Our doppleganger program Retrofantasma in North Carolina has an amazing lineup for October including Hammer movies, Tom Atkins, and the classic 80's pseudo-documentary/clip show Terror in the Aisles. Back in the early 80's when horror movies were all the rage Universal released this 90-minute montage into theaters hosted by genre veterans Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. It actually features more than just Friday the 13th/Halloween style movies though, including suspense films of the day such as Nighthawks, Vice Squad, etc. After its initial release on VHS and laserdisc the film went out of print, and apparently is unlikely to be released ever again due to rights issues. Sigh.
So that's the story, but get this - the print of Terror in the Aisles that Retrofantasma is screening is the last 35mm print of the film in existence, straight out of the Universal vault! I don't know about you but information like that just causes my jaw to hit the floor. It's hard to believe that a fairly major movie released in 1984 could be in danger of oblivion. Making matters worse is that a DVD/Blu-ray release is never going to happen, so unless you track down an old copy of the VHS forget ever seeing this again.
Hard to say how I would react to this film now, but I remember loving it as a kid. How can you go wrong with a film comprised of little else other than clips of some of the greatest horror movies of the 70's and 80's? With intros by two classic genre stars? If you never had the pleasure of seeing this, a road trip to North Carolina might be well worth it. Did I mention the same evening they are also screening the last existing 35mm print of Halloween III: Season of the Witch?!?