Here at HND, we are die-hard advocates of VHS. Many of us are collectors of these ancient relics of a better, purer, more exciting time in horror history while the rest of us just marvel at the artistry of the VHS cover art. With that in mind, we started this daily feature to celebrate all that is great about the hand-painted monsters and gorgeous gruesomeness that used to grace the boxes on the shelves of our local videostores. Many of these films never made the jump to DVD, and many more did make the jump, but at the expense of the spectacular cover art. So fast forward past the bump to take a gander; no need to adjust your tracking.
Today’s Terror Tape is…
13 Ghosts 1960
So remember how we talked about the way in which some VHS covers can sell one movie while the actual film there contained is vastly different? Enter 13 Ghosts. This cover by Goodtimes Home Video not only resembles a high school art project, but also professes a tone that is far more sinister and frightening than anything in William Castle’s 1960 ghost story. That’s actually why I like this cover so much. The artwork is quite rough-around-the-edges, but the marketing-driven, arguably dishonest amplification of the horror aspects of the film is a testament to the tenacity of the home video market.