all of these out below you'll find a list of honorable mentions.

Screaming in High Heels (2011)
A great little documentary about the scream queens we all love and (occasionally) get to see killed.

Aurora Monsters: the model craze that gripped the world (2010)
If you're a monster movie fan there's a good chance you're familar with Aurora's awesome model kits.  This one covers those kits and the artists that created them.  It's a great watch!

American Scary (2006)
This is a look at the 'horror host' craze  that gained momentum in the 60's and is still happening to this day.  Tons of interviews with the men who created these memorable characters along with covering some of the new guys who are currently doin' there thing.

Horror Business (2005)
Are you a fan of campy low budget horror?  Well Look no further.   Horror Business covers the current (well, current in 2005) state of low budget horror, featuring a number of directors honing their craft outside of Hollywood.  

Have any suggestions for future viewing?  Comment or shoot me an email I'd love to hear from you!


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