Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

76: Mike Keller collects movies

I used to work at a magazine for video store owners. By the time I’d gotten there, it was a vanity publication for the gigantic red-headed stepchildren of Hollywood: home entertainment companies. You know, the big money and focus went into the movies heading to cinema, and direct-to-video/DVD/Blu-ray and the home release of those movies was … not as cool, not as big, etc.

My interviewee, Mike Keller, has been collecting videos, DVDs and Blu-rays for a long time now. We discuss the transition we’ve all lived through: It seemed like everyone was buying video in various formats for their home collections … and then … they weren’t. I mean, everything’s streaming, right? But Keller keeps on keepin’ on. After all, you never know when that streaming service is going to get rid of that TV show or movie … and then … no more watching for you!

If you like movies, movie collecting, collecting, or walks down Memory Lane … you’ll love this chat.

And, yes, that's Keller's wall of awesome home entertainment in his own home ... bask in its glory ... :)

Last bonus! Because Keller’s favorite genre of movie is horror, he ponied up a couple lists for you to peruse. Thanks, Mike! You can find out where to watch these streaming on JustWatch.com or go buy new or used copies on your favorite e-commerce website ... or, y'know, check your local library! 


15 Horror Essentials
(that probably everybody has heard of, but they're still essential!)
(loosely ranked)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Shining


Night of the Living Dead


The Exorcist

Dracula (1931)


Black Christmas




Friday the 13th

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Ring


15 Lesser-Known High-Recommendations

Carnival of Souls (1962)

The Midnight Hour (1985)

Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Spider Baby (1967)

Prison (1987)

The Gate (1987)

Manhunter (1986)

The Vanishing (1988)

Prince of Darkness (1987)

Phantasm (1979)

Psycho II (1983)

Slugs (1988) (completely hilarious)

Superstition (1982)

The Brain (1988)

Pin (1988)

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