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Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare

Tied of playing bit TV roles like 'diabetes patient’ or 'weird friend’, actor / filmmaker Craig Anderson sets out to fulfil his life-long dream of making a low budget horror film: about an aborted foetus that seeks revenge on its family.  With his life savings on the line, it's not long before things go wildly off the rails... and his dream turns into a nightmare.

Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare is ultimately funny and heart-felt underdog story about putting everything 'on the line' to follow a dream.

  • Gary Doust
    Making Venus, Next Stop Hollywood, Great White Hunters, Murbah Swamp Beer
  • Gary Doust
  • Gary Doust
  • Megan McMurchy (EP)
  • Craig Anderson
    Key Cast
    Double The Fist, Life in a Datsun
  • Dee Wallace
    Key Cast
    ET, Cujo
  • Gerard Odwyer
    Key Cast
  • Rob Anderson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, horror, human interest
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 39 minutes 40 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Adelaide International Film Festival (AIFF)
  • FrightFest
    United Kingdom
    International Premier
  • Hollywood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    North America
    Winner Best Feature Film
  • Plan 9 : Les Etranges Nuits du Cinéma
    La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Monsterfest
    Sydney, Melbourne
  • Kew Gardens
    New York
    United States
Director Biography - Gary Doust

Gary Doust is an award winning documentary filmmaker who began his career working as an Assistant Editor on the popular science show BEYOND 2000. He first cut his teeth as a Director / Producer making a multitude of launch videos for 'really cool' products such as Rectinol and Zithromax (for Chlamydia).

Gary's first documentary project was MAKING VENUS, an observational feature doc that followed the 5 year journey of two young film producers making their first low-budget feature film as it spiraled out of control. The film premiered at the 2002 Sydney Film Festival where it was awarded a 'Mention Speciale' by the International Fipresci Jury. The film also won the ‘Independent Spirit Award’ at the Inside Film Awards and the ‘Documentary Jury Prize’ at the Film Critic Circle Awards of Australia, before receiving a national cinema release and premiering on SBS.

Gary’s Directing / Writing credits include the observational documentary series NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD (ABC, 6x30min), which followed 6 actors to L.A. looking for fame and fortune during ‘pilot season’, and BLUE ZOO (ABC3, 13x30min), about teens helping save animals at a local marine park. Gary received consecutive ADG Award nominations for Best Documentary Director for both projects. Other credits include BATTLE OF THE BRAINS (ABC, 4 x30min), which followed the highs and lows of 24 of Australia's brainiest Biology Students as they competed for a spot to represent Australia at the Science Olympics in Beijing. He also Directed and Wrote EMBEDDED WITH SHEIK HILALY, an hour long documentary for SBS that followed a guy named Dave, who attempts to live as a Muslim with controversial Islamic figure Sheik Hilaly.

Other factual work includes a role as a Producer / Director on the ‘Peru’ and ‘China’ episodes of TROUBLE IN PARADISE, a dramatized factual series about travel ‘horror’ stories for Channel Nine, and the Australian Producer on ITV’s MAD FOR WILL AND KATE for TLC in the US. He also toured with Taylor Swift capturing behind the scenes footage of her Australian tour with some footage featuring in her official FEARLESS music video.

Gary has made several award-winning short documentaries including GREAT WHITE HUNTERS, about three fishing buddies who set out to land a Great White shark by paddling baits out on their surfboards. The film was awarded ‘Third Place’ and ’Best Comedy’ at the 2008 Tropfest Film Festival. Gary also won the Tropfest ‘Tropicana Award’ back in 2002 with MURBAH SWAMP BEER, another documentary about some opportunistic locals that spring into action when a truck loaded with beer crashes into a river. In 1998 he made PARKING PATROL OFFICER 808, which won 'Best Documentary' at the St Kilda and Bathurst Film Festivals.

At the 2000 AFI Awards Gary was awarded the ‘Byron Kennedy Award’ from Dr George Miller (Mad Max) for his work on the successful screenings event POPCORN TAXI. A Co-Founder of the organisation, Gary programmed more than 200 events between 1999 - 2008 with on- stage guests that included Kevin Smith, Dennis Hopper and Ewan McGregor.

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