The 100 Greatest VHS Horror Covers: Part II

The Howling 2 (#8)

Technologically, there’s no reason to hold any particular fondness for the VHS era. In the age of Blu-Ray (and the quickly approaching epoch of 4K), the image and audio quality of the VHS format are the analog equivalent of the Atari. Films on VHS were either cropped with frequent indifference to proper framing or – still worse – desecrated with pan-and-scan. The portions of the VHS tape viewed most frequently would begin to deteriorate – meaning you were bound to find static all over the exploding head in Scanners or Phoebe Cates’ pool scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

So why is there still such an abounding affection for VHS? Because adolescents weened on the format were the first generation in a century of film consumption to be able to easily watch whatever movie they wanted in their own home, however many times they wanted to watch it.┬áThe nostalgic pull of VHS is practically gravitational to a certain generation of cinephiles. So too is the allure of the VHS box cover. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›

31 Days of Horror: Hand-painted Thai movie posters

Terror Train (#2c)

Terror Train (1980)

Before putting together this collection of movie posters from Thailand, my knowledge of the country was informed almost entirety by The Hangover II, Only God Forgives and, of course, that staple of Thai tourism, Kickboxer. But in the process, I discovered a few new Thailand facts.

1) Thailand is known as The Land of Smiles. Is Malaysia known as The Kingdom of Snuggles and nobody told me? (continue reading) Continue Reading ›