SOV movies (Shot on Video tapes, as apose to film, Digital HD ect) have been around for a good 40 years now, but are they the Lost Genre?
Well, what I’ve learnt over my many years of digging through the internet looking for weird and wonderful titles to add to my ever growing collection, is that they are the diamonds in the rough. Very low budget, crudely created and although primaraly made in the 80s and 90s feature effects that still stand out to this day and are riddled with crazy content that still seems to pull in audiences decade after decade.
With SOV movies becoming more and more popular in recent times, I’ve complied a MUST SEE list for you guys to track down, so here in all its glory, I present to you my personal essential ‘watch list’ of hidden gems that are all completley shot on good old fashioned video cassette.
Well one person doesn’t. His name is Detective Ron, and when he hears about the horrific goings on around the college campus he sets out to put an end to the evil doings of this strange devil worshipping cult that is all so obsessed with kidnappeing and chopping up college girls. One of my faves – get it watched!
Get ready for an awesome SOV Creature Feature believe me when I say this one is gold!
An absolutely mind melting Shlockfest is this one, definitely not to be missed!
If Texas Chainsaw Massacre was made with an even lower budget you would get Splatterfarm… But dont let this put you off, this is easily another one of my favourite SOV movies of all time!!
Alien Beasts (1991 Carl J Sukenick)
Warning: Blood, Violence and Nudety! So all the good stuff then, yeah?!
And the award for the shittest shot straight to shiteo video cover of all time goes to….
Tales Of The Quadead Zone has caused an insane stir online over the past 10 years due to its rarity in it original VHS format.
The original tape of this movie (on the rare occasion that one shows up on ebay) actually sells for hundreds world-wide, making it pretty much the holy grail amongst video tape collectors.
Three crazy stories and a wrap around make up this legendary collection of cheap tacky goodness, and if you CAN track a copy down its definitely a must see, even if it’s just to say you have!!!
If you love 80s slashers, then I’d deffo recommend adding this tastey number to your fucked up little movie collection.
Scientist Anton Lupesky thinks he’s got it all worked out – that is until he realises that his newly invented soul freeing drug that allows people to possess the bodys of dead corpses has, how can we say it…. A few niggly side effects.
This film is an eerie piece of work made on a budget of just $100. It features a strange array of psycadelic imagery and dreamy stock footage, and to be honest this movie plays more like an hour long feverish music video than a film with any kind of cohesive script – largley due to its lack of dialogue.
The film however is still extremely engrossing, especially if you are into arthouse and transgressive cinema, and with just 159 views currenty on the full film on Trashmonger’s official youtube channel, its safe to say this movie is definitely getting slept on and its these kinda people us fucked up shot on video movie lovers should all be supporting.
Basically it is MAJORLY undergroun , and that’s the stuff that always eventually ends up getting discovered and becomes the new subject of conversation for all the ‘cool’ hipster kid types to talk about… So why not get in and watch it before all the other fucktards do ;)
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