Serial Mom

Serial Mom film still 13[A part of Video Stores in Films tribute.]

Video Americain, Baltimore’s Best Video Store.

Serial Mom film still 1One of the best pros of working in a video store is that you can watch films while working. Chip (Matthew Lillard), accompanied by his friends, is looking for axe murders. Behind them, two posters are noticed, Howard Avedis’  Scorchy (1976) and Roger Corman’s The Wasp Woman (1959).

Serial Mom film still 2 Serial Mom film still 3 Serial Mom film still 4 Serial Mom film still 5They watch Joan Crawford in William Castle’s Strait-Jacket (1964).

Serial Mom film still 6When his sister comes to confess her suspicions about their mother, the camera moves into the store and some posters and VHS tapes can be seen. Remember, this is a John Waters film, so don’t expect just blockbusters. Sarah Kernochan/Howard Smith’s Marjoe (1972), Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising (1972).

Serial Mom film still 7Posters of David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977) and Freddie Francis’  Trog (1970).

Serial Mom film still 8Todd Haynes’  Poison (1991), Tom Stern/Alex Winter’s Squeal of Death (1985) and lots of music VHS.

Serial Mom film still 9Walter Hill’s 48 Hrs. (1982) & Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Martin Brest’s Beverly Hills Cop (1984), John Landis’  Coming to America (1988), John Hughes’  Curly Sue (1991), Steven Spielberg’s 1941 (1979), Rod Daniel’s K-9 (1989), James Orr’s Mr. Destiny (1990), Dennis Feldman’s Real Men (1987).

Serial Mom film still 11Mark Freed’s Shock ‘Em Dead (1991), David Price’s Son of Darkness: To Die for II (1991).

Serial Mom film still 14Later on the film, Chip is hiding his mother (Kathleen Turner) at the back of the video store. Poster of Adrian Hoven/David F. Friedman’s The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried (1971) and standee of Robert Zemeckis’  Death Becomes Her (1992).

Serial Mom film still 16Disturbing customer who doesn’t feel like to rewind the tapes (a fatal mistake) complains about the violent film on TV, asks for John Huston’s Annie (1982) and returns Sidney Poitier’s Ghost Dad (1990) saying that she loves Bill Cosby’s films.

Serial Mom film still 17 Serial Mom film still 18She complained for Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

Serial Mom film still 20While she’s asking for Annie, some postcards are revealed behind Chip. Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree Of Wooden Clogs (1978), Sam Wood’s A Day at the Races (1937) and George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1988).

Scenes from John Waters’  Serial Mom (1994).


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