Posted on: 31 October 2008
31 Days of Horror V
After successfully slogging through the cinematic equivalent of two full days worth of largely low-grade horror, we now turn to the reasons we settled in to screen these beauties in the first place: the covers. Timeless titles, colorful tag lines, enticing artwork… all it takes is the sight of Orson Welles in a cowl, a quick scan of the words Sex, Death, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, or a glimpse of the bright bold lettering of The Brides Wore Blood, and we’re hooked. Sure, the movies don’t always live up to those initial moments of untapped horror potential, but as any horror fan that’s ever gazed upon the unparalleled beauties of a cover for Chopping Mall knows, the cover is often enough by itself.
Turning once again to our trusty database of nearly three hundred VHS antiques, each of us poured over titles, taglines, and cover art, selecting our own top ten in each category. And just to show that we aren’t horror VHS snobs, each of us also chose ten titles, tag lines, and covers that didn’t fit our conception of what it takes to draw the fickle fright fan in—those half-baked marketing messages that just don’t inspire the urge to pop in the tape. And so, for the final day of our month-long tribute to the marvels and miscues of unheralded VHS horror, we thought it appropriate to offer up our opinions, not on the films themselves, but the containers they came in.
April Fool’s Day
Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake
Die Sister Die!
Dr. Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks
Curse of Bigfoot
Eyes of a Stranger
The Worm Eaters
Night of the Big Heat
Escape to Witch Mountain
By Rumsey Taylor, Cullen Gallagher, Victoria Large, Megan Weireter, Leo Goldsmith, Thomas Scalzo, David Carter, Chiranjit Goswami, Jenny Jediny, Adam Balz, Stephen Snart, and Simon Augustine ©2008 NotComing.com