I, like many of the HND writers, am an avid collector of VHS tapes. To some, collecting out dated technology is less a hobby and more the early warning sign of a serious psychological disorder. But there was a certain magic to VHS tapes that never made the transition over to DVD or, subsequently, Blu-ray. Sure the picture quality isn’t as good, but that is by no means the point of collecting. VHS represented a new and incredibly lucrative home video market and there were bajillions of films released on the insanely popular format. Many of these were horror movies and many of those never made the jump to DVD; the tragic orphans of technological progress. So therein lies one facet of their appeal. But even those films which are now readily available on the “superior formats” suffer from inferior cover art. In fact, compared to the beautiful, intricate, and often hand-painted VHS box art, lazily photo-shopped DVD covers are embarrassing. In other words, these movies came standard with genre-tastic pop art in tow.
In an effort to celebrate these works of art, we will be featuring one horror movie VHS cover every day. Be kind, rewind, and click on through to see this week’s tape…
Burial Ground 1981 (AKA Burial Ground: Nights of Terror)
While the movie itself is a steaming pile of dog vomit, the VHS cover of Burial Ground is amaaaaazing. The disembodied, melting face hovers in angered confusion over what appears to be the netherworld from Phantasm. It looks like the cover of a phenomenal fantasy novel that was never written. The figures lumbering in shadow in the background are far more frightening than anything in the film itself. This tape was unleashed upon the world by Vestron Video, one of the grandest purveyors of VHS treasures to have ever existed. I’m proud to say I have this one in my personal collection.