Quick Cuts: WNUF Halloween Special

October 22, 2013258 Comments

Jay talks about a Halloween movie you’ll want to add to your yearly seasonal movie rotation.

Other Formats: YouTube

You can get a copy of the WNUF Halloween Special from Camp Motion Pictures. Since this video was shot, it was announced the movie would be released on DVD as well.

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  • angelbr

    I like the idea… now if only I still had a VCR…

    • LukeMM95

      I actually have a DVD and VCR combo player but unfortunately the VCR part is broken. I guess I better call Lighting Fast VCR Repair so I can watch this movie. Well that and ‘Night Court’.

      • Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc

        They might need to get their robot to fuck your DCD/VCR combo machine.

  • Chris Webb

    videos will not load for me at all

    • Now I Get It

      Is your VCR a top loader or a front loader? Maytag makes some excellent front loaders. Pricey but worth it.

  • TapewormBike

    OHMYGODOHMYGODOHHHMYGOOD

  • TapewormBike

    As someone who has a working VCR and pretty big collection of tapes, Im gonna track this baby down. It seems like a found footage done right, in the sense that it makes the viewer “unearth” it.

  • TapewormBike

    Now I love this format even more, because it seems that thanks to Jay doing these, we’re gonna hear about some films they would not discuss anywhere else and as a bonus, Jay has a taste for nice, weird interesting movies.

    • Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc

      I’d still love to see input from other RLM crewmembers though. :) Just to see what they think of films we haven’t seen.

      • TapewormBike

        Oh definitely, but so far it sems to be Jays thing. That bearded hunk just cannot hold back his need to opine on some strange ass flicks.

        • Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc

          I wonder what he thinks of what seems to be popular opinion of his rockin’ beard. They clearly read the comments secion.

          • TapewormBike

            My best guess would be that Mike mocks him relentlessly, but I might be wrong:)

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            He’s hired a good barber and is never letting go.

      • Christopher Willis

        I like it, it is like TV. Lots of different types of shows on, and we get to choose which ones we watch

        • TapewormBike

          The choice being ALL OF THEM!

          • Christopher Willis

            Ya, but sometimes a format that one person gets to do all the talking lets you a little deeper into how they think. In group talks, it is usually the most dominate personality that you get to hear from most. Formats like this helps us get to know all the nooks and crannies of the individual cast.

          • TapewormBike

            Agreed.

    • Percy Gryce

      If Jay had posted this on Friday I could have driven up to Baltimore to see the screening at the Creative Alliance.

      I don’t know whether I’ve been hacked or defrauded.

  • TapewormBike

    I think they came up up with those as well. I personally find those kinds of old ads as one of the creepiest things ever. I have no idea why, but I think this would work on me.

  • Hale

    Jay, how dare you have an opinion about this movie. This is the worst kind of film hypocrisy for some reason. We’re all internet critics. We should respect when an indie filmmaker pulls off a feat the way the guys who made MNUF Halloween Special did.

    Roll on Super Cop – which is destined to make a splash only with RLM hardcores.

    • TapewormBike

      Look at you, stealing Edwards tactics to get some sweet sweet hate from Jay:)

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      I see what you’re doing here and I appreciate it. Up vote for you, dear sir.

  • Percy Gryce

    WNUF Halloween Special is the greatest movie that David Lynch never made. It was shocking, it was hypnotic, and I hated it.

    • TapewormBike

      Tell us more vintage thinker.

      • Percy Gryce

        You got me. I didn’t even watch it before I reviewed it.

        In fact, I had that review all packaged and ready to go for whichever Quick Cut Jay did next.

        In fact, I even plagiarized my review.

        • TapewormBike

          Someone knows his Baumans

          • Percy Gryce

            Those are two of Jay’s greatest lines. They were overshadowed only by being included among the epic weirdness of the premiere of WOTW.

  • GraphicsAndBeer

    Awesome, I was hoping for some RLM today! Great review!!

  • Percy Gryce

    Yes.

  • TapewormBike

    This (sort of) reminds me of Blair Witch, but not the movie (which I still like), but the fake TV special, that aired on czech TV ápropos of nothing and scared the shit outta teenager me.

    • Devil_Dinosaur

      So, you’re a Czech in his twenties with poor taste. Gotcha.

    • castlemonster

      Yeah, I actually enjoy watching the Curse of the Blair Witch doc once in awhile. The movie itself is pretty much balls.

      • TapewormBike

        I liked both of those, the doc a bit more. I can see why lot of people dislike the movie itself. I also rejoice in talking to people who disagree without being obnoxious assholes (So you get a point there)

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          Yur opinnion is wrong and you shud feel rong.

          • TapewormBike

            When the world looks beautiful, Taco shows up. And it gets better.

      • Nancy Frye

        Well, well. I’m not the only person in the world who loathes “Blair Witch”. I also saw the doc and thought it was far better than the actual movie. The doc raised my expectations far beyond what that trendy little film could possibly deliver. 90 minutes(?) of retarded 20-somethings without the sense to follow a watercourse downstream (and eventually to civilization) cursing boringly into a camcorder. Yawn.

        • ident

          Who else doesn’t like the Blair Witch?

          • harumph

            Anyone who thought about it for more than a few minutes.

          • ident

            Anyone?

          • harumph

            Those people only thought about it for 30 to 60 seconds.

  • TapewormBike

    Also, now we know that the bright side light was stylistically designed to be in Quick Cuts (Or maybe Rich Evans lit it)

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    This was a complete waste of everyone’s time; who still has VCRs? Only you, Jay.

    The facial hair has improved, though.

    • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

      We have 2 in our house because we love low fi moving viewing on occasion. I guess we’re just nostalgic weirdos.

      • ident

        Wait, what? Explain the appeal of low-fi.

        • TapewormBike

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        • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

          Some shitty movies just look better on a lower resolution. HD really brings out all the worst elements in some bad movies. Plus, I dunno. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I’d watch movies late night. I have an HD TV with Blu-Ray with 5.1 surround sound, but sometimes I just like to pop in a shitty horror or sci-fi flick into the old VCR.

          • ident

            If you’re not watching it on a CRT, you’re missing out on the full nostalgic effect of scan-lines and eyestrain.

    • Percy Gryce

      Uh, I do. Now admittedly it’s from the 1890s, but then again so are my tastes.

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      But VHS is just so much more magnetic, you know?

  • castlemonster

    Soundtrack on Gramaphone! I still have a VCR but I’m not buying a VHS of anything. When they get real and decide to put it on DVD or stream it I’ll be on board.

    • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

      Way to take a stand against Big VHS.

      • castlemonster

        A have a mortal fear of rewinding. I have this dream where a Zuni fetish doll demon crawls out of the VHS slot and rogers all my DVD-R copies.

        • ident

          Why is the Zuni fetish doll talking to your DVD-R copies on a walkie-talkie?

          • Now I Get It

            Exactly. If it’s talking on a walkie-talkie, the doll should be Zulu.

  • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

    Oh this looks cool as hell.

    And being released on VHS is what V/H/S should have done.

    Where the heck do you buy this thing?

    • TapewormBike

      Well I guess people who made V/H/S like selling their stuff too much:).But I agree, it looks pretty good.

      • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

        True, but they could have done a limited release. Like the super cool bands that still make vinyl records.

        • TapewormBike

          I agree. Something about that crappy medium remains irresistible.

          • ident

            Never underestimate the alchemy of nostalgia to turn shit that sucked into shit we miss.

          • Now I Get It

            Old movies, old flames… I’m sure there’s a third thing. There’s always a third thing.

        • Private_Eyescream

          Ah yes, nothing as classic as a recording media that takes a 1:1 time to record as watch.
          Granted it is a nearly-dead medium of video storage, it still has a market and those that cater to that market.

          http://www.discountdub.com/videoduplication.htm

          Video duplication of VHS tape at a low discount price, high quality and fast service. At Discount Duplication we have been turning out great video duplication since 1984. We offer an advantage to our customers with super fast service and super low prices. To accomplish these goals we have a large number of machines and very low overhead. We also examine every product that we purchase for quality and for cost. Our customers come from all walks of life and have many different quantity demands.

          We have the capability to produce a large number of single copies at one time which is important to typical consumers and persons in the legal field. We also offer excellent service for customers needing copies numbering 2 through 20 which is important to some consumers and small businesses. If you
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  • TapewormBike

    Looks interesting, thanks for this. I obviously have not seen this, but BBc in the late 80s and early 90s apparently loved their mockumentaries – one of my favourite movies is Threads.

  • TapewormBike

    This guy gets it

  • dollar store cashier wife

    I screened this movie to a group of hipsters in my basement and we
    all agreed on one thing: If I let them go, they’ll never speak of this
    again.

    • ident

      Don’t believe them. They’ll say anything to get their skinny jeans back.

  • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

    Me too. Googles is failing me on where to buy. I found the film makers fb page and hopefully they mention it on there.

  • Thomas W.

    When are you hack frauds going to stop making this Quick Cuts shit and get back to working on Super Cop!?

    Also, i’ve seen this film and I thought it was pretty good. I disagree with Jay’s opinion on the acting taking away from the film, as I found that it was pretty good. That’s just my opinion, though.

    • ident

      It’s funny. I go back and watch movies I liked even 5 or 6 years ago and I notice shit I didn’t notice before, like bad acting, plotting, dialogue, etc. I suppose as your taste matures, this shit starts standing out a lot more.

  • TapewormBike

    911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB! THE GOVERNMENT SET IT UP, SO YOU CAN CALL IT IN VARIOUS EMERGENCIES! HELP SPRET THE TRUF!

  • Joe Syxpac

    The latest toppings: Pepperoni, Sausage, Pineapple, Beef, Veggie.

    True fact. None of these toppings existed prior to 1987. “Veggie” was actually lost sometime in the nineties. It’s now considered an extinct topping, but some pizzerias still carry a “Veggie” specialty pizza to carry on the memory.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Source?

      • Now I Get It

        Guiseppe.

      • Joe Syxpac

        WNUF Halloween Special, of course.

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          You actually got me curious as to when certain toppings started becoming popular.

  • frankenbutt

    Sounds like a purrrfectly spookily-dookily thing to screen on Halloween, but where does one acquire this film? It doesn’t appear to be available for sale, streamable on demand, torrentable or viewable in a theater.

    Note to filmmakers: Would you like some money in exchange for goods and services?

  • sepiajack

    Another great Quick Cuts! And another cool sounding film.. err video that I’d not heard of. I love the idea of a found footage movie where the audience is the one ‘finding’ it

  • http://www.youtube.com/ac1dchr15t ac1d

    So Plinkett videos can be considered ‘Found Footage’ right?…Either way I really dig the concept.

    • Saruma

      Why? Plinkett videos are like Quick Cuts, Half in the Bag, or the stuff a lot of the people do in That Guy With the Glasses where there is a person intentionally videotaping a movie review and putting it out on the internet for everyone to see. The fact that Plinkett is a psychotic serial murderer doesn’t change that.

  • http://kingengrishkube.deviantart.com/ kube of Nazareth over 9000

    i feel Jay..

  • Torgos_Giant_Knees

    Was the video on the VHS tape encoded with Macrovision? I ask as that would detract from the atmosphere and believability that this was, in fact, a bootlegged tape. Also, it’d make it slightly more difficult to copy the fuck out of it.

    • ident

      No, they didn’t use Macrovision. They respected the integrity of the VHS. Also, the video tape used is genuine recording tape harvested from blank VHS tapes manufactured in 1984, widely considered to be the year that manufacturers “finally got it right”. The cassette housings were all salvaged from tapes found in landfills in Baltimore, MD that were previously used to record the Star Wars Holiday special off WMAR-TV.

  • Alexa

    Yeah found footage is always tricky, because it can either be really engaging, like Blair Witch was when it came out (at least for me), or it can just be pretty boring and repetitive, like Paranormal Activity. Plus a major problem with found footage is the shaky cam aspect, and that never works for me. As well as the why the person is filming, which from what I can gather from the V/H/S movies, half of the time doesn’t really make sense and ends up being kind of contrived and stupid. Seriously why would someone convert a Skype conversation onto a VHS tape?

    • TapewormBike

      I think that Blair Witch actually still holds up (hate me, I love it, hurt me more, please!). They actually sort of justify why they are shooting all the time,and the actors sell the fuck out of the premise, mostly by being actually tired, angry and scared due to the way it was shot. I’m not the biggest fan of found footage, especially when the material does not warrant using that style (Chronicle is a great movie, hate the found footage, same for Cloverfield), but I like that one.

      • Alexa

        Yeah the actors really do a good job of selling that they’re lost and don’t know what is going on. That was another highlight to the film that still holds up. Plus another factor as to why many found footage movies don’t work is that they use obvious CGI and it can be distracting and unbelievable as hell. Its just not the best mood to set when you don’t use believable or real effects in a movie that was suppose to feel real.

  • Percy Gryce

    This guy gets it.

    • ident

      I don’t. Explain it to me.

    • Paul Woodcock

      if he gets it, he can have it as long as he doesn’t pass it on to me!

      • TapewormBike

        Does someone called “woodcock” really have anything to worry about?

        • Paul Woodcock

          termites…

          • TapewormBike

            Ouch…..

  • Maraselah

    Nothing scarier than 80s TV.

  • Daniel Bellfield

    How bad would reviews be if they were done in a found footage format? anyway… this was cool. Thanks for showing something neat.

  • Jeremy Clark

    I bought this movie on a whim because I was a kid when The Blair Witch Project came out. I loved the Blair Witch phenomenon when I saw the Sci-Fi special, “Curse of the Blair Witch” and I soon started searching over the ‘documents’ on the website, which is still up amazingly.

    I was hoping you guys would talk about this sooner or later. Besides the acting of the of the crazy church people and the ending, I really loved this movie. The fake commercials were fantastically done, only the tampon commercial looked a bit fake to me.

    This movie compelled me to start up my VHS collection once again.

    • ident

      So you’re saying this movie turns people into hipsters.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I agree.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Haha. ‘Fix’. Nice one!

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I watched this video.

  • SUPERSOUP

    “Jay pretending to be Jay”

    That’s a truly horrific concept.

    • Private_Eyescream

      Not really.
      If you’ve got a Serial-Killer Team-Up, then the brutal lurker always needs a cheerful handsome friendly Trap Lure Guy.

      Jay is the handsome fellow that lures the ladies or gentlemen into the isolated hotel room while Mike pops out from under the bed or from the bathroom or the closet to surprise & strong arm the victim. Jay plays along declaring, “Oh god, maybe if we play along…” causing the victim to submit while Jay is never in real danger. Then, when the victim is trapped, Jay is untied and off to the bloody rape & mayhem they go.

      You need to watch more of the DEXTER series.

      • Now I Get It

        I wish now that I’d stuck with “Dexter”; unfortunately, on first inspection I thought the premise was implausible.

        I believe that the Trap Lure Guy has criminal counterparts. In the con game, it is the “roper”, and among pickpockets, it is the “stall.”

        For this information, we can thank David W. Maurer, who wrote *The Big Con* (nee *The American Confidence Man*), the book upon which every con man movie ever made has been based, and *Whiz Mob*, a study of the technical argot of pickpockets.

        • Percy Gryce

          The Big Con is certainly a great book and certainly the background for The Sting and The Grifters, which nicely captures the difference between the big con or the long con and the short con, but the basis for every con movie? Do the cons in House of Games and The Spanish Prisoner follow the same models? To be honest, I can’t remember.

          Also I think the era of the Big Con, at least as Maurer described them, is well over. Could anyone pull the wire, the rag, or the payoff today? Obviously, there are new cons and swindles, but I think the classics are dead.

          • Now I Get It

            Maurer is one academic who, by his writing, could sing for his supper. I class him with Theodore Dalrymple, the English prison psychiatrist, whose insights in, say, *Life at the Bottom* are more artful than scientific – and properly so.

            I know that “House of Games” and “Spanish Prisoner” differ as thrillers – one is psychological, the other light – but to compare them as cons I’d have to rewatch with Maurer’s book open at p.4. Surely Mamet had the additional benefit of having had practical experience with this kind of person.

            Whatever that comparison, though, it likely is more accurate to say that Maurer’s book is the basis of all con game, as opposed to con man, movies, as some of the latter, e.g., “Matchstick Men”, are more character studies of the aftermath of a life spent in the game.
            In Maurer’s time only three Big Cons were extant, and supposedly the major white collar crimes we keep hearing of resemble one or another. Just for the record, as of a couple of years ago I had two cousins selling bogus health supplements through a pyramid scheme. A small potato, admittedly, but also a perennial.

          • Percy Gryce

            Ahh, another Anthony Daniels fan. And I’m not talking about the guy in Star Wars in the robot suit (as good an actor as he is).

          • Now I Get It

            Some say that Dalrymple began wearing the golden suit, after Mark Steyn crowned him “England’s greatest pessimist.” Others say that’s when he stopped.

            Whatever the truth, I say that that’s when Dalrymple moved to France, where such a luxurious preference is beneath comment.

          • Percy Gryce

            Thank the Maker!

  • SUPERSOUP

    I want to go to Token’s Arcade and Pizzeria…

    Oh wait, it’s a Subway now…

    ;_;

  • ident

    They are releasing a DVD. And I guess living in an affluent modern household is now lamentable.

  • ident

    If you like this retro style, you should really watch Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. The premise is that it was a TV show recorded in the early 80′s and never released, so the music, audio, video artifacts, etc. are typical of an ultra low budget TV show of that era. Plus, the requisite terrible acting, poor production, eye-gouging sets, and laughable continuity.

  • ident

    It’s almost like, in the age of the internet, where you are has little to do with the random shit you’ve heard of.

    • Percy Gryce

      In the pre-Internet age, pop culture was ONLY the random shit you’d heard of. Now, apparently, we have to know everything everywhere at all times.

      • ident

        You mean you don’t know everything already? What a n00b.

        • Percy Gryce

          I am of the school of Socrates. The only thing I know is that I know nothing.

          • ident

            You knew that. Liar.

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  • Simon Thomas

    Tis move seem s to be a rip off of a show the bbc did in the late 80′s early 90′s called ghost watch. The difference was it was broadcast on prime time bbc as a real show and used well known presenters to help with the illusion. Very good and worth a watch.

    • Toni

      Here’s some clips from Ghost Watch narrated by Charlie Brooker. Starts at about 2:11.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOEozFtqe3s

    • Billy_Whizz

      It was on youtube a few years ago. Part 1 is still there, but not the others for some reason.

  • catnep

    Man… as an 80s youth I would love to see this! The local news footage is remarkably authentic-looking if you grew up in the Northeast US (in the burbs of a metropolis) as I did.

    But I must have misunderstood something, Jay. By your appearance and my crude estimates, you should have been an amoeba in the ocean in the 80s. Did you say you used to record stuff back then? To which Dark Lord do you owe your eternal youth?

    • TapewormBike

      I am pretty sure the guy is in his thirties, but might’ve sold his soul to the bughuul, that makes him look like a 14yr old with a sweet beard.

      • TapewormBike

        Plus, I grew up in the nineties and own a megafuckillion of tapes I recorded late night movies on as a kid.

      • catnep

        The older I get the younger everyone else looks. I’m sure “Bughuul” feels the same way. We were classmates after all..,

        • Jay Stein

          I’m sorry about your Baghuul problem..

    • Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc

      If you’ve watched “How Not to Make a Movie” they all (Mike, Jay and Rich) were about 20-21 in 2001-ish or so. So yeah.

      • TapewormBike

        Oh yes. Rich and Mike are sticks and Jay looks about 5 years old.

      • catnep

        Thanks. So we’re estimating the dance of birth occurred in 1980 or thereabout and as a wunderkind he was working the VCR from an early age. I can believe it!

    • Billy_Whizz

      People always say I look ‘young for my age’ also (though I think that I actually look my age and it’s other people who look old for theirs). Anyway, my ‘secret’ is binge drinking and I am sure that is Jay’s too. Try it.

    • Now I Get It

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      • Percy Gryce

        I wish Redletterpedia was a real thing.

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        • Now I Get It

          All flippancy aside, I do too.

          • Percy Gryce

            Agreed. But please don’t put aside the flippancy.

            Or, to paraphrase the great American naval hero Captain James Lawrence, “Don’t give up the Flip!”

  • Thanatos2k

    So Jay has taken it upon himself to keep the site afloat. I guess Mike and Rich are off making The Cleaning Lady 3.

    • ident

      Mike is a dead man. Miss him, miss him.

      • TapewormBike

        He will forever live in our hearts and masturbation fantasies.

        • Percy Gryce

          I believe I’ve said it before: Mike is the Walrus.

          Coo coo ca choo.

  • Thanatos2k

    Or the Bozo Show, like the youtube reviews from a certain alcoholic murderer?

  • Drew Hickman

    This reminds me of a Tales From the Crypt with Morton Downey Jr. doing a live broadcast from a haunted house.

    • ident

      It’s been pointed out, but yeah.

      • TapewormBike

        Well, I like to be sure about my rip offs.

    • Alexa

      That’s what I immediately thought of while watching this. Funny looking back at when Tales From the Crypt scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

  • Paul Woodcock

    I have to agree, first thing I thought of was…wow an American Ghostwatch. That thing scared me to death when I was a kid!

  • TapewormBike

    I imagine Jay has pretty stuffed schedule, but my guess would be that the guys have already seen Gravity, so he could have whipped up Quick Cuts about that and please all of the beggers around..The fact that he reviews an obscure movie I have never heard of instead a film everybody has opinion on, is one of the reasons I love the site. And the beard. Oh god, the beard.

    • Meester Smeeth

      Bauman gives great beard.

      • TapewormBike

        Was that a direct quote from Mike?

  • Ianuarius

    Love it! Great job! :)

  • Meester Smeeth

    Remember when you could get 360 minutes on a 180 minute VHS cassette by switching your recorder from “short-play” to “long-play”? Good times.

    • TapewormBike

      And finding out that after Jason in Manhattan ended, there is about half an hour of recorded incredibly awkward soft core porn…sigh.

      • Meester Smeeth

        Score!

      • Now I Get It

        Yes, because when you wrote the tiny letters and numbers neatly on the label, you were reluctant to write the title you’d actually recorded, so you wrote all that information on a separate slip of paper, but you lost it and now you’re not really sure which tape it’s on, so, you stop to think, “Yeah, I’m gonna go through all these tapes one day,” but you never did because you got distracted because DVDs came out, but you still never got rid of your old tapes because you can’t replace what’s on them, not even if you go online, and even if you did, you can’t remember what the thing you want is called, so, you don’t know where to start but you pull out your VCR, anyway, to go through your tapes, but it’s running kind of rough now, and the guy who used to clean it once a year, the guy with, maybe, the only small electronics shop left in the whole city, moved, and he told you he was moving and you wrote down his new address, but you lost that slip of paper, too, so, you think maybe if I go online I can learn how to clean my own VCR, at which point RLM’s new review comes out, and you think maybe “I’m better off just watching new stuff,” but then the review turns out to be the old “WNUF Halloween Special”, WHICH LEAVES YOU WHERE EXACTLY?

    • Now I Get It

      I’ll never forget. And the titles and time codes that you had to print neatly in tiny letters and numbers on the label, lest you lose track of the cherished thing that you’d stayed up all night for, so you could pause the VCR and not tape the commercials. There was such satisfaction in that.

      • Meester Smeeth

        The labels. My God, the labels. And the adverts. There’d be maybe a still from the film with the title before and after the ad-break so you’d know where to pause and un-pause. A real sense of accomplishment at the end of the night.

      • Real Quantum

        And hoping that the tape wouldn’t run out…

        And timing the rec just when the commercials ended, so you wouldn’t lose the five or so seconds the VCR took to start recording after pause…

        • Now I Get It

          And learning the rhythm of that rec mechanism each time you changed brands – the new Sony, which differed from the old Sharp, which differed from the even older RCA – an anxious art, now long lost.

          • Real Quantum

            Ha ha, indeed, good sir.
            :)

            I had a Sony with a wheel on the remote, so you could control the frames, but that was hi-tec :D

            What I remember most is a two-head mono Sanyo, back when seeing people move in fast forward or rewind was funny.

          • Now I Get It

            What I remember is the 2-head vs. 4-head – there was such a thing as a 4-head, right? – discussion with the salesman, as the technology continued to advance.

          • Real Quantum

            Yes, there was, although I think that was also used as a sort of marketing, because 4 heads didn’t necessarily mean better picture quality, they could be referring to audio heads.

            Depended on who was selling and what we knew about it, I guess.

            Which, I admit, circa 1985-1990 was little to nothing, in my case.

            Sometimes, 4 heads would mean the VCR had stereo or hi-fi sound, other times it meant it could record in LP and/or EP.

            I even had a 6 head Panasonic by the year 2000, which was “Hi-Fi”.
            Piece of crap. Broke 6 months later and I didn’t even use the warranty; just threw the tapes in the garbage.

          • Now I Get It

            I was one of those low-information consumers, at least until I got the machine home, where I could work its features to perfection. However, the obligation to tape certain shows myself was so onerous that whenever one of my favourites went off the air, I was actually glad.

            I expect this explains why, now, I’ve skipped the new recording and streaming technologies altogether, despite their greater flexibility, and just buy DVDs.

          • Real Quantum

            Ha ha, I guess I know what you mean, I remember that obligation and relief due to, for example, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which aired somewhere between 1 and 2 am.

            I, like you, don’t record anything now.

            It’s easier to get your content via internet, anyway, and there’s so much more too choose from.

            I remember, some 25 years ago, there were only two TV Channels in my country.
            Those were the days when everyone watched the same thing and talked about it the next day.

            Ahh, good ti…
            No, they weren’t!

          • Now I Get It

            No, they weren’t, were they? They were, in fact, damned disappointing.

            Canada had that same situation as recently as the mid-70s – three channels nationally, one of them French and two of them run by the government – so that, all over the country, children of each language were driven outside to make their own fun.

            Then two things happened: network TV was cabled in from the States and Charles Allard created CITV in 1974. Even though cable TV merely doubled our total number of channels, American programming seemed infinitely rich by comparison to our Canadian-made shows. In the long run, though, it was Allard’s little local station that made the difference, precisely because it was local.

            As a junior high school class, we were taken to tour CITV’s studio, located in an outlying Edmonton area. We didn’t understand any of the technology they showed us, but we did grasp that this was a place where people were busy. And I mean captial “B” Busy. By the early 80s, Allard had founded a major cable movie channel, and his original station was growing into a major broadcasting entity with a complex corporate history.

            It was like when adults form a regional party in politics, to look after interests that major national parties, in their “unseemly scramble for office and power,” have willfully neglected. Only ITV – “Independent Television”, as it was known to us onscreen – was looking after our entertainment interests. Thus, during that visit we kids felt a moment in which we saw a future that we hoped would come true.

            When I visit the RLM site, I get that same sense, indicated, paradoxically, by how much the regular users get caught up in the present moment of seeing something new. But that moment is made possible, I believe, by something on this site that is leaning toward the future.

          • Real Quantum

            I’m portuguese, BTW, for clarification. :)

            Our two channels were also from the government, and only started picking up with the introduction of two private channels, the first one of them in 1992.
            It was also coined “Independent Television” and it’s name is SIC.

            A name, i might add, made a day for some american celebrities.
            I remember Val Kilmer gleefully saying “Watch Sick Television.”

            The second private channel was born in 1993, it was owned then by the catholic church (lobby much?)

            In those days, developed a natural struggle for power, and the TV contents were VERY good.

            Alas, nowadays, it’s reality tv everywhere.
            Excuse my french, but I fucking hate reality Tv.

            Anyway, you said it.
            In those kind of days, we used our time with all sorts of entertainment.
            That part was good.

            I’ve never been to a TV station but if you are a daydreamer, I can imagine it was fun being surrounded with all that “alien” machinery.
            I know I would imagine I was inside the NC1701, or something like that.

            Last but not least, that sense of seeing something new is always good, indeed.

            It’s really that phase of “what can it become”.
            Suddenly, we are filled with expectations, and start investing emotionally again.

          • Now I Get It

            No worries. As Joanie Stubbs said in “Deadwood”, “Oh, I speak French.”

            My other abiding memory of that studio visit was how cool the set for the local news looked from the control booth…until we got down onto the studio floor, and we saw instantly just how cheaply everything had been constructed.

            But that was just Stagecraft 101: all sets look good from far, but up close they’re far from good, which, as a matter of economics, is how it should be.

            Now our local news is done on green screen, which is flashier but has no real depth onscreen. In my book, RLM’s real sets give much better value for the dollar.

          • Percy Gryce

            Ah, so you speak Deadwood? I miss that show quite a bit. At its height, it was my favorite thing on the idiot box. I watch Sons of Anarchy just because they’ve got three Deadwood alumni on there right now.

          • Now I Get It

            I do, yet never picked up any “Sopranos”, which I could not watch much into the second season, as I could find no goodness in it. Whereas “Deadwood” had the two poles of Bullock vs. Swearengen (and beyond), and a vast middle range of decent but helpless citizens muddling through in the middle.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkG35s_tXLw

            I do like SoA, but am partial to “Justified”, as, for me, one Olyphant equals just about any three “Deadwood” alums.

          • Percy Gryce

            Absolutely agree. Of course, at the end, the Bullock-Swearengen poles aligned against Hearst, where the real genius of the show was displayed in showing how all of these rough frontier types rose above their instincts for violence and revenge and put the civic good ahead of all. In the end, I thought it was a masterful rendition of how civilization is built.

            And what you say of The Sopranos, I also said about Seinfeld. I actually don’t care much for SOA–not a single admirable character–but I did get intrigued by the intricate plotting–so now I have to see how it ends. Justified is far superior–and has in fact also featured at least nine Deadwood alumni:

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489428/trivia?item=tr1217369

          • Now I Get It

            I’ll take “Justified” over the others as an entertainment, but can take SoA only as a study.

            The characters are disappointing, as you say. The moment in season two when Gemma vetted Tara as one of the club’s old ladies, for instance, was disenchanting, not least because it officially meant that I couldn’t repeat the crush that I’d had on a Siff character (Cf. Rachel from season one of “Mad Men”).

            Still, the season one cliff-hanger had its own kind of majesty, coming directly from Charlie’s discovery that the club has a founding document and Clay has debased it. When I saw that SoA’s dramatic situation is identical to the literal situation that we all share – the predicament of depending on institutions whose every operation threatens our lives – I knew that I would watch it to the end.

            Indeed, I’ve ended up classing SoA with “Deadwood” and “Walking Dead”, as each series shows a society at a point of growth (DW), or death (WD), or the climax that comes in between (SoA).

            As for “Seinfeld”, same deal: awful characters, impressive plots.

    • Percy Gryce

      Don’t forget “extra long play” for the highest quality of magnetic-media recordings.

      • Meester Smeeth

        Not sure I ever had an ELP option on my VCR, how long did you get out of three hours with that?

        • Percy Gryce

          It might have been on our Betamax. So that would have been 90 min. : 180 min. : 270 min.

          I remember a guy who taped all his LPs to Beta, claiming it was the greatest sound-recording medium. Ah, good times, good times.

          • Percy Gryce

            Our Betamax with the WIRED remote control, I should have added.

          • Meester Smeeth

            Haha, wow, now that’s just super-duper-ultra-hipster.

          • Meester Smeeth

            Oh right, bit before my time Betamax.

    • Thanatos2k

      Remember what happened when you recorded over a short play recording with a long play recording and sometimes you’d get bizarre ghosting effects? That was awesome!

  • WickedChild

    Fuck a DVD, you’re not a true movie lover if you don’t own at least one working VCR.

    • BuenoExcellente

      And you’re DEFINITELY not a true movie lover if you don’t have a Laserdisc player. Fuck VHS.

      • WickedChild

        Damn right. And your DEFINITELY REALLY not a true movie lover if you don’t have a late-90s Circuit City DivX player!

        • TapewormBike

          You can both go fuck yourselves, since I am pretty sure none of you even owns a zoetrope, the real motion picture experience.

          • Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc

            Screw all you guys. I have a Betamax.

    • AdeoAdversary

      I have a VCR but its broken, does anybody know where I can get it fiiiixed??

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Is this some messed up variant of the No True Scotsman fallacy? If so, then you’re not a true movie lover unless you invent a time machine and go back to the very first viewing of film.

    • ident

      If I have to fuck a DVD to be a true movie lover, I’m out.

      • Thanatos2k

        But it has a hole and everything….

  • Percy Gryce

    It’s Show Biz 101:

    Mike = comic/funny man
    Jay = straight man (despite his homoerotic beard)

  • maggit

    That’s right, Jay.

  • Drew T Chial

    I second that!

    If you liked this movie you should dig up Ghostwatch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200659/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Actual British news personalities participated in a scripted special that had a War of the Worlds effect on the country. They investigate a haunted house for a puff piece, the ghosts spreads throughout the broadcast. Trust me, you’ll love this.

  • TapewormBike

    Indeed, we are all Jaygay. Im sure when he reads all the graphic sexual content about his face he does not feel at all dirty when looking into mirror.

  • Percy Gryce

    I think every comedy duo is different. Some can function only as a unit (e.g., Abbott & Costello), while others are great apart (e.g., Fry & Laurie).

  • AdeoAdversary

    And now featured on the next Quick Cuts, a beardless Jay!!!

  • The Summer of George

    Jay is killing it with these Quick Cuts.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Is that a pun?

      • ident

        Maybe if you squint real hard.

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          I read this as ‘squirt’.

      • The Summer of George

        No. It was sincere praise for this new review format.
        I understand your confusion what with the internet and it being awful.

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          ‘killing it’ –> ‘Quick *Cuts*’

          That’s the pun I was asking about. It would not deter the sincerity of your comment.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Speaking of old found VHS tapes, after coming onto this comments section I walked into the living room to my dad going through old boxes. He showed me a VHS of my sister’s graduation I had taped back in 2006, one where I kept turning around to look across the river because water bombers were deployed to put out a fire near my high school.

    I may go and digitize the video because I don’t think I have a working VCR anymore.

    • ident

      A VHS camcorder in 2006. You were hipster before it was hip.

      • Mitchell Taco Nash

        The camera itself wasn’t VHS but some smaller cassette I think.

        • Jonah Falcon

          Mini-DV.

          • Mitchell Taco Nash

            I believe you are correct.

  • ident

    Maybe. Or it may be an homage to the style of Halloween specials we had here in the US. Or it may be a rip off of a Tales from the Crypt episode. I need evidence.

  • Jonah Falcon

    Wait – so he fast forwards through the weather report and not the commercials? LOL

    • ident

      Commercials were awesome in the 80s

  • http://www.dadstractions.com/ Brian @ Dadstractions

    Oh, what would we do without “Pipes”? Loved this “movie”.

  • Drain

    I used to record episodes of Tales from the Crypt on VHS as a kid. Now I can just download the entire series to my hard drive and watch them with the ease of a double click on a second monitor while gaming on the first. I never would have imagined being able to do any of that when I was younger.

  • CARE BOARS CARE BOARS CARE BOA

    CARE BOARS CARE BOARS CARE BOARARASST! WHY WHY SI IT THERE?! EVERY
    TIME?! DO YOU GET MONEY FOR THIS? DO YOU GET MONEY FOR MAKING ME
    SUUUFER!?

    ok. I feel better now. good review btw.

    • Regstar

      I love the care boars. I usually just watch it because I can’t bring myself to turn it off.

      • ident

        Please tell me you mean this ironically.

        • TapewormBike

          Wow, I must admit, maybe Blip works differently in here, I actually had to seek out Care boars lol.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Sufer?…

  • ident

    No, they really shouldn’t.

    • STOP_RIGHT_THERE_CRIMINAL_SCUM

      yes, they should

  • http://www.sunnystrangers.blogspot.com/ Bryan M. White

    If you fast forward through the part where the movie fast forwards, you’ll be logged off the Matrix.

  • Geahk Burchill

    Once again, Jay, totally solid. I really like this show. A really wonderful addition to RLM’s content. Great production values, insights, length and depth.

  • bb-15

    Nice review of a clever low budget film. Keep doing these Jay.

  • bb-15

    The only place that I found where this movie is being sold is;

    Atomic Books
    3620 Falls Rd.
    Baltimore, MD 21211 USA
    Telephone;
    (410) 662-4444

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Haha. I guess Jenna Marbles used the Half in the Bag intro music in her video. I was surprised and half expecting Mr. Plinkett to show up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7ZRLkKhFCQ

    • Real Quantum

      It must be a copyright free music, I’ve also heard it in a pop-up from some online casino.

      • Mitchell Taco Nash

        Yeah, I figured it was copyright free or royalty free music, but it’s so ingrained with Half in the Bag for me that hearing it in other places is odd. I will always expect to hear Mike and Jay’s voice directly after it.

        • Real Quantum

          Oh yeah, no doubt, I can relate with that. :)
          With the pop-up thing I was also like: “wtf, did I open a HITB tab somewhere in the browser?”

          • Mitchell Taco Nash

            “Fuck movies!” Aha, yeah, I know what you mean.

            Also, that’s odd… my comment got deleted and I know I’m not the one who deleted it. WHAT DID I DO?!

          • Real Quantum

            Beats me, I like Jenna.
            Let me rephrase that; I like looking at Jenna.

            I don’t see why your comment should be deleted but, then again, this is not my site.

          • Mitchell Taco Nash

            She’s easy on the eyes… with the video on mute. :)

          • Now I Get It

            Can we all agree it’s her arms?

          • Now I Get It

            Yeah, it’s her arms, right?

          • Real Quantum

            Not… necessarily.

          • Now I Get It

            Ah. …Ah, I see. So, you’ve probably never noticed, then, that Helen Mirren and the Baroness Dita von Teese have, uhm, the same wrists.

          • Real Quantum

            :)
            Not really, no.

            I found it difficult to focus on Helen Mirren’s wrists while she danced on Savage Messiah.

            I know, I’m a shallow man.

            :)

          • Now I Get It

            Just saw the clip. Mirren does about what Britt Ekland did in the original “Wicker Man”. Difficult, in those scenes, not to focus on the whole woman.

          • Real Quantum

            Britt Ekland was a really beautiful woman.
            I saw her first in the Bond flick, of course.

            Then, I watched Wicker Man.
            And the other Wicker Man.

            And developed some sort of twitch that makes me want to laugh when I see… a bee..

            http://i.qkme.me/3qgw4v.jpg

          • Now I Get It

            I’ve still got this on VHS (I think). One of St. Nic’s loonier rages.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS1BkF-TBng

          • Real Quantum

            hahahahaha

            Man… :D
            I didn’t know this even existed.
            Google tells me it’s from “Vampire’s Kiss”?

            Gotta check it out, thanks!

      • TapewormBike

        It must be. My girlfriend watches buttloads of “women staring into camera making themselves up” videos and I heard it in those lots of times.

        • Real Quantum

          That’s great, I also like voyeur movies filmed behind mirrors.

          I AM KIDDING!

          I’m in no way making any sort of evaluation about your girl, I’m just being pejorative towards myself.

          • TapewormBike

            No worries, our love has to withstand those stupid fucking videos.

  • Billy_Whizz

    It’s worth a watch for a possessed Michael Parkinson alone.

  • GreenCommaSee

    Love the quick cuts.

  • slicing_eyeballs

    Yeah, first thing I though of was Ghostwatch. Over 20 years old – mental! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwatch

  • Really eisiger

    “DVD Coming Soon probably after Halloween”
    Life is suffering

  • XanderCrews33

    1) Space Paranoids people. The arcade has Space Paranoids! Last place I saw that was Flynn’s.

    2) It looks like you can order this movie on DVD now. I just hope my copy comes before Halloween.

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  • http://www.therobotspajamas.com/ RobotsPJs

    Or online here. I got mine and review it soon, but I’m certainly no Jay. http://www.alternativecinema.com/index.php?pg=il&search=WNUF&submit.x=27&submit.y=6

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  • DeColonise

    frikkin awsome!

  • TapewormBike

    It is said that if you stare long enough into Jay Baumans facial hair, the time will eventually stop, an angel will come down from heaven and fart in your face.

  • AKsubplot

    Finally got a chance to see this! Totally worth the hunt!!

  • TapewormBike

    Finally managed to track down “Ghostwatch” and let me tell you, that the “WNUF Halloween Special” looks like the biggest rip off ever (and I still want to watch it). But, fuck me, Ghostwatch was awesome. Craig Charles? Posessed Michael Parkinson? Loved the fuck out ouf it. Fuck

  • zipyourcakehole

    This sounds like a great movie but it also sounds like the most direct rip-off of the BBC’s ‘Ghostwatch’ which, if you haven’t seen, be warned, is very spooky indeed.

    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-10-24/ghostwatch-the-cast-of-the-controversial-mockumentary-speak-out

  • TapewormBike

    So, these actually were last resort response to all the fans whining during your shoot? You guys are awesome as first thing in the morning fuck.

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