September 28, 2012

The Video Dead Finally Coming to DVD from Scream Factory

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your TV set, Scream Factory (the horror distribution wing of Shout! Factory) has announced via its Facebook page that it will be releasing The Video Dead in 2013.

The Video Dead, directed and written by Robert Scott, was an iconic VHS from the heyday of horror on tape. At the local mom and pop video shop, it was hard to over look The Video Dead with its VHS cover depicting a rotting corpse emerging from a television screen in a style I always found reminiscent of an Iron Maiden album cover. Its cover told you everything you needed to know: an evil television set that plays an endless black and white zombie movie releases the zombies into the real world to kill the living.

The Video Dead was released on VHS in 1987 but if you couldn't get a copy of the tape, your only other way to see it was on a pirated VHS or DVD, an illegal upload on Youtube, or the odd widescreen broadcast on the MGM HD cable network. Recently it was available on Netflix instant watch, but The Video Dead has never had an official DVD release despite a four-year campaign to get MGM to release the film to home video.

The long wait is over, and if Scream Factory's recent horror releases are any indication, The Video Dead should get the love that lovers of b-movies like me think it deserves.