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Shock Cinema Vol. 1 (1991)

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Actress Brinke Stevens interviews producers and directors of low-budget horror and exploitation films.

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How To Make a Low Budget Horror Movie
26 October 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Shock Cinema Vol. 1 (1991)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This first entry in the four part series takes a look at various "B" movie makers who were making their names during the boom of VHS during the 80s. Charles Band (Full Moon pictures), J.R. Bookwalter (SKINNED ALIVE), Jeff Burr (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3), Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau (CREEPAZOIDS) are just some of the filmmakers interviewed by Scream Queen Brinke Stevens. Well, Stevens hosts and is said to be doing the interviews but I'm going to guess it was someone else since we never actually see her asking any questions. Either way, this is a pretty interesting, sixty-minute documentary that gives one a good idea of what it took to make a low-budget horror movie back in the day. Each of the men discuss how they came to Hollywood, their first movies and of course what it took to raise the money. There are some fun stories about having to come up with screenplays in the matter of days as well as the problems working with a limited budget. Fred Olen Ray takes a few shots at Roger Corman and his "style" of "cheap movies" from the 50s. We even get Burr discussing the difference of working with $250,000 on a low-budget movie compared to $3 million with a major studio like New Line. Scott Spiegel discusses how he got INTRUDER off the ground and how he got the directing job. Unlike a lot of documentaries, this one here doesn't contain any film clips from the movies they're actually talking about. Some will see this as a negative but then again we're given a lot of nice talk about the movies that makes you want to go search them out and revisit them. The best part of the movie is hearing the filmmakers discuss their "bad" movies and what they learned from them.


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