*Dodges the attempted bludgeonings* With the video apparently dying at the end of this year, I figure that I gotta create a thread to celebrate its life. Now before you once again pelt me with fucking rocks, hear me out. I was born in 1985, the horror boom was on the decline and I live in a smaller town (10,000 people. Rhett frequently makes trips here, so obviously our tourism industry is buzzing with a celeb in town). By the time I got old enough to actually want to go see a horror film in a theatre was probaby 89-90, and we all know at that point it was in a pretty good decline into nothing. Certainly, none would play here. So basically, I had to turn to video to satisfy my cravings and until about 2000 it did a good job. Sure the prints were washed out, cut, cropped and God knows what else, but growing up it wasn't about that, it was about the horror on the screen. Even to this day, I enjoy watching a video from time to time just to go back to the thrill of yesteryear when the film would actually scare me. Video box art is also a big deal. I can remember strolling through the horror sections in my town and seeing the most amazing covers ever, the thrill of going to the rental store and actually being surprised when a new movie would come out, even if it was Ghoulies III or House IV. When I see a video, it reminds me of all the good times I had. And I've had times purchasing DVD that equaled the feeling, but for the most part, I still find those thrills to be so much better than reading about a movie coming out on DVD a year before it actually makes it. Or if it's Grindhouse, just a tad longer. So DVD comes along and obviously kills everything video had to offer. And now we simply dismiss videos as crap or worthless. Sure, we now have a better format, but before you bash every video you have/had, remember the times before when the movies were just becoming available for sale and you were so happy to be able to own the films you love! Videos and the elderly have so much in common, we used 'em up and spit 'em out and they get no respect. Basically I made the thread for people to express some nostalgic feelings toward the format and to give it some credit for allowing us to see the films we wanted to see and perhaps couldn't have otherwise. DVD did this even better by allowing us to see original aspect ratios, surround sound and special features. I honestly think the best time for horror fans is right now, even better than the boom of the 80s. We're now able to own the movies, looking and sounding better than in theatrical releases at an affordable price, much the same as a night at the movies. Movies no one imagined would ever released are getting released and with ebay, you can find virtually any old OOP video you've ever wanted to see. Basically, every movie is at our disposal. That's a good feeling especially for us horror geeks. But, how many people actually made it through this big ass post is the question I ask. And if someone tosses another rock at me, I'm taking my site with ZoSo nudes down. And that's a promise, not a threat.