Favorite Horror Documentaries

Updated: 1/11/13
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1.
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
 
2.
The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995 Documentary)
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Excellent and very detailed documentary on the making of a classic. Filled with appealing trivia, exhaustive interviews with cast and crew members... (125 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
6.
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
 
7.
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000 Documentary)
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Documentary that explores Argento's film career. (57 mins.)
Director: Leon Ferguson
 
8.
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999 Documentary)
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This documentary is a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock. Briefly covering much of his early British works... (101 mins.)
Director: Ted Haimes
 
9.
Vincent Price: The Sinister Image (1987 Documentary)
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(192 mins.)
Director: Stanley Sheff
 
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11.
Suspiria 25th Anniversary (2001 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Gary Hertz
 
12.
Monster Mania (1997 Documentary)
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(62 mins.)
Director: Kevin Burns
 
13.
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
 
14.
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (2000 Documentary)
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(35 mins.)
Director: David J. Skal
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
 
17.
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006 Documentary)
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A retrospective documentary about the Halloween movie franchise. (83 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011 Documentary)
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Three actresses "accidentally" became cult horror film icons in the late 1980s and created the modern interpretation of the "Scream Queen" image. (63 mins.)
 
20.
Cropsey (2009 Documentary)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. (84 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000 Documentary)
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Lon Chaney, the silent movie star and makeup artist, renowned for his various characterizations and celebrated for his horror films, becomes the subject of this documentary. (85 mins.)
Director: Kevin Brownlow
 
23.
Stephen King's World of Horror (1986 Documentary)
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A documentary about the works of novelist Stephen King and his influence on popular culture and his impact on horror film and novels. Portions of this documentary were repackaged and released as "This is Horror", released in 1989. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000 Documentary)
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A documentary primarily focusing on the filming and release of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: David Gregory
 
25.
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997 Documentary)
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From an early age, David Lynch was inspired by the arts and the warm inner glow that comes with the pursuit of creative expression... (85 mins.)
Director: Toby Keeler
 
26.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
27.
The Dead Will Walk (2004 Documentary)
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Feature documentary produced for the "Dawn of the Dead : Ultimate Edition" DVD set which profiles both the film and the career of director George A... (75 mins.)
Director: Perry Martin
 
28.
'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003 Documentary)
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(87 mins.)
 
29.
The Road to Dracula (1999 Documentary)
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A look at the history of the infamous vampire Dracula, and how the original 1931 film came to be. (35 mins.)
Director: David J. Skal
 
30.
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
 
31.
It Came from Hollywood (1982 Documentary)
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Popular comedians watch and give comments about the worst and silliest films from Hollywood. (80 mins.)
 
32.
The Haunted History of Halloween (1997 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary about the classic 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' film, including interviews with Gunnar Hansen (LEATHERFACE), Edwin Neal (THE HITCHHIKER), John Dugan (GRANDPA) and Jim Seidow (OLD MAN). (60 mins.)
Director: Brad Shellady
 
36.
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
 
37.
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
 
38.
Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955 Documentary)
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This short film examines the role in mid-20th century America of superstitions, personal rituals, taboos, talismans, and the black arts. (8 mins.)
Director: Larry O'Reilly
 
39.
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
 
40.
Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Garry S. Grant
 
41.
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011 Documentary)
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Author Stephen King discusses the various types of horror films and why they are so popular with moviegoers. (58 mins.)
 
42.
Starz presents Zombie Mania (2008 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Donna Davies
 
43.
She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about the making of 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein." (39 mins.)
Director: David J. Skal
 
44.
Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991 Documentary)
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A history of the famous vampire of books and movies, using film clips, previews and other methods. (60 mins.)
Director: Ted Newsom
 
45.
Making 'Signs' (2003 Documentary)
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Nearly every possible aspect of fimmaking used to produce the motion picture Signs (2002) is closely examined here... (59 mins.)
 
46.
Hell House (2001 Documentary)
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A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill... (85 mins.)
Director: George Ratliff
 
47.
Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw (2006 Documentary)
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A multi-storied look into the making of and long-lasting success of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. (72 mins.)
 
48.
Bloodsucking Cinema (2007 Documentary)
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The sound of flapping bat wings, an empty coffin, glistening fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, the sensual taste of blood... (56 mins.)
Director: Barry Gray
 
49.
Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre (2004 Documentary)
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(76 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
Horror Business (2005 Documentary)
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Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams... (82 mins.)
 
52.
Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion (1992 Documentary)
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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. (111 mins.)
 
53.
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (2002 Documentary)
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(45 mins.)
Director: David J. Skal
 
54.
The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000 Documentary)
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(51 mins.)
Director: David J. Skal
 
55.
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992 Documentary)
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A Documentary on Horror and Sci-Fi movies from the past to today.
 
56.
Masters of Horror (2002 Documentary)
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More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends. (90 mins.)
 
57.
A Very British Psycho (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary about the film Peeping Tom. How and why it was made, how the uniformly bad reaction... (51 mins.)
 
58.
Godzilla and Other Movie Monsters (1998 Documentary)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Robert Weaver
 
59.
The Directors (1997 TV Series)
A documentary series focusing on some of cinema's greatest film directors. (60 mins.)
 
60.
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
 
61.
100 Years of Horror (1996 TV Series)
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Clips from Horror Films. (343 mins.)
Director: Ted Newsom
 
62.
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
 
63.
Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985. (76 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
 
64.
Hollywood's Greatest Villains (2005 Documentary)
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Director: Michael Emerson
 
65.
Kingdom of Shadows (1998 Documentary)
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Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists. (70 mins.)
Director: Bret Wood