Video Palace: A Shudder Original Podcast
When video collector Mark Cambria watches a mysterious VHS tape, he begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn't exist. Mark and his girlfriend Tamra set out to investigate the tape's origin and find themselves caught up in a web of conspiracy, occult, and dread surrounding a legendary video store with a sinister purpose beyond imagining. VIDEO PALACE was created by Nick Braccia and Michael Monello. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL PODCAST.
After watching a mysterious white VHS tape, Mark talks in his sleep in a language that doesn’t exist.
Mark interviews the wife of Thurman Mueller, who was obsessed with the Video Palace before he disappeared twenty years ago. While Mark is away, Tamra is unnerved by a strange sound at their door.
3. The Piano Tuner
Tamra helps Mark trace the new white tape to professional piano tuner Randy Wane. Mark interviews him and learns more about the Video Palace before the encounter takes a strange turn.
Mark and Tamra ask their music-composer friend Cat to analyze the white tapes. Cat’s discoveries, plus a revelation from Jacob Manders, send Mark and Tamra’s investigation in a new direction.
Mark and Tamra travel to Vermont to visit the original site of the Video Palace. After discovering a new lead, they stay overnight in a motel, where Mark’s sleep talking takes a turn for the worse.
6. The Hidden Basement
Mark interviews a former clerk from the Video Palace and learns some intriguing new information. Meanwhile, Tamra visits a mental institution in search of the owners of the Video Palace.
7. The Code
Mark and Tamra enlist Cat’s help in lining up the audio in all four white tapes. The results cause a visceral reaction in Mark, leaving Cat and Tamra on their own as they make a crucial new discovery.
8. Life Support
Mark and Tamra are rocked by a terrible series of events. Pushed to the breaking point, they have an explosive argument that could mean the end of their investigation as well as their relationship.
Tamra solves the hidden code, which points to a familiar location. While staking it out, Mark’s investigative instincts kick into overdrive and he charges directly into the heart of the mystery.
10. The Stack
Mark returns to Randy’s shop and records his descent into the hidden basement. Tamra finds the recording and uses it to retrace Mark’s steps until a familiar obsession begins to grip her.
Eerie, trippy, and altogether great until the last episode. The finale wasn't bad but if this is a standalone podcast without a second season there should have been a clearer ending. Otherwise, perfection! I binged this as quick as I could!
Addictive. It feels as though it's found footage, even when it has narration after the fact. I want to find other audio productions of this same quality, and don't know where to look, but if we can get similar quality in other Shudder podcasts, I want more!
This is one the best podcasts I've ever listened to. I can't help but think of the late lamented "Black Tapes" podcast. I can't tell if it's half fiction/half fact (the lore of the white tapes is real, and the writer used it as inpspiration) or total fiction, but it's extremely well written and well acted, the characters are fantastic and the story is compelling. I binge-listened all day today. I can't wait for season 2.