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VOD Views – June 9, 2014

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Have a look at the links to reviews we normally feature – a disproportionate number of them are akin to the old slasher movies of the 80s. Why is this the best platform for them?

There’s always been a second-tier film platform. While thespians and studios pat each other on the back at awards ceremonies for serious drama, the hundreds of millions of teenagers around the world watching schlocky horror movies has always been one of the pillars that’s propped Hollywood up.

The genre didn’t come into its own until the 1980s when the VCR became a household item, and – along with the action genre that made names like Chuck Norris and Brian Bosworth stars – cheaply-produced horror found its natural home.

The VCR is long dead, but the home video channel that connects fans directly with this kind of material is now VOD, and you can expect it to drive growth slowly but surely no differently than videotape once did.

Meanwhile, more ISPs and digital distributors are jumping into the content production waters, with Amazon announcing up to six new series and AOL launching Park Bench this month, in which Steve Buscemi talks to celebrity friends and everyday New Yorkers on a New York park bench.

Out now on VOD, The Big Joy(https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/big-joy-adventures-james-broughton/id873426685?uo=4&at=10lorC), which chronicles the groundbreaking influence and artistic achievements of experimental poet/filmmaker James Broughton and his groundbreaking celebrations of sexuality and the body in the 1960s and 70s.

Also you now, Raze (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/raze/id780387368?uo=4&at=10lorC), which Moviehole loved (http://moviehole.net/201471798raze) back when we spoke to leading lady, stuntwoman extraordinaire and producer Zoe Bell (http://moviehole.net/201471801zoe-bell-2).

The awesome looking horror comedy Stage Fright (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/stage-fright/id836441927?uo=4&at=10lorC) skewers the world of amateur theatre, slasher-era horror and nubile teenagers alike, and Gina Carano, the female action hero who impressed those who saw Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, returns for In The Blood (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/in-the-blood/id834515480?uo=4&at=10lorC)

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