Though it’s mostly a dead format, there’s no denying that VHS has been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. Books, websites, and documentaries have all sprung up in tribute to the nostalgia-inducing format, and several companies have even been releasing new movies onto VHS.
It’s not surprising that the format has mostly been experiencing that resurgence within the horror community, as it tends to be us horror fans who have the most connection to all things VHS. Many of us fell in love with the genre at the video store, where hundreds of eye-catching cover arts piqued our budding interest.
There’s just something special about holding a VHS tape in your hands and sliding it into the ole VCR, and some even argue that classic films like Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Friday the 13th are best enjoyed on the outdated format – rather than on DVD or Blu-ray.
Of course, no matter how much life we try to inject into the VHS format, the simple fact is that its glory days are very much over – never to return again. Those mom and pop video stores may never be forgotten, but the sad truth is that they are indeed gone.
But what if, by some magical force of nature, video stores rose from the ashes? And what if the VHS format returned from the dead, like the villains in so many of our favorite horror movies? It’s hard not to wonder what the VHS box art of modern horror movies would perhaps look like, and that’s what we’re here to show you today.
In this collaboration between myself and artist Frank Browning, films like The Strangers, Trick ‘r Treat and The Devil’s Rejects get transported back in time – all the way back to the oh-so-glorious 1980s. So be kind, rewind, and check out the gallery below!