In the past few years, true crime documentaries have skyrocketed in popularity, and it feels like once a week, a new docuseries about a serial killer or family-man-turned-murderer drops on a streaming service. These documentaries can sometimes feel repetitive, despite being so darkly interesting and disturbing. If you’ve already attempted to remedy this by burning through Louis Theroux’s back catalog, and you’re now looking to expand your search, then this is the list for you.
Below you’ll find an eclectic mixture of documentaries about unusual subjects. There are a couple that count as true crime, but they aren’t about serial killers, and the other items on the list cover a variety of subjects, from interesting hobbies to strange subcultures.
10 Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)
Dava Whisenant’s indie documentary Bathtubs Over BroadwayIt offers a glimpse into the world of industrial musicals. Most popular during the ’60s and ’70s, these Broadway-level productions were created for corporations to boost company morale and sales. They created elaborate, but absurd musical numbers about products such dog food or bathroom utilities. Bathrooms are coming! (1969) is a particular delight, featuring a song with the line “my bathroom is much more than it may seem, where I wash and where I cream.”
The documentary follows Steve Young, who is a documentary. comedy writer for David Letterman, who stumbled upon these musicals when searching for comical LPs for the Dave’s Record Collection segment. Bathtubs Over BroadwayThis is more than a glimpse into a strange world of unintentionally humorous songs. While it retains a sense if weirdness, it quickly reveals the artistry behind this subgenre. It was surprisingly sincere. critical hit, scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
9 The Speed Cubers (2020).
Only 40 minutes. Speed Cubers is about Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs, who are Rubik’s Cube-solving champions in the world of competitive speedcubing. From that premise, you might think you wouldn’t care about a niche story that centers on a puzzle cube that most people give up on within 5 minutes, but trust me, watch it, and you will.
Speedcubing is a fascinating sport to watch. Competitors solve the cubes in a matter of seconds, and their fingers move so fast they blur into each other. Feliks is introduced as King of the Cubbers. Feliks held the record for solving the classic 3x3x3x3 cubicle in the past. fastest time. It took him just 4.22 seconds, although that has now been beaten by Yusheng Du’s 3.47 seconds. Max, an autistic speedcuber who is quickly rising the ranks, is the other speedcuber in this documentary. Although it sounds like they would be in a bitter rivalry, instead, they form a supportive and sincere friendship. This documentary, which is incredibly heartwarming, should be made into a feature. It feels like it barely scratches the surface in speedcubing.
8 Class Action Park (2020).
Action Park, located in New Jersey and created by Gene Mulvihill, was largely operative during the ’80s and ’90s. The park became known for being dangerous, stemming from a wealth of accidents, hence the name “Class Action Park.” The documentary tells stories about the various rides and waterslides, which were built without proper attention to safety, as well as the lack of supervision due to the majority of staff being high school students who didn’t care. After multiple deaths in the Wave Pool, burns, cuts and broken bones were common, the Grave Pool was created.
Many of the anecdotes of recklessness in the park are shared with nostalgic delight, but the final section of this documentary takes on a darker tone. This section focuses more on George Larsson Jr. After falling off of the Alpine Slide, the teenager sustained a head injury and later died. Mulvihill covered up his death and interviews with bereaved relatives reveal how cruel, greedy and irresponsible Mulvihill was. Safety standards were not improved despite the deaths and injuries. Action Park was like a dark version of Disneyland.
7 Three Identical Strangers (2018)
You don’t need to know anything about Three Identical StrangersThen, try to keep it that manner. The documentary was directed by Tim Wardle and premiered at 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It features interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions. The documentary is about three visually similar strangers, Edward Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran. They met at 19 years old by chance and a surreal and surprising story unfolds.
Three Identical StrangersWas a hit at SundanceThe U.S. The U.S. Documentary Special Jury Awards for Storytelling. It is currently being adapted into a dramatic feature-length movie. This could push the documentary into spoiler-filled headlines. This captivating tale is best seen completely blind.
6 Things You Cannot Do to David Arquette (2020).
David Arquette is not to be killedFollow the actor, who is most well-known for his role as Dewey, the sheriff in The Sheriff. Screamas he tries to return to professional wrestling. Arquette was a co-star in the 2000 comedy wrestling. Ready to Rumble. He appeared in a World Championship Wrestling storyline to promote the movie. He eventually won WCW Heavyweight title (though it was only for 12 consecutive days). Arquette was a wrestling fan, so the cross-promotion seemed appropriate. It was, however. universally hatedHe feels it was a mistake that cost him his acting career.
The documentary traces his attempt to master wrestling properly, from his training in Mexico to backyard bouts to more serious matches. He has been acting for years, but not in A-list movies. His reputation in the wrestling world never recovered as he was the poster boy for the problems in the sport. Match by match, he tries to regain the credibility that he lost in 2000. His family is often confused as to why he cares, and they are rightfully concerned about his well-being, but his dedication is admirable.
5 Marwencol (2010)
Jeff Malmberg’s MarwencolThis book is about Mark Hogancamp’s life and unusual art project that he created to deal with trauma. Hogancamp was brutally attacked outside of a bar. He spent nine days in an induced coma and was left with brain damage as well as amnesia. To deal with the trauma, Hogancamp built a miniature Belgian town during World War II in his backyard. He named the new town Marwencol and filled it full of action figures that represented his real life.
Malmberg sensitively enables Hogancamp to unravel his own story and also captures the beginning of Hogancamp’s journey into the art world. His photographs of Marwencol, and its inhabitants, have been exhibited at several venues. galleries in New York. The documentary has been awarded the Best Documentary numerous awardsIt was also the inspiration for the film. Marwen is your home(2018), directed and starring Steve Carell as the lead character. However, the film did not capture the spirit of the documentary.
4 Grizzly Man (2005)
Grizzly ManThe story of Timothy Treadwell, an avid bear enthusiast, and his death in Alaska by a bear, chronicles his life and death. Werner Herzog’s documentary is made up of Treadwell’s own footage of his interactions with brown bears, along with interviews with people who knew him and bear experts. The documentary is too personal for Herzog, but the raw story about the bear-lover is fascinating.
Treadwell believed wholeheartedly in humankind’s ability to coexist with nature. He spent thirteen summers living in Alaska with wild grizzly Bears (he gave them names like Mr. Chocolate) as well as treating them like big pets. It was inevitable that such casual interactions would lead to his death. But on the other hand, it is remarkable that he could live so long among dangerous animals. Treadwell is a controversial figure. Some view him as delusional while others see him as an idol.
3 Behind the Curve (2018)
Despite scientific research that has supported the Earth as a sphere for over two millennia, there is still a small group of people who believe that the Earth is flat. Daniel J. Clark’s Behind the CurveThe documentary focuses on the flat-Earthers and focuses mainly on Patricia Steere (Mark Sargent) and Patricia Steere (Patricia Steere). Interviews with scientists are included in the documentary, but the story is driven by flat-Earthers.
Clark approaches Steere and Sargent with empathy, not condescension. He tries to understand their perspectives. He explains that “shaming someone doesn’t change the way they feel about something.” The result is a documentary that feels kind rather than exploitative or cruel. Fear not! The flat-Earthers were allowed to explain their theory, and they also filmed their attempts to prove their theory through various experiments, which of course failed. There are moments of hilarious absurdity, too.
2 The King of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters (2007)
Seth Gordon’s documentary chronicles the fierce rivalry between Steve Wiebe, an out-of-work engineer, and Billy Mitchell, a restaurateur, to take the high-score record for the arcade game Donkey Kong. Mitchell is the reigning champ, and he portrays himself as a villain in an action movie, while Wiebe is a genial family member. It’s a silly, nostalgic, exhilarating, and fun experience all at once. It doesn’t matter if you have fond memories of spending afternoons plugging quarters in arcade machines. The King of KongYou will be attracted.
Mitchell’s scores have since come under suspicion because of his use of a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) rather than an actual arcade machine. It is possible to cheat using emulator software, which is why scores should be recorded on arcade hardware. Guinness and Twin Galaxies, an organization that tracks high scores in arcade gaming, stripped Mitchell of his records. However, Mitchell has been reinstated by Guinness. reinstated them.
1 Best Worst Movie (2009)
Before you see The Worst Movie, it is essential to have seen the movie it is about, the so-bad-it’s-good horror-comedy Troll 2 (1990). Troll 2Originally, it was called GoblinsThere is no connection between the two. Troll (1986). The story centers on a family who travels to Nilbog, where vegetarian goblins transform people into plants. There is also a bizarre sex scene that involves popcorn. The Worst Movie is directed by the movie’s child star, Michael Stephenson, and is about the making of the infamous film and its resurgence in later years.
Stephenson, who was just ten years old when he starred on the film Troll 2, spent years feeling “very embarrassed by it.” But as an adult, he realized that people had started “kind of championing” the film, sparking the idea for the documentary. Stephenson interviews the cast and crew about the experience of making the hilarious movie. He also tracks its unexpected popularity. The Worst MovieIt is a lighthearted look at how a movie that failed was made into a beloved cult film.