- Director introduction
- Bonus short documentary
- Bonus student film
- Trailer reel and art portfolio
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Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano began what would become a two-year journey to discover what possesses people to become horror filmmakers. Armed with nothing but a camera and a microphone, Chris traveled all over the United States to visit independent filmmakers on and off their sets. In Horror Business, you will witness that quest unfold and meet some truly independent filmmakers including Mark Borchardt (American Movie) and Dave Gebroe (Zombie Honeymoon), along with monster movie personalities like Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast), Joe Bob Briggs (cult film critic and author), and Sid Haig (Foxy Brown, The Devils Rejects). This timeless essay of popcorn-generation nostalgia and behind-the-scenes moments just may prove "movie making really is no way to spend a life!"
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It was also great to see the incomperable Mr. Ed Neal (Hitchiker from the original TCM) do a cameo here.
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Can't wait for Son of Horror Business, as well as South Texas Blues. I truly hope you can pull it off--because it's about time someone, anyone, did a film about the hellish experience making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was.
"Horror Business" (2005) was a waste of 84 minutes and $3.00. I know, small potatoes right?
Just my opinion, but there was no narrative or real insight to be found in this documentary. Fine "slices of life" perspectives from a handful of "DIY" filmmakers across the country. Which can work, but the horrendous cinematography and camerawork of each interview subject is a large obstacle to overcome.
I would recommend the following from some of the fine contributors to "Horror Business:"
Anthony Timpone's interviews from "Cut to Pieces- The rise & fall of the Slasher genre" (2006)
Sid Haig's interviews from "The Movie Crypt" podcast with Adam Green & Joe Lynch
The commentary tracks of Dave Parker's own films like "The Dead Hate the Living," and "Hills Run Red."
Joe Bob Briggs commentaries to such genre fare as "I Spit on your Grave."
I wanted to really like and appreciate this documentary. Even some of the filmmakers profiled make some vaild points. (i.e. the 2000s being one of the lowest points in pop culture memory, especially in film and music)
I would recommend skipping this and renting "American Movie" (1999) instead. Rating 1/5
In the end, it's pretty okay. Maybe made more for the hardcore horror fan or for fans of extremely low-budget horror directors more so than mainstream fans or the general public?
For what it was, it was alright. I don't know if there were any awe-inspiring insights gained by the end of the documentary, but the various stories and anecdotes seemingly add up to slightly more than the sum of their parts.