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Author: Michael T.

Tales From a VHS Tape

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 09 May by Michael T.


Days of going to the video store to rent movies have long been a thing of the past. Movie chains and mom-and-pop shops have all but evaporated, replaced by rental kiosks and streaming platforms. While it is fairly easy to track down what you want to see with a little internet savvy, what do you do when there is no watchable digital version? More importantly, what do you do if your celluloid obsession was never even digitized? It’s a scary thought, I know.

Stack of VHS tapes and a lava lamp surrounding a television set with Tales from the Crypt playing on it

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Alienated Audiences of the 1980s

Posted in Reel Chat on 12 Apr by Michael T.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982.  It was greeted by a tsunami of money so violent it caused other studios to jealously raise their fists and greenlight any child fantasy films they had in their stables. From The Never Ending Story to The Explorers to the Flight of the Navigator everyone wanted a piece of that monetary influx that E.T. brought home. While quality peaked and dipped across different properties, it wasn’t until 1988 that a wilted contender lazily emerged and said just what was on its mind.

Mac and Me Movie still frame of the boy and the alien

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