Video from Hell

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Video from Hell
Video from Hell.jpg
Directed by Frank Zappa
Produced by Jill Silverthorne
Written by Frank Zappa
Starring Kyle Richards
Frank Zappa
Music by Frank Zappa
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Video from Hell is a video released in 1987 by Frank Zappa. It is a compilation of pieces of music and video from a series of projects that Zappa presumably planned to finish and release for home video, including a companion video for the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series of albums, but those projects were ultimately never completed. Many pieces from this video had appeared on a one-hour Night Flight special entitled "You Are What You Watch". The music video for the song "G-Spot Tornado" features color 8mm footage that Zappa shot at a county fair in the early 1960s, while the music video for "Night School" features footage from the making of his feature film 200 Motels. It also features the music video for "You Are What You Is" which was banned by MTV. A guitar solo duet between Zappa and Steve Vai taken from the song "Stevie's Spanking" was later released on You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4. As of December 2011, the video has not yet been released on DVD.

Titled similarly to 1986's Jazz from Hell instrumental album, the title is explained as a political reference by Zappa: "Things in America can be from hell. Right now we have a president from hell [Reagan], and a National Security Council from hell, so we should add Jazz from Hell also."[1]


  1. ^ de la Fuente, Manuel (2016). "Zappa and His Cultural Legacy" (pp.33-48), Frank Zappa and the And, p.45. Quotes Zappa in Video from Hell. Carr, Paul; ed. Routledge. 2013 Ashgate. ISBN 9781317133155.

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