Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare

Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare
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This documentary follows the journey of filmmaker Craig Anderson trying to fulfil his ambition of making a (low-budget) horror film, Red Christmas (2016) – about an aborted foetus that seeks revenge on its family.

Anderson quit his job in television and invested all his money into his project. His parents also decided to take out a loan to support their son’s dream. But it seems from this clip that the deal was that Anderson's father be given an acting role. 

Behind-the-scenes docos are often intriguing, even when they're on a small scale, and this one doesn't fail to engage us. There is a charm in this segment as Anderson interacts with his father, hilariously attempting to emulate a famous scene from Dirty Harry (1971).

The fly-on-the-wall footage is punctuated by interviews that are effective in giving context to the challenges facing Anderson – and add to the comedy of the situation.

This clip is so delightful it makes you want to see the full documentary (directed by Gary Doust). And Craig Anderson did manage to complete Red Christmas, starring Geoff Morrell and US import Dee Wallace (ET: The Extra Terrestrial, Cujo, The Howling).