The top 10 best Horror Documentaries covering the complete history of scary movies, bloody slasher films and infamous horror icons.
1. A History of Horror (2010)
A BBC documentary, presented by Mark Gatiss, that charts the history of the horror movie in 3 parts. Part 1 – Frankenstein Goes To Hollywood – covers the classic black and white Universal horror movies from the 1920s to the 1940s. Part 2 – Home Counties Horror – covers the British Hammer Horror films from the 1950s to the 1970s. Part 3 – The American Scream – covers the US horror movies of the 1970s.
2. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
This documentary explores the history of slasher movies from Psycho to Saw and highlights some lesser-known examples like April Fool’s Day, Maniac, My Bloody Valentine and Sleepaway Camp.
3. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)
The complete history of Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Best bit: Wes Craven explaining that the inspiration for Freddy Krueger came from an incident in his childhood when he saw a weird man peering in his bedroom window.
4. Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)
The complete history of Michael Myers and the Halloween movies.
5. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)
The complete history of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th movies.
6. The Psycho Legacy (2010)
This covers all four Psycho films including intervews with the cast and crew of II, III and IV.
7. The Shark is Still Working
This covers all four Jaws movies and includes interviews with Spielberg and Dreyfus. Best Bit: Dreyfus recalling how mean and nasty Robert Shaw was to him throughout the film.
8. Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
A documentary that shows how George A. Romero made his first zombie film, the ultra-low budget Night of the Living Dead and how it redefined the zombie genre forever.
9. More Brains Return of the Living Dead
This covers the first three Return of the Living Dead films.
10. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013)
This documentary lasts over 6 hours and covers all aspects of the Friday the 13th series, including all the movies, the 2009 reboot and even the TV series.
11. Horror Europa (2012)
This is a follow-up to A History of Horror that covers European horror movies from the 1920s to the 1960s and into the present day.
12. Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000)
13. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
14. Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television
15. 100 Years of Horror (1996)
16. Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film (2000)
17. Universal Horror (1998)
18. Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011)