The reason i'm making this post is because a few months back, Jen and I discovered one of those mom & pop video shops, called Star Video, a few towns over from us. Stepping into this place felt like I had entered a time machine that had been punched in to take me back to my childhood ; the display units were the same and although there were new release DVD titles on the shelves, the majority of the selection consisted of those beat up sun damaged VHS tapes. The horror section was not chock full of remakes and shitty new titles but instead was filled with vintage movies like Last House on the Left, Faces of Death, and Creepshow, all on VHS. I really wish I had taken pictures of this place cause it's a true sight to behold and i'm pretty certain it won't be around much longer. Anyway, I did not pick up anything on that day because I wasn't going to rent something and have to return it to a town a half an hour away but Jen and I went back there the other day and I realized I had missed a whole section of the store ; a selection of former VHS rentals for sale, at $2 a piece (4 for $6). This section was chock full of horror titles and I was not able to resist. Even though i've had them all on DVD for years, I picked up Elm Street 2 & 3, Friday Part 6, and Fright Night on VHS.
I realize it seems kinda silly to buy beat up VHS tapes of movies I already own on pristine and pretty DVD but like I said, it takes me back to my childhood and on top of that, there's just something really cool to me about owning a tape that hundreds upon hundreds of people have rented and enjoyed dating all the way back to the 80's. It's a piece of history that too many of us throw away and forget about in favor of the high def versions of these films that probably shouldn't be watched in high def in the first place.
Also wanted to make this post because while I was in the city for Tokyo Gore Night a couple weeks back, a homeless looking dude was selling a bunch of VHS tapes and I picked one up from him for 2 bucks that i'd never heard of called 'Vampires & Other Stereotypes'.
There was a quote on the front that said the flick is "in the tradition of Evil Dead 2" and the back cover images looked badass, so I had to snatch it up. Still haven't watched it yet and I still don't know anything about it. The dude who writes Basement of Ghoulish Decadence (check it out) is a bit of an authority on horror VHS and even he had never heard of the movie. There's only one used copy of it selling on Amazon for $40, so it seems like I got a pretty good deal! Always nice to find one that's not out on DVD yet. If anyone knows anything about this movie, leave a comment and let me know.
While we're here and on this subject.....
- Check out my post on the horror VHS fanzine LUNCHMEAT if you haven't yet. It's something all connoisseurs of old school horror should look into picking up/subscribing to.
- I was gonna do a piece for that 'Handmade Horrors of Etsy' column I started a couple months back on this Etsy shop I discovered but I sent a couple e-mails to the shop owner with some questions and never got any answers so i'm just gonna mention it here. This chick takes VHS boxes and converts them into notebooks and they come out really awesome. Here's a little example of what she does :
You can check out her Etsy shop HERE, where you can browse her whole selection or even commission her to make one using a box of your choice. Very cool but you would've gotten more press from me if you bothered to answer my e-mails, lady!
- Last thing related to this topic that I want to mention is to check out Scab's Friday The 13th & Horror Blog. FOLLOW THIS BLOG! In addition to covering just about everything Friday the 13th related in this world, the titular Scab does some great video blogs where he talks about his memories with horror VHS and most recently he has done a series of videos talking about VHS flicks he wants to see come to DVD. You can check out some of his videos in the VLOGS section of his blog or you can see them all on his YouTube channel.
Someday i'll get around to posting about my entire horror on VHS collection but for now, I bid you farewell!