The days of VHS box art were a beautiful thing. Home video hit hard and fast and seemingly overnight. Video stores started popping up everywhere. In the early days of home video, they didnt try to sell you who was in it, that didnt matter yet.
Films were about films…not who was in them. With an abundance of titles in the market, the question quickly became, How do we stand out and get noticed? The answer: Male the box art so tantalizing, so lurid, that you cant believe exists. You would never pick up a DVD or Blu-ray nowadays that would show you or tell you the things that distribution did back in the day to get you to rent their flick.
What were going to look at is 20 of the most lurid, seedy, and yes, tantalizing VHS cover art to grace the horror genre. They are in loose order, but since everyone has different lines, youll have to judge for yourself. Lets try a little something fun while we are at it. While you are looking at these, imagine you have a $100.00 bill in your pocket. At $79.99 to $99.99 for the average VHS, these cost some serious money even by todays standards. It wasnt until 1986 that prices really started to drop into the $20.00 range.
Let me know which films you think you would have bought in the comments box below.