SHOCK SINEMA Re-Animates a Video Era Staple with SHOCKUMENTARIES on VHS! First Up: BOOTLEG DEATH TAPE & FETISH FILES: BETTIE PAGE! Shock Yourself like it’s 1989! YES!
An EPIC shot of Dustin Ferguson: The Dude behind SHOCK SINEMA. Did I mention this is EPIC?When and how did Shock Sinema come to be? It all began in 2005 with Retro Horror Remix, an online fan editing gig I was doing. I re-cut alternate versions of older horror films and released them online for free. I started directing short films for RHR and when they began to expand to feature length, I no longer had time for the fan editing. So, in 2010 I launched RHR Home Video, an online DVD distribution label that served as an outlet for me to release my films and other locally made horror movies. Recently, I began to get offers for bigger projects so I have to leave RHR Home Video in the hands of John Klyza (producer of Sleepaway Camp IV - a film I edited) on March 1st, 2013... the day I launch Shock Sinema! Shock Sinema harks back to the Retro Horror Remix days in that I am allowed editing freedom again while I also get to indulge in my love for forbidden VHS tapes. The main purpose of Shock Sinema is to have a creative way to raise money for my two upcoming feature films. Hopefully, we reach our goal!
The SHOCK SINEMA Logo. Looks tasty.Are you guys exclusively dealing with shockumentaries? I think it's so rad that you're going for these. They're an absolute staple in the annals of the video era! Yes! Shockumentaries, bizarre documentaries, dark/satanic fetish compilations, horror trailer compilations, etc. (ED NOTE: Bitchin, man.) What attracted you to the idea of doing these particular types of titles? I wanted to recreate that feeling you got when you first saw those "Banned"/"Adults Only 18+" tapes sitting on the dusty shelves of your local ma and pa video store. The morbid art piquing your curiosity. VHS is also very collectible at the moment. Business wise, offering them on VHS just makes sense.
The title says it all. I always wanted a sticker for these kinds of tapes that read: "YOU WILL PUKE!" That would have equated to "YOU WILL RENT".Can you tell us a little more about the packaging for your releases? How will you be unleashing these analog affirmations? Regular
What's that in her hand? A whip? DIG IT.The artwork looks killer for your upcoming releases. Who do you have crafting them up for you? Marcus Tegtmeier. He has been doing most of my artwork since the Retro Horror Remix days. He has also acted in a few of my films. He is a great friend and talented artist. I give him a basic idea and he runs with it, always providing something impressive. Why the VHS format for these releases? Are you a Videovore yourself? If so, how long have you been collecting? VHS is in high demand with fans these days, and I am also a huge collector myself. I started collecting when I was 8 or 9; in fact, here is an article done a few years back in the local paper about my collection: http://journalstar.com/article_6bed7072-bf56-11de-857c-001cc4c002e0.html What are your thoughts on the insanely high prices happening for rarer (and not so rare!) tapes? With anything like vinyl, comics, baseball cards, the value increases over time. The rarer it is, the higher the price. These days I expect to pay a pretty penny for the obscure titles I'm still after. I guess I'm lucky to have already purchased a lot of them at regular store prices back in the day. What attracts you to the format? The nostalgic feeling I get when I watch a horror movie on VHS, especially one I wasn't "allowed" to watch as a kid
Bring stuff like THIS back? YES, PLEASE.
This Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th, make your video sweetheart tickled to death with some tasty tapes via SHOCK SINEMA. They go up for pre-order on Facebook only, so if you're not that hip, better find someone who is! This is the only way you'll get at 'em! Feed that VCR everyday and Groove Always.Josh Schafer