Adventures in VHS – A book and podcast

The home video explosion of the 1980s is one of the defining moments in our cultural history. VHS (and, for a while, Betamax) offered greater control over our home entertainment and opened the door to all manner of films…  films which might otherwise have never seen the light of day. Adventures in VHS is the story of how a young boy stumbled blindly into this world of horror, comedy, sex and violence – and fell in love with everything he found there.

An authentic recreation of the video rental experience that offers a public and personal history of the era, followed by an anecdotal exploration of 60 films – all carefully sourced especially for the project and in their original big box ex-rental format. With supporting words from filmmakers and other VHS pioneers, as well as full colour images of the gloriously illustrated tapes themselves, Adventures in VHS is an immersive look at a bygone era – through the eyes of someone who probably should have been in bed.

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Adventures in VHS Episode 18 – The Rats (1982)

Adventures in VHS Episode 18 - The RatsIt’s #AiVHS day! And with a brand new version of the site now live, along with a fresh round of crowdfunding, the fun continues with a new episode of the podcast.

In this show I offer a massive update on where we are at with publishing on the book and announce who has written the foreword for it!

And, with that out of the way, we also have a full show looking at the Robert Clouse directed, 1982 adaptation of The Rats – also known as Deadly Eyes – and its UK VHS release on Guild Home Video.

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