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Thrillers Are Treasure At Alexandria's Vault
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Aguilar, Luis
Date: Feb 27, 1987
Start Page: n.09
Section: WEEKEND

"Plan 9 From Outer Space," for instance, in which Bela Lugosi's death before the film's completion was "disguised" by the director's cape-clad dentist. Or "Robot Monster," starring a gorilla suit in a diving helmet. Or "Wrestling Women Vs. the Aztec Mummy," a chiller from south of the border. Or "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman," a male chauvinist's nightmare. And dozens of other B-grade blockbusters, enticingly previewed by genuine studio trailers run on the store's video monitor:

[Jim McCabe], a former clinical psychologist, left Columbia, S.C. in 1980 for a lucrative job at the Department of Education. He met his wife, another South Carolinian, at a Washington party when she worked for Sen. Strom Thurmond. Today McCabe runs the store full-time, and his wife Jane, now a lawyer for the Department of Transportation, pays the couple's home bills. The Video Vault, after two years in business, just started paying for itself.

McCabe, a popular speaker at local science-fiction conventions, criticizes (but carries) intentional schlock - films that strive for cult status by invoking familiar B-movie elements. "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," "Revenge of the Teenage Vixens From Outer Space" and others fail, he believes, because they take a smug attitude toward the originals, missing the charm of their sincerity.

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