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Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film. (88 mins.)
 
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American Grindhouse (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. (80 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009 Documentary)
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Monument
 
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The American Nightmare (2000 Documentary)
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An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society. (73 mins.)
Director: Adam Simon
 
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Scream Greats, Vol. 1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects (1986 Documentary)
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A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on. (60 mins.)
 
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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Documentary)
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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! (240 mins.)
 
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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 Documentary)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
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Monster Squad Forever! (2007 Documentary)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Felsher
 
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Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006 Documentary)
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A retrospective documentary about the Halloween movie franchise. (83 mins.)
 
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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary)
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films. (88 mins.)
Director: Stuart Samuels
 
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Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
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Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s. (72 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
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Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010 Documentary)
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
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30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006 Mini-Series)
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30 more scary moments are counted down. (89 mins.)
 
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The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004 Mini-Series)
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Film-makers, performers, genre authorities and selected high-profile fans count down the most chilling moments in cinematic history... (300 mins.)
Director: Kevin Kaufman
 
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The Omen Legacy (2001 Documentary)
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The true stories that spawned the eerie tale of Damien, a small boy with an angelic face, whose very name still conjures up thoughts of Satan... (100 mins.)
Director: Brent Zacky
 
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The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist' (1998 Documentary)
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The Exorcist became a cultural phenomenon upon its release. This making-of documentary tells the story of its creation and describes how audiences reacted to it. Interviews with cast and crew are shown. (74 mins.)
 
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Re-Animator Resurrectus (2007 Documentary)
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(70 mins.)
Director: Perry Martin
 
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Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' (2007 Documentary)
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Details the making of Stephen King & George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology classic, from conception through to completion. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Felsher
 
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'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003 Documentary)
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(87 mins.)
 
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The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary on the history of the Friday the 13th films. (30 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
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More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011 Documentary)
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Retrospective documentary about the making of the horror cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead." (120 mins.)
Director: Bill Philputt
 
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Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary delves into the art of make-up effects with industry legends Dick Smith, Rob Bottin... (60 mins.)
Director: Kevin VanHook
 
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The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Documentary)
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A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film. (83 mins.)
 
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A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010 Mini-Series)
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Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond. (177 mins.)
 
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The House That Freddy Built (2006 Documentary)
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A look at the importance of the Elm Street franchise for New Line Cinema. (22 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
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Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios... (77 mins.)
Director: Kent Jones
 
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The American Scream (2012 Documentary)
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An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they... (91 mins.)
 
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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos. (90 mins.)
 
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Masters of Horror (2002 Documentary)
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More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends. (90 mins.)
 
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In the Teeth of Jaws (1997 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
 
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Jaws: The Inside Story (2010 Documentary)
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A fascinating program that goes behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's landmark 1975 film JAWS. (90 mins.)
 
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Scream: The Inside Story (2011 Documentary)
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In 1996, the horror master Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) unleashed Scream, a slasher movie... (120 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
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Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective (2011 Documentary)
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A year in the making, Still Screaming is the definitive documentary on the making of the iconic Scream movies... (90 mins.)
Director: Ryan Turek
 
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Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007 Documentary)
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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. (82 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008 Documentary)
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The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
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Terror in the Aisles (1984 Documentary)
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A compilation of scenes from science fiction, crime drama and horror films of the 1930s through 1980s. (84 mins.)
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn
 
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Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (2004 Documentary)
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Tells the story of EC Comics, the controversy that led to the end of mainstream horror comics, and the HBO anthology series "Tales from the Crypt". (56 mins.)
Director: Chip Selby
 
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Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
 
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Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994 Documentary)
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The history of Hammer Films and their legacy, narrated by the studio's most beloved stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. (100 mins.)
Director: Ted Newsom
 
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Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012 Documentary)
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Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others. (90 mins.)
Director: John Das
 
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Document of the Dead (1985 Documentary)
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A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead. (102 mins.)
Director: Roy Frumkes
 
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American Scary (2006 Documentary)
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American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go... (91 mins.)
Director: John E. Hudgens
 
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Full Tilt Boogie (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn and the people who made it. (97 mins.)
Director: Sarah Kelly
 
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Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man (2001 Documentary)
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The cast and main players in the crew come together to discuss the making of cult British horror film The Wicker Man... (50 mins.)
 
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Eurotika! (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Vampires and Virgins (1999)
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Overview of French filmmaker Jean Rollin and his offbeat cinematic forays into the horror genre.
 
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Eurotika! (1999 TV Series)
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A documentary about the prolific low-budget Spanish filmmaker Jesús Franco and his many forays into horror and sexploitation all over Europe since the early 1960s.
 
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Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood. (95 mins.)
Director: Alex Stapleton
 
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Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
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Nightmare Factory (2011 Documentary)
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An inside look at the world of Hollywood special effects and the company paving the way, KNB Effects. (90 mins.)
Director: Donna Davies
 
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The Making of 'Psycho' (1997 Documentary)
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A retrospective on the entire movie, from start to finish. There are interviews with many of the principle... (94 mins.)
 
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Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary tracing the history of horror films from the silent period to the splatter films of the 1980s...
Director: Ray Selfe
 
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Fear in the Dark (1991 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Dominic Murphy
 
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Clive Barker: The Art of Horror (1992 Documentary)
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Explores the art and mind of horror icon Clive Barker. (30 mins.)
 
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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the history of the Friday the 13th franchise. (400 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
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Eurotika! (1999 TV Series)
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John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004 Documentary)
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Chronicles the work of cult director John Carpenter through interviews with him and his associates, with emphases on the earlier work. (60 mins.)
Director: Garry S. Grant
 
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Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004 Documentary)
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Nightmare in Canada is a one-hour television documentary that tells the story of Canada's contribution to the horror film industry. (60 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Adcock
 
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Birth of the Living Dead (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead. (76 mins.)
Director: Rob Kuhns
 
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The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014 TV Movie)
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Fifty lesser-known horror flicks hailed by critics and genre fans as "absolute must-sees" are given the spotlight with fun... (139 mins.)
Director: Anthony Masi
 
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Doc of the Dead (2014 Documentary)
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The definitive zombie culture documentary, brought to the screen by the makers of THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS. (81 mins.)
 
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The Perfect Scary Movie (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary looking at the various conventions and scare techniques of the horror genre. (102 mins.)
 
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Creepy Classics (1987 Documentary)
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A compilation of trailers for various horror and sci-fi films. (30 mins.)
Director: Pamela Page
 
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The Shark Is Still Working (2007 Documentary)
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After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture. (100 mins.)
Director: Erik Hollander
 
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Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film (2000 Documentary)
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Documentary tracing the rise of the 'slasher' movie. (70 mins.)
 
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Coming Soon (1982 Documentary)
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Scenes and trailers from 50 of Universal's greatest Horror Films. (55 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010 Documentary)
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Gory, Gory, Hallelujah! Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this often-hilarious documentary, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE! (106 mins.)
 
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Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987 Documentary)
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Deranged projectionist Mad Ron shows a movie theater full of rowdy zombies a diverse assortment of horror... (83 mins.)
Director: Jim Monaco