The film library that provides fodder for Diary of a Genre Addict is about to grow even larger, as I have recently made a marvellous discovery. While in the local indoor market last week, I stumbled across a stall I'd not seen before, tucked away in a corner of the complex like a deformed relative. Offering discount second-hand DVDs and games, the stall is run by a man who understands my addiction and is keen to feed it with ever more cheap horror DVDs.
I have already stripped the stall of several gems and stinkers, several previously banned Video Nasties that found their way into the hands of cheap DVD companies and a couple of newer b-movies, and I intend to revisit the place as much as possible. I have to. I need to. I can't not.
I think I have found, for want of a better term, a new pusher. He doesn't know it, but he is feeding my addiction in the best way possible- by putting a big rack of tantalisingly awful horror films at my eye level, all with delightfully low prices stuck to their spines. Dear reader, I have discovered a little slice of movie-geek paradise.
Granted, my bank balance will soon shrink to painfully light proportions, but as long as I can help keep this guy in business, then I will continue buying dreck from his shelves. He doesn't judge me in the same way as some people have when I've brought obscure flicks to the cash desk.
Some will sneer at my choices, some will sigh, and once someone in a chain DVD outlet blurted out "Are you sure you want this? It's bloody awful!" when I placed a DVD onto their counter. This guy is different. I should probably introduce myself to him and let him know his wares are being devoured and appreciated and enjoyed.
While the bulk of entries for Diary of a Genre Addict have been born of adventures on eBay and in charity shops as I reclaim my misspent movie-watching youth (Not that distant, folks- I'm in my early thirties), this stall offers me a place to go, a single destination where I know that, for the time being at least, I will be able to keep my cravings at bay with a new addition to the addict's library. Or two. Or three. Or... I need to get back there soon. What? I can stop any time I like. *twitch*