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« on: April 20, 2008, 12:02:13 AM »



Some say Boardinghouse (1982) was the first "commercial" shot-on-video film release, while other claim the honor belongs to Blood Cult (1985). I have yet to watch Boardinghouse (patiently awaiting the Code Red/BCI DVD) so I don't even know if it was actually 'shot on video'.



Myself didn't really like these SOV flicks back in the day. Stuff like The Ripper (1985) and Revenge (1986) looked cheap compared to real film thus watering down any chance of entertainment. All this has changed over the years and I do enjoy watching SOV movies now, especially those from the golden 80s. For pure cheesy fun my faves include Terror At Tenkiller (1986), Epitaph (1987) and The Last Slumber Party (1988). Them are excellent party flicks and hilariously bad. As for current SOV films, I was quite impressed by The Ghouls (2003) and The Last Horror Movie (2003). Both are grim and gory offerings. The Janitor (2003) wasn't bad either. Kinda like a Troma movie on crack.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008, 01:01:51 PM »

I saw a few of these back in the VHS days, but other then BOARDINGHOUSE none of them stood out.  I may check out a few of those you recommend.  They definitely have their own feel.

Menard says he saw BOARDINGHOUSE at the drive-in, though, so apparently it was not SOV, although everyone seems to believe it was.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008, 01:24:26 PM »

Menard says he saw BOARDINGHOUSE at the drive-in, though, so apparently it was not SOV, although everyone seems to believe it was.


I don't know where that rumor about boarding house started; even IMDB lists it as having been shot on video and transferred to film.

Even a full inch video camera and deck could not produce the quality necessary to show it on a drive-in screen. At the time, anyway, a full inch deck and camera would have been more expensive than a 16mm film camera.

If you all want to understand a little about video, digital, and film resolution, you can read an article of mine that will explain a little about it in layman's terms here: http://aninstantintime.com/articles/evolution.html

The only thing I can rationalize about how the rumor started is that Boarding House uses an outdated visual warning device for when the upcoming scene is going to be gory, so you can supposedly turn your head, not see the scene, and then think that it was actually gory rather than the joke it was. That segment of a gloved hand flexing may have been shot on video and used for the film.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2008, 01:50:38 PM »

Thanks for the article, Menard :virtual karma:.  The reason I believed BOARDINGHOUSE was shot on video is that it really, really looks like it was shot on video to my lay eye.  There's none of the grain or warmer earth-tones I associate with film, and everything looks too harsh and "literal."

A second reason may be that BOARDINGHOUSE's theatrical run probably lasted about 10 minutes in 5 drive-ins nationwide.  Almost everyone discovered it at the video store, and since it looked and felt like a DTV production and had a 1982 copyright, people jumped to the conclusion it was the first of the genre. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2008, 10:38:54 PM »

There's none of the grain or warmer earth-tones I associate with film, and everything looks too harsh and "literal."
This reason alone is why I have such a low tolerance for SOV movies.  They're often shot on video of budgetary necessity and the lack of funds leaks into other areas of the movie as well.  Crappy special effects look that much worse on video.  I even have a very low opinion of the guys many consider to be the masters of SOV, like JR Bookwalter and Olaf Ittenbach.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2008, 11:07:06 PM »

The reason I believed BOARDINGHOUSE was shot on video is that it really, really looks like it was shot on video to my lay eye.  There's none of the grain or warmer earth-tones I associate with film, and everything looks too harsh and "literal."

That's bad lighting.

Good lighting involves the use of a mains and a fill. The mains can be softened and the fill prevents the harsh shadows that the mains will produce.

Boarding House was very probably shot like a video: with a single light placed close to the camera or offside. You can see this same harshness in cheap color films made in the 70s that ended up on the drive-in screen.

If you have seen many family films shot on Super8, you see that same kind of look. It is the lighting  and higher speed and high contrast film as Super8 is superior to video resolution; coming at somewhere around 2-3 megapixels equivalent.

Basically, Boarding House was made with the talent equivalent to someone shooting porn on a Super8 camera.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008, 04:36:43 AM »

Tim Ritter's films....like TRUTH OR DARE:A CRITICAL MADNESS and KILLING SPREE.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008, 12:59:08 PM »

The best Shot-on-Video movie is also the VERY FIRST EVER shot on video movie --

Can everyone here/anyone here guess/remember what that movie is?


I'll do the usual scroll-way-down trick here in case anyone wants to hazard a guess before getting the answer . . .



















FRANK ZAPPA'S 200 MOTELS!!!  . . . what remains of it . . . Columbia took the tape that wasn't used for the film & resold it so someone else got to tape over it
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