Saturday, June 15, 2013
Rob's Random Memories - VHS
In this instalment of Random Memories, I wanna talk about renting. When VHS really got big, the strangest places used to rent out movies. I rarely stepped foot in a video store like Movie Gallery. Our first place to rent, when we were still getting Beta, was a ma and pop furniture/electronics store called Robinsons that had a big Beta/VHS rental section in the back. Then when we finally got a VCR, the prime place to rent was an independent gas station on the corner. It had a small little store, probably half the size of a 7/11, yet right at the front door was a single VHS rack. I always loved it cause the front was normal movies, but the back(which faced generic soda) was horror and sci-fi.
Maybe because they were cheaper to obtain, the movies Petrol Pantry used to rent were some of the most obscure and random titles. Stuff I have yet to see on DVD. They had some classics of course too. Some of the things I rented included: Burial Ground, the Unnameable, and Near Dark. I so fondly remember coming home from school on Friday afternoons and stopping by to get a movie, popcorn, and a giant fountain soda. Good times. People today are so caught up with their netflix and instant crap, they are really missing out on the joy of discovering a new title in person. But hey, that's probably a whole nother blog entry.