Adventures in VHS: A letter to the podcast listeners

Adventures in VHS a letter to the listeners

I just wanted to take a minute to thank every single one of you who’ve pledged to buy Adventures in VHS from Unbound so far… I can’t tell you how happy I am you’ve come along for the ride in turning this podcast and writing project into a fully-fledged book.

But while I’m at it, I also want to address the many Adventures in VHS podcast listeners who have yet to show their support – and hopefully convince them its worth doing. It’s a tricky subject if I’m being honest, but that’s how I’m going to approach it, honestly.

A new full length AiVHS podcast (with interview) is here!

The Adventures in VHS podcast returns with a full-length episode of the show looking at the 1989 body horror classic Society (1989) – available exclusively to supporters of the Adventures in VHS book.

Join me as I talk a little about my relationship with the film, its UK VHS release on Medusa Pictures and offer a full and frank review of the movie itself. In addition, there’s even a lengthy interview with the film’s director Brian Yuzna, who talks about the making of Society, his thoughts on the home video era of which it was a part… and even some plot details on a potential sequel he’s working on!

The Adventures in VHS care package is here!


aivhs care packageIf you know someone who’d love a copy of Adventures in VHS as a gift, but are worried you won’t have something to wrap and give them on the day… then I think I’ve come up with the solution! Likewise, maybe you were thinking of pledging to buy the book but want to treat yourself to some home video goodness in the meantime… either way, the Adventures in VHS care package is here to help!

Over the next few months, I’ll be busy making sure the book gets funded and beautifully printed and packaged for all those who’ve been kind enough to support it. But, I’ve decided to set up a brand new pledge level for those who want a hardback ‘membership’ edition of the book that – when you pledge to buy – I’ll personally send you a very special box of Adventures in VHS goodies (sorry folks, but the offer is only open to UK residents).

Adventures in VHS – A message from Noel

You can now buy the Adventures in VHS book!

You can now buy the Adventures in VHS bookSo, in case you missed the exclusive announcement on the most recent episode of the podcast, yesterday was a big day for the Adventures in VHS project as the book went live for pledges via Unbound.

In case you don’t know who Unbound are, they are a publisher who were recently in the news for having got the first ever crowd-funded book on to the Man Booker Prize long list - and have graciously accepted me into their fold of authors.

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Adventures in VHS Episode 15 – Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Adventures in VHS Episode 15 - Breakdance 2 Electric BoogalooA very special episode as I can finally and exclusively reveal how you can get your hands on the Adventures in VHS book! Not only that, but I also take an in depth look at one of the wildest, funniest and most 80s film of all time – Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo.

As always, we start off with a look at the UK VHS release of the film, in this case released on Guild Home Video and Cannon Films, before immersing ourselves in trailers and cover art. Then, I’m joined by my old friend and podcasting partner Mr Ian Loring for a full and frank review of the movie.

The worst film I ever saw… Inbred.

inbred worst film i ever sawWhen people find out you’re a film lover, they tend to ask you what your favourite film is. When you explain your taste is more for the gruesome realms of cult and exploitation cinema, their next question is usually what the worst film you’ve ever seen is. Which is a question I can usually answer much more quickly.

A few years back, when writing for Eat Sleep Live Film, myself and the site’s other co-founders sat down to watch Alex Chandon’s Inbred. I’m not proud of how angry I was about the movie or the mildly personal attack I made on its director (who as it turns out is a decent bloke). But, for shits and giggles, I’d like to take you on a journey back to a time where I thought “rectal wipe of a feature” was valid film criticism…

Adventures in VHS Episode 14 – Hot Dog: The Movie (1984)

Hot Dog VHSThe Adventures in VHS podcast just got a little bit raunchier, as Episode 14 brings you all sorts of sexy slope side mayhem in Peter Markle’s 1984 ski-sploitation flick Hot Dog: The Movie.

As always, expect a bit of an insight into the history of the film, a look at it’s UK VHS release on Entertainment in Video and a clip-fuelled review of the movie itself.

There’s even a smidgen of news on the upcoming Adventures in VHS book…

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…