At Dukefest 2018 we’d announced that we were going to unleash a rare Night On Elm Street find, well now you can watch it here as well, get ready to experience A Nightmare On Alperton Lane!
Back in the 1980s a lot of video labels would send out trailer tapes to rental stores to let them know which release were coming up, these trailer tapes can be a treasure trove of interesting finds and this particular tape from Warner Home Entertainment is one of the highlights form the tapes I’ve collected over the years. Warners would send out a monthly tape for dealers to watch and once in a while the tapes would have an overall theme, sports, crime, sci-fi etc. Luckily for us this tape from 1986 was a horror themed tape to tie in with the home video release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, so the powers that be decided they needed to push the boat out on this one and film a linking device to tie all the horror trailers together.
So what we get here is Freddy Krueger himself pursing a hapless employee around the Warner Brothers office on Aplerton Lane, London and forcing him to watch their upcoming horror trailers. It’s quiet extravagant for a simple trailer tape and even atmospheric in certain places, plus as it’s from Warners and features Freddy, does it count a some sort of semi-official Elm St film? probably not as it’s not Robert Englund playing the part, but it’s still a fun footnote in the Elm Street saga!
We took a brief look at this 1988 Warner Home Entertainment VHS tape at the DukeFest launch night, but here’s the complete thing for you to watch now. Simon Bates, then the face of video, introduces a selection of trailers and features in this 30-minute show that’s very reminiscent of Barry Norman and his BBC Film show…
Here’s the three VHS tapes we took a brief look at during the DukeFest launch night: a super rare Warner Brothers video dealer trailer tape hosted by Simon Bates, a tape that sadly turned out to be blank that had come all the way from Top Ten Records In Dallas, Texas and a reliable dose of madness from Found Footage Festival and their Strange Men release. For way more VHS craziness come and join us at the main DukeFest in July!
Yes we’ve managed to get our hands on quite an incredible Trailer Tape haul, a huge collection of 59 vintage trailer tapes all from the 1980s and early 1990s, but just where did they all come from?
Well they’re all from one closed down video store from somewhere in the UK, a local small store that had closed 5-years ago, simply locking the door and walking off after having been there since the early 1980s. One smart video collector managed to contact the owner and agreed to purchase everything in the store in one go, including all the odd trailer and promo tapes from behind the counter, which is where we came in.
A few ebay deals later and we’d managed to buy every single trailer and promo tape from the store via the very helpful collector, so we’re now the owners of this huge batch of vintage store tapes! We’ve been collecting these sort of tapes for years as they’re a treasure trove of unseen trailers, video company promos and anything else unexpected which can turn up on them, but we’ve never see a collection this large come along in one go like this, so we didn’t waste any time in snapping it up.
What’s in it? Well it’s a total mixture of very rare trailer tapes from all sorts of video companies, along with a few promo films and probably rarest of all 3 video store training tapes, designed to help you set up your video store! We’ve never seen anything like those before and we can’t wait to screen them for you, but you’ll have to wait until January 2016 to watch them with us, because that’s going to be Video Store Night at the Duke, mark it in your diary now!