Where I grew up in suburban northern NJ, my local video rental store was called “Video Den”. My sister and I had grown up religiously watching horror and sci-fi movies on our local TV stations (late night “Chiller” features and weekend “Science Fiction Theater” being the most memorable among them). Sometime in 1984 we got our first VCR and were no longer restricted to what our TV stations aired. Video Den opened up a whole new world for us and naturally…
I'll watch any movie with my name in the credits :)
I participated and appear in this documentary and even if I didn't, it would be near and dear to my heart. It's the story of a cottage industry - the local "brick and mortar" videogame shop - and its future chances against the inevitable world of digital distribution. The movie asks the question "as ownership goes digital, what gets left behind?".
To date, I've only seen the rough cut.…
This movie is PRECIOUS. There are so many things one could discuss. It provides a never-ending series of outrageous and entertaining elements starting with the many parallels/plagiarisms to the original Jaws and Jaws 2 movies from 20 years earlier, then there’s the dad whose face is a dead ringer for Hulk Hogan, and the super-emotional sheriff, the “little girl in a wheelchair” trope, the mafia taking matters into their own hands, the title character that’s mainly portrayed in stock footage… I’m breathless…
It’s a work of art, a swath of style and contradiction. It’s a zombie movie with its own canon. It’s equal parts Lynch and Raimi. It’s foreign to an American like me, yet it’s in English. It’s a love story in a unique triangle. Its ugliest images are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a horror film. It’s a buddy film with a parallel universe Curly Howard as the buddy. It’s The Walking Dead-creative-killing 20 years before Dead was born. It’s gothic and simultaneously hip.
“I’d give my life to be dead” - Dellamorte
It is absurd. And it makes perfect sense.
Felt very much like a spiritual successor to The Blair Witch Project, which is a good thing because I’d like a good alternative and most found footage movies don’t do it for me. A few genuinely good scares and an overall spooky vibe make this “haunted house Halloween amusement in a REAL haunted house” reality film a winner. Almost definitely better on a rewatch, too, as there are lots of quick peeks at weird stuff and I’d be cheating if I rewound and paused.
A top 10 horror found footage movie!