AGFA August: The McPherson Tape

USA | 1989 | 63 min. | Dean Alioto

August 25, 2024

AGFA August

On a fall evening in 1983, a young man videotaping his niece's fifth birthday party keeps the camera running as an alien invasion unfolds.

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Sunday, August 25, 2024

The world’s first found footage horror movie! A decade before The Blair Witch Project redefined the horror landscape, there was The McPherson Tape. On October 8th, 1983, the McPherson family gathered together to celebrate the 5th birthday of Michelle, the littlest member of their household. Everything was captured on VHS by Michael McPherson and his new camcorder. Including the alien invasion. Shot for $6000 by first-time filmmaker Dean Alioto in 1989, this movie blends the production design of a Jaycees haunted house with a dead serious tone to forge a fun, hypnotic nightmare that upends the concept of reality. Due to a warehouse fire at the original distribution company, The McPherson Tape was never legitimately released. AGFA + Bleeding Skull! are proud to present the world home video premiere of this important milestone in shot-on-video horror history, newly preserved from the original 3/4” master tape.

  • Director: Dean Alioto
  • Principal Cast: Tommy Giavocchini, Patrick Kelley, Shirly McCalla, Stacey Shulman, Christine Staples, Laura Tomas, Dean Alioto
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 63 min.
  • Producer: Dean Alioto
  • Screenplay: Dean Alioto
  • Filmography: Shadowheart (2009), Portal (2019)
  • Language: English