There’s very little we can say that accurately expresses how exciting this is for us. When we started this soundtrack label, we never in a million years thought we would be given the opportunity to release one of the most iconic Horror soundtracks in cinema. But here we are…
Tomorrow, we release John Carpenter’s legendary soundtrack for HALLOWEEN as a double LP pressed on 180 Gram black vinyl (with randomly inserted Orange vinyl) cut at 45RPM for optimal sound quality. The track listing contained within, the most comprehensive there is, has never been released on vinyl before, and features brand new artwork by Phantom City Creative.
In conjunction with the release, we are excited to release 2 new posters featuring artwork from the LP, as well as two different limited edition Slip Mats (our first ever).
Halloween byPhantom City Creative
36″ x 24″
Edition of 325
Halloween (Variant) byPhantom City Creative
36″ x 24″
Edition of 150
“The Shape” Slip Mat by Phantom City Creative $10
“Jack-O-Lantern” Slip Mat by Phantom City Creative $10
Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This LP, posters and slip mats will be available online at a random time on Thursday, October 31st.
I am a collector. This has been established before…shoes, toys, comics, films, etc. One thing I’m also crazy about is VHS. Everyone remembers them, everyone had them, they were a part of people’s lives. Then, Laserdisc came along, then dvd, then blu….and it died. It was a sad day in December of 2009, but they killed it. The last VHS tape was manufactured and the format that had introduced so many people to so many films was out. Until now….
We are very proud to announce, in association with Intervision, MONDO VIDEO. Here’s the meaty party of the press release that went out earlier today….
Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce a partnership with Intervision Picture Corporation to release 1983’s SLEDGEHAMMER on VHS. SLEDGEHAMMER, the first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market, will be the first video release of Mondo Video, a label created to release rare genre films in a collectible VHS format. The VHS release will coincide with the film’s first release on DVD and a Terror Tuesday screening on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Mondo Video’s SLEDGEHAMMER includes the original box art and copy from the 1983 VHS release and will be available for purchase only at MondoTees.com on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The Intervision DVD will also be available for purchase on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at http://amzn.to/lmZGfa.
There ya go! We are beyond excited. I got back into town this morning and went straight from the airport to the store to tear the box open to check these out. If someone would’ve taped me opening it, I’m sure it would’ve went down as one of the most epic unboxing videos ever. Understand, the last time someone opened a box of VHS tapes with the intent to sell like this had to be years ago and I guarantee they weren’t as excited.
I’ve seen some stuff online calling us “ironic hipsters” and things like that for doing this, so let me retort by saying first… my legs are too big for skinny jeans and second, this is not an ironic venture at all. This is serious. Myself, Lars Nilsen, Zack Carlson, Evan Husney and everyone else involved with this project are seriously in love with the format. “Why would you want to watch an inferior format?” is the other thing that is asked a lot. We’re not sitting here saying that VHS looks better than a bluray or anything like that. No way. But, VHS has a charm to it that other formats don’t. It’s little things. The hum of the VCR as it plays, the noises it makes every time you load in the tape, the way it ejects, the way that only your tape messes up at certain points because you watched it so much and something that you once hated, but maybe miss… rewinding. To me, it’s very similar to putting a record on and listening to that, but also watching it spin. If you don’t understand this obsession, that’s totally understandable. Many people won’t get it, but for the ones that do get it, I hope you’re all as excited as we are.
Another reason we’re doing this is that there are hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of titles on VHS that have never been released on dvd and that probably won’t. Before us and Intervision put this out, SLEDGEHAMMER was a VERY expensive tape to track down so for many that would want to check it out, it was cost prohibitive. The artwork and design on VHS tapes is also amazing. Most DVDs these days are horseshit compared to the VHS version. It was a product of its time and I really can’t think of anyone doing this type of stuff now. There are some that try to ape it, but VHS art is truly gorgeous. That’s the main reason why we chose to release the VHS exactly as it was put out originally.
So, what’s SLEDGEHAMMER about anyways? Well, allow Zack Carlson to explain it…
1940s scientists put years of study into creating the nuclear bomb, but it wasn’t until the first tests at Los Alamos that they realized its inhuman powers of absolute destruction. Four decades later, filmmaker David Prior similarly unveiled SLEDGEHAMMER, a shot-on-VHS masterstroke of anti-intellectual decimation. On that day, cinema quietly crumbled into dust.
Ted Prior (star of Deadly Prey; brother of the director) leads a cast of self-loathing alcoholics who face off against a shape-shifting, dimension-crossing spectre with a penchant for blunt object trauma. By the end, brains, bowels and Budweiser will be smeared across every inch of the walls. A rewardingly lethal collision of ‘80s slasher video-vomit, suburban legend and unintentional surrealist art, Prior’s supernaturally disabled death opera is the most visionary migraine to ever pummel its way into your skull. If you survive it, you’ll never ever forget it.
One of the funnest parts of this was designing the Mondo Video intro. It would not be a proper release if we didn’t have this on there as every VHS company worth its salt had one. Check out some of the classics here:
We needed a logo for the label, so went back to the sketches Mike Saputo provided when we were reworking the Mondo logo and settled on this one. Not much changed on it except for the “video” text on the bottom.
We then took it over to The Silent Giants who animated it. We decided that it would be a good idea to send them several of our favorite video intros from VHS labels of the past (see video above) so they could replicate the feel. One thing that we definitely wanted was a trailing effect from the logo against a background with a “Tron”-esque grid. Think spacey. Add a little Dylan Ettinger synth and here is our Mondo Video intro slug.
That’s it! I could go on and on and on, but I’m going to leave at this. We’ll have these for sale at the Terror Tuesday screening tomorrow night and the rest on sale Wednesday morning. Like we said earlier, we’re very excited about this and we plan on bringing you some real crazy videos in the very near future.
We announced this back at SXSW, but decided to do a little more in depth look at the game on the blog. When our friend Jason Eisener mentioned he wished there was a HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN game, we set forth to make that dream a reality. Using games like DOUBLE DRAGON 2, RIVER CITY RANSOM and FINAL FIGHT as inspiration, we teamed up with Alamo Drafthouse and Game Salad to create a side scrolling 8-bit NES style bloodbath for the iPhone.
We also put together a full-sized cabinet version of the game for the SXSW premiere of the film.
photo: Jenn Wexler
More levels, enemies and bosses will be made available as free updates leading up to the film’s release May 6. We’re planning to release the game’s soundtrack on the website as well. And look for the brutal Jeff Proctor HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN poster to go on sale this week.
Hobo with a Shotgun: The Game is available here. (Note: It requires iOS 3.0 or higher and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 3rd and 4th Generation iPod touch and all models of iPad)
We were fortunate enough to work with some amazing artists to produce posters for select movies at SXSW 2011. These were offered to attendees at the fest at our Austin location, but we didn’t forget about our online fans. We made sure to hold onto a few of each poster for everyone that couldn’t make it down to Austin and today, we are releasing them into the wild. There are only a small quantity of each poster left, so good luck!
Poster by Jeff Proctor. 24″ x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Click HERE to buy.
Poster by Tyler Stout. 24″x36″ screen print with metallic inks. Hand numbered. Edition of 285. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Click HERE to buy.
Poster by Olly Moss. 16″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Edition 250. Click HERE to buy.
Posters by Olly Moss. 16″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Edition 250. Click HERE to buy.
Poster by Alan Hynes 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 110. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Click HERE to buy.
Poster by Tom Whalen. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screen Printing Click HERE to buy.
Our first batch of posters for SXSW screenings have arrived! PAUL and THE FP will both be available in-store at Mondo on S. Lamar starting tonight at 5pm. We will also have THE FP posters available for the world premiere of the film on Sunday March 13 11:15PM outside of the screening at Alamo S. Lamar. Any posters that we don’t sell during SXSW will be available online the week of 3/20.
PAUL by Tom Whalen. 18″ x 24″ screen print. Hand numbered edition of 225. $30
THE FP by Tyler Stout. 24″ x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered edition of 285. $40
THE FP Variant Edition by Tyler Stout. 24″ x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered edition of 90. $65
THE FP posters will also be available at these screenings:
Sunday March 13 11:15PM @ Alamo S. Lamar
Monday March 14 11:30PM @ Alamo Ritz
Friday March 18 11:45PM @ Alamo S. Lamar
We talk about VHS quite a bit here on the blog and today, I’m very excited to review the new VHS for HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Yes….I said that and I can hardly believe it myself. I’m reviewing a new release VHS!
There are a lot of “throwback” products these days. Lunchboxes, toys, t-shirts with the worn look, etc. Most of them are complete trash, so I’m really going to put the screws to this. I’m actually going to go into my collection and pull some VHS out from that era and compare them to the HOUSE OF THE DEVIL release. Let’s see what we find, shall we?
VHS tapes have a long history of amazing covers. Entire books have been written about them and movies were even banned in the UK based just off the imagery on the covers alone(called Video Nasties). To this day, artwork is a MAJOR part of what makes people rent or buy your film. HOUSE OF THE DEVIL understood that and made some of the best poster and box art I’ve seen in a long time. It was even recognized as having the best horror poster of 2009 in Rue Morgue magazine. I really appreciate the fact that they didn’t try to make the art EXTREME or SHOCKING. The people that did this must have a real knowledge and love for the genre.
The HOUSE OF THE DEVIL VHS is packaged in a white clamshell VHS box and has faux weathering on it which I normally despise, but it really works for this project. They added a cool “New Release” sticker on the box like so many other VHS in my collection have, too. Even though they reused the poster art (great choice) the format and layout of the box totally works. They kept everything really simple, didn’t over think it and it came out great.
Here is the VHS next to another big box of DOCTOR GORE. Notice the real wear at the top of DOCTOR GORE compared to the “wear” at the top of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. From the pictures and even in person, you’d never tell it was designed that way.
Here it is compared to the HALLOWEEN rip-off, THE NIGHT AFTER HALLOWEEN. It totally matches the feel and tone of the old VHS. So far, so good.
The back cover is inspired as well. There are lots of different styles for back covers and they went with text only which I kind of prefer. Some of my favorite big box VHS’ have went this route, too. Many tapes went with the notion of more is better and threw a shitload of images on the back cover of monsters and women. Don’t get me wrong, that’s cool and all, but I much prefer the simpler text. Also, click on the image to zoom in and read the write up. It’s pretty incredible. There are actually some write ups simliar to this that actually give away the entire movie. So much so, that it will end with a line like, “Then Jim killed the demon and got into his car and rode away. The End.”
As you can see, the back cover is almost exactly like the back cover of DEATH DREAM (minus UPC code). It’s also worth mentioning that they were both released by Gorgon Video which was one of the biggest distributors back in the day. Gorgon still carries a lot of weight and get lots of respect from cinephiles and VHS nerds. I thought that they might’ve put the Gorgon logo on the new tape as an homage, but I think it’s an official release.
It’s uncanny! I keep on looking for something they slacked on with this and I can’t find it. IT’S JUST NOT THERE. Even the inner label has been recreated EXACTLY, just inversed.
The video played fine all the way through. I was kind of terrified by the thought of them adding in tracking issues or making the image all fucked up, but thankfully, they didn’t. The video is clean. Speaking of Gorgon Video, they even put the old, AMAZING animated Gorgon intro before the movie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the video:
I don’t know about you, but watching that TOTALLY puts me in the mood to watch a movie like HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. The only thing better than the Gorgon Video intro was the 80’s HBO intro. I swear to you that the music in the HBO intro is WAY more inspiring than anything in ROCKY. I want it played at my wedding, funeral and at any other major even in my life. Rant over.
When I pulled it out of the package this afternoon, the first thing I thought was, how will this look next to other titles on the shelf? Observe:
It’s totally legit. I guess if I had a bitch at all about the VHS, it’s that I would’ve liked to see the Gorgon logo on the back of the tape instead of the spine, but that’s like saying I’d like 2 cherries on my sundae instead of just 1. The fact that I’m reviewing a new release VHS in 2010 has not been lost on me. It’s kinda unbelievable this exists. The final test…this VHS in with the general population!
This is a dream come true. I did NOT expect this thing to be as quality as it is. From it being a Gorgon release to the design to the goddamn inner label, this thing is perfect. You’ve seen the pics….it totally goes toe to toe with almost any video in my collection and it looks great on the shelf. I hope they sell a billion of these so that maybe Gorgon can start putting out limited runs of VHS tapes for movies in the old style. I know I’d buy them. If MOON came out on VHS with a cool sci-fi case or something like that, I’m in line. Speaking of selling a billion, you can help with that. We’ve actually had a lot of people asking where they can get one and I just looked on Amazon and you can get the DVD and this VHS for only $23.99. Click HERE to buy. That’s pretty nuts. A truly great deal.
Seriously, even if you don’t have a VCR, be ironic and buy this….this is one of my favorite things this year, for sure.
Poster by Tyler Stout. 24″x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 450. $40
THE MONSTER SQUAD VARIANT
Poster by Tyler Stout. 24″x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 120. $80
Tyler Stout is back with this amazing poster to the 80’s classic, THE MONSTER SQUAD. Last weekend, the Alamo Drafthouse screened the film with cast members in attendance including writer/director Fred Dekker. During the Q and A session, Fred Dekker proclaimed that this poster was the best piece of art ever created for the film! High praise indeed considering the original THE MONSTER SQUAD posters are beautiful themselves.
We have very limited numbers of these posters left, so buy now!
We also printed up a special batch of the shirt Andre Gower wore in the movie. These are printed on super soft American Apparel shirts. Supplies are limited as we almost sold out of these at last week’s show.
UPDATE: About a minute after this post went live, the 9:50pm screening SOLD OUT.
Tomorrow at the Ritz on 6th St., THE MONSTER SQUAD will be screening with cast members in attendance. Who you ask? How about:
Director of THE MONSTER SQUAD, Fred Dekker
Writer, Shane Black
The leader of the Monster Squad, Andre Gower
The Wolfman, Jon Gries
“Toughest Kid in the 8th Grade” Rudy, Ryan Lambert
Not only will all of these dudes be there, but we will have the classic STEPHEN KING RULES shirts for sale and a brand new THE MONSTER SQUAD poster for sale. You definitely want to attend this. If you don’t have tickets yet, get on it! The 9:50pm show still has slots open so click HERE and get to purchasing!
We are very happy to be releasing a new, limited edition screen printed poster for the legendary Terry Gilliam’s newest film THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS.
When thinking about what artist we would tap to illustrate this poster, we had to keep several things in mind. Not only did we need someone that could compose an image that was wondrous and full of imagination, like Terry Gilliam’s films, but it had to be simply put…beautiful. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is most definitely all of those things and the poster we produced for the film had to match. Enter: Martin Ansin. Martin has done a few posters for us so far and he is quickly becoming one of Mondo’s go-to guys. His poster definitely captures the spectacle and luster of Gilliam’s latest.
Poster by Martin Ansin. 24″x36″ screen print. Printed on special speckletone paper. 6 colors. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. $35
The Alamo will be showing this film starting this Friday, January 8th. Click HERE for showtimes. If you don’t live in Austin and would like to find a showtime near you, click HERE.