American Genre Film Archive
The McPherson Tape
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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray release. The limited edition slipcover was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) represents the world's largest theatrical catalog of exploitation cinema. Their home video line presents a diverse selection of movies, ranging from new preservations of classics from the vast library of Something Weird to the wildest in shot-on-video (SOV) titles. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line, beginning with a loaded special edition of the notorious McPherson Tape!
The world's first found footage horror movie!
A decade before THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT redefined the horror landscape, there was THE MCPHERSON TAPE. On October 8th, 1983, the McPherson family gathered together to celebrate the 5th birthday of Michelle, the littlest member of their household. Everything was captured on VHS by Michael McPherson and his new camcorder. Including the alien invasion. Shot for $6000 by first-time filmmaker Dean Alioto in 1989, this movie blends the production design of a Jaycees haunted house with a dead serious tone to forge a fun, hypnotic nightmare that upends the concept of reality. Due to a warehouse fire at the original distribution company, THE MCPHERSON TAPE was never legitimately released. AGFA + Bleeding Skull! are proud to present the world home video premiere of this important milestone in shot-on-video horror history, newly preserved from the original 3/4” master tape.
NOTICE! This movie was shot on VHS and edited on tape. Please approach the technical quality of the transfers with empathy.
Directed by: Dean Alioto
Starring: Tommy Giavocchini, Patrick Kelley, Shirly McCalla, Stacey Shulman, Christine Staples, Laura Tomas, Dean Alioto
1989 / 63 min / 1.33:1 OAR
• Region Free Blu-ray
• New transfer from the original 3/4" master tape!
• UFO ABDUCTION: The 2017 director's cut!
• Commentary track with director Dean Alioto on original cut!
• 1989 theatrical premiere introduction!
• ENCOUNTERS TV segment!
• Fantastic Fest Q&A!
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles