As part of the never-ending office cleanout, I’ve tossed well over a hundred videocassettes. God, it was probably more than two hundred.
But even if my chances of firing up a VCR anytime soon are slim, I’ll never throw away some of these tapes. The box art is just too phenomenal.
It’s especially true with the old horror videos. The artwork is sometimes misleading, but always inspiring. I was a late bloomer with horror, but even at my youngest, I could never pry my eyes from the “scary section” of our local video store.
What I didn’t realize was that the films were usually way less frightening than the box art made them seem. I spent my childhood imagining movies a hundred times more brutal than anything I’d watch later, even as an adult.
Below: Ten awesome old videocassette boxes, from my private, dusty collection.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2: That box is what turned me on to the whole franchise, and I saw Part 2 long before the original.
I only knew about TCM lore in broad strokes, but man, look at those characters! How could I not be totally fascinated?
I was mostly excited about the zombie guy lying sideways at the bottom, so you can imagine my disappointment to find out that he wasn’t really a character in the movie, but more of a prop. (Actually, it’s the corpse of the Nubbins Sawyer, from the original!)