Documentaries

Documentaries

DOCUMENTARIES is the place to be for a look behind the lens to see how some of your favourite films were made, and the trials and tribulations their makers went through to ensure that their vision won through and reached you.

Learn all there is to know about the evolution of the Hellraiser franchise or the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, get a taste for what it’s like to battle the odds to do your own thing in Clapboard Jungle and They Came From the Swampand learn the truth about some of the most controversial films ever made in Hell on Earth, Video Nasties I and II and Ban the Sadist Videos. AND IF ALL THAT ISN’T ENOUGH we have fascinating insights into the galaxy’s most zarjaz comic: 2000AD, as well as two men who couldn’t be more unalike: shock rocker El Duce and special effects pioneer and legend Ray Harryhausen.

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Documentaries
  • The El Duce Tapes

    In the early 90s, aspiring filmmaker (and General Hospital co-star) Ryan Sexton lugged a giant camcorder into some of the seediest clubs and filthiest apartments in Hollywood. There he filmed hour upon hour of VHS footage of the jaw-droppingly offensive Shock Rock band The Mentors, focusing on th...

  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Pensos definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day spe...

  • Hellraiser: Evolutions

    A documentary looking at the evolution of the hit horror franchise, Hellraiser, and its enduring legacy, over the last 30 years. Featuring interviews with Scott Derrickson (director, Hellraiser: Inferno), Rick Bota (director, Hellraiser: Hellseeker), Stuart Gordon (director, Re-Animator, From Bey...

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth

    2000 • United Kingdom • Directed by David Gregory

    The making of a cult classic. A documentary on the filming and release of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre featuring Tobe Hooper, Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen and more.

  • Hell On Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell's The Devils

    2002 ・ United Kingdom ・ Directed by Paul Joyce

    Hell on Earth is about Ken Russell's 1971 film, The Devils which is one of the most controversial films ever made. Included are chats with Russell as well as films stars Georgina Hale and Murray Melvin. Also included are scenes which were cut from...

  • They Came From the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé

    Filmmaker Daniel Griffith explores the career of indie pioneer William Grefé, director of such classics as "Death Curse of Tartu" "Impulse" and "Mako: The Jaws of Death."

  • Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape

    2010 ・ United Kingdom ・ Directed by Jake West

    A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

  • Video Nasties: Draconian Days

    2014 ・ United Kingdom ・ Directed by Jake West

    Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more by the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film.

  • VHS Lives: A Shlockumentary

    2018 · United States · Directed by Tony Newton

    The VHS era rose quickly in the early 70's when there was a Blockbuster on every street corner only to die off with the advent of the DVD in the early 2000s. But VHS is rising from the ashes like a Phoenix, being relived and retooled by the most ded...

  • Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters

    2019 • France • Directed by Alexandre Poncet

    Phil Tippett is a groundbreaking stop-motion animator, designer and filmmaker who has given life to iconic movie creatures throughout his amazing career, from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to Starship Troopers. With exclusive and unlimited access to th...

  • Ban the Sadist Videos

    2005 • United Kingdom • Directed by David Gregory

    An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

  • Clapboard Jungle

    2020 · Canada · Directed by Justin McConnell

    Navigating the current film business is more difficult than ever before. Rapidly changing technology and an overcrowded marketplace have led to an industry in which anyone can now make a film, but few can make a living. Following five years in the li...

  • The Frankenstein Complex

    2016 • France • Directed by Alexandre Poncet

    The Frankenstein Complex explores a century of cinematic thrills and wonders, focusing on the relationship between movie monsters and their makers like modern Frankensteins, special effects wizards who create life out of raw material and sheer visio...

  • Tales of the Uncanny

    2020 • United States • Directed by David Gregory

    When Covid-19 hit, Producers David Gregory and Kier-La Janisse decided to ask their industry friends which Top 5 films and segments that would make the ultimate horror anthology. The result became an international Zoom-enabled documentary featurin...

  • Fulci For Fake

    2019 • Italy • Directed by Simone Scafidi

    He was known as The Maestro of Splatter and The Godfather of Gore. But who was the real Lucio Fulci?

    When an actor agrees to portray the infamous director, he sets out to research the triumphs, tragedies and truths behind Fulci's life, work and legacy ...