The VHS boom of the ‘80s had a profound impact on today’s film fans and critics. The notion that you could watch your favorite films over and over again in the privacy of your own home was novel. There was no more waiting for years on end for your PSYCHO to air on television, or perhaps come back in a re-release or revival showing: you could watch what you wanted when you wanted, provided your local video store had a copy. Mike Malloy, the man behind EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE “70s, is doing a deep dive into the salad days of VHS in his new documentary series PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND: THE STORY OF THE ‘80s VIDEO BOOM. Written, directed, edited and produced by Malloy and will explore home video movement through re-enactments and interviews with the people that were there at the beginning. This is more than fans, collectors, and “big boxes.” T
This is the rest of the story.
DAILY GRINDHOUSE was granted an exclusive glimpse at the potentially five hour epic with this, smaller, more compact segment explaining the Video Privacy Protection Act Of 1988 (the VPP). The clip also explores GRINDHOUSE favorite Fred Olen Ray’s bizarre connection to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.
Executive produced by Mike White of the Projection Booth Podcast, PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND promises to be a fascinating look at what Malloy describes as a “crime story.”
“Some people got unscrupulously rich, some people got ripped off, and the rules were made up as they went along.”
Also set to appear in the film are Leonard Maltin, CREEPOZOIDS director David DeCocteau, Mitch Lowe, the co-founder of Netflix.
PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND does not have a release date at press time, but be sure to check back here for further updates!
-MIKE VANDERBILT (@MikeVanderbilt)