Friday, January 8, 2010

The Return of VHS?!

A while back I came up with a genius idea to write and direct a horror movie that would serve as a throwback to the slasher flicks of the 80's and release it exclusively on VHS, complete with kickass old school cover art. I soon realized I was far too lazy and didn't have the resources to ever make that happen - but it was still a nice little dream to have. Today I awoke to the news that i've been beaten to the punch and although I could be a little bit sour about it, I actually couldn't be happier to see that someone else had the same idea and actually ran with it because, truthfully, I was never gonna do it anyway.

Although it's not being made available only on VHS, Ti West's The House of the Devil has been put onto the archaic format (in clam-shell case, no less!) and while that tape was initially thought to be used only as a piece of marketing material to be sent out to horror websites, the great blog Basement of Ghoulish Decadence has discovered that a DVD/VHS combo pack is currently available to pre-order on Amazon! Is it just me or is this the coolest thing ever?



Picture courtesy of Dread Central. Click link for more pictures of the back cover and the tape itself.

Re-animate your VCR and pre-order today!

Now I haven't seen The House of the Devil yet but it's gotten enough praise to warrant me blind buying it and with an offer like this and a $50 Amazon gift card in my hand (thanks Jen!), how can I pass it up? In fact, I just pre-ordered my copy! The DVD/VHS combo pack is gonna run ya $33.23 and I say it's worth every penny to get your hands on such a cool and original collector's item. **UPDATE - Amazon has just lowered the price to a mere $24.95! Thanks, Jayson** If you're a stickler for quality and have no interest in a VHS tape of a brand new movie, you can of course pick up the film solely on DVD or even on Blu-ray.

Did you ever think you'd see the day when a movie was released, at the same time, on both VHS and Blu-ray? Hell truly has frozen over and I couldn't be happier to see it happen.

House of the Devil has been available to buy on demand for over a month now but I personally am gonna wait until February 2nd to watch it on VHS. Who's with me?

13 comments:

Alex said...

This is a great idea!

Adam Barnick said...

That's a riot. It is a great movie too!

Jayson said...

Thanks for the mention Johnny!

Hope this great idea takes off, it's possible Dark Sky could do this again with future releases as they have the perfect connection with Gorgon/MPI.

I had no idea House... was available on VOD, but yes, I'm waiting to see it on VHS! I wonder if they degraded the picture a bit to match that old hazy VHS look...?

Johnny said...

I hope so, Jayson!

Patrick said...

I had the same idea a while back. May still shoot it. I think it's awesome that someone else thought of it and someone else thought of it and followed through.

Been wanting to see this. Definitely going to watch it on VHS.

oducerproducer said...

I'm awaiting my independent theatre to play it within the next month, they've had a lobby poster up for about 2 months. Regardless, it's still an awesome idea.

Jayson said...

Amazon just lowered the price from $33 to $25. Just a few bucks more than the DVD alone... :)

Johnny said...

Thanks for the heads up Jayson!

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no need to digress the picture quality of the film. This film was made to look VHS in ever way to begin with. Never have I seen a modern film, until this one, where a director completely captured the atmosphere, pacing, and look of an 70's/80's era film. No, this film does not come across as an homage. It comes across as a lost film that was recently discovered. If you were unaware of the film it would be very easy to fool you that it was quite old. Honestly, I am curious as to the point of the Bluray. It defeats the purpose of so much hard work going into making this film look dated and aged.

Evil Dead Junkie said...

Drunkenly purchased last night on Amazon, thanks to your link.

I regret nothing.

Carl (ILHM) said...

That really is a genius marketing idea, and in a clam shell no less!

Quanthor said...

It even has a vintage looking "New Release" sticker! This is such an amazing idea, I love it. Great movie too.

Chris Hallock said...

Oh, Clamshell.
Swoon.

Man, I miss those monstrous plastic tape coffins.