Werner Herzog Prepares Documentary Series HATE IN AMERICA and ON DEATH ROW [Updated]

     August 29, 2012


Werner Herzog‘s 2011 death row documentary Into the Abyss was met with critical acclaim, but I found it to be a tedious series of brazenly manipulative interviews where Herzog constantly took his eye off the ball to explore tangents that were immaterial to his larger exploration of capital punishment.  Hopefully, he’ll be more focused in his upcoming three-part documentary series On Death Row.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The new cases involve a man who paid killers to eliminate his ex-wife; a man who shot down truck drivers from his motorcycle; and a man who beat his girlfriend’s baby to death because he thought it was possessed by demons.”  Those are certainly disturbing cases, and I hope Herzog can give them the attention they deserve rather than taking time away to talk to an unimportant guy who was stabbed with a screwdriver.

Herzog is also working on the documentary series, Hate in America.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: We've updated our information on Hate in America]

Per THR:

Hate in America is four, 1-hour documentaries each examining a different aspect of hate crime. Along with portraits of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Herzog looks at the cases of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and a suburban housewife turned killer of Mexicans. He also visits Harrison, Arkansas, dubbed America’s “hate central”.

Herzog has the power to be incredibly insightful and captivating when he wants to be, and this is a subject worthy of thoughtful examination.  I hope that On Death Row and Hate in America deliver on their promise of powerful documentary filmmaking. [Update: Publicists for Hate in America have let us know that the topics are still to be determined.  Additionally, both Hate in America and On Death Row will have their broadcast premieres on Investigation Discovery.]

The German director will be seen later this year playing the villain in the Tom Cruise action-thriller Jack Reacher.  Herzog is also working on the independent feature Queen of the Desert starring Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson.

  • Bill Smith

    Matt Goldberg: your articles are SHIT. Your concept of informative writing is TORTURE to those of us who visit this site. In other words, your BULLSHIT opinions are ruining Collider.

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  • Fatt Golberg

    Just a question, Matt.

    Have you ever, in the history of the man, found any movie enjoyable at all? Your criticism for movies is unflinchingly rigid, it seems like you put the world of film on a pedestal, neglecting to embrace the fact that no movies are ever going to satisfy your irrationally high standards. At this point, you’ve moved past critique and have fully immersed yourself into a world of incessant nagging and nitpicking. Do us all a favor and try to perk up a bit, princess. Heres a thought: Try and make your articles as enjoyable as you’d want movies to be. Because right now, your articles are the Michael Bay of the movie review/critique world: long, loud, and full of no real substance or anything other than a flowing tapestry of bullshit.

  • Bill Smith

    What’s even more pathetic about Goldberg is how whilst trying to appear like a film connoisseur, he MUST handle all articles on comic book movies/shows.

    Here’s a news scoop for you, Matt Goldberg: You’re 30, overweight, balding & you live in your mother’s basement.

  • dogg

    Let me guess: Only Caucasians are capable of hating, and all FBI statistics about hate crimes will be ignored.

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