Terror Tape of the Day: Night of the Creeps

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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…

October 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray Guide

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Yes, I know I’m two weeks late on this, but better two weeks than never.

Vote/Settle for 1 of 3 Ugly NIGHT OF THE CREEPS DVD covers. Also see what should have been.

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I was fortunate enough to attend the NIGHT OF THE CREEPS re-union screening a few weeks ago, which was the first time Fred Dekker, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, and Tom Atkins had ever watched the movie together.  The event was a blast, the print was pristine, the movie (also the first time the director’s cut had been shown theatrically) was a riot as always, but cherry atop a mountain of cherries was the Q&A afterward.

As I recall, no one asked too many details about the DVD, most likely safe from the knowledge that the disc’s producer, whose name escapes me, is the same geeky gent who brought that inspired THE MONSTER SQUAD two-disc set to the world.  Had someone in the audience been with a time machine, I think that would have changed.

Amazon is running a contest wherein voters get to elect the NIGHT OF THE CREEPS DVD cover.  Keep in mind when you look at the three monstrousities that this is the first time Fred Dekker’s now cult classic is, legitimately, available on DVD.  Even the bootleg had a better cover than this.

Scratch that, the bootleg had a much, much better cover:

Last Week in Horror News: June 14th to the 21st.

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Last Week in Horror: May 31st to April 5th

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Either this was a weak week for news or I just missed a ton of crap because I was busy buying a house.  Austin here we come!

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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • THE BOX – Richard Kelly gives some bullet points on his adaptation of the Matheson story.  A few interesting bits, the most important of which is the October 30th release date.


  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – It’s now just a matter of signing on the dotted line for Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.  Great, great, great news!
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Kyle Gallner staged to take on the revamped Johnny Depp role?
  • H2 – I really, really, really, really hate this.
  • THE STEPFATHER – I actually like this poster.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES – Elisabeth Rappe reviews the buzzed book.  Is not blown away.
  • NIGHT OF THE CREEPS – Is most certainly coming to DVD and maybe even Blu-ray!!  Includes the original ending, which I’ve never actually seen.
  • FEARnet – Help get FEARnet back on Time Warner Cable On-Demand.

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

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