david j. moore

david j. moore

It was a blessed thing to grow up in Hollywood in the early 1980's. Going to revival movie houses was the only way to see old movies. My dad took me (almost daily) to movies, and movie theaters quickly became like school, but so much more educational. When VHS and video stores started popping up all over the place, it was like Candyland on every corner for me. The first video tapes I rented as a kid were Rad (1986) and Sheena (1984), and the fact that I could rewind to Tanya Roberts's nude scenes and play them over and over was as great a discovery as fire. I always prefer watching movies in a theater than watching movies at home, but videos are like cherished strangers in my house - each one has a different, (sometimes) strange, and (hopefully) amazing story to tell, with all the back-up lighting and cool music to make it all seem so real. For the past several years, I've been interviewing filmmakers, actors, and people who've made all types of movies, but my main focus has been on the post-apocalyptic genre, as I've been working on an end-all, be-all book about end-of-the-world movies called World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to End-of-the-World Movies. I'm married to an unbelievably beautiful woman who (for better or worse) prefers romantic comedies and costume dramas over horror schlock and exploitation, but at least she likes kung fu movies. Some people say life is good, but I say that life is better ... when it's on VHS.

Question 1) VCRs owned (how many VCRs do you have in your posession):

Question 2) Five must-see-before-you-croak videos:
... hmmm ... find yourself a copy of 2019: After the Fall of New York (on VHS it's called After the Fall of New York). Other VHS movies you should see: America 3000, Breaking All the Rules (1984), Rad, and Up the Creek.

Question 3) First VHS you owned:
A friend of mine bought me The Terminator for my birthday one year when I was a kid, and it was the first VHS movie I ever owned.

Question 4) Most prized VHS:
My most prized VHS is beyond a doubt a very rare movie indeed. It's called New Genesis: Twilight of the Dogs, and when the video company produced the initial run, they decided to scrap the release altogether over money issues, and they destroyed almost the entire batch. I contacted the filmmaker directly, and he sent me one of only a handful of VHS copies known to exist. Look for a review of the film in my upcoming book.