Arrow Video Frightfest Digital preview: The documentaries Simon Fitzjohn August 17, 2020 Editor's Choice, Film4 Frightfest, London, London Previews 526 If horror film documentaries are your thing (and if not, why?) then you are spoiled for choice at Arrow Video Frightfest Digital as they present not one, not two, but three offerings. They all look good to us, so see if any of these take your fancy: HAIL TO THE DEADITES Getting its international premiere at the festival, ‘Hail…’ will screen on Sunday, August 30. Here’s the synopsis: An entertaining and informative documentary about THE EVIL DEAD and the 1981 cult classic shocker’s continuing cultural impact. Through interviews with the cast, crew, collectors, freaks and geeks, HAIL TO THE DEADITES seeks to illuminate the darkest reaches of director Sam Raimi’s brainchild and its undying and still-growing popularity, an esteem that has spawned four films, a TV series, comic books, figurines, and surpassed even its creator’s wildest dreams. Putting the spotlight on the fans that cultivated and spread this groovy pop-culture infection, join the celebration of those who’ve celebrated one of the most admired fear franchises of all time. And here’s a trailer… CLAPBOARD JUNGLE A European premiere this time around – also on Sunday, August 30 – this Justin McConnell doc looks at the indie side of things. Here’s the synopsis: Following five years in the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell, this documentary aims to understand the struggles of financing, attracting the right talent, working with practical effects and selling the finished product in the hope of turning a profit. Interviewing everyone from Guillermo del Toro, Paul Schrader, Dick Miller, Mick Garris, Tom Holland, Sid Haig and a hosts of other genre luminaries, not only are technical aspects and interpersonal skills discussed but also the emotional stamina and little known tips needed to survive in the low-budget film industry. And here’s a trailer for that one… THE HORROR CROWD Last but not least (in fact it’s the first to play the festival on Saturday, August 29) is Ruben Pla’s The Horror Crowd. Here’s the synopsis: DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLFMAN, THE EXORCIST, JAWS, ALIEN…What made the creators of these films dream up the nightmares that kept us up at night? Were they as strange and twisted as their creations? And what about today’s creators of horror? Who are the minds behind the macabre of the present day? A revealing, intimate documentary from veteran actor insider Ruben Pla spotlighting the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination, Women In Horror, Race Relations, Helping Each Other, Film Festivals, and The Dark Side. Here’s a trailer for that one… THE HORROR CROWD from FrightFest on Vimeo.