Co-Programmed by Justin LaLiberty and Caetlin Benson-Allott

A series based around Caetlin Benson-Allott's book of the same name, KILLER TAPES AND SHATTERED SCREENS is a celebration and conversation about our (and horror's) relationship to video, in its various incarnations. What follows is the synopsis of Benson-Allott's book: 

"Since the mid-1980s, US audiences have watched the majority of movies they see on a video platform, be it VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, Video On Demand, or streaming media. Annual video revenues have exceeded box office returns for over twenty-five years. In short, video has become the structuring discourse of US movie culture. Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens examines how prerecorded video reframes the premises and promises of motion picture spectatorship. But instead of offering a history of video technology or reception, Caetlin Benson-Allott analyzes how the movies themselves understand and represent the symbiosis of platform and spectator. Through case studies and close readings that blend industry history with apparatus theory, psychoanalysis with platform studies, and production history with postmodern philosophy, Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens unearths a genealogy of post-cinematic spectatorship in horror movies, thrillers, and other exploitation genres. From Night of the Living Dead (1968) through Paranormal Activity(2009), these movies pursue their spectator from one platform to another, adapting to suit new exhibition norms and cultural concerns in the evolution of the video subject." 


Select Market

  • Wed, Jan 24


    Kevin Smith's profile of early 90s shop worker apathy is a time capsule of video store culture from the era.

  • Wed, Jan 24

    Film Club: MAN BITES DOG

    The controversial, Cannes winning faux documentary is an unflinching satire of media violence.

  • Thur, Jan 25


    The rarely screened 2007 found footage serial killer film taking place in nearby Poughkeepsie.

  • Thur, Jan 25


    Matt Reeves giant monster movie gets the handheld camera approach, capturing chaos at ground level.

  • Fri, Jan 26

    Prints of Darkness: HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

    Ti West's homage to the video horror of the 1980s is a gritty, Satanic haunted house film in its own right.

  • Fri, Jan 26


    A staple of video horror in the 1980s, FRIDAY THE 13TH ushered in a slasher craze that would become unstoppable.

  • Mon, Jan 29


    Watch this tape and die. VHS becomes the harbinger of death in this remake of the Japanese RINGU.

  • Tues, Jan 30


    Quite possible the scariest of the found footage films of the 2000s, [REC] is constant terror captured in night vision.

  • Tue, Jan 30


    The forever controversial CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST quickly became notorious for its shocking nature and a video staple as a result.

  • Wed, Jan 31


    Jeff Lieberman's send up of video store culture is a sci-fi comedy for the video rental age.

  • Wed, Jan 31


    The SOV trash horror classic VIDEO VIOLENCE is snuff by way of the American video store and it's completely insane.