’80s Throwback Movies

(Above: ‘The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom,’ from Terror Films; ‘VHYes’, from  Oscilloscope Laboratories)

VHYes and The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom


A new movie shot entirely on videotape? Yes, it’s VHYes, a comedy about a 12-year-old boy in the 1980s who gets a video camera for Christmas and spends the next week recording home videos and late-night TV shows…over his parents’ wedding tape. The movie is now available to stream for $4.99 from iTunes.

Mason McNulty plays the boy, Ralph, with Rahm Braslaw as his best friend, Josh. The 72-minute movie. filmed with VHS and Betamax cameras, was directed and co-written by Jack Henry Robbins. We know that he didn’t tape over his parents’ wedding tape, because his dad Tim Robbins and mom Susan Sarandon never did marry. They’re no longer romantic partners either, but both of them are part of VHYes’ cast of dozens.

Incidentally, since VHS and Beta only came into use in the late 1970s, and assuming Ralph’s parents married before he was born, that would place the time of the movie in the very late 1980s.

The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom

Speaking of late-80s throwbacks, be on the lookout for The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom, a slasher film finished in 2014 which was supposed to finally be released on Monday via digital outlets. As of this morning, we still couldn’t find the 71-minute movie anywhere, but we’re happy to share this trailer:

Shannon Scott won a 2014 Freaky Award at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival for playing the agoraphobic title character. It’s 1988, and Laurie’s fear of the outside world will soon be nothing compared to what happens inside her home.

Mark Dossett wrote and directed The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom. He also plays a sheriff and was cinematographer, editor and sound mixer among other roles.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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