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posted by admin | April 3, 2010 | News

Comments Off on Lost Highway gets a Makeover

After much blood, sweat, and tears with most of the emphasis on “blood” we’ve finally launched the new design for Lost Highway. No ribbon cutting ceremonies, no media event or talk show tours, just the knowledge that someone somewhere just opened a can of beer in our honor and for that we say thank ya.

This new website is bigger and bolder and dare we say more “webbier” than ever before with a brand new look. We hope that you’ll get hours of enjoyment from it ….mostly in clicking feveriously on banner ads or buying boxes full of swag from our store. If you do however find yourself hating the new design or having any other negative thoughts, then we suggest you burry those feelings deep deep inside. You don’t want us to make you wear the clown suits again.

Roadside attractions

– Larger new format easier for senior citizens to read, it’s pet friendly and it looks great on an iPad.

– New 3B’s rating system showing our complete disregard for accurate arithmetic.

– A new Highway Hotties section which features b-movie girls, scream queens and other ladies of horror. Start your letter writing now.

– Gratuitous advertising and links to buying crap…because someone has to pay for my new solid gold mercedez.

– The same great snarky reviews you come to expect from us but now with more Ginseng and Riboflavin.

Mar

Comments Off on The Last Rewind: A Tribute to Video Vault



It seems like every day I hear or read about a company either filing for bankruptcy or closing its doors for good. And to be honest, most of the time I really don’t care, as many of the businesses are just “mass appeal” stores that have been run into the ground by greedy corporations who have long since lost touch with their target market. Well, yesterday I learned about one business closing, a cult video store named “Video Vault” that really hit close to home for all of us here at Lost Highway. Unfortunately, a lot of factors such as limited parking, high rent, moving to a new location, a crappy economy, and the digital download age are to blame for its demise. It really makes me wish that Video Vault could come back from the dead like Jason Voorhees does in those “Friday the 13th” movies, and slaughter the competition. But unfortunately that won’t happen. In our world, this kind of loss is the equivalent of finding out that one of our favorite actors and/or directors has just passed way.

So let me tell you a little bit about Video Vault. This little gem of an independent video store was started by movie aficionado John McCabe in the mid 80’s, when video stores were about as popular as drive-in movie theaters were back in the day. Seeing an independent niche market video store like Video Vault today (2010) in a major metropolitan area would be about as rare as seeing actual music videos playing on MTV. Anyway, it didn’t take long for Mr. McCabe to make a name for himself by specializing in rare, hard-to-find films that he proudly claimed were the worst in town. Now you’re probably scratching your head at the part about having the worst movies in town. But trust me, that claim is very accurate considering he carried bottom of the barrel films like “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” If I had to describe Video Vault to someone who had never heard about the store, I would say that they are the cinematic version of The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA), and I mean that as the highest compliment. Bad movies were their area of expertise, their little niche in the cutthroat movie rental business. The films that many forgot, or couldn’t care less about, John McCabe cheered and celebrated, along with the legions of loyal patrons. For 25 years Video Vault continued to stay in business against all odds, even though video formats changed from VHS to DVD, the independent video retail market began to go the way of the dinosaurs, and the once eclectic tastes of movie renters unfortunately became more and more mainstream–in other words, watered down–and mind-numbingly generic. And even though I haven’t been to Video Vault for several years now (because I moved out of the area), I still remember my first visit there.

I recall being very impressed, yet at the same time a bit overwhelmed by their large selection of VHS videos that covered a variety of different genres and sub-genres. Their previous location (the one that I’m familiar with) had several rooms filled from wall to wall with thousands upon thousands of videos. It was like I had just gained full access to someone’s prized and personal movie collection. You could’ve easily spent the whole day there going through all of the b-movie gems that they had to offer. And did I mention that the staff was always friendly, very knowledgeable, and ready to offer up their movie recommendations if you were having trouble choosing a movie to rent? The whole atmosphere was just so refreshing and pleasant. Whenever a customer walked through the door they were greeted like an old friend, whether it was their first time stopping by, or if they were one of the “regulars.” To me that personal touch really made an impression, and that’s probably one of the many reasons why they were in business for so many years. And if you couldn’t find a particular film in the mountain of movie titles, chances are owner John McCabe would have been able to track it down for you. Try getting that level of customer dedication and service at Blockbuster, or any other generic corporate movie rental chain.

It’s a real shame that this b-movie Mecca has to close. I just really hope that Video Vault will live on in some form after April 2010, so that the current and new generation of cult film buffs will still be able to meet, talk alternative cinema, and help each other find the next “it’s so bad, it’s good” movie experience. Please be sure to express your support to the wonderful folks over at Video Vault by clicking here and saying hi, or wishing them well in their future endeavors.

Jan

posted by admin | January 26, 2010 | News, Uncategorized

Comments Off on Lost Highway Wins Total Film Magazine’s Best Cult Blog. Riots in the streets, dogs and cats living together.

Best Cult Blog

If there’s one thing we at Lost Highway strive for is figuring out new ways to fill up mantel space. I blame that show “Trading Spaces.” I’ve found that I’ve really learned to “explored my space” with a mantel full of shruken heads I bought on Ebay and wind chimes made of old beer cans but now I can add something new. Yes, a Total Film Movie Blog Award for Best Cult Blog. Our plans for world domination through snarky reviews are slowly coming together…one blog award at a time. We’d like to thank Total Film Magazine for this honor and a big thanks to all our fans who voted for us. Well all except for you Wade. We never really liked you.

Dec

posted by admin | December 31, 2009 | News

Comments Off on I say the future is ours if you can count suckers! Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

the warriors

“Now, here’s the sum total: One b-movie site could run this Internet! One blog. Nothing would get reviewed without us allowing it to happen. We could tax the producers, the distributors, because WE got the interwebs, suckers! Can you diiiiiigggggg iiiiiiitttt?”

Hear that wooshing sound? Yes it’s the sound of another year that’s gone flying by. We’ve been incredibly busy on the highway mostly picking up trash along the roadside with fellow convicts and scraping up road kill but hey it beats watching American Idol. Lost Highway has gotten quite the following and the numbers continue to grow. it still amazes us that anyone would actually read our snarky ramblings about b-movies and yet you keep coming back for more. Don’t you have pictures of funny cats to look at or videos of dogs on skateboards to watch?

Besides tremendous growth in readership, this thing they call “Twitter” and “Facebook” has really done wonders for us. I never thought I’d ever want to know what someone was eating at a very  particular moment in time but Twitter has shown me that I really do! If you haven’t given it a try hop on and give us a follow. I’m currently eating a handful of chocolate covered espresso beans..learn more! We also gave this thing called “Human interaction” a try getting out of the basement fortress of solitude. I gave a speech about b-movie survival tips at this big shindig called Ignite Lansing in September. It was very well received mostly due to the late hour and everyone was drunk but hey I won a coveted trophy. OK a drinking glass but it makes a sweet sound when you rub your finger on the rim.

We also put on our first Lost Movie Night on MSU campus featuring Return of the Living Dead. A pretty decent turn out for our first time out and the audience had a blast watching this great horror cult classic. There was a ton of giveaways and some great horror prizes thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, though I can see why theater’s make their money off concession stands. Lost Highway also joined the league of Tana Tea Drinkers which was a big honor for us. sorta like joining the justice league of america…I think we’re the Aquaman of the group.

We’re looking forward to what 2010 might bring. To let you know a few things that are in the pipeline, that elusive Lost Highway book we’ve been talking about doing forever will actually get kicked off. When it gets done that’s anybody’s guess but I’m sure it will take the publishing world by storm. Sorta reminds me of the book Sarah Palin wrote. We too are attractive middle aged, really don’t have anything thought provoking to say and look good in a mini-skirt. Also there’s plans to get started on our web show. The format is still a bit up in the air but expect “snarky” “akward” and “unprofessional” to be routinely used in describing it. Be sure to also look for for me, Retroman Steve in upcoming articles in Mad Scientist magazine. They’ve been putting together a fantastic publication together over there and I’m really thrilled to be contributing to it and getting. Drive-in Dan will be reopening Rosen’s Drive-in the spring after we complete our rennovations on the snackshop. During the summer we had the $1 pitchers of beer and the all you can eat double decker chili dogs deals that caused a bit of building damage from the riots, but we’ll be ready with our b-movie marathons and bringing you reviews of some of the best and worse that cinema has to offer. So again thank you for your support. Long live the highway.

Jul

posted by admin | July 1, 2008 | News

Comments Off on Lost Highway receives Badmovies.org’s Legion of Muck Award!

 

muck award

Badmovies.org is pretty much the gold standard for cult and b-movie review sites and we here at Lost Highway view them as the “Master Po” to our “Grasshopper” of a website. So it was a huge honor when we received notice that Lost Highway has been selected as the winner of the Legion of Muck Award for the 3rd quarter of 2008 which Badmovies.org awards out to excellence in b-movie websites.

*Holds trophy in hand* “I had a speech prepared…but I just..sniffle…I’d like to thank so many people…to Bruce Campbell for coining the term groovy and inspiring other amputees everywhere. To Snake Pliskin for not giving a rat’s ass about anybody but himself. To the film crew of Troll 2 who all suffered so much to bring their celluloid masterpiece to the world.  To the gymnastic trainer in Gymkata…you made Kurt Thomas the effiminate man he is today. And most of all to you, the fans….hey wait…the music is telling me to wrap it up..I have so many other people to thank! My wife who barely tolerates other bad movies yet love Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. To Mom and Dad, to my pal Eric over at Genesis hosting who has been gracious to host our crazy ramblings. To Drive-in Dan the all-star rookie here. To the guy on the street corner that sold me Porky’s Revenge for $1.50 when I was 12, to the top loader VCR, to the guy that made velcro and the inventors of Gogurt… because I have no time for spoons!”

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