10/23/12

Viva VHS #11: Horror Box Art (Part 3)


If only all horror VHS covers could look this good.  Alas, it was not to be.  Yet, despite their flaws I am still able to enjoy looking at these old boxes - as a fan of the genre, and for sheer nostalgia's sake.

I've tried to include titles that you perhaps aren't as familiar with.  We've all seen the Poltergeist cover.... but do your recall the cover art for Bloodbath at the House of Death?  If the answer is 'no', you may want to step inside the Retrospace Video Store and see what's on the shelves...



PLEDGE NIGHT(1990)
IMPERIAL ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
D: JOYCE SNYDER
STARRING: TODD EASTLAND (Music by ANTHRAX)

BACK: ".... today Acid Sid is back to earn his Master's Degree..... in Revenge!"



I'd give anything to see this movie.  Kenny Everett was great - and had that Benny Hill-esque knack for featuring plenty of hot chicks.  You would think there would be more British horror-comedies - The Brits do both genres so well, one wonders why they didn't combine more often.  There was a horror themed "Carry On" film (Carry On Screaming) but it wasn't particularly good.  The only other that comes to mind is Shaun of the Dead, a classic.



THRILL KILL (1984)
PAN-CANADIAN VIDEO
D: ANTHONY D' ANDREA
STARRING: ROBIN WARD, GINA MASSEY

BACK: "Thrill Kill is a new video game with a secret worth three and a half million dollars!"


Help, police! Someone's stabbed a McRib!

At last we learn how J. Ripper did his dirty deeds.  He somehow shrank his victims to half their size before killing them. Finally, it all makes sense.



THE SCREAMING DEAD (aka DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, 1972)
WIZARD VIDEO
D: JESUS FRANCO
STARRING: DENNIS PRICE, HOWARD VERNON

BACK: "....In no time the village is plagued by a wave of unquenchable blood lust and bone crunching terror as never before seen."







This is exactly how I feel when I look at my phone first thing in the morning and I have the brightness set too high.  It's about time they made a horror movie about it.


Starring the chick from the Whitesnake videos.  So, you know there's going to be some quality acting.


Hey wait a minute.  That center zombie looks exactly like one of the zombies on the Holocausto Cannibal 2 cover.   What gives?  Maybe they're trying to be Earth friendly and recycling.  "This movie was made with 100% recycled zombies."  Now that's a movie I can get behind..

7 comments:

  1. A hand holding a peeled banana coming out of the toilet... That must be the very definition of "scary".

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  2. Kenny Everett in a horror movie...HUH?

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  3. Vincent Price as The Sinister Man. Love it!

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  4. Pamela Stephenson was a cast member of Saturday Night Live for one season (84-85, I believe), although I don't remember her doing that much on the show.



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  5. "Dracula's Last Rights" was one SALE for $79.95 ???????

    When I tell younger people today what VHS tapes went for, they look at me in disbelief. How "Top Gun" was the first new release under $30 and how "Gone With the Wind" was $90+. "When Harry Met Sally" was released at $99 when it first came onto VHS.

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  6. Uh, biggest question- What saphead paid $79.95 for Dracula's Last Rites????

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  7. The "Fresh Kill" box art isn't scary. It's just sad. It looks like someone dropped some delicious baby back ribs in the street. That is just a tragedy.

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