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Exclusive DVD/digital details and art: “AMERICA’S DEADLIEST HOME VIDEO”

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One of the first, most undercelebrated found-footage horror movies is being given its DVD and digital debut next year, and we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover art and info on the contents.

Camp Motion Pictures in association with Lunchmeat magazine will release AMERICA’S DEADLIEST HOME VIDEO May 10, 2016 on DVD, digital and a collector’s limited-edition VHS. The first feature directed by Jack Perez, who would go on to helm SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE and (under a pseudonym) the viral hit MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS, HOME VIDEO was originally released in 1993, and is told from the point of view of a camcorder wielded by Doug (Danny Bonaduce). He sets out on a road trip after catching his wife cheating on him, and ends up being kidnapped by a gang led by Clint (Mick Wynhoff, who also produced), who force him to videotape their increasingly violent crimes.

The DVD will include audio commentaries by Perez and Wynhoff, a making-of feature and a booklet with liner notes by Lunchmeat’s Josh Schafer, who says, “I’m absolutely thrilled to work with Camp Motion Pictures to bring ADHV back to life and offer it to a broad new audience. The essence of Lunchmeat is to appreciate and celebrate the forgotten gems of the video era, and shot-on-video films were such an integral part of that movement.

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“What’s special about ADHV is that it’s an incredibly obscure yet utterly essential addition to the growing list of cinematic history attached to SOV filmmaking. Its execution demonstrates just how powerful a shot-on-video film can be. ADHV’s method of using the home-video camera as a device to insert you directly into the film was so incredibly innovative and unique for the time, but its obscured existence prevented it from being fully recognized by a wide range of film fans and critics alike. This reanimation is going to change all that. I’m just really glad a whole new host of eyes are finally going to be able to experience ADHV’s ingenious application of the shot-on-video method and see something decidedly different, interesting, and retrospectively innovative from the immense SOV output of the ’80s and ’90s.”

The VHS edition will be limited to a 250-copy run, and come with a bumper sticker and custom keychain; 30 copies to be available for pre-order at the Camp Motion Pictures website will also include an original poster and a VHS sleeve autographed by Perez, Wynhoff and co-star Gretchen Bonaduce. Check out AMERICA’S DEADLIEST HOME VIDEO’s trailer below.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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