Anytime I see a package in the mail from Camp Motion Pictures my heart skips a beat, you see Camp Motion Pictures specializes in bringing back the little known direct to video horror classics from the 80s…which just happens to be my favorite decade, and the movie this time was something that I’d actually rented back in the deep dark days of VHS! It’s called Video Violence and it’s a charming little nugget that any horror fan will enjoy.
Here’s the story: Steve and Rachel have moved to the little town of Frenchtown, Rachel is working for the city and Steve has opened his own video store. One of the strange things that Steve has noticed is that everyone in town has a VCR, but there were no video stores within 50 miles of town, so he’d doing a brisk business. One day, an unmarked tape appears in Steve’s return bin and when he watches it, he discovers a homemade snuff film. As Steve begins to dig into this mystery he begins finding more tapes with the same two people on them, Eli and Howard, two guys who seem to take great delight in torturing and killing people on film…or tape. As Steve and Rachel dig further into the mystery, it seems that anyone who wanders into town disappears, only to reappear on tape later. While Video Violence is definitely a dated movie, the story is still strong today. The commentary on violence on video is the same today as it was twenty years ago…some things never change!
This great DVD also has the sequel Video Violence 2, which is really just more of Howard and Eli’s homemade violence, except in the the second movie, they’ve moved up from just taping their kills to actually pirating their own cable station and running a whole snuff network! While the sequel isn’t nearly as strong as the original, you can tell that the love of the material is still there with the entire cast, the gore and the violence are still front and center, but everyone is having so much fun that it really doesn’t seem that bad…which is probably the point of the movies anyway! If you love the 80s as much as I do…and according to my wife, no one loves the 80s as much as I do…then you’ll love this DVD, you can get a copy for yourself by heading over to the Camp Motion Pictures website and get this and some other great unsung classics from the 80s. I’m giving Video Violence four out of four cigars because this just reminded me of those good old days of VHS, so until next time, when I’ll remind you to be kind and rewind, remember that the best movies are bad movies.