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.
As someone that was born in the early 90’s and still has some lingering memory of a period when VHS was the ‘standard’ in-home video entertainment and yet at the same time was far too young to recall the massive and obsessive tape trading/collector scene of years past... I find Video Palace fascinating! This podcast does a fantastic job of making people like myself who were too young to remember the full impact that VHS had on the culture as a whole in the 80’s feel as if I was a part of the culture all along. With elements of mockumentary, small-town mysteries, and the search for possibly dangerous lost media make Video Palace a delectable and addictive treat for my ears! I implore Shudder to renew this series for a second season! The final episode of season 1 left me with many questions that I am desperate to find answers to!
I don't normally listen to podcasts, but this one definitely gripped me and held me in suspense. Very impressed. Loved the capture!
Couldn’t even get through the first episode. Audio drama has the potential to be so much better than this.
A well written and produced podcast. The story hooks you and slowly reels you in. It strikes the right balance of giving you just enough to keep you interested without being tedious. It ends at a good point, but leaves me wanting more.
Love it! I was on the edge of my seat! Please make a second season.