Any of you out there remember the GAF View-Master? I sure do, and I still own one. In the days before home video, the hand-held 3D viewer was often the only way kids could replay images from their favorite movies, TV shows, theme parks and vacation spots. Sure, it was just a series of still images in a slideshow format, but it was in freakin' 3D, and you could watch it anywhere. Nathan Martin, creator of movie blog Cinecraze, remembers the View-Master fondly... so much, in fact, that he put together a series of mockup View-Master concepts that we'd all really love to see.
“They sure don't make them like they used to,” he writes, “and I always wished they'd make 'em like they never did before.” To better visualize those childhood dreams that never quite came true, he created View-Master concepts for classics like Star Wars and the like, but what really got us drooling was his take on horror and exploitation gems like The Shining, Zombie, Fritz the Cat, Blood Beach, Tentacles, Jaws 2, Death Race 2000, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka and KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
It looks like the whole series is still online, so drop by Cinecraze to check 'em all out. Give Nathan some geek-love while you're there, and be sure to tell him FEARnet sent ya!