Now this is cool!
We talk pretty regularly on the Shock Waves podcast about our experiences combing the shelves of video stores and scanning the cover art for what would become some of our favorite cult horror movies. Don’t you miss being able to walk into a video store and look at rows of horror VHS tapes? Well, if you’re in the Los Angeles area this upcoming Halloween season, you are in for a treat!
Blumhouse Productions head of development and Shock Waves co-host Ryan Turek has teamed up with Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank for a special 2 month long exhibit/event that will recreate the video store experience! Check out the full details below along with this original art by Devon Whitehead!
Remember the mom and pop video store experience?
Well, it’s pretty much gone.
Today, an entire generation of horror lovers discover their movies digitally by way of iTunes, Amazon, Hulu and other VOD services. While it gives them the luxury of never having to leave their house, it is ultimately a cold, impersonal experience. They gaze at their screens, read a synopses accompanied by hack key art work and maybe browse at “user reviews” before deciding to press the “purchase/rent now” button.
Gone are the days in which you ventured to a local video store and got a more tactile approach to your movie selection. There was an allure to the VHS boxes and the artwork that graced their covers; the curation of the “Staff Picks” that maybe sat on an endcap; the cardboard standees announcing the latest VHS release; the lighting; the rows of film titles and the time it took to sift through them all until you finally had a stack of VHS tapes you hauled to the check-out counter.
When attendees pass through the curtained entrance to Slashback Video, they’ll be transported to an immersive – and hopefully educational – experience that takes them to a mom and pop video store in the ‘80s that houses nothing but vintage horror movie titles.
Slashback Video is a pseudo-art installation, a time capsule, a trip down memory lane and an ode to those artists who contributed to the visually rich VHS covers that screamed for your attention. It’s also part art gallery! We’ve invited an army of contemporary artists to take a crack at their own VHS packaging.
Slashback Video key art by Devon Whitehead!
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum
Saturday, September 9th
8pm – Midnight
3204 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, California, CA 91505
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