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The Best Horror Documentaries!

It's a universal truth that fact is always scarier than fiction. But the glorious meta-nature of horror documentaries exponentially increases the fright factor without question. Whether you are watching films about supposed real-life hauntings such as My Amityville Horror, or making-of documentaries like Full-Tilt Boogie, about the making of From Dusk till Dawn, there is always something slightly more frightening about the truth behind the trickery.

The following are my all-time favorite horror documentaries! Some are brand new, others are classic and hard to locate, but all are vital to the truly complete horror education.

Killer Legends (2014)

Killer Legends is the newest horror documentary on the list, but it's already one of my favorites. Filmmaker Joshua Zeman, who also directed horror doc Cropsey, turns his camera on some of the most notorious urban legends in history. Zeman and film partner Rachel Mills investigate the history and inspiration behind such popular legends as the killer clown, hook hand, and the candyman. My one complaint? I wanted more.

American Scary (2006)

If you grew up getting your fear fix from people like the Cryptkeeper and Elvira, then you know about horror hosts. Unfortunately, many of the kiddies growing up today don't get to experience the joy of having a Hammer film introduced to them by a cable access host in self-applied makeup. Whether you know all about Joe Bob Briggs and Dr. Lucifer, or want to learn, American Scary is a beautiful dose of nostalgia that will tug at the heartstrings of any horror fan.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

This one isn't for the fair-weather Freddy fan! Clocking in at almost four hours long, Never Sleep Again traces the origin of Elm Street, from its modest roots at New Line Cinema to Freddy's lasting legacy in horror. Featuring interviews with almost every cast member (except the one you're thinking of, so don't ask), Never Sleep Again is THE definitive film about Wes Craven's ultimate creation. I've watched it twice, and there is always something new and fascinating to discover!

American Grindhouse (2010)

I have a true soft spot for the American tradition of grindhouse cinema, because it not only spawned some of the best horror and shock cinema ever, but it is the origin of independent cinema as we know it. Grindhouse is where filmmakers could go to hide from the rules, the establishment, AND THE MAN! American Grindhouse is a wonderful celebration of what made anti-establishment film in a decidedly establishment country so wonderful. They may not have been good, but by godzilla, THEY WERE FREE! FREEEEE!!!

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

This one is kind of like Horror 101 for people who want to learn about the history of American horror and get handed a solid jumping off point to beginning their horror education. Featuring interviews with all of the most well-known American horror directors, as well as clips from their classic films and background on the history that inspired them, Nightmares is a must-own for horror aficionados and a must-see for those just learning about the roots of modern horror film.

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape (2010)

This is the documentary that started me on my current journey through the video nasties. If you've never heard about the era in British history when horror films were banned for content in a puritanical attempt to protect English children, then watch this film. Video Nasties not only takes you through the history of the moral panic, but also shows you trailers and clips from the banned films. This is one documentary not to be missed (especially because it will save you some time watching all the movies... like I am. Sigh).

Best Worst Movie (2009)

There is quite a bit of argument over what qualifies as the "worst movie of all time," but most people will agree with this lovingly crafted documentary: Troll 2 is the best worst movie ever. The documentary was made by the film's child star, and he interviews the rest of the people involved with the cinematic dumpster fire that has morphed into a cult hit. (Seriously... not a troll to be found. Not one!) If you're big on nostalgia, or the guilty pleasure of cult cinema, you can't go wrong with Best Worst Movie!

Cropsey (2009)

Cropsey is one of those "horror of reality" films, that makes you realize your imagination can't compare with real life. While the name "Cropsey" has come to signify a generic boogeyman, for the people of Staten Island, NY, he's a very really terror. Also filmed by Joshua Zeman, Cropsey looks back at the disappearance of five children, and their possible connection to a horrifying mental asylum. Cropsey is the kind of horror doc that will linger with you long after the credits roll.

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013)

This one is similar to Never Sleep Again, but all about the origins of our favorite differently-abled serial slasher. Beginning with the first film and working its way through every sequel, reboot, and television show, Crystal Lake Memories is a vital purchase if Jason is your favorite horror slasher!

Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror (1997)

This one is by far the hardest to find on the list, because it was produced by the BBC2 almost 15 years ago. But as it was hosted and created by Clive Barker, and it covers the history of horror on a grand scale, from the Grand Guignol and Lovecraft to Friedkin and Blatty, it needs to be seen. If you can't find the series, you can get all the information on the show on Barker's website. And the book version is available on the net. It's basically like the best college crash course on horror ever, from the professor you love to be terrified of!

The clip below is a portion of the film on horror legend Barbara Steele... You can hunt the rest of the film down in sections on YouTube, should you be so inclined.