In this age of digital video, on-demand entertainment and HD picture, it’s easy to forget how revolutionary the VHS era really was. Not only could you watch movies at home, but you could make your own, even if you had no training, budget or discernible skill. Those movies live on, mostly forgotten but not quite gone, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is bringing them to you in its Video Vortex series.
“Think of it as a bargain bin of sorts of VHS tapes,” says Keith Garcia, creative manager for the Alamo in Littleton. “They’re movies that are only available on VHS, which were most likely shot on VHS, and now have surfaced for you to check out.”
Presented on VHS for maximum authenticity and costing just $1 — he did say bargain bin, after all — Video Vortex unearths some of the stranger detours in the history of cinema, like Feelin’ Screwy, the first selection. “It’s about a group of wannabe rappers who are bored and trying to get laid on a lazy afternoon,” Garcia says. “It’s pretty wacky. Imagine House Party or any one of those great late-’80s urban comedies, only with a tenth of the budget.”
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See Feelin’ Screwy tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the Alamo, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. For more info and tickets, visit drafthouse.com/denver.
Sun., Feb. 23, 9:30 p.m., 2014