(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Hell House LLC
Where You Can Stream It: Shudder, Amazon Prime Video
The Pitch: A group of friends open a haunted attraction in an abandoned hotel that turns out to really be haunted. While documenting their attempts to open the haunt on video, they capture all the scary stuff that happens to them.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: It’s almost September, which means summer is over. And what a weird, weird summer it was. But with the end of summer comes something exciting: Halloween season. Sure, Halloween isn’t until October, but Halloween season starts in September. Which means it’s time to kick off the season with scary, Halloween-themed films, and that’s where Hell House LLC comes in.
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The Hell House LLC franchise will continue to creep-out audiences with Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire. Shudder and Terror Films have teamed-up to bring audiences the third entry in the spooky found-footage franchise about a Halloween haunt that’s really haunted. Stephen Cognetti, who directed the last two films, has returned to helm the third, which began production this week.
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(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we explore movies that pretend to be true despite clearly not being true unless they’re actually true?!)
Documentaries are snapshots of real life and narrative films tell stories (true or otherwise) in fictional form, but resting somewhere in between the two sits the faux-documentary. They come in all manner of shapes, sizes, and genres, but the overwhelming majority seem to be comedies. From This Is Spinal Tap (1984) to Best in Show (2000), reality gets mocked quite a bit – hence the term mockumentary – but there are serious ones too including Punishment Park (1971) and Death of a President (2006).
There are also horror-themed ones including Noroi: The Curse (2005) and The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) though they’re often lumped incorrectly in with found footage films. Incorrectly because while found footage is exactly that – footage that’s been supposedly discovered and presented as is (hence the usual long, dull build-up to the final minutes where something frightening actually happens) – fake docs are properly edited for official release, include interviews, and feature music scores.
Keep reading for a look at six great “documentaries” you probably haven’t seen.
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