I was asked by the wonderful guys at Derby Film Festival to be a part of their VHS celebration, marking their first ever film festival at the Quad cinema, Derby.
As they had already programmed in the fantastic Rewind This! documentary to play beforehand, I wanted to select a movie that complimented it, and I could think of no better candidate than the Canadian exploitation classic Siege (aka Self Defense).
I feel honoured to have been approached by the wonderful people at Flatpack Festival to be a part of this year’s festival, and quite obviously agreed to take part.
As with any of my screenings, I usually aim to do VHS only titles, but with the DVD of Popcorn being pretty much a VHS transfer (Blu is on its way), I figured i’d be fine to select that one. And i’m just a huge fan of the movie in general. Anguish was the readily available title that I do like to throw in with double-billings and all-nighters. Something slightly obscure that people generally overlook.
The Martial Arts VHS All-nighter – The Prince Charles Cinema, London
I won’t go into too much detail, but here is a little ‘promo’ clip from one of the extras that will be included on Exposure Cinema’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of StageFright (’87).
Because the film was such a hit on video rental, a small section of extras will focus on the beloved format, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to take part in doing a little interview.
*may contain strong Midlands accent
My only regret is that I didn’t conduct the whole interview wearing a giant owl mask. And I also apologise if this puts you off pre-ordering the disc. If it hasn’t, you can proceed to this link.
Also, you may have noticed that my name on the introduction is made up of letters taken from old VHS covers. I’ve attached a better example below, even adding the background back in to give you more clues. If anyone can tell me all nine movies, i’ll send you off something real special.
Cobra Films Limited were yet another off-shoot label of Medusa, joining the likes of Pegasus Home Video and New Dimension. Of course, there are suggestions of plenty more, and this is without getting into their distribution deals like that with Pizazz. Seriously, the various layers to Medusa are a fascinating read and would one day make a truly remarkable documentary.