Keeping It Reel

Keeping It Reel

Keeping it Reel is a season of ARROW features and documentaries digging into the stories behind everything from George A. Romero's game-changing 'Night of the Living Dead', to the enduring popularity of videotape, to the UK's video nasty banning and the tale behind an extreme shock-rocker. So sit back and get real as we take a peek behind the cracked and bloody lens to see what lurks beneath.

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Keeping It Reel
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mulberry Street

    2010 · United States · Directed by Abel Ferrara

    Mulberry St., Ferrara’s feature-length 2010 documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work.

  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima (1953) is a powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world's first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys An...

  • Cropsey

    Growing up on Staten Island, filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio had often heard the legend of ‘Cropsey.’ For the kids in their neighborhood, Cropsey was the escaped mental patient who lived in the old abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution, who would come out late at night and snatc...

  • Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film

    Horror and sci-fi veteran Lance Henriksen (Alien) narrates this fascinating look at the history of the American horror film. Includes interviews with genre masters Roger Corman, John Carpenter and George A. Romero.

  • 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."

  • When Romero Met Del Toro

    Two cult movie titans come together for a very special conversation. Celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with the late-great George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation.
    Hear an open honest discussion on Night Of The Living Dead and what it meant to both of them, div...

  • Hicksploitation: Confidential

    Hickspoitation: Confidential – a visual essay on the depiction of the American South in exploitation cinema

  • Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever!

    A brand new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by Filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, super-rare footage, VanBebber’s college films and much, much more!

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

    In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, the acclaimed director of thriller masterpieces Les Diaboliques and The Wages of Fear, began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lake side resort in the Auvergne region of France, L'Enfer (Inferno) was to be a sun scorched elucidation on the dar...

  • 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...

  • Re-Animator: Resurrectus

    Feature-length documentary on the making of the film.