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Black premium weight 100% cotton certified organic TSPTR long sleeve tee with water based ink print
The 1980 Canadian slasher flick PROM NIGHT hit the cusp of the wave of the video rental craze, becoming one of the early genre classics about a killer stalking and murdering a group of teens at their high school prom.
The dawn of the home video age in the late 1970s was a magical experience. The VCR became a bona fide extension of the Hollywood experience in the comfort of your own living room. Video stores were houses of wonder, in that innocent pre-internet age, there was simply no way to determine what many of these strange movies were, or where they had come from, nowhere more so than the Horror movie section. Low budget productions with lurid artwork on oversized boxes stared down from the top shelf, charging already frenzied imaginations with the nightmarish possibilities of what those forbidden films might hold in store. The 1970s produced numerous critically acclaimed horror films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, The Fog and Halloween, but the advent of home video unleashed oddities galore, most of which were low budget entries that gleefully pushed the boundaries of good taste. Usually based on monster folklore or real life ‘sightings’, they tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and were destined to become cult favourites. Supported by a burgeoning network of mom and pop video stores, the release of these movies would be accompanied by promotional t shirts and posters designed to mesmerise and engage the viewer. These ‘straight to video’ films would become vehicles for a new wave of countercultural creativity. Art house directors could now experiment with avant garde concepts that big movie studios would never fund, musicians and bands could release concerts and documentaries, it became a new medium of subcultural communication.
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