It's Friday, October 30th...
Welcome back to the '80s, when slashers ruled the silver screen, arcade games were king and your next nightmare was as close as the local video store. It’s Friday night in the west valley and Halloween is on the horizon, that means it's time for "Friday Night Frights" at Atomic Video! 2-for-1 Horror rentals, free popcorn and 8 terrifying hours until the doors close at midnight. For the staff of Atomic Video, tonight is going to be, one Hell of a night...
Call your friends, order a pizza and pop a tape in the VCR because SHADOWORKS® and 5-time Emmy® winning writer/director Wade Stai are taking you back to the video store! Where the popcorn is stale, the movie you want is never in stock and the late fees are a real killer!
It's not a sequel. It's not a remake. It's not PG-13.
It's the return of ANALOG HORROR!
For the better part of the ‘80s, Horror ruled the world…
The VCR was the fastest selling appliance in America and from coast to coast, neighborhood video stores, mom and pop shops became nightmare merchants for neighborhood kids. It was the gory, glory days and the dawn of the “splatter movie.”
Each year, multiplexes were haunted by the titans of terror, the cinema slashers! You know their names. Freddy, Jason, Michael… but there were also countless movies, imitators, foreign knock-offs, skin flicks, violent exploitation movies and low budget marvels that found limited audiences among the drive-ins and the grindhouses from New York’s fabled 42nd Street to the sleazy cinemas on Hollywood Boulevard.
Made on a shoestring budget, relying on sex, violence and special effects, these films would find a massive audience of rabid fans on the shelves of their local video stores. Time passed, technology evolved and these films, like the once thriving video stores they populated began to slowly fade away. Now, nothing more than forgotten cult titles and obscure footnotes in pop culture history... This is ANALOG HORROR!
It was during the last night, inside the last Blockbuster Video in Tucson, Arizona that Emmy® winning writer/director, Wade Stai realized from this moment forward, there would be entire generations who would never experience these films. They would never know what it was like to wander the aisles of a video store on a Friday night with their friends and family only to discover some hidden gem among the titles on the shelf.
FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS was created for those who had a VCR as a babysitter. It is for the horror fans and the "tapeheads" keeping the flame alive. It is for the filmmakers who used video stores as their film schools and for all the kids who will grow up not knowing what a videocassette is or how video stores changed the way we experience entertainment forever.
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