martes, 26 de mayo de 2009

Blood, Boobs & Beast

Directed by John Paul Kinhart, 75 mins

Don Dohler, who passed away from cancer in 2006, was one of the major inspirations for anyone working in low budget independent genre films. His Cinemagic magazine is responsible for inspiring many of today’s makeup artists, and his films The Alien Factor, Fiend and Nightbeast are textbook examples at how to make low budget horror flicks. So imagine my surprise when I see this documentary, that Don is a very quiet, introverted family man who doesn’t take his moviemaking as the most important thing in his life. They show him in some beautifully candid moments, such as behind the scenes of his last film Dead Hunt, old 8mm footage of his family, and taking care of his mentally-handicapped sister, up to the end when we see him in the final stages of cancer. There are also the hard moments, such as losing family members and the difficulties of filming one of his most recognized films, Blood Massacre.

From his comic books to his films, Don will always be remembered as a one-man DIY machine who also has love for those around him. And with people like J.J. Abrams, Lloyd Kaufman, Tom Savini and Tom Sullivan giving their thoughts, this film is both educational and touching and is not to be missed.
5 out of 5 home-made laser beams.

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