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An Evening of Analog Excitement: The VIDEO VIOLENCE REDUX DELUXE World Premiere Recap with Horror Boobs / Blood Video Main Man Matt D!

This past Saturday, April 13th an ardent assembly of Videovores arrived at Viva Video in Ardmore, PA to celebrate the World Premiere of Gary P. Cohen's VIDEO VIOLENCE REDUX DELUXE: a Frankensteinian slice of SOV cinema that stitches together both VIDEO VIOLENCE and it's sequel, offering a fresh and mashed up look at the legacy that is Gary's SOV gems. I asked my brother in analog and good, good friend Matt D. From Horror Boobs slash Blood Video fame to cook up a little recap since he owed me some writing anyway, and his stuff is always as entertaining as The Blob on a Gravitron full of kids hopped up on cotton candy... Go ahead... picture it. YES. So without any further ado, here's the always groovy Matt D. with all the details of one of the most amazing analog adventures in recent memory. Take it away, my man....

Matt D., myself and Eric from Cinedelphia hangin' out and gearing up in anticipation for the festivities of the evening. I'd had about 13 pieces of candy at this point already. Matt looks like that all the time.

“It’s just too much fun! How could we not talk about it?!” – Director Gary Cohen in reference to his films and career. That pretty much sums up how I feel about my trip to Philly for the World Premiere of Gary P. Cohen’s Video Violence Redux Deluxe. What’s that you say? Well, even if you didn't, you might as well read on cause this baby ain't gonna stop crying anytime soon. (Cue Josh: "What?") It seems that Mr. Cohen has taken both Video Violence and Video Violence 2, chopped them up, and sewed them back together into one Frankenstein’s Monsterpiece! Or as Gary would put it, “I cut out all the boring parts.” Lucky for me, everyone’s favorite videophile and a close personal friend of mine, Josh Schafer, was set to be the host of the event. Not only was Josh nice enough to let me tag along for the night (meaning, I didn’t have to pay to get in: SCORE!), he also asked me to help introduce the film. As a huge fan of S.O.V. Trash, Cult Cinema, Camp Motion Pictures, and Gary’s work in general, this was truly an honor. And when I found out the screening was to be held at an actual rental shop, I couldn’t be more excited. “Why didn’t you tell me it was going to be at a video store?” I shrieked with joy… then I started to remember… “ Oh, yeah – you did mention that.” You gotta understand sometimes when Josh talks all I hear is “Blah, blah, blah – Groovy! Blah, blah - Videovores!” I mean, don’t get me wrong here… I love the guy. Anyways… So I packed a bag for one night and headed out to catch a bus to Philly. I stopped at a flea market on the way and picked up a few VHS gifts, including a copy of the video-only classic THE WILD LIFE for Josh. It’s casual. A brisk hour and a half later, and I’m standing in the city of brotherly love awaiting my brother in analog arms to pick my ass up. And there he is! So,I jump into what Josh tries to pass for an automobile, (not that I’m one to speak – I know about as much about cars as my Grandpa knows about Wizard Video) and we start ripping down the road. Destination: Lunchmeat HQ! A game plan must be concocted for the events that would follow throughout the night… but first, we must feed on microwaveable chicken nuggets, beef jerky, and string cheese so that we can keep up the stamina required for such an event of epic proportions. With stomachs now full, ideas for raffle prizes, merch tables, and giveaways were easily had and set into motion. But there was one thing we knew we needed for sure to make the night a true success: CANDY! Yes, a giant bowl of free sugary snacks including but not limited to: Nik-L-Nips, Pop Rocks, Super Hero Sour Straws, Candy Cigarettes, and test tubes full of colored sugar, with a LM Rewind or Die sticker proudly placed on each one - SICK! Such a selection can easily be secured with a quick trip to the dollar store and an interesting interaction with not only a local of the town, but one of Josh’s old neighbors who just so happened to be our cashier.


“Hi, Josh... that sure is a lot of candy,” the Cashier said with a smile. “Hi, (name concealed for legal reasons), it’s for a film screening tonight.” Josh replied. “I saw EVIL DEAD! What are you seeing?” the cashier said in an excited tone. “VIDEO VIOLENCE!” Josh proclaimed. “So, that’s like, a real screening...” she replied in a serious voice. Without knowing anything of the film, the title itself has enough power to indicate the severity of the situation and even our dollar store cashier now understood why we just checked out with what seemed to be 30 pounds of the sweetest crap we could find. “Have fun at the screening tonight!” she proclaimed as we hit the exit. Little did she know, the fun has been in full effect since the minute Josh and I decided to combine our VHS Voltron-like forces… But, yeah… to the screening! With Josh behind the wheel, that left me in charge of navigation! Ha! Thank God for GPS, but a guy like me knows nothing of such technology. Josh had to turn it on for me and plug in our destination, Viva Video in Ardmore, PA! I had the important job of holding the GPS for the ride. The store itself, in one word – AWESOME! Miguel, the shop owner, greeted us with a huge smile and immediately started to nerd out with us showing off his proudly displayed posters. And of course, THE VHS WALL! A video store that actually rents VHS in this day and age is always a nice thing to see, and there were more than a few video-only gems available (BLOOD LAKE, anyone?), a sign that we were in good hands.

Viva Video's Miguel kickin' it with VIDEO VIOLENCE Co-Writer / Actor Paul Kaye and Director Gary P. Cohen. These are COOL DUDES.

The true wizard of gore behind the curtain of this event is Eric Bresler, main brain of the Cinedelphia Film Festival, which this screening was a part of. It also includes a screening of Johnny Dickie’s SLAUGHTER TALES and 37 other films being shown all over the Philadelphia area. “I specialize in screenings in weird places that no one shows up to,” Bresler said as he walked us into the dank basement of Viva Video, and then into a back room that hosted a movie screen, about 40 chairs and a dead mouse in the corner for authentic ambiance. I think that they just didn’t want to clean it up. Eric's also the main programmer for PhilaMOCA, and he's helping us host the May 25th screening of the Horror Boobs / Lunchmeat produced documentary ADJUST YOUR TRACKING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE VHS COLLECTOR. In short, he rules.

Eric getting ready to take in the awesomeness of VIDEO VIOLENCE REDUX DELUXE. The dead mouse was unavailable for a photograph. BUMMER.

But honestly, who wouldn’t come out to a screening of VIDEO VIOLENCE in the basement of an actual video store? The house packed out! Men, women and children of all ages were hangin’, checkin’ out the racks of VHS, DVDs, and Blu-rays. “We have THE VIDEO DEAD on all three formats now!” the owner, Miguel, excitedly blurted out. Patrons snacked on sweets (it worked!), and perused the newest issues of Lunchmeat and Blood Video, as they awaited the arrival of director Gary Cohen and co-writer Paul Kaye. These home video horror Icons are probably two of the nicest guys that have ever been involved in filming pseudo-snuff footage. But in all seriousness folks, these guys are great. They greeted everyone who showed up, signed autographs, answered questions and told stories that had this fan laughing off the edge of his seat.

A look at the bodacious VHS wall in VIVA VIDEO. So many amazing titles, man. Miguel, you RULE!

And now, it’s show time, everyone! Descend into the bowels of the building and grab a seat, one that's hopefully not under a leaky pipe. When it came time for Josh and me to intro the film, he did a great job expressing his love for VIDEO VIOLENCE and the VHS medium. I tried to confuse him and make people laugh. Then came the announcements: Camp Motion Pictures, in conjunction with Lunchmeat Magazine, will be releasing this new edit of Video Violence Redux Deluxe on DVD in an ultimate collectors package that will include both original films presented in their full cuts on VHS in a gigantic clamshell, an “I’m a Lifer” T-shirt, and much more! VHS Overload! The lights went out, the film played on and the crowd dug every minute. Miguel passed around a giant plate of cookies, Gary and Paul whispered back and forth to each other, and Josh and I couldn’t be happier. A total success! It was the candy, just so you know.

Director Gary P. Cohen and Co-Writer / Actor Paul Kaye entertain the crowd with their total awesomeness. Clickity-click the image or just CLICK HERE for a groovy clip from the Q&A that followed the screening.

Man, what an amazing night, indeed. VIDEO VIOLENCE is a film that just means so much to me and I'm absolutely elated that I could be a part of this fantastic night and have a hand in bringing Gary's flicks back to tape and into the hands of Videovores everywhere. Special thanks to Eric Bresler for putting this all together, Miguel for allowing us all to hang out in his beautiful rental haven, Arin Sang-urai for capturing some truly awesome images, Matt D. for being the best brother in analog there is, and of course, Gary and Paul for coming out making the night truly fantastic with their entertaining anecdotes, great humor and all-around excellence. It was a night I'll never forget. And I couldn't be more thankful for it.

Groove On and Never Stop Feeding that VCR.

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