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…
The Devil’s Rain 1975
On my shelf! There is a VHS copy of this film on my shelf and I haven’t watched it! This oversight could be partially due to the fact that the release I have does not boast this wicked cover art. The Thomas Kinkade-like church at the bottom breeds a ginormous melty goat man whose cloak is adorned with screaming half-faces. The top left corner of the box is made up to look like a shattered roof from which the titular precipitation flows. And while the bottom of the cover is very forthcoming with its incredible cast, the upper tag line leading into the title makes damn near no sense. “Heaven help us when…the devil’s rain?” Despite this grammatical snafu, Video Treasures has still given us another fantastic cover.