So, 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.
A 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.
When 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…
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…
You 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.
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…
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!
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!