107 #DLMChallenge “Nightmare Factory”

For #107 of the #DLMChallenge #365moviesin365days on June 3rd I watched: Nightmare Factory.

The movies we loved as children were created by visionary filmmakers, but that term is often relegated towards the directors, rarely the writers, and sometimes even the actors.

But what’s lost on a lot of people are the countless others behind the collaboration that is our favorite medium. And Nightmare Factory is the story of a small group of those collaborators: The Practical Special Effects team.

Nightmare Factory follows the history of the team of Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, and Robert Kurtzman (known as K.N.B. EFX Group) who were instrumental in creating the practical effects of hundreds of projects including Predator, Army of Darkness, and The Cell. It’s also an intricate look into the painstaking work that goes into maintaining the illusion that these creatures are real.

Another fantastic documentary regarding the “father” of these guys is based on Ray Harryhausen called: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (my #87).

Nightmare Factory is one of my favorite documentaries in this challenge, and also one of my favorites of all-time. If I was able to show this to myself as a kid, I would have been in the film industry by now.

So all I need is to find a doc who discusses alternate universes now…

Main Crew:

Cinematographer: Robert Zimmerman (Fanarchy, Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror)

Written and Directed by: Donna Davies (Shadow Hunter, Fanarchy)

Main Cast:

Greg Nicotero [Notable Make-up/ SFX works: Inglorious Basterds, Lone Survivor, Transformers]

Howard Berger [Notable Make-up/ SFX works: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Mist, Misery]

Robert Kirkman [Creator of The Walking Dead]

John Carpenter [Writer/Director of Halloween, They Live, Escape From New York]


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