I am fortunate each year to avoid bad movie experiences, and am always very careful with what content I allow my eyes and ears to soak up. I guess having a huge watch-list means I am never short of solid options, but some will always catch me off guard.
Like last year, I actually struggled to compile 10 movies for this list, and so Percy Jackson was a late addition, but one I did not really enjoy, despite being a huge fan of the first. I guess you could call this a bottom 9 list.
I was roped into catching the Metallica ‘film’ at Fantastic Fest, believing it had some sort of narrative. It did not. It’s a Metallica concert video, nothing more. I fell asleep five times during this shower of shit, constantly fighting the urge to rest my head on Eric Vespe’s shoulder throughout. Can I even class it as a movie? Maybe the worst experience is better. I am doing so anyway.
And I so wanted either Septic Man or Evil Dead to remain at the number 1 spot too…
I only wish I had the time or effort to go into each selection with greater detail.
1: Metallica Through the Never
2: Septic Man
3: Evil Dead
4: Machete Kills
5: The Bling Ring
6: John Dies at the End
7: The Internship
8: Zero Theorem
9: The Congress
10: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
2013 has probably been one of the driest years in a long time for VHS hauls. Relying on internet forums and the usual auction sites such as ebay and Amazon is not the way I like to secure tapes, but after a miserable car boot season, and very few leads to call my own, I have had little choice other than to revert to such avenues for my video pleasures.
This was until I found a guy online who was selling hundreds of rare pre-cert VHS tapes (his own personal collection). Unlike car boot discoveries, he was looking for a lot of money for them, and rightly so, as i’d seen some photos and there were treats aplenty.
I cheekily got in touch and offered him a set amount, which was way below his asking price, but acceptable if he wasn’t able to sell them and wanted to shift the entire lot as soon as possible. Luckily, he accepted my offer.
The VHS Horror All-nighter at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.
After the mildly successful VHS all-nighter in late July, I was this time offered a second opportunity to unleash some magnetic mayhem on a crowd, but with the films all being of a horror nature this time. Like always, there are certain limitations to the selection, but this is never a problem.
This year I was fortunate enough to obtain (through a very close friend) a VIP badge for Fantastic Fest, a genre film festival which is held each year in Austin, Texas.
I made the trip with my brother-in-law, Simon (@simonbarber on Twitter), and it was to be our first adventure away together. A tough feat to pull off too, considering we both have very small children, but eased greatly by having two very understanding wives. This was, however, always going to be a one-off experience so we planned to make the most of it while out there.
The VivaVHS vs. The Good Bad Movie Club VHS All-nighter – The Prince Charles Cinema, London.
My good friend Paul, who is the programmer for The PCC, and also runs The Good Bad Movie Club, asked me to join him in an epic battle of the grain. Three selections of his, versus three of mine, head-to-head in a night long duel of sleaze and cheese. The only thing I wanted to nail down, was to make sure that all selections were not available on DVD or Blu, thus hopefully creating more appeal for the event.