Terror on Tape! horror VHS boxes from the video store
It’s the ’80s, and you’re staying home this Hallow’een to watch some scary movies with your friends. That means a stop at the video store to rent something from the Horror section.
The neighbourhood video store, before Blockbuster Video came around, was the land of exploration. Young kid gazes upon row-after-row of lurid and grotesque boxes showing murderers, monsters, half naked women, and all kinds of unknown, horrible nastiness. A goldmine for a teen!
A good Horror Section (definitely pre-Blockbuster Video) had every sub-genre. Slasher. Supernatural. Comedy horror. Psychological horror. Zombies. Holiday horror. Sci-fi horror. Splatter. Gothic. Horror adventure. Evil children horror. Italian horror. Haunted house horror. Exploitation film horror.
Going to the video store and was an adventure where if you kept your options wide-open, you had no idea what you were going to stumble across.
The cover art of these VHS boxes, more often than not, were more memorable than the movies themselves.
But who would know unless you took a chance and rented it?