SLASHER MONTH: Terror on Tape (1985)

I often joke that John Carradine and Donald Pleasence never said no to a movie, but the films they refused were probably asked of Cameron Mitchell, who absolutely, positively would never ever turn down a role. He’s in the movie — released at the absolute peak of VHS rental mania — as the owner of a video store of the beyond, renting out all manner of sleazy films to an increasingly more bizarre cast of characters, including scream queen Michelle Bauer (Reform School GirlsSorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-RamaEvil Toons) before she became so well-known.

Much like Terror In the AislesZombiethon and Famous T&A, this is a compilation tape of horror films. But until the high class by comparison Pleasence and Nancy Allen-starring Terror In the Aisles, this is a bottom of the barrel — and that’s where we like it, thank you — scraping collection of clips from the Continental Video catalogue.

As Mitchell holds forth at the Shoppe of Horrors Video Store, one-and-done director Robert A. Worms III throws every film the label has at you. And while many reviewers have mentioned how bad these movies are, guess what? They’re the bread and butter of what we talk about here. And this bread may be soggy, but it tastes delicious.

For many, this was their first exposure to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, as clips of Blood FeastTwo Thousand Maniacs! and Color Me Blood Red are in this. Plus, there’s a whole mess of wonderful occult oddities like Enter the Devil (truly the peak or valley, depending on your point of view, for bad taste Satanic shockers), Suicide CultTo the Devil A DaughterRuby and — spectacularly and incredibly grainily — Cathy’s Curse.

74’s Ghost StoryFrozen ScreamNight CreatureVampire HookersThe Kidnapping of the President, the absotuely insane PreyNightmareBloodtideScalpsThe SlayerThe Deadly SpawnNightmare City — was the video store in this movie really the B&S About Movies living room?

Continental Video would also release plenty more great junk in the years to come, such as WitchboardThrashin’ (which was the hardest movie to get in the days of Prime Time Video), Eaten Alive!Daughters of DarknessHollywood Vice SquadMary Mary Bloody MaryThe RedeemerManiac Mansion, El Castillo de los Monstruos, two Fred Olen Ray Sleazemania compilations and the Bubba Smith exercise video Bubba Until It Hurts.

I have a free idea for Vinegar Syndrome or Severin. Remake this and throw in clips of all your new releases. After all, you have fans like me who pretty much buy everything you do. And buy it again. And again.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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