Terror Tape of the Day: The Loch Ness Horror

Posted by Brian Salisbury - August 30th 2011 @ 12:30 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…

The Loch Ness Horror 1981

 I’ve never seen The Loch Ness Horror, but a trailer for it plays fairly regularly as part of the preshow entertainment at the Alamo Drafthouse. It looks like it was made for less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, for four days. However, and again in true VHS marketing fashion, the cover art is incredibly enticing. The design and detail of the monster is something out of a classic horror tome and the kinetic wave movement emphasizes the peril of the poor dupes in the boa. I do find it odd that they commissioned someone to paint this elaborate, misleading artistic representation of the film’s content, and then slapped on an insert of an actual clip from the film. As if to say, “we wanted it to look like this, but it actually looks like this.” It’s also interesting that Monterey Home Video released this under a Midnight Madness label. Most VHS releases at the time didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that they were shitty movies. Bold, MHV, very bold.

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