Hey guys. I want to make a thread about what got you guys into lost media. So I'll ask what piece of lost media, found media, or searches got you interested in the site?
For me, I was always interested in hearing about lost media, but what really sealed the deal for me were the videos blameitonjorge made about the search efforts for Clockman and A Day With Spongebob Squarepants. Since then I've always hoped I will find some lost media or be involved in a successful search group.
A Day With Spongebob Squarepants. Seeing that search unfold was really entertaining. It had an underwhelming payoff, but that doesn't change the fact that the search was fun. Even the trolling entertained me.
I believe I found the Wiki because I was looking for the Owen Hart video. I think I eventually visited it again for Cracks or 847. I kept seeing the article for ADWSS at the top of the page (I initially thought it was a softcore porno for some reason ) and was hooked.
I first got into lost media in the summer of 2013, after I read some Creepypastas. I thought the Creepypastas were real creepy stories about the author's encounterance with a lost episode of a cartoon or an unreleased director's cut of a film, or even a lost peice of media that was cursed, but then I came across the Lost Media Wiki and it showed the real lost media, not the ones from the Creepypastas (A few years later at the time I had a crush on Michael E. Rodgers, I learned that the Creepypasta stories I read were all made up to scare people for fun). I now visit the Lost Media Wiki often.
Post by forlornjackalope on Oct 18, 2019 20:34:51 GMT
I want to say it started back when I was in high school and it was largely sparked by my love of horror movies and true crime.
While I'm not knowledgable on the topic like a lot of film buffs are, things like film preservation mean a lot to me, so I always wonder how and why certain films go missing and their history. Even if the film is just very obscure with little to no information on it and it isn't lost, there's always a story associated with it that should be told - like the trick films in early British cinema and Japan's first films back in the 1890s.
With true crime, that one more or less came with the territory and I was always surprised to find what's available to the public (even if it's extremely hard to find) and what we'll likely never see again. With this, I think the first for me was all of Ricardo Lopez's video diaries back in the mid 90s, and even now physical copies of Sami Saif's documentary are very rare and OOP. The darker side of life will always be a part of me, but I don't have as much of an interest with looking for the more NSFL content if it isn't for reviewing or research purposes (like documenting information on shockumentaries and dark documentaries/movies).
Longtime lurker, first comment, this seems like the right thread to introduce myself. I got into lost media in the early nineties, not that I really new the concept of lost media at the time. I grew up in a small Australian town of about 12 000 that had four video rental stores, and I lived in the horror section throughout my teenage years. When I was fifteen my parents gave me a copy of the book 'Hoffmans guide to Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy movies', which listed about three thousand movies in those genres. Now I had a list of films to look for. And so I searched, every time I was in another town I would head to the video stores and look for the films in my book just so I would know what was out there and available in Australia, in the hopes that I would track down a copy to watch at a later date. (for non-Australians, we're an island nation with pretty strict censorship and customs, a lot of films get banned or censored and ordering them from overseas risks them being discovered by customs and your home raided and video collection confiscated)
I also started collecting Fangoria magazine around this time after finding a comic store in the nearest city that had a box of vintage issues for $10 each. One issue I picked up had an index section listing films/film makers, which issue they were in and the page number. Two photos in the index caught my attention, one of the severed head of Fango editor Uncle Bob from the film 'Geek Maggot Bingo', the other was of an alien holding a chainsaw labeled 'The Texas Chainsaw Encounter'. My curiosity was piqued and I started looking for these two films, I tried to track down the issues referenced with no luck.
Jump to 2001 and I start using the internet, one of the first things I search for are these two films, again with no luck. I also discovered Snopes and their article on the "gay Jesus movie", I had a copy of 'The Golden Turkey Awards' so I had already read of 'Him', however at that time Snopes went along with the prevalent belief that 'Him' was the fake movie made up by the Medved brothers for the book. So now with the internet at my disposal I searched for information on all the films I wanted to see but couldn't find. A couple of years later while on IMDB I found an entry for 'Him', though it was listed as a hoax film. I checked the forum section (remember when IMDB had a forum for every film?) and someone claimed that the film was not a hoax, and that he had seen it in the mid-seventies. People called BS until the user provided a print ad for the film. I think this may have been the point at which the search for 'Him' actually began, as prior to this the film had been regarded as a hoax. Soon after someone found the review in Screw magazine, other newspaper ads etc. I'm thinking this was around 2005. This revelation blew my mind, that people could think a film was a hoax for twenty five years, only to discover it was real.
So that's when I really got interested in lost media, and started looking more into it, soon finding the old wiki, and all the while still looking for my personal "lost" films. And yeah, I did finally find out that 'Geek Maggot Bingo' was a Nick Zedd horror spoof, and bought it on DVD. And only six months ago I finally found a pdf of the Fangoria issue that referenced 'The Texas Chainsaw Encounter'. It was a joke in an article about the Texas Chainsaw films, and the photo of the alien with chainsaw wasn't even in the article. I spent twenty seven years looking for that film, and it was just a writers throwaway joke...
Post by wadmodderpudu on Dec 31, 2019 20:24:47 GMT
I mainly got interested around 2017, when I started seeing Blameitonjorge's videos on YouTube. I'm here mostly to watch some of these pieces of media for further updates, but I would likely also start discussing stuff to you guys on stuff I find unknown or rather obscure.
Post by surrealkangaroo on Jan 5, 2020 23:21:23 GMT
About five years ago, somebody on Toonzone (now Anime Superhero) made a reference to the wiki. I decided to look it up and I got hooked on it. I seem to go through phases where I’m into lost media and not.
I discovered this wiki through TV Tropes sometime in January 2017, and I was so impressed with the quality of most of the articles that I started being a dedicated reader of the wiki before deciding to make my own account on July 12th, 2017, and contribute making articles and editing existing articles in need of improvement to this wiki.
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Post by fleischerfan96 on Jan 13, 2020 3:33:30 GMT
It was a convergence of a lot of different things, probably a lot of it had to do with riding a zeitgeist of a gestating internet subculture that had been growing in the past decade. BlameitonJorge is the notable example, but there was a huge section of the internet dedicated to creepy lost films, weird internet rabbit holes, and bizarre public domain oddities. I slowly got sucked into this, and before I knew it, I was here.
Post by theCarbonFreeze on Jan 14, 2020 0:10:58 GMT
Ive been a classic film buff since i was 13 and went through an Orson Welles phase. Reading about The Magnificent Ambersons was a big revelation. It sparked an interest in other lost films and unfinished movies like The Thief and the Cobbler. But that was just a passing interest I mostly moved on from.
Many years later, the first search I joined firsthand was for Cry Baby Lane. I wrote the wikipedia article which got posted to the front page of reddit, that got Firesaladpeach's attention. Even though the movie sucked, I was glad to have played a part in saving it. Moreso I was proud that my writing was compelling enough to get linked to the front page of reddit. Since then Ive been a huge fan of lost media, especially after seeing how many political speeches or debates are unaccounted for. (The subject matter may not appeal to many, but its our goddamn history and should be public record!)