Thursday, May 13, 2010
My Video Store Memories And Creepy VHS Covers
You may have noticed lately that some of us horror bloggers have taken to sharing some of our fond memories associated with going to the video store when we were young ankle biters. I had a different experience than most when I was a kid. You see, at the very end of the long aisle of videos, nearing the curtained off nudie section, was the row of 'No no.' My parents would take me and allow me to rent the latest in Disney fare or the safe PG flick but never, under any circumstances was I ever allowed to rent a horror flick.
I guess I should take a minute to describe my household a little growing up. I did so in one that loved horror films but because of the questionable content, I was not allowed to watch them. So I'd pretend to go to bed at night and sneak out into the living room and hid in the dark while my folks watched one. Or I'd luck out and sleep over at a friends house who's parents didn't really care what we watched (thank you Mr. and Mrs. Keeley!). But by and large, my real exposure and 'awakening' to horror films didn't come until I was in high school.
So when rental time came at the video store, and my dad was checking out the latest action flick or sappy romantic comedy for my mom, I'd sneak a peak down the row of horror films. I'd get that rush you get when you know you shouldn't be doing something combined with being genuinely freaked out from some of the VHS covers. These my friends are the all-time, burned to my brain, scarred for life, VHS covers.
The Company of Wolves
Just look at it. A wolf's snout coming out of some dudes face hole. And everyone's heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood by the time I first saw the cover to this film. Which made me flip my shit even more.
The Evil Dead II
A skull face staring at you from the corner of his peepers. Forget the fact that the movie was decidedly more 3 Stooges than the original. For a kid going completely by the merits of a DVD cover, this one was super duper creepalicious.
This one always reminded me of the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland. In particular, the talking skullhead warning you of a certain impending doom. Scared the beejesus out of me--both the ride and movie cover.
The Gates of Hell AKA City of the Living Dead
A green skinned, rotting ghouls face was all it took to freak me out. And that one eyed look of crazy only further wratched up the creep factor.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
With that demonic looking face in the back drop and kids partaking in the annual All Hallows Eve ritual, that was all it took to rattle this little kid's nerves.
What are some of your favorite, most creeptastic VHS video covers?
Cortez the Killer