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Demon Lover Diary (1980)

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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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Donald G. Jackson ...
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Ray Poll ...
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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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Terrifying
20 July 2000 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

I saw this amazing movie in my film class, and it showed such a bleak picture of filmmaking that I had to think more than twice about the career path I am heading down. It's the true story of 2 young filmmakers (Jeff and Joel) who travel to Michigan from their Cambridge home each making a very different movie. Jeff's acquaintance Don Jackson has asked him to be the cinematographer on a low-budget horror movie he's producing and directing. Joel has just come along for the ride and thinks it's the perfect opportunity to make a documentary (something they both studied at MIT). Unfortunately for Jeff and Joel, (but fortunately for us) Don has no idea what he is doing. From the little bits of it that we see, the movie Demon Lover, The (1976) ) is absolutely terrible. And to make matters worse, Don is extremely annoyed by Joel's presence on the set. Throw in some behind-the-scenes romance between one of the film's young stars and Joel's sound recorder, and you have quite a film. Unfortunately, as far as I know Demon Lover Diary is not available on video, and can only be obtained from Jeff and Joel. While the basic premise may sound similar to the more recent and slightly more well-known American Movie (1999) it is really quite different and much better. Believe it or not, Demon Lover, The (1976) was eventually released and IMDb says it is available on video. I would really love to get my hands on it. Don Jackson is still making movies. His credits include such classics as Lingerie Kickboxer (1998) and Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1993)


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