Friday, July 31, 2020

Video Stores in Horror Movies- 92 Days to Halloween

Body Double (1984)
Struggling actor Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) needs a copy of the movie Holly Does Hollywood and visits Tower Video. This Brian De Palma movie is a great thriller that touches on voyeurism and has a plot that mixes Hitchcock with Italian Giallo films. 

The Lost Boys (1987)
Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) move to the seaside town of Santa Clara, California, and their mom Lucy (Dianne Wiest) gets a job at a video store owned by the friendly owner Max (Ed Herrmann). Joel Schumacher's vampire film is one of the most popular horror movies of the 1980s with its young cast and excellent direction.

Serial Mom (1994)
John Water's Black Comedy Serial Mom has Kathleen Turner playing Beverly Sutphin, a seemingly perfect housewife with a penchant for homicide. Chip (Matthew Lillard) works at a video store where he has a vast knowledge of horror films and suspects his mother may be a killer but decides to make the best of it by having his mom hire a publicist. 

Scream (1996)
In Wes Cravens Meta Horror slasher film, Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) is well versed in horror movies. Randy works in a video store and dispenses important horror movie rules that he stresses will help his friends not only find out who the killer is but how to survive. 

I Am Legend (2007)
Based on the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Will Smith is an Amry virologist trying to find a cure for a plague that has killed most of the population and left millions of infected Darkseekers with vampire-like symptoms. As part of his routine, he visits a video store with mannequins set up, and it is when they are moved he suspects the Darkseekers are tracking him.  

Beyond the Gates (2016)
Two estranged brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John (Chase Williamson) reunite to help clear out their father's video store after he disappeared mysteriously. They discover a VCR horror board game that opens up a portal to an alternate reality hosted by a mysterious beautiful lady (Barbara Crampton) that may reveal their father's fate or trap them as well. 

Blood Fest (2018)
Dax (Robbie Kay) and Sam (Seychelle Gabriel) work in a video store and are eager for the Blood Fest horror festival. His father, Dr. Conway (Tate Donovan) disapproves of his love for horror movies after his mother's death years before by one of his deranged patients. The night proves quite deadly after the guests are attacked by the staff who pursue them through the walled compound.

You Might Be the Killer (2018)
Brett Simmons directed this supernatural meta slasher black comedy that has Sam Wescott (Fran Kranz) waking up at his Summer Camp surrounded by dead bodies and evidence that it might be his work. He contacts his friend Chuck (Alyson Hannigan), who works at a store and is a horror movie enthusiast who guides him through the aftermath to determine if he truly is the killer.   

Scare Package (2019)
A black comedy anthology features seven tales of terror with the owner of a video store Rad Chad (Jeremy King), training his new employee Hawn (Hawn Tran) by showing him random horror themed videos. This meta-horror movie has a wrap-around segment that is a love letter to Joe Bob Briggs and will be right at home for fans of The Last Drive-In.    

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