8/26/12

Viva VHS #9: Horror Box Art (Part 1)


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!



























12 comments:

  1. You ought not to have felt any humiliation. I've never subscribed to the elitism of the "guilty pleasures" concept. Trash has its place in human culture. Though I would not recommend them to the sensitive, everyone knows that the appeal of such movies is their sheer weirdness and often outrageous ineptness. After all, they are inanimate objects, works of art, whatever you want to call them, unreal contrivances performed by actors, even an Hal Halbrook or a Rip Torn for a buck. They are not meant to condone actual violence and only a crazed psychopath would see it that way - not unlike the censors who would ban them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, most of these movies I actually own on DVD and Blu-ray (Horror Express, The House by the cemetery, The Blood spattered Bride, The Toolbox Murders). Once considered trash, now respected classics.

    ReplyDelete
  3. "The Corpse Grinders": Those pussycats need lots of care and attention...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now, I'm sad. Video stores were the best. Also, I like to think I am well versed in horror, and I have never heard of any of those movies, so, well done. Did you ever see one call "The Night Brings Charlie"? So bad it's good.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Even without the "18" dot on the box, you could guess that Virgin Witch is a UK product. USA cover art never had nipples. But I don't remember any blondes in that movie.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Unless, of course, you were fortunate enough to patronize the video store in California where a young Quentin Tarentino would be kind enough to guide you through the maze of pulp.

    ReplyDelete
  7. 1) Orson Welles' follow-up to "Citizen Kane" was a real comedown.

    2) Yea, I miss my local, non-chain video store. Had a section called "hidden treasures" and was all the weird and odd stuff like the above as well as foreign films and indie stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Virgin Witch shows a nipple.... I can't believe they sensor out lady nipples but have no trouble showing a man's... I mean they look pretty much the same...

    Also, I notice the two masters of horror... Hal Holbrook and Rip Torn..

    Also, Stranger in the House kind of loses it's sexiness when you see that one of the vixens is the manly Tyne Daily.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Some of my favourite actors can be found in the small prints of those boxes! I remember the crushing disappointment that was Bloodsucking Freaks: Some low budget horror movies are saved by inventiveness, good acting and a decent script. That movie had none of that but I remember the blurb on the cover saying "featuring 12 caged sexoids!"...and that turned out to be disappointing as well.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Up From the Depths with Sam Bottoms.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I just looked up info on "Slaughter High." I remember seeing it on TV in the early '90s on a local independent TV station out of Detroit that had a "Thriller Double Feature" every Saturday afternoon. I wondered what this movie was called for years.

    ReplyDelete
  12. While not a big horror (read blood not fright) fan, I was familiar with title even if I did not watch them. I am afraid I do not know ANY of theses movies, and I know some real obscure films. I may have to search he archives of the net to see if theses are worth a look. Thanks for "broadening" my interests.

    ReplyDelete