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Cult of VHS

USA 2022
produced by
Kevin Proctor (executive), Rob Preciado (executive), Gerardo Preciado (executive), Aaron Truss (executive) for Strangelove Films
directed by Rob Preciado
starring Michael Keene, Alejandro Montoya, Mike Redman, Lindsay Washburn, Ricardo Farias, Josh Stifter, Aaron Truss, Benjamin Combes, Lex Lüger, Aiden Truss, Jordi Camacho, Sara Patet, David Gregory, Allison Watters, Jacob Trussell, Tanya Heinbaugh, Kristian A. Söderström, Kevin Martin, Graham Humphreys, Stuart Morriss, Reverendo Wilson
written by Rob Preciado, Gerardo Preciado, music by Ancient Order of the Droids

documentary

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Back when DVDs hit the shelves, the transition from VHS tapes to the new discs went rather swiftly as the advantages of the new format were (or seemed) rather obvious, from better picture quality to no wear and tear - and of course no tape salad in your respective machine. So by 2005, VHS has gone out of production. And that should have been it - only that it wasn't, as all over the world, collectors keep buying, selling and trading their tapes. Many do this out of nostalgia, but amazingly the phenomenon, just like the vynil collecting phenomenon, also attracts a generation too young to even have grown up with VHS, the nerdiness of collecting has over the years garnered a coolness factor.

 

Now what this documentary does - and does well - is to shed all sorts of different lights at the VHS phenomenon from very different sorts of angles, including the collector's point of view, the historical perspective (including covering the "video nasties" controversy), pure nostalgia, and also through an aesthetic lense. And as many perspectives the film offers, as eclectic are its interviewees from pretty much literally all over the world, ranging from die-hard collectors from different age groups to filmmakers having grown up with VHS, to video store owners to festival directors to cover designers, all sharing their own, very personal stories, and everything is garnered not only with matching clips from movies mentioned but also VCR and video store ads, to make a rounded whole - that's so vivid it most probably leaves one wondering where one's very own stash of VHS tapes from yesteryear has gone to, actually ...

 

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review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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