Mike Vraney, founder of Something Weird Video, RIP

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Mike Vraney, founder of Something Weird Video, has died of lung cancer. He was 56. For decades, Something Weird has been the preeminent source of cult psychotronic and exploitation films that would have vanished into the dustbin of underground culture were it not for Vraney's tireless efforts. Our thoughts go out to Mike's wife, artist Lisa Petrucci, their family, co-workers, and friends. Below, watch a 2007 television profile of Vraney and Something Weird. Here's the obituary at Daily Grindhouse, copied from the Something Weird page on Facebook:

"In Memory of 'Something Weird' Founder Mike Vraney (1957-2014)" (Thanks, Kirsten Anderson)

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  1. I'm sure Mike Vraney was a perfectly nice fellow; it sucks for him to go so soon, and my heart goes out to his friends and family. As a geek, I can certainly understand and sympathize with the magpie urge to collect stuff, and culture is culture regardless of quality.

    Having said all that, it's still kinda weird to me that we celebrate people for diligently collecting and preserving piles and piles of cheap, shoddy garbage.

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