Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Goal

Stop smoking crack.

Just kidding! My new goal is to start building up my collection of DVDs again. Back in the yester years of college life, I became obsessed with the thrill of obtaining small amounts of money for things that I paid a large amount of money to obtain. According to my broke college ass this was a WIN. However now on days that I feel lonely, sad and craving the desire to watch both Kill Bills.........this is a loss. Plus also what did I end up spending all that money on? Tostitos Cheesy Queso dip and beer? Mmm that sounds good...


I often sit here and mock those people who have DVD collections as big as a library (a library's book collection that is!). But secretly I am envious. Maybe not entirely envious of the people who choose to own every horror movie known to mankind...even the bad ones but I am very jealous of the fact that they have a collection of movies at their fingertips.

That is why I have made a new promise to myself to buy one movie that I view as insanely important in my movie watching career during every single pay period. Don't fret electric company, Comcast and probably fake real estate company run by drug addicts---I will be purchasing these movies at affordable prices. Before you know it, my horror collection will be a stunning salute to those things I hold near and dear to my heart.

And in the spirit of lazy blogging, I have also decided to write a bit on each movie I purchase and why I deemed it appropriate to add to my collection. Today we'll start with those movies I already have at my disposable. These are movies I have deemed way too important to sell for piteous amounts of money and it is this group of films that will be forming the foundation for my new movie collection. So let's introduce them.

I have been unsuccessfully trying to get my sister to watch this movie for the past 3 years. Even though I own it, I have still been unsuccessful. Why won't she listen to me when I wax poetic about how important it is to my LIFE?!

It's very possible that each month I will also buy a Hitchhock movie to compliment my movie collection. These are currently the only three I own---time to make ol' Hitchy proud and build this row up!

I haven't yet written about how much I love Black Swan or what it means to me as an almost exclusively visual horror movie viewer (whatever that means I just made it up right now. I think it means I like pretty things). However, someday I will write about it and it will be glorious.

Believe it or not, Suspiria only recently became a part of my movie collection. Although I did try to add it a few years ago and was appalled to find that the BRAND NEW copy I purchased had a weird piece of plastic embedded in the lens which made it unwatchable. I like to think this was God just telling me to suck it up and wait for this awesome edition to enter my hands because it comes with cool postcards and stuff.

Return of the Living Dead was given to me by my horror buddy Chris Hallock of All Things Horror, who had another copy of it for himself and knows the importance of helping out those horror fans with less impressive DVD collections. Bless you buddy!

Phantom of the Paradise is another movie sent to me via The Mike of From Midnight, With Love. How did I get to have such awesome horror friends? I love this movie and I'm so glad The Mike introduced me to its magical ways, otherwise I would be a very sad person not knowing that somewhere... this existed.

Hmmm I guess that's it. Dang my collection is more pitiful than I thought! Well then, stay tuned for some bi-weekly updates on what has recently joined my collection! Hooray!


Dr Blood said...

I started doing the same thing myself about three years ago. I'd been watching films either theatrically or on Netflix, Hulu and YouTube so I saw no reason to have physical media. Then I discovered pawn shops and my previous VHS collecting obsession from many years before got replaced by collecting DVDs. I've posted a 13 part series about my Region 1 horror DVDs on my blog which you might find interesting or useful. http://www.drbloodsvideovault.com/2012/06/my-region-1-horror-dvds-part-1.html I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose to buy.

deadlydolls said...

I don't buy nearly as much as I used to. Space is starting to run low, and I so rarely watch the movies I actually own when I'm trying to chop down that Netflix queue. for me, it ultimately comes down to special features and/or rewatchability.

That being said, I sure do own Phantom of the Paradise and I can't WAIT to hear your thoughts on it. Best. Villain. Ever.

Andre Dumas said...

But but I already shared my thoughts on it!!



I know what you mean. I rarely if ever watch the movies I own too. that's why I think the whole...must own every single horror movie out there is a waste of time and money. I think owning those few that really mean something is the way to go though!

deadlydolls said...

AND I apparently already commented on it. So I really AM getting old.

Dod said...

I remember watching Phantom of the Paradise on MTV.

Back when they showed music videos.

In the 80's.

Now I feel old.

But I completely understand the appeal of adding fresh DVD's/Blu-rays to the shelf. Plus it appeals to my obsession of organizing things alphabetically.

commodore sixty four said...

phantom of the paradise is one of my favorite movies ever and the "juicy fruits" song goodbye eddie goodbye is one of my favorite songs, even if it was sung by a fake band.

seby said...


A good place to buy used DVDs is www.secondspin.com. that's where I feed my addiction.

Christine Hadden said...

No Rear Window? This shocks me even more than no Psycho (but hey, that's my gig..) You'd better starting building!

I've amassed a collection I have no idea what I will do with when I'm dead and buried. (I guess someone else will have to figure that out anyway.) I cannot stop buying horror DVDs and have decided it is a sickness.
That said, I actually DO pull out movies and watch them over again many times. Because I'm weird and always have been. And like Dod, I am completely alphabetized, natch!

And I knew you'd have Suspiria and The Warriors. Totally a given.

Andre Dumas said...

Actually Chris, My Hitchhock collection (if we can call it that) began only because my sister had never seen Vertigo or Strangers on a Train--so I decided in a passionate moment of excitement to buy both so we could watch them. North by Northwest I got for Christmas when I was like 17.

You'll be happy to know that Psycho is the first Hitchcock I have purchased to add to the collection. It is actually my favorite as well (#2 favorite horror movie of all time in fact) so it definitely deserves some respect!

Spooky Sean said...

Videodrome dvd
Hannibal Lecter Collection comprised of Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal dvds
LOTR box set on blu ray
Die Hard 1-3 dvd
Hellraiser blu ray in nifty puzzle box
Battle Royale Blu ray
Stir of Echoes Blu ray
The Thing Blu ray
Hellboy dvd

Got a bunch of show dvd and blu rays, but this is a movie collection discussion, dern it!

Spooky Sean said...

Oh, Monster Squad on Blu Ray, how did I forget that!

Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

So happy to see Strangers on a Train in someone else's collection!! That is my probably my #2 fave Hitch film (Rope is #1... so Psycho would have to be #3).

And I'm the same about Black Swan. When I first bought that movie, I literally watched it every night for like 4 nights straight, and I totally want to do this huge, gushing post about it but just never have yet. Maybe we should post something about it on the same day and see whose is better!

And here's a blog award for you, Miss Thang: