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“Mom N Pop: The Indie Video Store Boom of the 80s & 90s” Documentary Hitting Nostalgic Senses Soon!

"Mom N Pop: The Indie Video Store Boom of the 80s & 90s" Documentary Hitting Nostalgic Senses Soon!

I’ve said it a million times: nothing brings me more nostalgic fuzzies than the fond memories of the independent mom and pop video rental stores of our youth. Riding my bike to my local Action Video every Saturday to get my orange rental card punched as I anxiously awaited for the twelfth hole to get my free rental was a high that can never be matched in the wake of the streaming era.; and I know I’m not alone here. That being said, a whole new documentary focusing on said VHS rental store memories is on the way courtesy of filmmaker Bobby Canipe Jr. (Adjust Your Tracking, Night Whispers, Shark Exorcist 2) appropriately titled: “Mom N Pop: The Indie Video Store Boom of the 80s & 90s”!

Per the Press Release:

“Mom n Pop” follows the rise, success, and eventual fall of independent video stores in the United States. Chronicling the memories of Mom and Pop video stores, from gas stations to tanning salons to grocery stores that rented videos, focusing on the “little” guys.

Mom n Pop features interviews from filmmakers that found success in the indie stores such as Brad Sykes (Camp Blood, Zombie Chronicles), Tim Ritter (Truth or Dare, Killing Spree), Gary Cohen (Video Violence), Donald Farmer (Demon Queen, Cannibal Hookers). Filmmakers influenced by their days at the video store such as Marcus Koch (100 Tears) and Henrique Couto (Scarewaves). There are also discussions with companies that grew in success during the days of indie stores, like Troma (The Toxic Avenger, Chillers, Monster in the Closet), and finally fans of the video store and owners of indie video stores during their heyday.

In addition to covering such fond VHS memories, the film visits and covers the indie video shops that have continued on today in that nostalgic faith such as Visart Video (Charlotte, NC), Orbit DVD (Asheville, NC), and Videotheque (Los Angeles, CA).

Along with director Bobby Canipe Jr., Cagney Larkin (Martel’s Movie Madness) serves as director of photography and is executive produced by Brad Sykes (Camp Blood, Plaguers) and Justin McDaniel. A full release is planned for Spring 2022 via physical media and streaming is pending distribution.

To follow along with Mom n Pop on social media, visit Facebook (facebook.com/momnpopdoc) and Twitter (@momnpopdoc).

Etsy Shop NancyJars Has All New VHS Lamps and More Available For Your Retro Decor Needs!

It was about this time or so a year ago when I came across a little Etsy shop by the name of NancyJars that instantly made me jizz all the retro fuzzies, (for my phantom dick’s sake humor me here). The glowing VHS lamp was so simple, yet so brilliant. And I needed to write about it immediately. Soon thereafter, other online websites caught on to Etsy seller Hayley Summers’ creativity and thus further contributing to an overload of orders and an assurance, that Miss Summers had her work cut out for her. However, it also meant that others out there like myself, knew that this was something special. And by the beard of Zeus, since then, Summers work has grown beautifully and the Etsy shop is bigger and brighter than ever!

Just look at this splendid national treasure fellas. 

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While many copycat sellers have sprouted from the depths of VHS illumination since then, make no mistake here boils and ghouls. This is the original innovator of retro renovations of the VHS and now, audio cassettes of its kind! With the shop fandom growing, Summers has added all new pieces of nostalgic decor goodness to the NancyJars Etsy boutique for anyone looking for that retro flair for your little man-cave or beaver-dam. In addition to the original VHS Lamp of glory, the shop now has upgraded versions of the lamp with killer art, VHS Cover clocks, wall hanging VHS art, custom Cassette art, and all new GOLDEN VHS Lamps dedicated to the golden age of cinema monsters!

Check out a few of these beasts.




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NancyJars happily caters to custom orders so if you have a particular idea you’d like to see VHS’d out, just contact the shop directly and you’re on your way to having one of the coolest pieces out there any cinephile will love! Visit NancyJars here to peruse the hundreds of options and follow Summers’ work on Instagram!

“Victor Crowley” Has a Limited VHS Release That You Can Buy Right Now!

Nothing warms my nostalgic heart more than when a NEW movie becomes available to own in a classic VHS format. While some still claim VHS is dead, you might want to reconsider that statement as this type of marketing is gaining some momentum with nostalgic horror fans. Like me, for instance. I’m totally all over this guys and MUST have it in my horror VHS collection!

"Victor Crowley" Has a Limited VHS Release That You Can Buy Right Now!

Broke Horror Fan‘s Alex DiVincenzo has teamed up with Witter Entertainment to bring a retro feel to Victor Crowley, starring the one and only Kane Hodder. Released by Dark Sky Films and AireScope Pictures, the VHS is available in three different and equally exquisite varients of cover-art designed by Dark Horse Books artist Will Perkins. Personally approved by writer-director Adam Green, each VHS tape is of course fully functional and also a must-have collectible for any horror fan.

Per the press release:

There are three covers to choose from: the standard edition (limited to 300), bloody variant (limited to 150), and line art variant (limited to 50; hand-numbered and signed by the artist). Variant editions include a blood-splattered letter from Adam Green to the Hatchet Army members.
“Having lived through both the birth and the death of the ‘local video store’ era, my horror movie education happened on VHS,” comments Green. “Whether you purchase this copy to actually watch or just to display on a shelf as part of your Hatchet collection, I’m confident that you share my nostalgic love for this classic format.”
For optimal VHS viewing, the film has been cropped from its original aspect ratio to 4:3 full frame. It is only available in the US and Canada.
In 2007, over forty people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew’s (Parry Shen) claims that local legend Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy. But when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Andrew must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.
The cast of Victor Crowley includes Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Parts VII-X), Parry Shen (Hatchet), Laura Ortiz (The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Brian Quinn (Impractical Jokers), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2: The Second One), and Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000).
The premier installment in the BrokeHorrorFan.com Presents line is Adam Green’s Victor Crowley, the fourth installment in the Hatchet franchise. It’s on sale now at WitterEntertainment.com.