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Films 

ATTN L.A.! Relive The Video Store Days With The Upcoming SLASHBACK VIDEO Exhibit!

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 […]

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Lost on VHS: MAKING MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER

I have a confession to make: When I was a kid, I was a huge Michael Jackson fan — so much so that I took a little heat from it from other kids. Despite this, I was scared to death of the THRILLER music video. I grew up in a time when my Dad would […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

The Strangest, Creepiest YouTube Channels of All Time

YouTube is a bottomless well of the collective unconscious: If you dig around, you’ll discover sad things, wonderful things, and deeply strange things. Even when it’s not trying to be, YouTube is often an unnerving place. The following collection of creepy YouTube channels mixes intentionally spooky content with channels that may have some other purpose, but succeed […]

Films 

Slashback! Remembering Bill Paxton’s Short But Sweet ‘80s Slasher Career

We’re all still reeling over the untimely death of beloved actor-director and all-around cool guy Bill Paxton, whose impact on genre cinema will never be forgotten. His decades-spanning career began with early behind-the-scenes work on Roger Corman films like GALAXY OF TERROR and BIG BAD MAMA, and his first notable project as director was the […]

Films Scary Fun 

More Bizarre and Almost Impossible to Find Movies

In my last article, I explored some fairly strange films, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I could go stranger. So here are four even stranger films that for one reason or another have become hard to find. Note- I’m not including online sources that violate copyright, because true […]

Films Scary Fun 

Incredibly Strange Films that are Almost Impossible to Find

Fans of bizarre, unusual, and generally weird cinema can sometimes have a difficult time locating classic movies from these categories. As the home video market evolved from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray and continues to evolve into the next technological frontier, some films are going to be left behind. Often bizarre and esoteric classics that do make […]

Films 

Crime & Dismemberment: A Look Back at MANIAC COP

From the twisted minds of genre exploitation gurus Larry Cohen (Q THE WINGED SERPENT) and Bill Lustig (MANIAC) comes the most demented tale of law and disorder that ever ignited the caramel covered floors of ’80s grindhouse picture palaces. Shot on location in New York during the late 1980s than at the height of its […]

Films 

The Insanity That Is TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION

Here’s a question for the philosophers and art critics: If an artist sets out to make something that is deliberately terrible, and they succeed… have they really succeeded? It was 1996. I was a mere 18 years old. I was going to college in Tacoma, WA, and I was slowly becoming a movie obsessive. A […]

Films 

Throw Back Video: VIDEO WORLD, The Death of a VHS Store

Every video store has a story. And all of us of a certain age certainly have our own personal tales and memories of that long lost era of the video shop. Scanning the rows of tapes, wasting hours speculating and talking about movie titles with friends, dates, and family. And then finally settling on something […]

Films 

Ready To Get Nostalgic With This ROGUE ONE VHS Inspired TV Spot?

Never underestimate the power of the force. Nor the sheer will and talent of STAR WARS fanatics. Case in point, just last week, we saw a super-fan, and mighty fine editor, put together the closing moments of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and the beginning of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE into […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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VHS Classic! The Greatest Buddy Cop Zombie Movie Ever Made – DEAD HEAT!

Once upon a time in the 1980s, MTV, big hair and VHS ruled the day. The impulse renting of horror titles in long-gone video stores allowed fans to discover flicks that died in a theatrical release. One such flick is the now cult-classic DEAD HEAT – an over-the-top retread of the noir thriller D.O.A – […]

Films Scary Fun 

10 VHS Box Covers that Scarred Me for Life

In 1980s video rental stores, shelves were filled with a brightly colored array of VHS box covers. These canvases served one purpose, to scream at the consumer…“RENT ME.” No other genre was better at grabbing a potential viewer’s attention better than horror. In a world where the shelves were stacked and the competition was thick, […]