It would be putting it lightly to say that I love going to thrift stores. Because I really, really love going to thrift stores. You never know what you might find, and although you can easily be met with a desolate wasteland of useless items, there’s always that chance of striking gold. And today I did just that.
Upon entering a new thrift store that recently opened up, I noticed a whole aisle of crates. Inside them appeared to be record albums, nothing too special. Yet upon further inspection I noticed they all had movie titles. And, looking even closer, I realized they weren’t records.
They were LaserDiscs.
Now, I don’t know about how often those of you have stumbled upon LaserDiscs, but I’ve only seen them twice in my life and I frequent thrift stores quite often. So I was amazed to have found so many – there were literally hundreds of them just lying around. I quickly began searching through them and between myself and the store owner joining in on the hunt, I ended up with five totally awesome horror films for the price of $25.00. So, here they are:
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
I wouldn’t of found this had it not been for the store owner. And boy was I glad. I’m a huge Freddy fan, and to own the first of what is arguably the most iconic slasher franchise of all time was too good to be true. Especially considering I had just moments earlier found the second film on LaserDisc.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
I know a lot of people hate this film, but I have a bit of a soft spot for it. The movie doesn’t really do anything to build up the mythology, but it does stay in line with what was established with the original. And the pool scene was pretty cool. Hopefully I can find the other entries from that store’s inventory in the future.
3. Fright Night II
Arguably this gets the same reaction as Elm Street 2 – a lot of people hate it. I personally love it. Roddy McDowall is better than ever and he’s pretty much what made the first film for me besides Chris Sarandon and Stephen Geoffreys (both of which are absent in this sequel.) And it’s still a pretty enjoyable movie – very funny and entertaining, and that’s all that matters, right? And hopefully the first film is there somewhere, too.
4. The Hitcher
I’ve yet to actually see this supposed classic and it seems I never will unless I can get a LaserDisc player sometime soon. (Yeah, I bought all of these even though I can’t even watch them.)
5. Xtro 2
I talked a little bit about the Xtro franchise in this article here already, and if I haven’t made it clear, I’m a bit of a fan. Not so much of Xtro 2, but how could I pass up the opportunity to actually own it on LaserDisc? It’s something I never thought in a million years I would own. And like Elm Street or Fright Night, I hope to find the other two.
And those are my LaserDisc finds, not to mention the first ones I’ve ever owned. It’s exciting to expand my film collection to include such formats, especially as rare as these, and I hope to obtain more in the future.