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Mondo, the wildly cool collectible art boutique arm of the
Alamo Drafthouse, isn't just saving the art of posters anymore. They’ve turned
their sights to VHS!
Partnering with Intervision Picture Corp, the company has formed
Mondo Video and its first endeavor will be a VHS release of the 1983’s
shot-on-video SLEDGEHAMMER. Coinciding with the May 10 re-release of the
slasher on DVD (look for our review tomorrow!), the collectible VHS will be
sold via Mondo’s official site on Wednesday, May 11.
Discussing the new venture, Mondo creative director Justin
Ishmael had this to say, “I am downright crazy about VHS, so it gives me great
pride that we get to make SLEDGEHAMMER the first release on our new Mondo Video
label. There has been a major resurgence in VHS collecting the last few years
after it was announced that the tapes would stop being made, so being fans
ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity to actually resurrect the format and
release some of our favorite movies on VHS. People thought they killed the
video tape back in 2008, but like a phoenix, it is rising from the ashes! Never
In addition, the film will play the Alamo Drafthouse’s famed
Terror Tuesday series tomorrow night. Programmer Zack Carlson added, “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
For more, you can see an amazing glimpse of the film as well as Mondo’s
badass video logo below. And check out FANGORIA #303 (on sale now!) for our Mondo feature and talk with Ishmael.
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