In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Trailer Tuesdays: The Vagrant

God, I loved the nineties. Before the bottom dropped out of the horror genre circa 1993 (it was later revived by the release of Scream a few years later) video stores were inundated with all manner of offbeat horror pictures. Chris Walas' The Vagrant will always stick out to me as one of the most bizarre of all.

Trailer courtesy of mauricesupple.

Judging from the trailer voice-over and coverbox, this project was some sort of attempt to cash in on the success of Home Alone, using Bill Paxton's ample comedic talents to carry it. To his credit, Paxton was ubiquitous at that time, as you couldn't spit in a video store without hitting something he was in. Perhaps this movie struck a cord with me because it was similar in tone to the stuff Sam Raimi was doing in that stage of his career.

God, I loved the nineties.


Belial Bradley said...
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Jay Clarke said...

Gore was nothing new by the time Scream came out. I will agree however that Scream was the beginning of a lazy trend in coverbox art. You know that semi-circle of photoshopped stars that is on every third horror title? Well, you can thank Scream for that.

My point was there was a definite lull in the mid-nineties. I remember at that time there was such a lack of titles being made, at one point Fangoria had to resort to putting Jurassic Park on their cover. Scream was hugely successful and caused an upswing. The quality of said films is debatable, but the frequency sure picked up.

Yeah, no interest in TCM3D, even if Plat Dunes are no longer involved.