Back in 1985, if you wanted to watch Bloodsucking Freaks or Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, you had one and only one option - your local video store. This often could involve a good deal of shame and humiliation as you were bound to run into somebody you knew at the precise moment you picked up the most sick and disturbing VHS in the entire store.
And some of these horror film covers could be pretty damn graphic. I remember renting Color Me Blood Red with an eviscerated victim on the cover with particular shame. Oftentimes, I'd add a "respectable" film to my checkout to ensure the video store clerk didn't think I was the town serial killer. Adding On Golden Pond or Yentl to the mix always seemed to alleviate any concerns.
Looking back, it's easy to see that there was nothing really to be ashamed of. In fact, some of these covers are pretty bad ass. In this post, I'm bringing out the box art from the horror section of Ye Olde Video Store. Enjoy!