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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Just saw it!

8/10
Author: draa-1 from United States
7 May 2007

I was very excited to see the documentary, having been a life-long fan of Don Dohler and his wonderfully entertaining low budget films. Blood Boobs and Beasts is a very well done film that captures the man and his films in a informing and entertaining way. I highly recommend this film for any fan of the low budget horror/sci-fi genres or any one else who just likes a good entertaining film. I very much hope they can get the distribution they need so more people can see this film. I have been telling everyone I know to look for it. Kudos to John Kinhart for putting this together, great to see a Harford County local do so well. I for one will be waiting for the DVD to come out so I can see it again.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

One of the best documentaries I have ever seen, a must see!

Author: Prolox from Canada
11 September 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Documentary film-maker JOHN KINHART, directs this fascinating & wonderfully entertaining biography on no budget B movie film-maker, the Baltimore based & late DON DOHLER. The documentary chronicles his life & the trials he went through when making his no budget films. Featuring a series of grab bag interviews with many of his family & friends (many of whom starred or worked on his movies), business partners & actors, to interviews with such name talent as special effects guru TOM SAVINI (Friday The 13th 1 & 4 & CREEPSHOW) TROMA founder LLOYD KAUFMAN (THE TOXIC AVENGER 1-4, & CLASS OF NUKE EM' HIGH 1-3) & J.J. ABRAMS (STAR TREK) BLOOD, BOOBS & BEAST focuses on what made Don want to become a film-maker, to his early years as the creator of his own magazine & comic strips, to his first no budget efforts ALIEN FACTOR & THE FIEND, onto him including an extra element to his movies he did not feel comfortable adding & didn't want to add, but found himself without a choice, if he wanted even half decent film distribution on the direct to video market, along with the Blood & Beasts he had to add the "Boobs" the ridiculous unnecessary nudity that many film-makers of various budgets, had to include in the heyday of 1980's horror & sci-fi film-making in order to get a film financed or properly released. Hilariously, Dohler is somewhat sheepish on camera when he is forced to talk about the subject, looking like he could just wish to disappear into the wall, so he wouldn't have to discuss the topic of female nudity in his movies & the struggles both he & his team made when trying to cast not only an actress who could do the nudity, but one who at the very least had some acting skills, which from this documentary, they have much trouble in this area during the casting process of DEAD HUNT, the last film Dohler co-directed (not planning to) when his co-directing partner JOE RIPPLE found a job at the local hospital after quitting the police force & could only work on the weekends, mornings only, on the no budget efforts, before departing for a 3 to11 shift at his new job. The documentary also shows the trials & tribulations any no budget film- maker can encounter on a non union, no budget shoot, lead actor backing out for whatever reason, often times after footage of them has been shot & halfway through the shoot. His meeting with director Joe Ripple (whom he formed TIME WARP PICTURES with) as well as a spotlight on each of his films including the barely seen BLOOD MASSACRE & the trouble he encountered from having to shoot the film twice (one on camcorder the other on 16mm film) to his investors splitting town with the footage he shot & not being found until 1991, when the investors resurfaced, trying to sell the project under a different name. A situation that made Dohler leave the business, only to return many years later. His biggest fans also turn up to interview for the documentary, & we get a first hand glimpse at some pretty scathing reviews for his monster movie cheapies (many of which had the very same plot, a guy running around in a rubber monster suit, after said creature fell from space) Interestingly enough the film also chronicles not just Dohlers films, but also his personal life & family. From taking care of his handicap sister, his wife's passing away, marrying his long term girlfriend & only being married two months when he found out he was dying of the same type of cancer his wife had & tragically all the way to his last days before is death, which is an emotional moment that made me want to cry. Highly recommended, BLOOD, BOOBS & BEAST is nowhere near as sleazy as it's title might suggest, it's rather a very engaging & insightful documentary thats easy to get hooked into weather you seen any of Dohlers films or not. The interviews are very interesting & informative & the documentary is easily the best of it's kind. Highly recommended to fans, especially if you've seen any of Dohler's films or if you saw & loved such documentaries as American MOVIE & BEST, WORST MOVIE EVER: THE MAKING OF TROLL II.

**** stars

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A must see for B-movie fans

Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom
7 March 2012

For any budding young film-makers desperately trying to scrape together funding and willing actors to make a low budget horror/sci-fi film, then there is one rule they must follow. The film must contains the three B's - blood, boobs, and a beast. These elements are what audiences think they want, and ultimately go for, especially in the straight-to-video market. It is also what television companies look for when buying late night cheapies to show to the drunken and the stoned. Cult film-maker Don Dohler has followed these rules, and although it hasn't exactly brought him financial success, he has enjoyed a steady output since 1978's The Alien Factor.

Blood, Boobs & Beast is a love-letter to low-budget film-making, and its arguable that as much love and determination goes into these (usually very bad) films as any of the mainstream output. It briefly traces Dohler from his days working on an underground comic called WILD (a sort of MAD homage that had contributors from the likes of Jay Lynch and Art Spiegelman) to his work on the hugely influential Cinemagic Magazine, that gave guidelines on how to make home-made special effects and monster costumes (read by the likes of Tom Savini and J.J. Abrams).

While its a relatively poorly made documentary, it has plenty of heart, much like the work of Dohler. Director John Paul Kinhart clearly has a lot of love for his director, and its hard not to be moved as Dohler describes how the internet made him realise he has a dedicated fan-base. I just wish they hadn't included the two very annoying film geeks who think it's funny to recite lines from The Alien Factor while drinking beer. So, a must-see for B-movie fans, and an eye-opener to just how difficult it is to make a movie (it takes us throughout the development of Dead Hunt (2006)). The ending is extremely moving, as Dohler sadly developed cancer and passed away during the making of the film. I will certainly try and track down some of his films, however bad they look.

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