21 May

Video Pick of the Week: The New Kids (1985)

One aspect of the old era of video rentals that I loved and dearly miss is the video pick of the week. One video (usually one with a lot of dust on its cover) was picked and propped up on the counter as the movie to rent that week. Since the video rentals of yesteryear are all but dead and buried – I thought that I might take on the challenge (at least digitally) of picking one movie a week that I highly recommend.

This week my video pick is 1985’s “The New Kids”

This is a movie as good as its cover!

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and starring Lori Loughlin, James Spader, Tom Atkins, and Eric Stoltz. What a line up! This is one of those great 80s movies that sets up a playful tone up top and then shifts gradually into a very violent third act (much like a future video pick of the week: 1984’s “Scream for Help.”)

James Spader’s best gif performance!

It’s about a brother and sister duo, who move into their uncle and aunt’s broke down amusement park following their parents’ tragic death. As they settle into their new surroundings, the local hot headed sociopath (Spader) starts to notice Abby (Loughlin) and events are set into motion that lead to an all out battle between the local psychos and who else?… THE NEW KIDS.

“Who paid your tuition?”

There’s lots of ways to watch this one. If you’re like me – you track down the video, but there’s also a brand new blu ray with one of those like’em or leave’em retro VHS covers.

Look kids, a fake old thing!

Still not convinced to watch this gem? Well, just for fun, here’s a fan made music video made only with footage from “The New Kids.” Caution: Spoilers await you:

When it’s over … you’ll want to watch The New Kids.
27 Jan

Discoveries: 2015!

2015 is over & done.  I consumed a lot of great art (old & new) and here’s a list of my favorite things I discovered in 2015.

Favorite blu-ray: NIGHTMARE (1981)


I love that “Nightmare” received a proper blu-ray release from Codered.  It manages to rip off Halloween and The Shining, but stand on its own by upping the trash (a lot of the movie takes place in that old filthy version of NYC that’s now extinct!) There’s also a surprisingly earnest subplot involving divorced parents that’s really well handled, and that might be the biggest shock of the whole movie.

Favorite record: BELABORIS: “ONCE UPON A TIME…” (1982)


A sort of 80s Finnish New Wave version of The Spice Girls, Belaboris (their name taken from combining Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff) was a producer created band – made to capitalize on the synth-pop craze of the early 80s. They bombed back then, and quickly disbanded, but holy shit does this music hold up well today.  This LP collects all of Belaboris’ EPs, and it’s a great album to throw on at parties (especially parties that look like this…)

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25 Jun

VHSwap Buy or Die fest 3 featuring NIGHT VISITOR VIDEO!

Night Visitor Video’s setting up a table this Sunday (6/28) at VHSwap: Buy or Die fest 3 in Burbank!



We’ll be selling some vintage horror VHS, Halloween Party comics, old Fangorias, the rest of our Scream Bloody Murder tapes, and we’ll also be unleashing NVV 03 at the event – 1983’s Demons of Ludlow!



It’s limited to 20 hand numbered videos on GHOSTLY WHITE VHS stock with 1 CORPSE BLUE variant! It comes with a trading card, a one page comic, and its loaded with trailers and a never before seen horror short – TERROR EYES!



The store will be down on Sunday during the convention, but on Monday (6/29) it will be back up with however many of these tapes are left up for sale at our STORE!  Grab ’em while you can!