2013 has probably been one of the driest years in a long time for VHS hauls. Relying on internet forums and the usual auction sites such as ebay and Amazon is not the way I like to secure tapes, but after a miserable car boot season, and very few leads to call my own, I have had little choice other than to revert to such avenues for my video pleasures.
This was until I found a guy online who was selling hundreds of rare pre-cert VHS tapes (his own personal collection). Unlike car boot discoveries, he was looking for a lot of money for them, and rightly so, as i’d seen some photos and there were treats aplenty.
I cheekily got in touch and offered him a set amount, which was way below his asking price, but acceptable if he wasn’t able to sell them and wanted to shift the entire lot as soon as possible. Luckily, he accepted my offer.
The VHS Horror All-nighter at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.
After the mildly successful VHS all-nighter in late July, I was this time offered a second opportunity to unleash some magnetic mayhem on a crowd, but with the films all being of a horror nature this time. Like always, there are certain limitations to the selection, but this is never a problem.
This year I was fortunate enough to obtain (through a very close friend) a VIP badge for Fantastic Fest, a genre film festival which is held each year in Austin, Texas.
I made the trip with my brother-in-law, Simon (@simonbarber on Twitter), and it was to be our first adventure away together. A tough feat to pull off too, considering we both have very small children, but eased greatly by having two very understanding wives. This was, however, always going to be a one-off experience so we planned to make the most of it while out there.
The VivaVHS vs. The Good Bad Movie Club VHS All-nighter – The Prince Charles Cinema, London.
My good friend Paul, who is the programmer for The PCC, and also runs The Good Bad Movie Club, asked me to join him in an epic battle of the grain. Three selections of his, versus three of mine, head-to-head in a night long duel of sleaze and cheese. The only thing I wanted to nail down, was to make sure that all selections were not available on DVD or Blu, thus hopefully creating more appeal for the event.
Following on from last year’s screening of The Burning, I was once again invited to present another tape viewing at this year’s Shock & Gore Festival at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham.
With my selection being restricted to ‘Video Nasties’ last year, I was over the moon to get free rein for this one. I immediately drew up a list of around 15 titles, with the aim of restricting them to movies currently unavailable on DVD and Blu. Luckily, my first choice on the list was chosen and confirmed – Never Too Young to Die (’86). Continue reading