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Dec 2, 2016

The 1990’s was a tough time for American horror movies. But, while the Drive-Ins died and horror movies disappeared from the movie theaters, there was one safe haven left for the horror fan:

The Independent Video Store.

The time of the "Mom and Pop" video store, before the big studios realized the goldmine of it, was a great time to be a movie fan.  The stores reflected their communities, and were a place for fans to congregate and trade movie tips and ideas.

However, the 1990's weren't just a tough time for horror. It was a tough time for me as well.  I was just as aimless as the plight of the horror movie at the time.

Through a series of strange events I was put on track by a great video store that allowed me to delve into foreign horror movies and, more importantly, to talk to passionate fans about films.  In this episode I talk about the place of the video store as the ignition point for a cultural movement.

And, on a personal level, how the video store culture saved me through the 1990s, and introduced me to Guillermo del Toro, Coffin Joe, Lars von Trier, and Jan Svankmeyer.  

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Topics and movies discussed:


Home video

Video Visions of Storrs, CT


In the Mouth of Madness


Buster Keaton

Orson Welles

Herschel Gordon Lewis


Super Bowl II

Vestron Video.

Lightning Video.

Vidmark Entertainment

Magnum Entertainment

New World Video

Troma Entertainment

Wizard Video

Gorgon Video

Screamers (1981)

Blood and Black Lace

Tombs of the Blind Dead

Rosemary’s Baby

Bloodsucking Freaks

Texas Chainsaw Massacre


The Exorcist

The Omen

Dawn of the Dead





The Thing

An American Werewolf in London

Friday the 13th


The Shining

Nightmare on Elm Street

The Last Movie

Out of the Blue

Dementia 13

Dark Star


Deadly Blessing

Darios Argento’s World of Horror

Season of the Witch

The Crazies

Document of the Dead

Point Blanks


Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Tetsuo: Body Hammer

Bad Taste


The Untold Story

Jan Svankmeyer’s Alice



At Midnight, I’ll Take Your Soul

Coffin Joe

The Changeling

Eat My Dust

Vanishing Point

Two Lane Blacktop

Funny Car Summer

Fast Company