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10 VHS Box Covers that Scarred Me for Life

In 1980s video rental stores, shelves were filled with a brightly colored array of VHS box covers. These canvases served one purpose, to scream at the consumer…“RENT ME.” No other genre was better at grabbing a potential viewer’s attention better than horror. In a world where the shelves were stacked and the competition was thick, […]

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10 Awesome Horror Films Only Available on VHS Tape!

Think you’ve seen every horror movie out there? Well not without a VCR you haven’t. Many great horror films are trapped on tape, meaning they never got distribution after the initial VHS home video release. Dust off your VHS player, and happy hunting for these horror gems! DON’T GO TO SLEEP (1982) This movie traumatized […]

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How Well Do You Know VHS Box Art? Take our Newest Quiz and Find Out!

I’m from the “VHS generation” of horror and spent much of my adolescent years roaming the aisles of the local video store, endlessly staring at the box cover art. This covers have become rather iconic for many and ingrained in our psyches. We have collected 10 iconic VHS covers and snipped out any identifying info. How […]

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How Well Do You Know VHS Box Covers? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!

Many of the Blumhouse staffers love reminiscing about the time we spent in VHS rental stores just looking at the horror box art. It captivated our imaginations and made us excited to see the movies! We soon discovered that, in most cases, we could name the film’s title just from seeing the old box art. We have collected […]

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Take a Trip Back to the 80s with 5 Essential VHS Bumpers!

One of the best aspects of a VHS tape is that it was (and still is!) a complete experience. From the adventure to the video store, to the spectacular array of box art awaiting you, to the moment you got home and fed that slab to your VCR, it made your senses tingle with eager […]

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5 More Memorable VHS Marketing Gimmicks!

If you got a kick out of the previous installment of VHS box gimmicks here on Blumhouse.com, here’s another helping of home video ballyhoo that’s sure to impress your analog inclinations! Here are five more pieces of outstanding VHShowmanship that encouraged you to rent, buy and simply marvel at the incredible ingenuity those VHS mongers […]

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5 Memorable VHS Tape Marketing Gimmicks

Clever marketing gimmicks have always been part of the horror movie industry. Be it William Castle “tingling” audiences or filmmakers passing out barf bags and warning that you could faint from fright, showmanship in many regards is just as important as the movie, if not more so. This was just as true during the 80s […]

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Vintage Video – Barbara Walters Vs VCR Horrors!

As a lifelong horror fan, sometimes I like to go down the YouTube rabbit hole in search of old video clips that bring me back to the glory days of mom & pop VHS rental stores and the era in which my insatiable, dark little mind was first discovering all these genre classics. Hey, I […]

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Scary Money!: 10 Horror VHS Tapes that are Worth an Insane Amount!

About a decade ago, I was meandering through a Goodwill Store in Virginia. I happened upon a big box style VHS tape for a movie I was vaguely familiar with, 1971’s THE DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE. I bought it for $2 because I have always been a lover of weird VHS tapes, and I thought the box […]

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Trapped on Tape: 10 Great Horror Movies that are Only on VHS

There are many reasons why some movies never make it past VHS format. Sometimes the filmmakers simply chose not to take that leap. It also happens that the film is able to release in other countries, but is not allowed to in the US for various legal reasons. Usually it is a rights issue as […]

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Lost on VHS: PSYCHO COP (1989)

“He’s the last cop you’ll ever meet.” The arresting cover art (oh, yes, I did!) for Southgate Entertainment’s home video release of Wallace Potts’ PSYCHO COP is what you could call masterfully misleading. It dares you not to confuse this movie with the more recognized and largely lauded William Lustig action-slasher staple MANIAC COP, employing an […]

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Lost on VHS: BLOOD SALVAGE (1990)

“ If Jake can’t fix it… it’s been dead too long.”