Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wometco home theatre



What the hell is that you say? A really old cable tv station or cable box called WHT, It was actually a rival to HBO in the late 70's early 80's. I happened to snag one when i was about 11 by a neighbour who was leaving the country, I couldn't fathom the possibility of whole movies being played on your tv without commercials, It was a dream come true. Aside from the usual fare of 70's/80's flicks being on constant rotation, There was a series called Nightcap, It showed hairy bush, no genital or penetration porn, Always after 11 p.m, far late for the kiddies to watch, (don't ask how i know this). It also showed obscure movies during the day that were very strange, I could never shake off the weird ones i've seen growing up, the cable station was eventually cancelled in 1988, I always wondered what would be the possibilities of seeing any of these shows again, After digging around i've found a few movies i still remember. My viewing experience could be summed up to a really early version of MTV's Liquid Television, Which i became an instant fan when it aired in the 90's




1. Sally cruikshank's Quasi at the quackadero

Hard to explain this one, it's a cartoon that i never forgot about, I actually managed to get a dvd copy of her work thru her website, If you've seen any of her cartoon shorts you'd know that it's trippy. I knew that i'd find it someday. Thank you internet




2.Forbidden zone
.It had that guy from fantasy island running around dry humping women, So strange.. I managed to find a clip of it, (not the humping part)




3. A boy and his dog
Don johnson walking around in some post apocalyptic world talking to his psychic dog. Way before he got famous.



4. My science project
A teenager discovers a machine that creates time warps. oh yeah, Dennis hopper is in this. Awesome.




It's been swell man, I sure miss my WHT...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember that box clearly. We had both HBO & WHT, and wht got watched a lot more. I was about 5 years old at the time. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You said it: WHT, It was actually a rival to HBO in the late 70's early 80's. I happened to snag one when i was about 11 by a neighbour who was leaving the country, I couldn't fathom the possibility of whole movies being played on your tv without commercials, It was a dream come true. Aside from the usual fare of 70's/80's flicks being on constant rotation, There was a series called Nightcap, It showed hairy bush, no genital or penetration porn, Always after 11 p.m, far late for the kiddies to watch, (don't ask how i know this). It also showed obscure movies during the day that were very strange, I could never shake off the weird ones i've seen growing up, the cable station was eventually cancelled in 1988, I always wondered what would be the possibilities of seeing any of these shows again, After digging around i've found a few movies i still remember. My viewing experience I will never forget WHT !!. I was a poor boy in the Bronx watching these programs scrambled. I will always love the great WHT!!! - Joe from Orlando, Florida

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