12 December 2007

Video Archive History and Mission Statement

The seed of Lost Video Archive really started a long time ago in a video rental shop in southwestern New Mexico where as a kid I saw some wacky cool VHS box art on the shelf and thouhgt to myself, “damnit, I want to see that, and I want to see it now.”
At 9 years old (1989), my dad saw me reading a book about B-movies and he rented some of the classics for me to watch:
Planet of the Apes
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Westworld
Creature From the Black Lagoon.


I fell in love with trashy movies and VHS box art and haven't looked back since. I started writing reviews at the age of 16 out of some sort of attempt to catalog the sleazy and completely insane world I was experiencing for the first time. I wanted to remember who these actors and voice actors (mostly for dubbed Italian films) and directors were and find more. Years later I moved to Seattle with my boxes of VHS tapes and with a couple of friends made up a believable excuse to show some of these movies on a projector at a neighborhood dive bar under the moniker Kung-Fu Grindhouse.

As the years go by and information storage formats change from VHS (R.I.P.), to DVD to BluRay, to download, more and more increasingly aged and lousy exploitation movies slide into oblivion, mostly because of the fickle and (increasingly) short attention span of the public. My goal at the very least, is to preserve a small fragment of our collective trashy film experience so that at least a few of us can find cinematic joy, since it seems to be so hard to find these days...

3 comments:

Juan J. Espinoza said...

Man, i love you blog. I share your passion for the extint VHS. So many movies are going to dissapear from the history...

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

BRAVO! I just read (mostly) every post in your blog, from newest to this first entry. I've seen many of these films (back in the VHS days of old) and do miss them dearly...

The Goodkind said...

You're a brave soul Anon. Going backwards like that you got to see my 'regression' into shitty drunken rambling rather than the other way around. Glad you liked it though!