Horror Movie Documentaries

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1. In Search of Darkness (2019)

260 min | Documentary, Horror

An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.

Director: David A. Weiner | Stars: John Carpenter, Cassandra Peterson, Keith David, Bill Moseley

Votes: 83

2. 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: 2,429

3. Masters of Horror (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends.

Directors: Mike Mendez, Dave Parker | Stars: Dario Argento, Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter, Wes Craven

Votes: 497

4. Terror in the Aisles (1984)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Horror, Thriller

A compilation of scenes from many science fiction, crime drama and horror films of the 1930s through 1980s.

Director: Andrew J. Kuehn | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Fred Asparagus, Lainie Cooke

Votes: 1,644 | Gross: $10.00M

5. Scream Greats, Volume I: Tom Savini (1986 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Horror

A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on.

Director: Damon Santostefano | Stars: Tom Savini, George A. Romero, Doug Clayton, Taso N. Stavrakis

Votes: 195

6. 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: 3,836

7. The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004– )

TV-14 | 300 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

Film-makers, performers, genre authorities and selected high-profile fans count down the most chilling moments in cinematic history. Not just from horror films, but from such thrillers as ... See full summary »

Stars: Keiko Agena, Krista Allen, David Arquette, Clive Barker

Votes: 911

8. 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: 1,636

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

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Horror

A retrospective documentary about the Halloween movie franchise.

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

Votes: 1,628

10. 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: 2,683

11. Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000 Video)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary primarily focusing on the filming and release of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Matthew Bell, Robert A. Burns, Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel

Votes: 476

12. The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Video)

83 min | Documentary

A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

Director: Michael Matessino | Stars: John Carpenter, David Foster, Bill Lancaster, John J. Lloyd

Votes: 794

13. 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: 554

14. 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: 19,964 | Gross: $0.26M

15. Doc of the Dead (2014)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary

The definitive zombie culture documentary, brought to the screen by the makers of THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Kyle William Bishop, Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Steven Barton

Votes: 1,188

16. A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010– )

177 min | Documentary

Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.

Stars: Mark Gatiss, John Carpenter, Michael Roberts, Barbara Steele

Votes: 619

17. 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: 3,176

19. The Psycho Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.

Director: Robert V. Galluzzo | Stars: Jason Allentoff, Sharen Camille, Mike Cucinotta, Juliette Cummins

Votes: 358

20. Scream: The Inside Story (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

In 1996, the horror master Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) unleashed Scream, a slasher movie aimed at a whole new generation of teenage movie-goers. Though premiering at a time when ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: David Arquette, Lisa Beach, Marco Beltrami, Howard Berger

Votes: 428

21. Halloween: The Inside Story (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

"Halloween: The Inside Story" takes a look at one of the most successful film franchises of all time as it goes behind the scenes of John Carpenter's "Halloween," the "frightfest" that ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Nobile Jr. | Stars: Rob Naughton, Rob Zombie, Anthony Masi, Jeffrey Lyons

Votes: 301

22. 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: 1,087

23. 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: 1,756

24. Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015)

Not Rated | 476 min | Documentary

A documentary uncovering the history and the making of Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) films.

Director: Kevin McDonagh | Stars: Peter Atkins, Simon Bamford, Imogen Boorman, Doug Bradley

Votes: 288

25. Fear in the Dark (1991 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Horror

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Director: Dominic Murphy | Stars: Dario Argento, Clive Barker, Saul Bass, Robert Bloch

Votes: 71

26. Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001 Video)

Unrated | 56 min | Documentary, Horror

A compilation of clips from 17 classic slasher films.

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Grace Kirby, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley

Votes: 1,127

27. 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: 552

28. Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.

Director: John Das | Stars: Mark Gatiss, Dario Argento, Fabrizio Bava, Annette Chaton

Votes: 294

29. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012)

75 min | Documentary

A celebration of slasher cinema - from PSYCHO to the present day, with a focus on highlighting many of the genre's forgotten cult classics, deconstructing how to survive a slice and dice ... See full summary »

Director: Calum Waddell | Stars: Emily Booth, Tom Holland, Fred Olen Ray, Mick Garris

Votes: 157

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary about the classic 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' film, including interviews with Gunnar Hansen (LEATHERFACE), Edwin Neal (THE HITCHHIKER), John Dugan (GRANDPA) and Jim Seidow (OLD MAN).

Director: Brad Shellady | Stars: John Dugan, Jim Siedow, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

Votes: 666

31. Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Nightmare in Canada is a one-hour television documentary that tells the story of Canada's contribution to the horror film industry.

Director: Jen Adcock | Stars: Richard Crouse, Geoff Pevere, Rodrigo Gudiño, Jerry Ciccoritti

Votes: 53

32. Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Director: Rob Kuhns | Stars: George A. Romero, Fred Rogers, H. Rap Brown, Mark Harris

Votes: 1,483 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985)

76 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Dario Argento, Romano Albani, Fiore Argento, Urbano Barberini

Votes: 383

35. 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: 1,371

36. 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: 186

37. Jaws: The Inside Story (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

A fascinating program that goes behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's landmark 1975 film JAWS.

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg, David Fear, Sid Sheinberg

Votes: 236

38. One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008)

88 min | Documentary

A definitive documentary that recaps the evolution of an American Cinema Classic over the past 40 years.

Directors: Robert Lucas, Chris Roe | Stars: George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner

Votes: 89

39. Clive Barker: The Art of Horror (1992 Video)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

Explores the art and mind of horror icon Clive Barker.

Director: Christopher Holland | Stars: Clive Barker, Robert Russell

Votes: 27

40. 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: 131

41. You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night (2016)

Not Rated | 217 min | Documentary

An extensive look at the making of Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night Part 2 (1988) featuring exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, rare photographs, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

Director: Chris Griffiths | Stars: Chris Sarandon, Brian Thompson, Jon Gries, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 221

42. A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 58 min | Documentary, Horror

Author Stephen King discusses the various types of horror films and why they are so popular with moviegoers.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Stephen King, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, James Brolin

Votes: 180

43. The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 139 min | Horror

Fifty lesser-known horror flicks hailed by critics and genre fans as "absolute must-sees" are given the spotlight with fun, engaging commentary from journalists, directors, actors and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Masi | Stars: Peter Atkins, Michelle Bauer, Rachel Belofsky, Arnold T. Blumberg

Votes: 286

44. 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Marli Renfro, Alfred Hitchcock, Tere Carrubba, Alan Barnette

Votes: 2,545 | Gross: $0.04M

45. Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005 Video)

R | 52 min | Documentary

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

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Chris Theobald, Norman Abbott, Barrie Gold, Bill Best

Votes: 252

46. The Making of 'Nightmare on Elm Street IV' (1989 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

A one hour docu-tainment television special which took viewers behind-the-scenes on the set of Nightmare On Elm Street IV, directed by Renny Harlin. Originally aired on Halloween 1989.

Director: Drew Cummings | Stars: Tuesday Knight, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Renny Harlin

Votes: 84

47. The Omen Legacy (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

The true stories that spawned the eerie tale of Damien, a small boy with an angelic face, whose very name still conjures up thoughts of Satan. This documentary shares spine-tingling ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Zacky | Stars: Jack Palance, David Seltzer, Blanche Barton, Doug Posey

Votes: 265

48. Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments (2010 TV Movie)

Documentary, Horror

Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, produced by Emmy Award-winning company Associated Television International, features a diverse group of pop culture mavens and horror movie ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Alonzo, Darrin Butters, Brian W. Collins, John Doolan

Votes: 53

49. Starz Inside: In the Gutter (2008 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Starz Inside takes a look at the best gross-out and boundary-pushing films in cinema history.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: David Ansen, Scott Aukerman, Phillip J. Bartell, Milton Berle

Votes: 86