Horror Related Documentaries

by Encyclopedia_of_Horror | created - 11 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of documentary features surrounding horror movies, people of horror and more. Compiled by Eric Myford, author of The Encyclopedia of Horror and Suspense Movies book series...

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1. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Director: Frank H. Woodward | Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,400

2. Horror Business (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano began what would ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher P. Garetano | Stars: Ray Adell, Mark Borchardt, Ron Atkins, Ken Keen

Votes: 182

3. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers.

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: Diane Almeida, Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Diana Barrows

Votes: 2,733

4. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 7,399 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Director: Jeff McQueen | Stars: Ed Green, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Joseph Stefano

Votes: 3,220

6. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

Votes: 2,121 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy (2005 Video)

53 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection."

Director: Constantine Nasr | Stars: James Cromwell, William Friedkin, Steve Jones, Steve Haberman

Votes: 231

8. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 7,347 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,816 | Gross: $0.02M

10. More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

Retrospective documentary about the making of the horror cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."

Director: Bill Philputt | Stars: Jules Brenner, Don Calfa, James Dalesandro, J. Trevor Edmond

Votes: 574

11. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 16,183 | Gross: $1.16M

12. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Horror

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,910

13. Kingdom of Shadows (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Horror

Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists.

Director: Bret Wood | Star: Rod Steiger

Votes: 102

14. 100 Years of Horror (1996– )

Unrated | 343 min | Documentary, Horror

Clips from Horror Films.

Stars: Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Hugh Hefner, Fred Olen Ray

Votes: 321

15. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror

An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter

Votes: 2,474

16. Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Horror

A retrospective documentary about the Halloween films.

Director: Stefan Hutchinson | Stars: P.J. Soles, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, John Carpenter

Votes: 1,669

17. Rewind This! (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

Director: Josh Johnson | Stars: Ben Jousan, David Gregory, Micah Matthews, Mike Vraney

Votes: 1,844

19. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,483

20. Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)

89 min | Documentary

Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It's feature-length, it's bloody, and the zombies don't run. Just like it should be. But there's just one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you've ever seen. Emily is twelve.

Directors: Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall, Erik Mauck | Stars: Emily Hagins, Megan Hagins, Jerry Hagins, C. Robert Cargill

Votes: 416

21. Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000 TV Movie)

R | 57 min | Documentary, Horror

Documentary that explores Argento's film career.

Director: Leon Ferguson | Stars: Mark Kermode, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Michael Brandon

Votes: 577

22. The American Nightmare (2000)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Horror

An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg

Votes: 1,786

23. Fan of the Dead (2007 Video)

52 min | Documentary

In 1968, George Romero traumatized a whole generation with his legendary and revolutionary "Night of the Living Dead," which truly marks the birth of modern horror movies.

Director: Nicolas Garreau | Stars: Nicolas Garreau, Markus Ponath, Frank Koenig, Ralph Behrens

Votes: 30

24. My Amityville Horror (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

48 Metascore

For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975.

Director: Eric Walter | Stars: Daniel Lutz, Susan Bartell, Laura DiDio, Marvin Scott

Votes: 1,740

25. Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

Three actresses "accidentally" became cult horror film icons in the late 1980s and created the modern interpretation of the "Scream Queen" image.

Director: Jason Paul Collum | Stars: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Fred Olen Ray

Votes: 249

26. John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004 Video)

60 min | Documentary

Chronicles the work of cult director John Carpenter through interviews with him and his associates, with emphases on the earlier work.

Director: Garry S. Grant | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Alice Cooper

Votes: 134

27. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,136 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 20,208 | Gross: $0.26M

29. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Forrest J. Ackerman, John Badham, Diane Baker, Sidney D. Balkin

Votes: 483

30. The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

How was it possible that a movie like "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959) could be made? This documentary about Ed Wood Jr.'s masterpiece gives the answer.

Director: Brett Thompson | Stars: Maila Nurmi, Dolores Fuller, Paul Marco, Conrad Brooks

Votes: 417

31. Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, History

This documentary delves into the art of make-up effects with the best industry legends.

Director: Kevin VanHook | Stars: Howard Berger, Rob Bottin, Josh Brolin, John Carpenter

Votes: 253

32. Invasion of the Scream Queens (1992)

82 min | Documentary

Women who have made a career out of starring in the B horror and science fiction genres are interviewed, and clips and trailers from their films are shown.

Director: Donald Farmer | Stars: Michelle Bauer, Martine Beswick, Janus Blythe, Veronica Carothers

Votes: 71

33. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

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

Director: Jake West | Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman, Xavier Mendik

Votes: 1,113

34. Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jake West | Stars: Sian Barber, Martin Barker, Graham Bright, Lavinia Carey

Votes: 241

35. De Palma (2015)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | Star: Brian De Palma

Votes: 4,410 | Gross: $0.16M

36. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 400 min | Documentary, Horror

A chronicle of the history of the Friday the 13th franchise.

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: Corey Feldman, Peter M. Bracke, Samantha Delutri, Kimberly Higgins

Votes: 1,707

37. Serial Killer Culture (2014)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Serial Killer Culture examines the reasons why artists and collectors are fascinated by serial killers.

Director: John Borowski | Stars: Steve Giannangelo, Rick Staton, Rich Hillen Jr., Julian Barrett

Votes: 364

38. Adjust Your Tracking (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

A documentary capturing the modern day VHS culture and VHS collectors.

Directors: Dan M. Kinem, Levi Peretic | Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Anthony Timpone, Keith J. Crocker, Fred Vogel

Votes: 656

39. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Director: Stuart Samuels | Stars: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas

Votes: 1,403

40. Why Horror? (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Horror

Why Horror? Is a feature documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared.

Directors: Nicolas Kleiman, Rob Lindsay | Stars: Alexandre Aja, Chris Alexander, Dave Alexander, Simon Barrett

Votes: 607

41. Amicus: House of Horrors (2012 Video)

Unrated | 190 min | Documentary, Horror

A 2-disc celebration of Amicus Films, Hammer's greatest rivals, best remembered for their series of anthology films inspired by the 1945 "Dead of Night."

Director: Derek Pykett | Stars: Paul Annett, Geoffrey Bayldon, Ann Bell, Kevin Connor

Votes: 17

42. Tom Savini: Horror Effects (2008)

Not Rated | 37 min | Documentary, Short

In this video, hosted by fright-master Tom Savini,creator of the gut wrenching special effects in DAWN OF THE DEAD,and FRIDAY THE 13TH. Gives you step-by-step demonstrations of how some of ... See full summary »

Director: Paul McCollough | Stars: John A. Russo, Tom Savini

Votes: 9

43. Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

Details the making of Stephen King & George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology classic, from conception through to completion.

Director: Michael Felsher | Stars: Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, Pasquale Buba, Rick Catizone

Votes: 188

44. Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

Gory, Gory, Hallelujah! Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this often-hilarious documentary, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE!

Directors: Frank Henenlotter, Jimmy Maslon | Stars: Mal Arnold, John Bloom, Jerome Eden, David F. Friedman

Votes: 274

45. Nightmare Factory (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

An inside look at the world of Hollywood special effects and the company paving the way, KNB Effects.

Director: Donna Davies | Stars: Gabriel Bartalos, Howard Berger, Steve Biodrowski, Alex Brewer

Votes: 556

46. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary