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VHS Massacre (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, History | 20 June 2016 (USA)
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This lively documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it's ... See full summary »

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Kenneth Powell (co-director), Thomas Edward Seymour (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Mike Aransky ... Self
Alan Bagh ... Self
Troy Bernier Troy Bernier ... (archive footage)
John Bloom ... Self - Joe Bob Briggs from Drive-in Theater
Dick Boland Dick Boland ... Self
Ron Bonk ... Self
Carmine Capobianco ... Self
Juliette Danielle ... Self
Chris Ferry ... Self
Nicola Fiore ... Self (archive footage)
Matt Ford Matt Ford ... Chef Death (archive footage)
Mark Frazer ... Self
Jonathan Gorman Jonathan Gorman ... Self
Philip Guerette ... Self
Phil Hall Phil Hall ... Self (scenes deleted)
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This lively documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it's sure to entertain. With icons like Joe Bob Briggs (MonsterVision), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger), Greg Sestero (The Room), Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke 'Em High), Deborah Reed (Troll 2), Mark Frazer (Samurai Cop), James Nguyen (Birdemic) and many others.

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VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media See more »

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The sequel "VHS Massacre Too" is due for release in mid-2020 and it focuses on the last stand of the American exploitation film and how media consolation has led to the near death of the indie film industry. See more »

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Flawed, but interesting for a movie geek
22 March 2020 | by rlaineSee all my reviews

I'm a movie geek, but not really an expert on b-movies. I grew up with VHS tho so I found this kind of interesting here and there. Overall I wouldn't say this is very good and that's mostly because it's not very focused. If the makers had ditched focus on their own productions and focused more on the physical media and VHS movies in general it might've been better. Troma etc are interesting, but the documentary feels very subjective with very preachy piracy part (fwiw, I'm against piracy). I wasn't fan of the actual VHS massacre either, imo the diabetes video wasn't a laughing matter. I've seen this kind of movie geeks at local arthouse movie theatre laughing at everything and basically ruining the show for everyone else. So yes, I found the VHS part interesting, cover art appreciation etc, but there was a lot of stuff I didn't find that fitting. The subject calls for a better documentary.


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