I love horror movies and I love documentaries. Putting those together then you get documentaries about horror movies, WHAT COULD BE BETTER?!?! I truly adore documentaries because I honestly think that they speak of loving something. Yes, there are documentaries that educate about historic things and events. Things that need to be brought to light. But when someone does a documentary about horror movies or about an actor or a specific movie it is almost always a love song. I wholeheartedly approve of that sort of devotion. People who come to my house almost always comment on my shelves of movies. I still love collecting, I love owning, sharing, and watching movies. It makes me happy to know and see the examples of other people’s love. It makes me feel a little less alone in my obsessions.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
Hosted by Lance Henriksen — to be honest I could listen to that man read the phone book and give it a rave review. Thankfully the quality of the documentary is deserving of having that sonorous voice narrating it. It gives a nice history of the genre and what its appeal is to so many.
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss gives a charming narration and a feeling that he loves the genre as much as you do. I appreciated getting the close look at the early Universal years and a history of Hammer and their films with which I was really unfamiliar.
The Psycho Legacy
There is an intimacy to Robert V. Galluzzo’s ode to the Psycho films. You feel as though you have snuck into peoples’ home and are overhearing them speaking of the private memories while participating in the creation and filming. It’s thorough yet emotional — if you weren’t a lover of the films before watching you will be after.
Masters of Horror Season One
These are not documentaries per se, but the featurettes that accompany the episodes are wonderful insights into the creative minds of some of the most influential members of the horror community.
My Amityville Horror
This is another rather intimate look of one man’s real life experience. It’s powerful and voyeuristic to almost an uncomfortable degree. It is focused on Daniel Lutz who was the young son in the Amityville house. The power of his hatred for his stepfather is a fiery wrath that could power a small town if harnessed. Watching him revel in, yet obviously have a lot of disgust for his experiences, you feel moved. He rages as he recounts his story and sometimes confuses his experiences with the fictions created for the the movie. His story’s power is undeniable and completely watchable — if you can get over feeling a little dirty for feeling like you are reading his diary.
Never Sleep Again
The depth and scope of this documentary is inspiring. When you call a documentary a love song, this is the one that should be provided as the example. The love just seeps out of it. If you enjoy the Nightmare films at all you will enjoy this. It runs at a good four hours and you never notice a minute of it passing.