Ah, yes, the good old days. Where forgetting a movie on your coffee table could cost you, and a Blockbuster card was essential cultural currency. The days of the local video store may be long gone (well, mostly), but one prop creator has built the perfect memorial.
Andrew Glasebrook, FX designer under the name Morbid Decay, has built a miniature replica of a local video store, complete with cult classics lining the shelves, awkward interior design, and a nice layer of grime. The excellent replica is a reminder of a time when media consumption was distinctly tied to a place, instead of just to data. Video stores were curatorial and cultural spaces, essential for film buffs and casual moviegoers alike. To a film nerd, a good video store was a place of worship.
Andrew has been kind enough to share some photos and video of his tiny store that you can check out below. I’m very partial to the Killer Klowns From Outer Space poster, myself.