Documentaries Every Horror Fan Should See

June 24, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

The Nightmare (2015)

‘The Nightmare’ delves into the phenomena of sleep paralysis. By combing interviews with terrifying recreations ‘The Nightmare’ will leave you scared to close your eyes.

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My Amityville Horror (2012)

This documentary explores the true story of ‘The Amityville Horror’. In the documentary Daniel Lutz, a member of the family, who moved into the house after the slaughter of the DeFeo family at the hands of their oldest son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr., tells what really happened to his family in the house.

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Cropsey (2009)

Two filmmakers explore the urban legend surrounding a local abandoned mental hospital and the true story behind  five missing children that disappeared.

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

In ‘Never Sleep Again’ filmmakers explore the true story behind the horror film ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’. That’s right, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ is based on a true story.

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A Haunting In Connecticut (2002)

‘A Haunting in Connecticut’ is another film who’s story was inspired by a true story. In this Discovery Channel film, the reenactments of the real events surrounding the Snedeker family’s paranormal experiences will leave you seriously spooked.

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Killer Legends (2014)

In ‘Killer Legends’ filmmaker Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills investigate the origins of urban legends that inspired horror movies such as ‘Candy Man’ and ‘The Town That Dreaded Sun Down’. Be sure to check out my review of ‘Killer Legends’.

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Doc Of The Dead (2014)

Director Alexandre O. Pkillippe explores the zombie genre in this 2014 documentary.

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Room 237 (2012)

‘Room 237’ breaks down the horror classic ‘The Shining’ and gives fans a view behind the scenes.

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Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film (2006)

‘Going to Pieces’ explores the best and worst of the sub-genre of slasher movies.

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Nightmares In Red, White and Blue: The Evolution Of The  American Horror Film (2009)

‘Nightmares in Red, White and Blue’ explores the history of horror, from the first horror movies to the present day hits. Veteran actor Lance Henriksen, who stared in horror films and shows such as ‘Aliens’, ‘The Strain’ and ‘Harbinger Down’, narrates this fascinating look at the history and appeal of the American horror films.hd 10


Crystal Lake Memories

‘Crystal Lake Memories’ takes a look at the making of one of horror’s most important movie franchises, ‘Friday the 13th’.

If you are a hardcore ‘Friday the 13th’ fan this documentary is one you don’t want to miss. Also, be sure to read my interview with Victor Miller, who wrote the screen play and created Jason Vorhees.



If you are a Netflix subscriber you are in luck, several of these documentaries are available on their streaming service. Those films include ‘Nightmare in Red, White and Blue’, ‘Cropsey’, ‘Never Sleep Again’, ‘Killer Legends’, and ‘Doc of the Dead’.

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