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Survival of the Film Freaks

6.81 h 26 min201918+
"Survival of the Film Freaks is a documentary exploring the phenomenon of cult film in America and how it survives in the 21st Century. Through interviews and fan events, the documentary traces decades of film fanaticism up to the present, where the 'digital age' has transformed the way we experience movies."
Bill FulkersonKyle Kuchta
Ted RaimiJoe Bob BriggsLloyd Kaufman
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English [CC]
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Adam GreenKansas BowlingChris GoreLuigi Cozzi
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Dusty GoodReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Essential Watching for Film Fans
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This doc should be mandatory for all film 101 courses. The detailed journey of cinema through the decades to modern day is a glorious "How-to guide" wrapped in a love letter to all the obscure titles and actors that have made movies fun. You can't watch this doc without running to your computer to look up details on some of these featured cult gems. This film has not only captured the passion of movie lovers but presented the medium in a way that draws the viewer in and excites them. A great learning tool to hand to young cinema fanatics to educate them on the roots of cult cinema. A+
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HeisenbergReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bits of Nostalgia...part 2
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Much like my review I gave for the documentary, Bits of Yesterday, this follows a very similar format showing bits of history, the rise and fall of certain aspects of viewing movies and how we have access to them - overall, pretty good. I will say that I think it is mainly the nostalgia (at least for me) that really kept this captivating and an appreciation for cult films; some i were familiar with and some i learned were cult that i didn't even know were cult - but ultimately, it's us fans who decide.
Galen HowardReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitive Overview of the Cult Film Movement
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Survival of the Film Freaks feels like one of those impassioned conversations you fall into at a bar for hours until being kicked out. Naturally, this is the perfect tone for a film on a niche subject like cult and fringe cinema. The film assembles a wide range of interview subjects who all speak intimately and personally on the topic. In a breezy 86 minutes, the film covers the origins of the genre, how it's evolved, and what can be done to keep it alive. This affectionate tribute/tutorial will be both gratifying for hardcore completists and inspiring for budding aficionados.
Bill By ForceReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest Look at the Evolution of Cult Film and how they get to the Viewer
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Part Love letter part educational Doc on Cult Films through the formats. Topics covered include Cable, VHS, DVD, Blu Ray, and the streaming world as we know it now.
2 people found this helpful
Alex ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Pure Fluff
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No notable insights and relies far too heavily on clip montages. Basically just a time filler counting on your fond memories of the movies it namechecks to garner some good will. Skip this and spend the time watching an actual cult movie.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Essential viewing for any horror, cult, or indie film fan
Thought provoking and well-paced, includes exciting interviews with some legendary personalities. Survival of the Film Freaks is an expertly crafted narrative running through the history of cult cinema, highlighting the highs and lows of being a fringe film fan.

Excellent movie and well worth your time.
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GeekarinoReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful documentary about cult films!
Well crafted documentary about the history of Cult Films. A must for anyone that grew up in that great age of the video store.
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