Wednesday, November 27, 2013

VHSPS Sale Going on Now!!! Show Them They Were on Both the Naughty and Nice List at the Same Time...

If you hang around here long enough, you'll notice that we have a few companies that are near and dear to our hearts. One of those companies is VHSPS, the VHS Preservation Society. These great folks take movies from yesteryear, unavailable movies that have not been released on a digital format, and give ya'll a chance to get them under your skin, in your eyeballs and hopefully in your jockstrap. I consider it to be exceptionally powerful work that creates amateur historians out of movie collectors and sellers. They are the archivists. They make sure WE don't forget what was once great, and give us the best memories of our lives back while the mainstream companies try to catch up.

This is precisely why need to be aware that VHSPS has a sale going on now through December 2nd. If you are looking for the PERFECT holiday item for the movie fan on your list and that movie fan likes old action, horror, science fiction or even some sporting events these guys have copies for you, straight out the VCR with the look and the feel of Mylar all on a DVD disc. They painstakingly create menu screens, cover art and transfers at an extra affordable price. The sale that we just spoke of makes these movies even more affordable. The perfect stocking stuffer at prices that are INSANE (to steal directly from Crazy Eddie).

Here's the release from VHSPS:

It's That time again! VHSPS is cutting its prices in half for the holidays. Use coupon code 'black50' to take 50% of your total order from now until the end of the day Monday, Dec 2. There is no plan to extend the deadline. Regular shipping rates will remain in effect, and no further discounts will be given. Due to the expected high volume there may be a small delay in shipping, but all orders will ship in time for the holidays.

Your Friends at VHSPS

So those are the details. You're job is to go to the VHSPS site and find something for the ones you love. Nothing says I understand your hording obsession, movie collection, nostalgia neurosis like a giant box of VHSPS discs. 

Many of you may remember when I used to post the column It Came From 1980x that featured many of their releases. I had to put that on hold despite best efforts due to complete overload. I want to do it again some day because I love to promote VHSPS weekly and I think there's something to finding out where your favorite genre has been while you were busy growing short and curlies. 

In keeping with the basic premise of 1980x, here are some movies I want to draw your attention to:

A murdering psychopath escapes from the local asylum, steals a station wagon and rampages through a family's Thanksgiving dinner.

Release Date: 1980
Run Time: 84 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Starring: Jake Steinfeld, Sallee Elyse, Peter DePaula

Director: Nettie Pena

A maniacal twin goes on a murderous rampage through his brother's neighborhood. AKA "Nightmare at Shadow Woods."

Release Date: 1987
Run Time: 87 minutes
Rating: R
Starring: Louise Lasser, Mike Soper
Director: John Grissmer

To All a Good Night

It's Christmas break at the Calvin Finishing School for Girls, and the students are planning a big party while the president of the school is away. A group of boys show up and the fun begins, until mysterious killer starts bumping off couples one by one. The police show up and promise to keep everyone safe, but they prove ineffectual against the crazed psycho. Could the killings have anything to do with the girl who was killed in an initiation stunt at the school a few years earlier?

Release Date: 1980
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: R

Starring: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lover

Director: David A Hess

A group of possessed, neo-Nazi elves performs serious human harm at Christmas time in this tongue-in-check thriller. 

Release Date: 1989
Run Time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Starring: Dan Haggerty, Deanna Lund, Julie Austin, Borah Silver
Director: Jeffrey Mandel

New Year's Evil

Every hour during a New Year's Eve concert, a madman kills an unsuspecting victim. After each killing, the murderer informs a local disc jockey of his deed. Little does the disc jockey know that she will soon be next on his list.

Release Date: 1978
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Starring: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Louisa Moritz, Grant Cramer, Grant Kramer, Jed Mills

Director: Emmett Alston

Five shipwrecked English teenagers take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated for New Years. The problem is, it's early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them.

Release Date: 1987
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: R
Starring: Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Colin Haeywood, Mark Powley, Catherine Roman, Julian Ronnie
Director: Norman J. Warren

This funky blend of haunted-house and slasher subgenres takes place at a Christmas gathering for a family of weird, annoying people -- two of which are gifted with psychic powers.. sort of. The festivities are disrupted when a spectral samurai warrior makes his presence known, stalking the family with his scintillating sword. Those wondering why the heck a Japanese ghost would be interested in haunting a rural family abode may not be totally satisfied with the answers provided, but there is at least some attempt at explanation (clue: the ghost and the psychic daughter have something in common)

Release Date: 1985
Run Time: 84 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Starring: Helen Benton, Terry Brown, Claudia Peyton
Director: Fabrice A. Zaphiratos

As you can see, they have all the obscure holiday horror you could ask for. Christmas, Thanksgiving... even New Year's Eve, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Let me know which movies are your favorites. Post in the comment below. 

-Doc Terror

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