Survival of the Film Freaks – documentary, USA, 2018

Survival of the Film Freaks is a 2018 American documentary feature film exploring the phenomenon of cult film and how it survives in the 21st Century.

“Through interviews with cult icons such as Ted Raimi and Lloyd Kaufman, alongside modern-day filmmakers like Adam Green and Jackson Stewart, Film Freaks examines decades of film fanaticism and how the ‘digital age’ has transformed the way we experience movies. At the helm of Film Freaks is the directing duo of Bill Fulkerson and Kyle Kuchta, who have spent the last three years making the documentary.

Co-directors Kyle Kuchta (Fantasm) and Bill Fulkerson (Outside the Cinema podcast) have launched an Indiegogo campaign to self-release Survival of the Film Freaks, a documentary exploring the phenomenon of cult films.

With a goal of $8,000 in two months, you can pre-order the award-winning film on DVD for $20 or Blu-ray for $30, both of which are expected to ship in May. Other perks include posters ($5), digital soundtracks ($8), T-shirts ($25), and more.

Joe Bob Briggs (MonsterVision), Ted Raimi (Evil Dead II), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Adam Green (Hatchet), Jackson Stewart (Beyond the Gates), Greydon Clark (Without Warning), Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash), Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune), William Sachs (Galaxina), BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III), Kurando Mitsutake (Gun Woman), and Kansas Bowling (B.C. Butcher) are among interview subjects.”

  • Deleted interview segments
  • Joe Bob Briggs extended interview
  • Making a Mood – The Music of Survival of the Film Freaks
  • Is a Film Freak promotional clips
  • Trailer

Reviews:

“The documentary has a good flow to it, and by the end, you can sense the love of the genre that all these people have for the cheap and sleazy fare, and the simple structure of the production brings you through the beginnings of cult films all the way up to our current slate of independent genre fare.” The Scariest Things

Survival of the Film Freaks provides a nice definition of what it considers a cult film and supports it nicely for the most part. I like that it’s open the bigger budget, studio films that have developed a following as well as indies. But I disagree with some of the examples such as RoboCop and The Raid, which were hits on their original release. There’s also a great selection of clips…” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

“Anyone who has a nostalgic or current love of movies should seek out Survival of the Film Freaks. It’s a well-done, loving look at cult films of the past with its fingers on the pulse of the present.” When It Was Cool

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