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Video Violence

4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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A normal, unsuspecting couple – Steve and Rachel – find themselves completely immersed in a town of blood-drunk crazies. Led by sickos Howard and Eli, these backwater psychopaths produce and watch their own snuff movies in which victims are outsiders or citizens trying to leave the close-knit community of killers. The most well-known Shot-On-Video horror film from the mid 80s and never-before-released on DVD, Video Violence earned an AFI Nomination in 1986 for "Best Independent Film". These are uncut in all their original gruesome & gory glory and are the Grand-daddy of all the "Torture Films" that are currently popular (Saw franchise, Hostel, See No Evil).

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  • Actors: Gary Schwartz, Chick Kaplan, Robin Leeds, Paige Price, Kevin Haver
  • Directors: Gary P. Cohen
  • Writers: Gary P. Cohen
  • Producers: Salvatore Richichi
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Camp Motion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRNWFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Video Violence" on IMDb

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Please, pick up this DVD. If you're a fan of low-budget consumer camcorder shot movies from the 80s (and especially if you tried to make them) you'll love it. Video Violence 1 is actually a great movie, with a great story. It centers around a small community with a secret that gets "exposed" when someone returns the wrong video to the local video rental store. Pretty neat! Acting is above average for most lower budget flicks from this time. PLUS, there are tons of shots of the interior of an awesome video rental store with big box rentals. Now that's already a part of americana's past. Video Violence 2 is not quite the thriller that part 1 is, but it has it's moments. It's a much more humerous sequel. Still good, though.
Pick it up and have a pizza party!
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If you really like gore movies or if your a gorehound like me, then this movie is for you! I'm a serious movie collector and I must say that this movie is just one of the goriest movies I have ever discovered in my life. I watched this movie on VHS tape when I was a kid and it didn't seem to be really appealing to me at that time, but now I really love all the gore it has to offer. It's better on dvd. The second movie could use some improvements. It's not as good as the 1st one, however you still may like it anyway. It repeats a lot of the snuff films from the 1st movie on there. I thought it was more funny than scary especially when Ike made that electric chair. I think you'll bust a gut laughing at it! It's like Ripley's Believe It Or Not on crack. Anyway, I recommend the 1st one for sure.
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Ive seen this film twice now , and yea it drags and yea the acting is bad but i love the old vas look and it has an optimism to the production; a bit of "yes we can" that is longing in today do it your self films.
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I had no experience with "SOV" horror films before watching Video Violence, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with it. The gore effects are excellent, and in a world obsessed with CGI nowadays, it's always good to see practical gore effects done so well. For the most part, it's a fairly light-hearted and over the top little movie, but there are a few scenes which are genuinelly unnerving. The acting is OK-(highlights include The Sheriff and Eli) and although the script has a few plotholes, you really have to overlook them for this sort of movie. Also worth getting purely to see the inside of a 80's video store, which I really enjoyed seeing, and will give many viewers a great sense of nostalgia. It also has one of the coolest opening music themes of all time. However, I must say the movie does overstay its welcome a little, clocking in at over 95 minutes.

3.5 out of 5

The other film on the DVD is Video Violence 2. Which I did not like at all. The whole thing felt so pointless and didn't really have a plot. The gore effects weren't as impressive either. The scene with the sheriff and his electric chair was the sole highlight in the whole film. At least it only goes for 75 minutes.

1 out of 5
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Gary P. Cohen made these films on a NO-string budget in 1986 -87 and IS the dirt-bag answer to anti-snuffs-ploitation and pays very slap-happy $2 tribute to hershell gordon lewis via the old-days of D.I.Y. horror while making fun of off-the-grid television stations like channel 56 which had wally george on it back in the 1980's and public access tv in general and proves anybody with just a whisky napkin of an idea, bring your friends in for the fun of it, cam-corder, new jersey, azusa, covina, small town usa, no expectations neighborhood cinema, anti-domestic bully, video-tape era, trade amongst your friends gore film and i love stuff like this, becasue at the heart of this film is the soul of a civil libertarian punk-rocker whom just wanted to be seen/heard and was a ma 'n' pa video store owner himself and i am very proud he still remembers the old-school reagan days of america when we the people were left to our own "devices" especially those whom cared only about the blue-collar crowd and loathed the don of wall-street "trump" just because we could.

this brought back a whole S-load of memories of my childhood during the D.O.I.= dacade of innocence and knee-jerk neighbor's whom we kept as friends because...those-were-the-days when i grew up in azusa california and i soooo sorely miss'em and want them back, all the pleasure, pain, warts 'n' all!
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