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Nightmare Factory – 7

Director – Donna Davies

Cast – Gregory Nicotero, Gabriel Bartalos, Howard Berger, Steve Biodrowski, John Carpenter, Everett Burrell, George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Gino Crognale, Andy Schoneberg, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Darabont, Jake Garber, Laurie Holden, Chela Johnson, Robert Kirkman, Mike McCarty, Daniel Noah, Norman Reedus, Cerina Vincent, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood, Jesse Wente

Release Year – 2012

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Special effects are one of the biggest reasons behind why I enjoy the horror genre so much. The same can be said for science fiction fans, as films like Jaws, Star Wars, and Alien achieved legions of loyal fans not merely because of their awesome stories, but because of their amazing effects. My search for horror documentaries brought me to Nightmare Factory and this is one 90 minute experience I will most definitely never forget. Director Donna Davies gives us an inside look at the world of Hollywood and horror special effects by enveloping us into the lives of the company that has paved the way for decades, KNB Effects. Fans of live-action gore, monsters, etc., this is a must-watch for you.

With over 200 hours of KNB home video footage provided to Ruby Tree Films, Donna Davies pieced together one of the coolest and most informative flicks this gorehound has ever seen. We learn of the early days behind KNB, where Gregory Nicotero, Robert Kurtzman, and Howard Berger were united and earned their first big break with George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead, and then really hit horror stardom with Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II. From then on out their films included classics like From Dusk Till Dawn, Pumpkinhead, The Horror Show, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Army of Darkness, and countless others including TV show “The Walking Dead”. The early days of KNB are very fun to watch and allow us to view the making of some of our favorite scenes of horror as if we were actually there thanks to the scores of home video footage provided. As the experience goes on we see how the company has grown over the years and are once again enveloped into the life of a special effects maestro who focuses primarily on the horror genre, giving us backstage access to films like Piranha 3D, Sin City, Predators, The Mist, and Land of the Dead. Ultimately, this entire 90 minute experience is footage of KNB doing their work – designing monsters, zombies, gore scenes/gags, and loads of interview footage with some of the genres most notable directors, including: John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Robert Rodriguez, John Landis, Frank Darabont, Quentin Tarantino, as well as Simon Pegg, Tom Savini, Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, and Cerina Vincent.

Overall, Nightmare Factory is a highly recommended watch for genre fans who enjoy one of the greatest things the genre has to offer: live-action special effects. It is amazing to see the work and countless hours that go in to making the goriest scenes of our favorite films, and with all of the directors and actors appearing on screen this is a horror geek’s favorite nightmare.

Rating: 7/10

…Additional Stills…

KNB alongside George A. Romero and Tom Savini.

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