The 10 Most Terrifying Documentaries of All Time

By Zach Wee

Documentaries, be it exposés on industries, character studies on interesting subjects or just plain non-fiction narratives, are the penultimate medium of education in the language of film. The filmmakers release such films with the intent of enlightening the general public on the issues they chose to highlight, however more often than not, education ends up being the sole intent.

Nevertheless, there are filmmakers who understand that documentaries are at the end of the day, still feature films, and create documentaries that not only educate, but entertain, and are held in high regard as pieces of art.

With that being said, if documentaries are in fact, a sub-category of film, rather than a separate form all together, then the same genres that apply to film should very well apply to documentaries – Action, Comedy, Drama and more importantly, Horror.

The documentaries in this list are all, in some shape or form, horror films. They not only educate, but they scare, inciting as much fear within audiences as any mainstream horror film. Without further ado, here are 10 terrifying documentaries.

10. Faces of Death (1978)

Faces of Death (1978)

Kicking off the list is Faces of Death, the 1978 film by John Alan Schwartz. In the counterculture era of New Hollywood, filmmakers like Roger Corman popularized the idea of the exploitation film, low-budget horror, erotic or martial arts films catering to very specific demographics. A lesser known sub-genre of this class of film is the mondo film, exploitation documentaries, documentaries that focus on the taboo, often using explicit footages of death and the dead, the most notable of which being Faces of Death, the 10th spot on this list.

Don’t let the low iMDB score of 4.0 fool you, this is by no means a poorly made film. Faces of Death, as → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

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