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Demon Lover Diary (1980)

The film chronicles filmmaker Joel DeMott, significant other/film partner Jeff Kreines and filmmaker Mark Rance as they head to Michigan to make a low budget horror film.

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Joel DeMott ...
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Jeff Kreines ...
Himself
Mark Rance ...
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Donald G. Jackson ...
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Jerry Younkins ...
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Ray Poll ...
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Carol Lasowski ...
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Mrs. Luye Jackson ...
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Bill Baetz ...
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Kyra Nash ...
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Don and Jerry, factory workers who grew up on comic books and B-movies, are fulfilling a lifetime dream: they're producing their own low-budget horror movie. Jeff and Joel, lovers and cinema-verité filmmakers, and a friend of theirs named Mark have come out to Michigan to help the dream come true: they're shooting The Demon Lover for Don and Jerry. Two weeks after production starts, Jeff and Joel and Mark are fleeing Michigan, bullets ricocheting off the car, lives and a complete record of the events in jeopardy. The subject of this film isn't just the ups-and-downs of making a horror movie, it's about cultural snobbery, the disintegration of friendship, puppy love, violence, boredom, money... a diary about encountering the Midwest when you're from someplace else. Written by Joel DeMott

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2 April 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Interesting documentary about the making of the pretty lame "The Demon Lover". Both films are curious to watch one after the other. What is pretty good in this one is the level of self exposition of the filmmakers of the documentary -they are the central characters: not the movie, not the filmmakers of "TDL", but the crew of the documentary. That level of exposition make these cinema verité obsessed crew look really silly and not committed at all with the project they are participating in but only concerned about the material they can take from that film for their own purposes -some sort of parasites or something. The cool part is that it comes out without an intention from the documentary crew to look that way. It's at some point naif and at some point kinda creepy and remind me a little to the crew of "Cannibal holocaust", documentary filmmakers that will do as much as they can to complicate things in order to get their stuff. It's kinda sad to see them complaining like they are mistreated genius (I mean FOR Christ! the cinematographer talks like he's Greg Toland or something and the photography and camera work of "TDL" is the cheapest crap ever!!), and talking crap all the time against a couple of directors -pretty weird guys, truth to be told- that risked everything to make their dream come true. I should agree that it's good for anyone who wants to make an independent movie mostly if you learn that you should take good care what kind of egos you bring to your set, and that "friends" sometimes can be sometimes first to stab you at the first chance.


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