documentary

Horror is a particularly cyclical genre of film. With the recent releases of films like "Grindhouse", "Black Dynamite", "Machete" and the announcement of "Hobo with a Shotgun", it would be a pretty fair statement to say that we're in the midst of a modern Grindhouse revival. Luckily for those of us looking for a history lesson, Netflix has recently added the documentary "American Grindhouse" to their Instant Stream. Featuring interviews with iconic Grindhouse stars/directors (including Joe Dante, John Landis, Herschell Gordan Lewis and Fred Williamson), "American Grindhouse" explores the original Grindhouse movement and should get any horror fan out there up to speed in time for the next modern Grindhouse release.

Real life meets urban legend with the documentary, "Cropsey".

The Last Exorcism

Daniel Stamm, director of "The Last Exorcism," must have missed the Hollywood-wide bulletin that 3-D was the new gimmick of choice for genre filmmakers. In "Exorcism," Stamm instead turns to first person perspective to weave his tale -- a choice that is just so 2008. Luckily, it's also a choice that helps make a small, low wattage horror movie more than the sum of its seemingly pedestrian parts.

I'm a sucker for any sort of documentary having to do with metal. I'll watch just about any crap if you put the world "Metal" in the title. Bonus points if you can also get some black metal guys in corpse paint in there for fun. I eat that crap up.

Anyone who has spent time browsing the annals of serial killerdom knows that female serial killers are a rare breed compared to their male counterparts. That said there are some pretty nasty death maidens throughout history like, “The Vampire of Barcelona”, Amelia Dyer “The Baby Farmer”, and “La Mataviejitas”. The uncontested rock star of the category is Aileen Wournos. While the term rock star may seem a tad cheeky, you are a better person than me if you can put Aileen’s eerie resemblance to a certain Motor city Madman out of your mind while watching her interviews.

I like to think I know a thing or two about genre films. Those of you reading this site probably do too, considering that you could throw a rock on the internet and (once you’ve replaced your busted monitor) you could find dozens of genre film reviews. It’s with utmost humility, then, that I have to admit to you dear readers that I have just discovered a massive blind spot in my genre credentials. I don’t know crap about Ozploitation.

Cryptozoologists have been searching the forests of North America for definitive proof of the existence of Bigfoot for years. It turns out they could have saved their time because Dallas Gilbert and Wayne Burton, two amateur Bigfoot hunters from Appalachian Ohio, have not just seen the creature once or twice but have taken hundreds of photos and videos of Bigfoot and his whole family.