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…
Few VHS covers presciently communicate the impending dangers of the internet quite like that of 1981’s Evilspeak. What I find most amusing about this cover is that though it is not the most flattering animated rendition of Clint Howard, it is far and away the best the actor has ever looked. The monster looming in the background is formidable in size but understated in detail which is an interesting contrast. I actually own the larger-boxed CBS/FOX release that actually slides the tape out horizontally which is really cool. The only downside to the version I have is that the pentagram on the computer screen is obscured which is kind of pivotal to understanding what the movie is all about.