Recently I received one of the coolest packages in the mail from the folks over at Camp Motion Pictures in the form of a Retro 80’s horror collection featuring five classic splatter films on DVD and also to my surprise one of the films also included on VHS all contained within a beautifully done over sized box which made me react like a little kid unwrapping a video game on Christmas morning as I quickly located my VHS player and took a magical journey back in time to my child hood. The era where all my weekends were spent digesting horror obtained from various mom and pop video stores.
The Basement (1989)
Included in both DVD and VHS format for the first time ever is a lost super 8 horror anthology from director Timothy O’ Rawe (Ghoul School), a very early DIY horror film that can be categorized as so bad its good but to be fair you have to remember this was shot with practically no budget back in the 80s. While The Basement is no Tales From the Crypt, it is still an interesting piece of horror cinema history and should be experienced and owned by all die hard 80s horror fans and collectors.
The basic plot of the film is as follows four strangers find themselves invited to the basement of an old creepy abandoned house where they are met by an entity calling itself “The Sentinel” where they are forced to witness the telling of terrible things that they will soon do in the future.
Video Violence 1 & 2 (1987)
Truly classic splatter gore flicks from director Gary Cohen Video Violence and Video Violence 2 both revolve around a husband wife duo Howard and Eli who start off opening a video rent store in a strange town where the only thing the residents rent are violent horror films and the occasional porno. This leads to the two starting to make their own snuff videos in order to please the locals. In the sequel, Howard and Eli are pirating their own cable television network as a means to display their home made gore creations. Once again, ultra low budget these two films are well known by most hardcore splatter fans and belong in every collection.
In addition, from legendary gore director Gary Cohen Captives follows the struggle of woman, her mother in law, and baby who are held hostage by three insanely violent and deranged criminals who happen to be her husband’s ex-wife and two brothers who are seeking revenge against the husband. Very low budget and rough quality this intense crime drama is a heavily sought after VHS that can now be yours on DVD for the first time ever.
Cannibal Campout (1988)
Jon McBride’s (Feeders, Terror House) gore masterpiece where a group of campers are brutally attacked by a group of deranged orphans leading to extreme scenes of realistic 80s splatter gore at its finest. The movie is also rather humorous thanks to very poor acting and insanely stupid characters and enough over the top violence to please even the most die hard splatter fan. The perfect kind of movie to watch with some friends while munching on snacks and cracking wise I highly recommend retro junkies check out Cannibal Campout.
Bottom line this collection is a great way to bring home some long out of print and some never before seen on DVD gore classics that otherwise may have been forever lost for future generations of violence craving horror fiends. The addition of the high quality oversized box and VHS copy of The Basement make this collection impossible to pass up and with a low price tag of only $24.99 this is a must own for horror collectors.
This awesome retro collection releases via Camp Motion Pictures on September 13th 2011 and can be pre ordered over at Alternative Cinema (www.alternativecinema.com)