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HORROR BUSINESS
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Reviewed by: Rees Savidis

Directed by: Christopher P. Garetano

Starring:
Mark Borchardt
Ron Atkins
David Stagnari

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
“It’s about two percent movie making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It’s no way to spend a life.” – Orson Wells.

A horror documentary that turns the spotlight on a batch of up-and-coming filmmakers rather than focusing on the usual gallery of established writers and directors we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
Is it good movie?

Indeed, this is a good movie. In fact, it’s downright refreshing. The decision by filmmaker Christopher P Garetano to focus his film on the new breed of horror movie makers was truly an inspired one. And by “new breed” I don’t mean the likes of Eli Roth, Rob Zombie or Alexandre Aja. I’m talking about guys like Ron Atkins, David Stagnari and Mark Borchardt. Who? Exactly, these are the grassroots filmmakers, the guys the general movie-going faithful don’t even know – save for maybe Borchardt who was the subject of the 1999 film ‘American Movie’.

Director Garetano skillfuly inter-cuts lively moments of a handful of these “new breed” filmmakers struggling to get their flicks made with clips and sound-bites from classic films of a sadly bygone era. Seeing newspaper one-sheets and hearing radio spots for old films like ‘Torso’, ‘Last House On The Left’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ brought a nice nostalgic touch to the film, and it’s hard not to want to pick-up a handy-cam and join these fellas in their plight to make the next low budget masterpiece.

Most of the guys spotlighted in this doc come across as likeable, everyday kids who just want to make something different – something anti-establishment, anti-Hollywood…maybe even something a little bit dangerous; kudos to them all! The doc is also peppered with small interview clips from the likes of Sid Haig, Joe Bob Briggs and the master of no-budget spat-fests himself, Mr. Hershell Gordon Lewis who all give their take on what it takes to make it in the world of horror cinema. The general consensus seems to be this: entertain people. Hallelujah!
Video / Audio
VIDEO: A very respectable 1.85:1 transfer. It’s a documentary shot for fewer than ten grand…what do you want?

AUDIO: 2 channel Dolby. Again, it’s a documentary shot for fewer than ten grand.
The Extras
The advance screener I was sent for review did not include any special features or extras.
Last Call
Any self proclaimed horror enthusiast worth his – or her – salt should do themselves a great service and seek this little gem out. Well done Chris Garetano, you have a winner on your hands, sir!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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