The Monster Channel Takes You Back to the 80’s

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For many of you (myself included) the 80’s holds a special place in your heart. The decade that saw VCRs going into most every home and video stores popping up on every corner brought us a whole new world of horror. Suddenly we could devour everything in our genre, whether we ordered it out of the back of Fangoria or found it at our favorite video store (Aardvark Video).

The Monster Channel Takes You Back to the 80'sThe Monster Channel is very aware of this. So as part of their relaunch The Monster Channel (official site), along with Lunchmeat Magazine (official site), is presenting forgotten 80s VHS horror on a new series called Lunchmeat VHS Rewind Theater.

“VHS was a gold mine for me as a horror fan growing up in the 80s,” said Joe Sena, president of MONSTER CHANNEL parent company Fourth Castle Micromedia. “I worked at several video stores and took home stacks and stacks of horror stuff, from the classics I always wanted to see to the cheesy gore that was being churned out to feed the market. The fact that this format is experiencing a renaissance takes me back to why I love horror to begin with.”

While setting up The Monster Channel, Sena and his team discovered Lunchmeat Magazine, a print publication dedicated to the format. Seeing the passion and research evident in the work, he reached out to the magazine to partner on a series dedicated to 80s VHS horror.

“Lunchmeat is beyond thrilled to be teaming up with THE MONSTER CHANNEL to to bring LUNCHMEAT VHS REWIND THEATER to the mass of Videovores,” said Josh Schaefer, editor of Lunchmeat Magazine. “When I started Lunchmeat, the prime directive was to reach out to all who still cared about the forgotten horror gems on the VHS format and share them, keep them alive. And by running these flicks on MCTV, these pictures have the chance to reach a worldwide audience. It’s a very exciting project, and I’m just overjoyed that we’re able to put these obscure pieces of cinema in front the people that care about them on a virtually massive level.”

The series premieres Saturday, August 6th, at midnight EDT with the 1987 film that gave the magazine and the series its name, LUNCHMEAT. Other titles that will follow include RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS (1983), THE MEATEATER (1979) and NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980).

The series will feature obscure and esoteric movies from the VHS era of the 1980s, a time where horror films had a bizarre yet passionate and handmade feel about them. The era and format are at the beginning of a resurgence, and THE MONSTER CHANNEL seeks to bring back everything about the experience short of charging late fees.

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  • James Coker