There is becoming a finer line between indie releases and fan made fair and one film seems to be a perfect combination. WINNER TAPES ALL: THE HENDERSON BROTHERS STORY is a pretty funny looking mockumentary about an obsessive fan who wants to reintroduce the world to two films he thinks are classics. Justin Channell’s romp shows the directors of two VHS cult hits and the behind the scenes goodies that help get them made. Check out the trailer that was released via FB last month and we should hear more on WINNER TAPES ALL as we head into 2016.
After nearly 10 years, the creators of the zombie-comedy movie “Die and Let Live” have finally made another feature film. Interestingly, director Justin Channell chose to instead turn his focus to documentary film – albeit, one focusing on horror films.
“Winners Tape All: The Henderson Brothers” tells the story of Michael and Richard Henderson, two stepbrothers from West Virginia who saw an opportunity in the burgeoning VHS market in the 1980s and made their own backyard horror movies that made it to video stores across the
country. Their films “The Curse of Stabberman” and “Cannibal Swim Club” made a huge splash with horror fans when they hit video store shelves back in the late ‘80s, but the story behind the films has never been heard… until now.
“Winners Tape All” covers the Henderson Brothers’ rise to prominence,and fall from grace, when the independent video store boom burst. However, they rose once again with the recent rediscovery of their films by horror VHS collectors. One fan of their work, Henry Jacoby, even started a distribution company, Blood & Guts Video, to distribute the Henderson Brothers’ movies to a wider audience.
Of course, anyone familiar with the work of Justin Channell will probably recognize this film is actually a mockumentary starring his frequent collaborators Zane Crosby and Joshua Lively as the Henderson brothers. Fans of low-budget horror cinema will also recognize that Henry Jacoby is actually played by filmmaker Chris LaMartina (“Call Girl of Cthulhu,” “President’s Day”). But isn’t it more fun to pretend it’s real?
Blending elements of “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” and “Cannibal Campout,” Channell has created a mockumentary that will appeal to hardcore gorehounds who remember renting horror movies on VHS, as well as more mainstream fans of Christopher Guest comedies.
A trailer recently made it’s way to the Internet and an official Facebook page has been launched. No release date is set yet, but it’s expected to hit VOD and DVD sometime in late 2015 or early 2016, with plans for a Blu-Ray and limited VHS release.