The 1990’s was a tough time for American horror movies.
But, while the Drive-Ins died and horror movies disappeared from the movie theaters, there was one safe haven left for the horror fan:
The Independent Video Store.
The time of the “Mom and Pop” video store, before the big studios realized the goldmine of it, was a great time to be a movie fan. The stores reflected their communities, and were a place for fans to congregate and trade movie tips and ideas.
However, the 1990’s weren’t just a tough time for horror. It was a tough time for me as well. I was just as aimless as the plight of the horror movie at the time.
Through a series of strange events I was put on track by a great video store that allowed me to delve into foreign horror movies and, more importantly, to talk to passionate fans about films. In this episode I talk about the place of the video store as the ignition point for a cultural movement.
And, on a personal level, how the video store culture saved me through the 1990s, and introduced me to Guillermo del Toro, Coffin Joe, Lars von Trier, and Jan Svankmeyer.
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Topics and movies discussed:
Video Visions of Storrs, CT
In the Mouth of Madness
Herschel Gordon Lewis
Super Bowl II
New World Video
Blood and Black Lace
Tombs of the Blind Dead
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Dawn of the Dead
An American Werewolf in London
Friday the 13th
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Last Movie
Out of the Blue
Darios Argento’s World of Horror
Season of the Witch
Document of the Dead
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Tetsuo: Body Hammer
The Untold Story
Jan Svankmeyer’s Alice
At Midnight, I’ll Take Your Soul
Eat My Dust
Two Lane Blacktop
Funny Car Summer