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Masks & Make-Believe for Halloween

This week’s indieWIRE-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page turns to the world of non-fiction for Halloween costume inspiration. These docs feature vampires, superheroes, monsters, elves, Stormtroopers and more.

The three “Dungeons & Dragons” fans featured in Keven McAlester’s fascinating “The Dungeon Masters” find entertainment, community and escape by creating and inhabiting worlds of fantasy—or at least, they used to. In this Toronto and SXSW selection, one of the subjects is so into her dark elf alter ego that she paints herself black and wears a silver wig.

Similarly, “Star Wars” is the obsession for the fans featured in Mark Edlitz’ affectionate “Jedi Junkies.” Not all of these devotees dress up, but if you’re looking for Leias in metal bikinis, look no further. You’ll also find a guy who built a Millennium Falcon, a light saber squad and folks with huge toy collections.

Putting on a costume doesn’t just happen on Halloween for the subjects of Matthew Ogens’ “Confessions of a Superhero”; it’s a daily routine. Actors playing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Hulk on Hollywood Boulevard open up about their hopes and dreams, revealing the lengths to which people will go to achieve fame and success.

Jonathon Sharkey is looking for a job in W Tray White’s “The Impaler” - he’s running for the office of Governor of Minnesota. He also happens to be a self-proclaimed vampire, a Satanic dark priest and a hecate witch. A potent combo and one that spells a hell of a lot of media exploitation by the would-be politician in his quest for the gubernatorial win.

Speaking of exploitation, Elijah Drenner’s “American Grindhouse,” presents the unexplored origins of American exploitation films. Drenner’s film delves into cinema’s early years to provide the context to understand later, more graphic, developments into the splatter and gore style that would come into prominence in the 1970s, and features interviews with a host of notable filmmakers.

Finally, John Paul Kinhart tells the story of low-budget genre/exploitation filmmaker Don Dohler in “Blood, Boobs and Beast.” Those three words are the key requirements to his films - with titles like “Vampire Sisters,” “Nightbeast,” and “Blood Massacre,” that can’t come as much of a surprise. Kinhart spends two years with the genius/madman to get an indepth look at DIY filmmaking - and he might inspire your Halloween costume

Originally posted on IndieWire