Running Time: 75 min.
Release Date: June 6, 2008 (limited)
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The compelling story of low-budget genre filmmaker Don Dohler, whose movies have been called everything from oddly brilliant to some of the worst films of all time. An inspiration to artists and filmmakers such as Robert Crumb, J.J. Abrams (Creator of TV show Lost) and Art Speigelman (Maus), the mild-mannered and self-deprecating Dohler started making wholesome sci-fi films in the Baltimore area in 1976, but later began including nudity and gore in his movies to please distributors. The documentary finds him at age 59, as he's just finished his most gratuitous movie to date. It's selling well, yet Dohler feels "sick of the exploitative stuff" and is considering giving up the "Blood, Boobs and Beast" formula. However, Dohler's recent partner Joe Ripple disagrees and views these components as essential to gaining distribution. The pair's differing views create a hypnotic tension while reinforcing Dohler's humble maverick stance of quality before marketability.
John Paul Kinhart