Thank you Scream Factory. Thank you for bringing back another piece of my lame childhood! First, news broke a few weeks ago that one of my cheesy horror favorites, TerrorVision, was finally coming to DVD. Now my mind has been blown because it was just announced that Scream Factory is bringing you another one, with the 1987 cult classic The Video Dead! I have fond memories of this one as I remember watching it numerous times on USA’s Up All Night. That was a thing back in the 80’s/early 90’s if you don’t remember. As a young boy, I much preferred Rhonda Sheer and her big breasts over Gilbert Gottfried for obvious reasons. But enough about my early puberty stages, let’s get back to The Video Dead!
This movie has it all: Terror. Intrigue. Boobs. Zombies With Irons Stuck In Their Head. Comedy Hijinks. A Bridezilla Zombie With A Chainsaw. Horrible Acting. And More Horrible Acting!
I can even see where Peter Jackson may have gotten some influence here for his classic zombie dinner table scene in Dead Alive. Now I’m not going to spoil the plot for you because I’ll probably do a review when it’s released on DVD. But just know that it’s about zombies that come out of a television set. Yeah, back in the 80’s, anything would go! Nothing really makes sense, but oddly enough, that’s what makes it so enjoyable. Speaking of enjoyable, The Video Dead might have some of the best cover art for a shitty movie ever. Don’t believe me? Check it out below:
As a young kid, I remember seeing this VHS box at the video store, reading the tagline and thinking “my god…..is there really a poorly constructed zombie with bad makeup living in my television!?!” All I know is that 2013 can’t get here soon enough! I see a double feature of TerrorVision and The Video Dead in my near future (my apologies to my wife in advance). Stay tuned for more details on the special features on the DVD and all that good stuff and I can’t wait to see what Scream Factory slaps down in our lap next!