Adventures in VHS Episode 13 – The 13th Floor (1988)

Adventures in VHS Episode 13 The 13th Floor 1988You voted for it – and here it is, a brand new episode of Adventures in VHS focused on one of the five films you were asked to consider as a potential rental choice back in April.

There were plenty of votes, but the clear winner was 1988′s The 13th Floor (you can see a full breakdown of how the voting went here), so expect a full and frank look at the film’s UK VHS rental release, its trailers and of course an in depth review of the movie.

As The 13th Floor and all four of the other tapes in the vote were released through Medusa Home Video, I’ll also give you a bit of a potted history of that company – and a bit about why its such a collectible label for tape hoarders like myself.

The AiVHS vote: And the winner is…

what_VHSFirst off, a big thanks to those of you who took the time to vote for which movie you’d like to see covered on Adventures in VHS Episode 13.

After leaving the poll up for a couple of weeks, we have a winner!

Rather fittingly considering the show number, the video you most wanted to rent was…

Vote: Choose the next AiVHS podcast rental!

adventures in vhs rental shelfThis is your chance to vote for the next film to feature on the Adventures in VHS podcast.

As you’ll see, all are tapes on the Medusa Home Video label – but all you need to worry about is which looks the most awesome.

You’ll find a flu description of the movies taken from the back of the box, some pictures to whet your appetite and a voting form at the bottom of the page, as well as a little something to set the scene…

Adventures in VHS Episode 12 – Evilspeak (1981)

Adventures in VHS podcast review Evilspeak 1981An all new episode of Adventures in VHS less than a month before the last?

Yep, the unthinkable has happened and the show is back just mere weeks after the last outing – and this time I’m hitting up a genuine video nasty.

Join me as I chat about 1981′s Evilspeak, the surreal satanic cyber shocker that was prosecuted along with 38 other titles under the Obscene Publications Act.

The cuts, the controversy and the 1983 Videospace/Film Town UK VHS release are all covered here!

Vote Rewind This! in the upcoming Rondo Awards

On May 5th the 12th annual Rondo Awards will take place, honouring classic horror, genre film and its associated culture. When it does, friend of Film Rant and former Adventures in VHS podcast guest Josh Johnson will see his rather awesome feature Rewind This! among the nominees listed for Best Documentary.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s available on VoD now and can be purchased by visiting this page. If you have and would like to vote for the film at the Rondo Awards, please drop an email to this address before May 5th with your name and the text: 8. BEST DOCUMENTARY: REWIND THIS!

Infographic: Old cinemas vs multi-plexes

It’s well over a century since the Lumière brothers thrilled audiences with their collection of short films at London’s Regent Street Cinema. However, while legend has it that one of their earliest screenings of a train arriving at La Ciotat station had crowds reeling in terror at the prospect of the locomotive […]

Your childhood is dying… and it’s OK to be sad

RIP Harold RamisBeing a child of the 1980s, I grew up in an age of real screen heroes. Some carried a whip, some carried a light saber, but in 1984 we were introduced to ones that carried something called a ‘proton pack’. The Ghostbusters were a massive part of my childhood – and I’m not afraid to admit that the passing of one of their number recently was something I was very sad to hear.

More than that though, the death of Harold Ramis serves as a stark reminder that at this time in my life, it’s not unusual to see my childhood heroes age and eventually die… something I was reminded of when I walked past the Manchester cinema where I was first introduced to Messrs Spengler, Venkman, Stantz and Zeddemore.

Adventures in VHS Episode 11 – Robot Jox (1989)

Adventures in VHS Episode 11 Robot JoxAdventures in VHS returns with a streamlined ‘one-shot’ episode looking at a movie I remember fondly as being a firm favourite as a kid. But how will Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox (1989) hold up in a post Bay/Del Toro world?

As always, you can expect a bit about the history of the film, a long hard look at it’s UK VHS release, a full review of the movie and much, much more besides. Anyway enjoy, subscribe and review on iTunes… Cheers!

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‘Boy, hurry up and grow so we can watch The Avengers!’

Charlie Iron ManLike many of you, I’ve been enjoying the earnest, heartfelt drama and award-baiting performances of late winter, but post Super Bowl – and with a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer now online I’m starting to wish it was summer. Next summer.

Why? Well, not because I’m not excited for Guardians, Captain America 2 and the X-Men First Class sequel. Not even because there is so much to look forward to in 2015. It’s because next year I’ll be able to share new movies (and old ones) with my little boy…

Adventures in VHS – The future of the podcast

Adventures in VHS will returnLet’s have it right. I’ve never really been the most prolific podcaster in the world. Even back in the days of my Film Rant show I’d struggle to get a new episode up every month when many of my peers were grinding ‘em out weekly. I know the best way to grow is through consistency, but the unfortunate truth is podcasting is pretty time consuming… especially when you do it on your own.

So yeah, I work pretty hard on doing it properly. But in recent months, I’ve not had much time for writing and recording. I’m not complaining. I just need to fit things in carefully as and when I can – which leads me nicely to the actual point of this post…