Viva VHS#10: Horror Box Art (Part 2)

When I was in high school the only video store around was some dude's house that he had converted into a VHS/Beta rental.  There were no walls of "new releases", just shelves and shelves of videos - most of which were far off the beaten path.

The covers were fairly beat up as video stores hadn't learned to not let the customers' take the original box home yet.  They were also fairly expensive to rent, and in order to be one of the Chosen Ones issued a rental card you had to put up a hefty down payment.

One of the first movies I rented was The Gates of Hell because my friend and I thought the cover looked cool.... and here I am nearly thirty years later still admiring these same horror VHS covers.....


  1. This is a great collection of scans man, thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Kudos on that selection of titles, may I recommend the film, Of Unknown Origin as one seriously overlooked roller-coaster ride of cinematic creepiness well worth a screening.

  3. Amazing blog you've put together, just discovered it this past week and have spent hours on past posts. Can't tell you how many memories you've brought back to me, of movies, comics, tv shows, etc. Thanks for putting the time in on it, hope you continue for a long time, Especially enjoy the recorded compilations!
    Thanks again!

  4. Hah! I remember many of these from the store. I was too young at the time, so I only peeked at the covers, thrilling in itself. Many years later, I've actually seen quite a few of these flicks. I do miss the days of skeevy, gory illustrations instead of readymade Photoshop templates. Oh well.

  5. I remember a buddy of mine & I rented a movie called "Satan's Blade" only because we thought the cover was bad-ass and "Metal." It was so frigging stupid I don't even think we made it through the first 20 minutes. All I remember is piano music (or was it violin?) over snowscapes. So boring.

    "April Fool's Day," was a great movie. I was expecting a typical slasher flick and it wasn't that at all - caught me off guard. I don't want to spoil it.

    Also, I believe "City of the Living Dead" (pictured) and "Gates of Hell" that you mentioned above are the same movie. I thought it was great, but as I recall it ended rather abruptly.

    1. Yes, April Fool's Day was pretty good. Some cheesy acting, of course, but well worth watching.

  6. Graphically speaking, I love the cover for "The Flesh and Blood Show". Looks more like a late 50's paperback cover. Very cool.

  7. Ah, "Rosemary's Killer", a.k.a. "The Prowler". I've seen a fanedited version of it.