Hairdresser viral pandemic project: transforming his basement into a video store
Some retro details, like the woodwork and faux brick MDF walls, were already part of the house, a one-story 1950s ranch. Naturally, there is a ‘staff choice’ shelf – Mr. Hogan , his wife and their two daughters, Bickley, 19, and Stella, 13, each have the option of choosing a title. Current picks include “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Night of the Creeps” (Mr. Hogan is a horror fan who co-hosts a podcast, The Fright Zone, devoted to the genre).
Does Mr. Hogan allow the public to rent his collection?
“It’s more of a time capsule,” aimed at family and friends, he said. “The friends who come and choose a movie and we watch it.”
Since becoming a hit on TikTok, Mr. Hogan has received an overwhelmingly positive response, including from Dennis Dugan, the director of “Happy Gilmore” and “Big Daddy,” who sent him a box of DVDs of his. films to add to inventory. This at a time when theaters are closed, there are few video libraries left in the country and we are all supposed to be joining the streaming revolution.
“I was surprised he took off the way he did,” Hogan said. “I am not surprised by the answer. I spent a good part of my childhood in the video library. It was a Friday night thing. You didn’t just go to the video store. You went at the video store. “
He added, “My kids are old enough to have this rental store experience. They broadcast a lot, but they also watch movies. “
Stella has already incorporated one of the cardinal rules for video rental. “She watched ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in our viewing room,” the other night, Hogan said. “Not only was the tape on the shelf where she got it from, but she passed it through the reel.”
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