A documentary about the direct-to-video horror hits of the 90s.
A documentary about the direct-to-video horror hits of the 90s.
i love horror i love dtv shit i am totally ok with talking head documentaries, it is fun to listen to the people who were involved in creating the dumb shit i like! these are all kinda the same and that's not a big deal to me at all. however why do these documentaries always interview overzealous horror fans lol not just horror fans but....male horror fans??? i mean my feeling is generally that theyre buddies so that's why i just mean i do not want to watch it. if i was in a better mood i could probably tolerate it but i'm not so i won't! like this guy from a magazine youve never heard of or read so…
Unfortunately kinda boring except for the awesome trailers and the musings of Clint Howard and Tommy Hinckley in the final fifteen minutes. The problem is it’s more recollections of the movies by its cast and crew and not nearly enough behind the scenes stories. You know, like stuff you wouldn’t already know after watching the trailer.
When I started Direct to Video, I wasn't expecting much. Maybe some interviews featuring the same stories told in every doc about low budget horror. Then something happened, in the middle of the movie, I actually started to care about what they were talking about. Then Clint Howard appears on the screen and bam, I was sold on this documentary. Yes, there are stories I have heard before, but the presentation was excellent and overall entertaining.
So this documentary doesn’t actually talk about the 90’s direct-to-video history like it implies, instead it follows a Beyond the Darkness format where actors, directors, effect guys, scream queens, and everyone else talks about specific 90’s DTV horror movies.
A shame for sure but I’m such a sucker for stories and background revolving around these lesser talked about films. And this provides tons of that (almost 2 hours worth).
It’s always great to see my icons like Fred Olen Ray, Lloyd Kaufman, Jim Wynorski, and others reminisce about films like Evil Toons, Sorority House Massacre II, Jack-O, and Tromeo and Juliet.
I loved watching Rolfe Kanefsky show off one of the monster puppets from There’s Nothing Out There! That alone made this worth the watch.
It's crazy how much Brinke Stevens talks just like Roger Corman does.
Eher wie ein Bonus-Feature wirkende Doku mit abwechselnden Beteiligten-Interviews und Trailer. Aber der Film scheint sich mehr um das Bedienen eines Retro-Feeling zu bemühen als um das Portrait einer Branche. Mir fehlten ein paar Einordnungen von außerhalb der Branche oder Zeitdokumente von damals.
Für Genre-Fans ganz ok, die an die alten Zeiten erinnert werden wollen... Und für Interessierte, die in der Doku dann den einen oder anderen bisher übersehenen Titel entdecken und auf ihre Watchlist setzen.
A badly edited and sloppily structured talking heads documentary about straight to video horror flicks from the nineties. It wasn't always immediately clear about what movies some of the crew members were talking about, but showing a part of the trailer or movie clip afterwards filled in the blanks. A simple title fade now and then would have solved that quite easily.
Adding that uberfan with nothing interesting to say yet exclaiming how great it was to be alive during the video store/ DVD boom in the nineties, could have been omitted entirely. Luckily there were enough interesting directors, writers, scream queens and actors involved with small anecdotes you could also find on the extra's of the DVD/ Blu-ray sets…
I gotta be honest. I was pretty underwhelmed by this documentary. I thought it would go more into detail what these movies were about and how they were perceived within the horror-audience. Most of the time someone from the film (mostly the actors) talk about minor things that happened on the set and we don´t really see why these flicks were so important in the 90ies.....There is also the picture of "Return of the Living Dead 3" on the cover....this movie is mentioned in one or two minutes at the end....very disappointing....
I’m a sucker for the recent trend of VHS horror documentaries and it’s really good to see on more based in the era I remember, the 90s, rather than the 80s like most. We get some great conversations in this one about a few somewhat off the radar films too, which is always good to see. Clint Howard is the highlight for me. He’s genuinely one of my favourite actors of all time and I always enjoy his frank interviews.
The downside is that there isn’t really a ton to learn here for the films target audience, but then most of them just wanna see some cool clips from the films and a few of the directors and actors talking…
Covering everything from Full Moon, Sorority House Massacre, Chopping Mall, Dolly Dearest, Jack Frost, and more while featuring interviews from Jim Wynorski, Clint Howard, Fred Olen Ray, Kelli Maroney, Brinke Stevens and more, Direct to Video promises a documentary about the direct-to-video horror hits of the 90s, but doesn't really succeed in a way. While it features interviews and partial trailers there's no real structure to the film, no overarching narrative, nothing looked at in detail, just what feels like a series of interviews taken from DVD bonus features. That alone does entertain, but those looking for something looking into things in any deep or meaningful way are sure to be disappointed. Also, Return of the Living Dead III, which features prominently in the poster, is only mentioned in a couple sentences during the conclusion.
Понимаю, что название "Direct to Video: Straight to Video Horror of the 90s" не предполагает ничего гениального, но это был один из самых уныло снятых доков, что я видел. Незамысловатый монтаж строится по такой системе — сначала трейлер хоррора, затем говорящая голова его условного создателя, причем всегда одного (и не самого интересного) человека, снятая строго с двух точек.
Самое яркое воспоминание (внимание!) — Вайнорски думал, что на съемки придет девица, которая плохо танцевала накануне. А пришла та, которая...была стриптизершей! What a story.
Впрочем, престарелые стриптизершы рассказывают такую же неинтересную хуйню. Нет ни крикуньи Линни Куигли, ни создателя хорроров про куколки Чарльза Бэнда, хоть их и вспоминают. На пару секунд появляется симпатяга Кауфман, который готов зайти на любой огонек. А вообще кое-что видел отсюда, а что не видел — смотреть не захотелось. Но так всегда и было со "смешным" трэшем.
The title pretty much tells you what you're getting with this documentary from director Dustin Ferguson. We get interviews with several familiar faces to horror fans as they talk about various direct to video horror movies from the 1990s (as well as the 80s).
Let us be honest, the market has been flooded with documentaries taking a look back at the VHS era. I swear it seems like we get two or three a year and more times than not they tell the same stories as every other documentary but Ferguson's film is quite different and I think it's going to really appeal to fans of the movies that are discussed. We get the likes of Jeff Burr, Fred Olen…