Tagged: VHS

Super Stoked on SuperTrash

Last Monday when I got to work, fellow manager Justin greeted me with a “There’s a book for you coming out this week.” Which can mean one of two things… either there is actually something that I will be excited about, or it’s something really stupid that can be used to make fun of my interests. My taste is simple but specific. I like sex, violence, horror, exploitation and satire. Find me some media with the right mix of all those things and I’m beyond stoked! Unfortunately for every honestly suggested upcoming release (Dinosaurs Attacks, Rue Morgue Special), the crew likes to mock my interests with a skewed version of what you could call a “Matt D book” with less than exciting suggestions (Zombie Tramp, GFT anything). This time was a bit of both…

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Justin continues “SuperTrash Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety. At first I thought it was a book about Hermaphrodite Porn, but it’s a sequel to a movie poster book. Either way I figured you would buy it.” Hermaphrodite Porn joke aside, he was right! I thought Jacques Boyreau’s Portable Grindhouse The Lost Art of the VHS was fine, was blown away by his Sexytime The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornosseur and I loved his Trash The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters, the book that first put Boyreau on my radar. A sequel  to Trash? … how could I not give the fine people at Fantagraphics my money. Well I obviously already knew SuperTrash was hitting shelves soon, and yet still thanked Justin for the backhanded suggestion.

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Fast-forward to Tuesday afternoon as we open the Diamond shipment and uncover the anticipated tome. SuperTrash delivers! I’m talking a pop culture cornucopia packed from cover to cover with vibrant violent pulp images! Consisting of movie posters, trading cards, magazine covers, comic book art, record sleeves and so much more from the realm under appreciated forms of art, throw in some words of wisdom explaining the Art Trash mindset so even the most mainstream minded can try to wrap their head around the concept of Hermaphro Chic and you have more of an experience than an art book. To me, a flip through SuperTrash is kinda like hanging out at a really cool old school comic shop and just rapping about all the weird items you uncover in those boxes that are under other boxes that are used to prop up the new release shelf.

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I’ve been working here at Forbidden Planet for what seems to be almost nine years…. I think, and recently my imprint on the store has been summed up in two words scrawled next to my name on a piece of paper taped to the wall above the desk in the shipping department. To put the words in context, the paper is a list of what type of e-mails should be forwarded to who or what department… it reads as follows.

Buying/Books -Jeff
Toys – Toys (Alec)
Donations – Garbage
Esoteric Stuff – Matt D

I take that as a compliment I guess…

Maybe I should pitch Fantagraphics a book that contains photos of my collection. Well until you can grab a copy of Matt Desiderio’s Esoteric Stuff dig into SuperTrash!

Photos are from the Fantagraphics facebook page.

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Matt D is Furious!

No… Matt D is presenting a VHS screening of Furious!

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Video Vortex Presents Furious
Wednesday September 17th 8PM
Get Tickets Here… http://drafthouse.com/movies/video-vortex-furious/nyc_area

Tickets only $1! Hosted by Matt Desiderio (Horror Boobs) and Mike Hunchback (Seminal Psychosis). Bring your tapes! We’ll be set up for a tape trade, with rare VHS tapes also available for sale.

Special thanks to Scarecrow Video for making this screening possible!Video introduction from director Tim Everitt!

Reality is the enemy. We escape into movies and books and comics and our homicidal fantasies because the world we live in isn’t as satisfying as it should be. Occasionally, one of these fictional destinations proves to be so uniquely exciting that we never want to leave. FURIOUS is one of those places; an unexplored dimension populated by cackling sorcerers, whispering statues, fat adolescent warriors and lots and lots of live chickens. FURIOUS is power. It’s magic. It’s a kaleidoscopic siege on the concept of storytelling. And FURIOUS is “RED HOT KARATE ACTION! Filmed entirely on location in Southern California!” FURIOUS has no right to exist. But it does. There’s no fathoming its creation. It’s a movie with 10,000 ideas but zero story; impossible ambition coupled with the desire to alienate anyone watching. Filming a feature on 35mm is expensive, and so is interdimensional travel, or a giant, fire-breathing dragon with entire human skeletons between its teeth. But FURIOUS laughs off these challenges. Money is no object when reality is no option. The only remaining explanation is that it sprang fully formed from some spiritual and intellectual void, a starving chasm of chaotic darkness that feeds off the shock and confusion of human viewers. So feed it. FEED IT. (Zack Carlson, via Bleeding Skull)

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Roller Blade with Matt D?

No, not Rollerblade… ROLLER BLADE!

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VIDEO VORTEX Presents ROLLER BLADE hosted by HORROR BOOBS and SEMINAL PSYCHOSIS

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Wednesday August 20th 8PM
Alamo Drafthouse
2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers NY

Tickets are only ONE DOLLAR, please buy in advance!
http://drafthouse.com/movies/roller-blade/nyc_area

During the Second Dark Age in the City of Lost Angels, Mother Speed and the Sisters of the Holy Order of Roller Blades live in a dystopian wasteland where Saticoy and his metalhead henchmen, the Droog, terrorize the streets! Saticoy, a fetish mask-wearing jerk wants the Sisters’ crystal, the source of all their power. He sends the Bimbo With No Name to infiltrate the Sisters and steal the crystal! What will the naked nuns do?

Lost yet? Yea, verily! Don’t worry, you’ll love this insane VHS classic so much for its copious amounts of nudity, post-apocalyptic punks, and inventive special effects, you’ll be bladin’ all the way home! SKATE OR DIE! (Katrina Basilio)

Tickets only $1! Hosted by Matt Desiderio (Horror Boobs) and Mike Hunchback (Seminal Psychosis). Bring your tapes! We’ll be set up for a tape trade, with rare VHS tapes also available for sale.

Join the facebook event page… I guess…
https://www.facebook.com/events/1467208346870780/

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Horror Boobs presents The Abomination @ Alamo Drafthouse

Join those vidiots Horror Boobs once again, 8PM this Wednesday July 2nd at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers for a VHS screening of Bret McCormick’s monster mash The Abomination! Oh yeah, and tickets are only a buck!

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Prepare to puke! Shot on Super 8mm in Poolville, Texas and crammed with neon barf, disembowelments, and ambitious latex monsters, THE ABOMINATION is a benchmark in D.I.Y. trash-gore insanity. Cody lives with his mom in a wood-paneled shack. Mom devotes her life to shady evangelist Brother Fogg. Mom hacks up a tumor. The tumor infects Cody. He coughs one up, too. Soon, the tumors multiply. They infect the entire house and take form as The Abomination — a bloody vagina monster that hides in a washing machine and tears people in half! With no ties to rational thought, THE ABOMINATION falls somewhere between the calculated gross-out of STREET TRASH and the hallucinogenic dream-world of H.G. Lewis’s THE WIZARD OF GORE. This movie heaves with mismatched post-dubbing, constant jump cuts, and tape-manipulated synthesizers until it EXPLODES with the stench of wet cow intestines, burning Bibles, and pissed jeans. It’s psychedelic anxiety, 1980s style. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

Tickets only $1! Hosted by Matt Desiderio (Horror Boobs) and Mike Hunchback (Seminal Psychosis).

Bring your tapes! We’ll be set up for a tape trade, with rare VHS tapes also available for sale.

Horror Boobs Presents The Abomination
Wednesday July 2nd 8PM
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
2548 Central Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10710
Tickets are only ONE DOLLAR so buy them in advance, this will sell out!
Get your tickets HERE.
Join the facebook event page HERE.
Click HERE to see some guy trying to sell his boxless VHS of The Abomination for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!

 

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May 4th 7PM Gore-Met Zombie Chef From Hell @ Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers

Save your appetite cause Horror Boob‘s Matt Desiderio and Mike Hunchback are bringing you one of the tastiest slices of VHS only insanity the world has ever laid their eyes upon! The one and only, Gore-Met Zombie Chef From Hell will be be screened straight from VHS at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers this coming Sunday May 4th 7PM as part of their Video Vortex series!

Horror Boobs will be bringing VHS tapes to trade and sell, you should too!

Horror Boobs Presents:
Gore-Met Zombie Chef From Hell
Tickets are only 1 buck!
May 4th 7PM
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
2548 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10710
(914) 226-3082

Make sure to get your seats in advance. With tickets being only 1 dollar you know it’s gonna sell out!

Buy tickets HERE.

Join the Facebook event page HERE.

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The year is 1386. A group of wizards called “The Ancient Order” place a curse on a guy named Goza. Cut to 1986. Goza is now the proprietor of Goza’s Deli & Beach Club, which is a front for chopping off people’s body parts and eating them. Goza also enjoys dance parties with nude women, as long as they’re dancing to a rip-off of ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.” At one point, Goza screams, “DON’T CHASTISE ME!” to someone, which leads to a showdown with The Ancient Order in a suburban park. There are hooded sweatshirts and invisible force fields. Goza may survive the ordeal, but will he survive the final showdown with a priestess who looks like Pat Benatar? GOREMET ZOMBIE CHEF FROM HELL reeks of weed, Doritos, and old Reebok high-tops in the best of ways. It was made by adults on Super 8, but most likely influenced by ninth-graders playing Dungeons & Dragons while watching EVIL DEAD. Plus it’s only 67 minutes. Bonus! (Joseph A. Ziemba)

Tickets only $1! Hosted by Matt Desiderio and Mike Hunchback of Horror Boobs.

Bring your tapes! Tapes for trade and sale courtesy of Horror Boobs.

 

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April 16th 8PM Turkish Captain America @ Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers

Horror Boobs‘ Matt Desiderio and Mike Hunchback are back at the Alamo baby! Can’t get enough of Captain America, well how about Turkish Captain America! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy we’ll throw Turkish Spider-Man and Santo the Luchador in there too.

In this installment of the Video Vortex series we are treated to 3 Dev Adam! Screened from VHS and tickets only a buck, what more can you ask for? Let’s get bonkers in Yonkers!

Horror Boobs Presents Turkish Captain American and Santo Vs Turkish Spider-Man A.K.A 3 Dev Adam
Wednesday April 16th 8PM
1 Dollor (Wow that’s cheap!}
Alamo Drafthouse
2548 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10710

Tickets available HERE.

Join the Facebook event page HERE

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Why do people keep making movies about Marvel super-heroes when the best one already exists? A maniacal psychopath known as Spider-Man is on a crime spree. He steals golden statues, attacks strippers in strip clubs, and murders people with shower nozzles, speedboat motors, and guinea pigs. In addition, Spider-Man’s bushy eyebrows pop through his mask-holes and he prefers a switchblade over web-shooters. Naturally, the legendary super-hero team of Captain America and El Santo are called in to take care of business. AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. Upside down drop kicks in karate dojos! Fistfights on top of speeding cars! Spider-Man’s ability to clone himself at will (and often)! With non-stop fights and a total disregard for logic, this movie illustrates the proper way to realize the dreams of a thirteen-year-old without spending two hundred bazillion dollars doing it. At one point, Spider-Man and his girlfriend make love through his costume. Three puppets show up and start laughing. By the way, this movie is Turkish. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

 

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Return To Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part 1 Release Party!

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Celebrate the release of Return To Nuke ‘Em High Part 1 on blu-ray and DVD. Meet Director Lloyd Kaufmam as well as the cast and crew, right here at FPNYC! Get your Tromabillia signed for free! Really what more could you ask for?

 

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Tonight! Horror Boobs presents Death Spa at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers!

Screw the Oscars, come out and party with our very own Matt D and the Horror Boobs crew! Tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers delve into the depths of the Video Vortex with a VHS screening of the analog only classic Death Spa!

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March 2nd 7PM 1$
Horror Boobs presents Death Spa
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710

Yes you read that correct, this screening is only one dollar!

Click HERE to get tickets!

Join the facebook event page HERE.

VIDEO VORTEX unearths and celebrates ultra-obscure, ultra-bizarre movies from the fringes of the universe. And beyond. Projected from VHS tapes that play through a VCR on stage, every movie is carefully curated to potentially be the greatest thing that you’ve never seen. This is 100% pure analog beauty, blown up on the big screen and ready to melt your brain. Horror! Comedy! Action! Computers! Gore! Rap! Nerds! Turkish people dressing up like superheroes! This is the surreal, hilarious, and singular experience that VIDEO VORTEX delivers.

Michael owns the Star Body Health Spa. It’s a very futuristic place, because “the computer runs the spa.” Years earlier, Michael’s wheelchair-bound wife died in an inferno. Today, the spa is plagued by an unseen supernatural force, which causes graphic gore, full-frontal nudity, and leotards to erupt in flames. A guy’s face falls off while making out with a girl. Another guy gets ripped apart by a workout machine. A girl BLOWS UP while staring at a mirror. Questions arise. Why was Michael’s new girlfriend burned by the steam room, and why is she the only person who wears bandages for the entire film? Clearly, other people have sustained injuries that also require bandages. The detective asks, “How does a goddamn diving board just COME LOOSE?,” after a girl dies because of a faulty diving board. During a costume party at the spa, Michael is besieged with paranormal researchers and an in-law with a secret. A female detective says, “Aw, fuck this computer shit!” But you won’t say that. Because DEATH SPA is the irrational, workout-themed NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET rip-off that you’ve been waiting your whole life to see. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

Tickets only $1! Hosted by Matt Desiderio (Horror Boobs).

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Adjust Your Tracking screening as part of the PKD Festival!

A little over a year ago I (FP Manager and T-Shirt Guy Matt D) traveled around the entire country to interview people about their love of the VHS medium, earning the title Producer on the feature length documentary Adjust Your Tracking The Untold Story of the VHS Collector.

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ADJUST YOUR TRACKING is finally coming back to NYC and will be screening in Brooklyn on Saturday December 7th at 8:35 as part of the Philip K Dick Festival at Indie Screen Cinema @ 289 South Kent Ave in Williamsburg. Make sure to get tickets in advance, AYTs last NYC screening was sold out! Producers Matt D (Horror Boobs) and Josh Schafer (Lunchmeat VHS Magazine) will be in attendance. So come out and support VHS culture! Check out the event on facebook.

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Video Violence at Forbidden Planet

It’s finally happening, Videovores! The release date for the VIDEO VIOLENCE DIEHARD VIDEOVORE EDITION has been confirmed!! On Friday, September 20th at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, NY we’ll be kicking off the release of this highly anticipated slab of video vindication brought to you by Camp Motion Pictures and LUNCHMEAT! I’ll be in attendance along with artists Earl Kess and Mike Parsons and, yes, director Gary P. Cohen will be hanging out, as well, signing all the diehard editions he can! DIG IT! Plus, there’ll be VIDEO VIOLENCE trivia for prizes and a bunch of groovy giveaways to appease your analog addicted needs! It’s gonna be Party Time Excellent, indeed! And if you can’t make it to the show – DON’T FRET! You can pre-order this edition for just 50 bones (with FREE SHIPPING – just select “Parcel Post”) and it, too, will be signed by Gary! WHOA, YEAH! Just CLICK HERE, and you can secure yours today! And don’t forget to pick your shirt size, mang! DIG IT!

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ADJUST YOUR TRACKING PREMIERE!

Adjust Your Tracking NYC Premiere! Friday May 24 7:30PM @ 92Y Tribeca 200 Hudson St. Tons of Analog Amazement to go around including a VHS trailer pre-show, not to mention Directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic of VHShitfest will be in attendance, along with Producers Matt Desiderio of Horror Boobs and Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat Magazine! Get your tickets here now!

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I Spill Your Guts VHS Exclusively at Forbidden Planet!

Horror Boobs Video is back again with another killer VHS release!


This time it’s James Balsamo’s I Spill Your Guts! A modern exploitation masterpiece withmore genre cameos than you can shake a bloody stick at! Andrew W.K., Tim Ritter, Donald Farmer, Debbie Rochon, Carmine Capobianco, Lynn Lowery, Frank Mullen, Dave Brockie, Lloyd Kaufman and many more are all in there doing their weirdest and wildest bits all culminating to a splattery finish!

Featuring music by over 40 of the most intense Heavy Metal and Hardcore bands out there, including Suffocation, FKU, Cannabis Corpse, Ghoul, The Meatmen and more!

Oh and did I forget to mention that I, Matt D – Forbidden Planet Manager and Head Boob of Horror Boobs Video have a small cameo where I get killed!  Now I know you all wanna see me die, so here is your chance… and it’s cheaper than a hitman!

Now here is the catch guys! The first 50 copies are signed! 25 by Lynn Lowery (The Crazies, I Drink Your Blood) and 25 by Carmine Capobianco (Psychos In Love, Galactic Gigalo) They will be picked randomly so you won’t know which one you get… UNLESS you buy 2, that is the only way you are guaranteed both!

So do it! Grab a copy exclusively at Forbidden Planet!

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VHS in the NYT and QUADEAD @ MAD Museum

Today in the New York Times Arts and Leisure section you will find a little article about the VHS Series at the Museum of Arts and Design.  I know you all already know about it, but that’s because you are hip and you follow the Daily Planet… or maybe because I won’t shut up about it.  Hey you would be running your mouth too if a government funded museum asked you to help curate an exhibition celebrating one of your favorite things in the entire world!  Thank you Bloomie, The Gates and Waterfalls were weak in my opinion but you’ve redeemed your self with this one.

VHS overload!!!

Think about all the people across the country that the NYT will inform, bringing the masses up to speed with all you cool cats.  Now lets get real, its one thing to be in the know, but knowing amounts to nothing more than a pile of beans unless you actually come out and experience it.  And what better way to experience the true essence of VHS than with a screening of Tales From The Quadead Zone, one of the oddest films of the video era.

This Friday July 6th at the MAD Museum, I (Matt D) will host an epic event of analog proportions.  Not only will your eyes be assaulted by the oddity that is Qudead, but be prepared to experience a reel of VHS trailers that could only come from the bowels of forgotten film history. Included will be  Shot on Video trashterpieces, films that have never made the jump to DVD, and more weirdness than may be humanly possible to take, so make sure you mark your calendar because this must see to be believed cinematic experience will be a once in a life time event.

The direct-to-video market not only created more opportunities for creating and distributing breakthrough cinematic works, it also fostered the creation of a new chapter in “trashterpieces,” a genre of camp cinema that celebrates spectacular failures in traditional filmmaking techniques. Affordable home video equipment and an ever-expanding home viewing market paved the way for a slew of aspiring filmmakers. This created a “backyard Hollywood” movement in which many striving artists and opportunistic businessmen could capture and release their visions on video.

A horror anthology in three parts (thereby nullifying the theory that the “Qua” stands for four), Tales From the Quadead Zone is held together by a framing segment in which actress Shirley Jones reads stories to the ghost of her child from a book entitled Tales From the Quadead Zone.  Failing on nearly every traditional level, Tales From the Quadead Zone is often described as a car crash of a film.  However, the film’s earnest ambitions, and resulting great failure, make it a true camp classic made possible by the VHS camcorder.

Special introduction and VHS trailer reel by Matthew Desiderio Producer of the upcoming Documentary Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

Tales From The Quadead Zone
Friday, July 6, 2012 – 7:00 pm
$10 general / $7 members and students
The Theater at MAD
2 Columbus Circle
(59th st & 8th ave)
click here to purchase tickets, or call 1.800.838.3006

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Footage from the Toxic Avenger VHS Release Party!

On May 24th, Forbidden Planet NYC played host to the crazy crew from Troma to celebrate the limited Big Box VHS release of the original Toxic Avenger! Llyod Kaufman, Troma founder and the man behind such classics as Nuke ‘Em High and Tromeo and Juliet, was on hand to sign posters, chat with fans, and pass out yummy cupcakes!

Check out what you missed if you couldn’t make it, and long live VHS!

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Lunchmeat VHS Magazine Presents Mother’s Day at MAD Museum 6/15

Come out this Friday June 15th at 7PM to the second screening in the VHS Series at the Museum of Arts and Design.  Josh Schafer publisher/editor of Lunchmeat VHS Magazine will present a VHS screening of Mother’s Day with a special Q&A session with Richard W. Haines director of Splatter University and Alien Space Avenger!

Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Come see VHS get its due respect at the MAD Museum in NYC! The Museum of Art and Design has allowed the likes of VHShitfestHorror BoobsJunk Food Dinner and more to present films of the VHS era that are dear to their hearts. Experience rare SOV classics like Hellroller and Tales From The Quadead Zone on the big screen, come to a live work out session dictated by the weirdest fitness videos in existence, or come and rent a copy of Jerry Macguire from the pop-up rental store. VHS makes anything possible and this is proof so don’t miss this chance to be a part of VHiStory!

In celebration of the influential medium known as VHS, the Museum of Arts and Design presents a three-month survey of the short-lived video revolution. VHS screenings include a wide array of VHS offerings, including rare genre films, bootleg rock concert videos, independent works by the likes of Todd Haynes, Troma Video, and Nam June Paik, live workout classes by Richard Simmons and Susan Powter, and lost public access gems. In honor of its VHS series, MAD has also recreated a video rental store within its walls. In its exploration of the mutliple facets of the format, VHS demonstrates the impact of this technology on the history of cinema.

Mother’s Day
1980, Dir. Charles Kaufman
With Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, and Tiana Pierce

Troma Entertainment is one of the most famous, and arguably most original, American independent film companies of all time, producing cult classics like Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Surf Nazis Must Die. In the mid 1980s, Troma embraced the emerging format and became a pioneer in the VHS market.

Written, produced and directed on a budget of only $115,000 by Charles Kaufman, the brother of Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment INC, horror film Mother’s Day follows three girlfriends as they reunite for their annual camping trip. The young friends’ vacation turns into their worst nightmare when they are kidnapped by two demented punk/hillbilly brothers. Led by their insane mother, the brothers drag the young women through deranged scenarios conceived by the sadistic matriarch.

Showcasing new possibilities for breakthrough genre filmmaking, Mother’s Day was an early example of a filmmaker’s creation taking on a new life within the video market. The opportunities introduced by video distribution went on to influence generations of filmmakers.

Don’t miss this most epic analog event because in real life there is no rewind button!

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