One of the things I miss more than anything else in the world is my small town VHS rental store. This is why I cry when I watch Clerks. We’ve all seen the meme about the horror section at the video store being our “horror education,” and for those of us born prior to, say 1995, this really is true.
What I remember most about the VHS store (my town was so small we never had a Blockbuster, so it was aptly called The Video Place) was the amazing box cover art, especially in the horror section.
So with that, here are 10 of my most memorable pieces of horror VHS box cover art. In no particular order…
The Boogey Man (1980)
Like many covers on this list, The Boogeyman box art scared me so much as a kid that I was actually in my twenties before I ever saw it. I think this is a great example of “what you don’t see is scarier than what you do.”
The Company of Wolves (1984)
How badass is this!?! I’m proud to say I own this one– on VHS, no less.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
I’m gonna come clean here, m’kay. It was the half-naked girls. But like many other boys my age, slashers helped me pass anatomy class.
The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
Again, I was much older when I finally watched it, but I distinctly remember standing in front of this box and saying “What. The fuck. Is that?”
Creepy box art. Creepy flick. This movie turned me off of Ouija boards at an early age.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
This one’s pretty iconic. Incidentally, when I first saw the ending I had the same reaction as I did when looking at the Boggy Creek box. “What. The fuck. Is that?”
The Howling (1981)
I can remember thinking she was clawing her way out of someone’s back. Wait, shit–is that someone’s back?!?
It’s a severed hand ringing a doorbell. How is that not going to grab your attention?!?
Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1988)
Something about the crazy Freddy eyeball on this one has always stuck with me. If you didn’t already know, artist Matthew Peak did the first 4 movie posters (and subsequently, the VHS art). It’s a shame we just don’t see talent like this anymore with modern horror posters.
Happy Birthday To Me (1981)
As a (probably) disturbed child with an addiction to slasher flicks, can you really blame me for keeping this one locked up in my little memory box?
I hope this article took you back to the glorious days of the VHS rental store. Did I miss any? What are some of your favorite pieces of box artwork? Let us know in the comments.
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