Terror Tape of the Day: Superstition

Posted by Brian Salisbury - August 22nd 2011 @ 3:28 pm

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…

Superstition (AKA The Witch) 1982


A 2011 Terror Tuesday alum, Superstition (alias The Witch) is jut shy of a classic. It features some cool effects and decent scares, but gets bogged down by unavoidable low budget limitations. The Lightning Video VHS cover does an excellent job of playing up the spookier elements of the film without out-and-out fabricating them. The shadowy, lack of fine detail on the monster is echoed in the film and amounts to its best moment. It’s among the very few VHS covers of the 80s that don’t immediately pigeonhole the film it’s advertising into that decade. Superstition looks like it could have been a Universal Monsters release judging by this timeless cover.

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