The Monster Channel
Are you at all a fan of late 1980s SOV (“shot on video”) horror films? If so, your ears should perk up at this latest news that The Monster Channel has signed a deal to stream over a dozen feature titles in 2012 from the various video labels of Camp Motion Pictures.
From the Press Release:
Fourth Castle Micromedia’s The Monster Channel is the only 24/7 interactive channel for horror fans. For more info visit the official The Monster Channel website.
The first seven titles will run as part of The Monster Channel’s weekly spotlight show, “Lunchmeat VHS Rewind Theater”, a series created for the growing fanbase of retro VHS cult aficionados. They were selected from Camp Motion Pictures’ collection of now-classic late 80s SOV horror films and include Video Violence (1987), Video Violence 2 (1987), Cannibal Campout (1988), Woodchipper Massacre (1988), Splatter Farm (1987), Beauty Queen Butcher (1990), and Ghoul School (1990).
Nine more horror titles will be featured as part of The Monster Channel’s nighttime programming and include Brett Piper’s monster films Shock-O-Rama (2005), Bite Me! (2004), Screaming Dead (2003), and Bacterium (2006) as well as Suburban Nightmare (2004), Red River (2011), Splatter Disco (2007), Splatter Beach (2007), and Skin Crawl (2007).
The films will be streamed as “scheduled programming”, not on-demand. “Our channel has become a gathering destination for hardcore horror fans,” said Joe Sena, President of Fourth Castle Micromedia. “Whenever we stream a film or broadcast a live event, the embedded chatroom is crowded with people all looking to share the experience with other fans around the world. In an era where ‘appointment television’ is considered dead, we seem to have brought it back from the grave.”
Links to purchase or download these and other Camp Motion Pictures titles will run concurrently during the screenings. “Indie filmmakers ask us to show their films on The Monster Channel because they say that the sales of their product spike during screenings,” said Sena. “The Channel serves as an infomercial for niche product that would otherwise find it difficult to reach an audience.”
“The interactivity, accessibility, and sheer fan appeal of The Monster Channel offers a unique platform with which to deliver our vintage and contemporary programming to a niche genre audience,” said Paige Davis, Director of Business Development for Camp Motion Pictures. “Utilizing new technologies to promote awareness and drive sales of independent genre films while preserving the enthusiasm and authenticity of the viewing experience is something we at Camp Motion Pictures can truly appreciate.”
The weekly series Lunchmeat VHS Rewind Theater featuring the first seven Pop Cinema titles premieres Friday, January 13, 2012, at 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST. The nine contemporary Camp Motion Pictures titles will be shown throughout the year.
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