The past couple years have been absolutely prime for horror documentaries. Films like Crystal Lake Memories, The American Scream, Rewind This! and Best Worst Movie are films that immediately come to mind when thinking about fantastic docs in the horror realm. Lucky for us, more and more are slated to come out in the next year or so. Here are five:
5) Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary is certainly one of the more under-appreciated horror films of its time, and there isn’t too much written about the making-of…UNTIL NOW. John Campopiano & Justin White are the filmmakers behind the project, which is still in production. By the trailer it looks like it’s going to be a great definitive look at Pet Sematary, from King’s novel all the way through the filming in Maine and onto the legacy it holds. “Like” their Facebook page for information on how to support the project.
4) Something Wicked This Way Comes
This is a documentary I’ve shared here on iHorror before, but I have to put it on this list because it’s still one you should know all about. Wicked Bird Media brings us a documentary all about horror filmmaking in New England; past, present and (with a focus on) future. The film studies the history of New England and why it makes for good horror, but also the struggles of filmmaking outside of Hollywood, especially in the horror community. The Wicked Birds recently released a teaser trailer for the film, but a release date is yet to be announced.
3) The Nightmare
Normally, I wouldn’t include a something on a list if there was as little information as there is for Rodney Ascher‘s upcoming doc The Nightmare. But after watching Room 237 and his short “The S From Hell,” I think it’s safe to say that Ascher is going to make another great film. The Nightmare is unrelated to horror films but, without a doubt, still horrifying in content. The documentary will investigate sleep paralysis (exactly what it sounds like), and the hallucinations that often accompany these fits of paralysis. I think we’ll be in for a treat. Here’s “The S From Hell” to give you a taste:
2) Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
I wouldn’t say that Hellraiser is as under-appreciated as Pet Sematary, but due to many factors (sequels, slasher franchises overshadowing this series, etc.), there isn’t enough about the Hellraiser series. Or at least, you know, the films that matter most; Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. The production of the film is underway, K. John McDonagh and crew are interviewing people involved with both films, and they are gaining quite the fanbase. Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date.
1) Why Horror?
Having just raised their funds this past November, Tal Zimmerman and company plan on giving us a look at the psychology behind horror. The documentary will include interviews with John Carpenter, Eli Roth, Barbara Crampton, Steve Niles and more. “Why” is a question a lot of horror fans, whether its from other people or even from ourselves. How come some people are head over heels for the genre, but others are completely repulsed? Why Horror? is expected to answer this question and more come Halloween 2014.
What other documentaries are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!