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Friday, 6 July 2012


This 1983 VHS cover would fit nicely in with the "Star Wars pose" as detailed in Artful Conceptions #10.  A totally awesome piece of art that fulfills all its obligations as cover art: it makes me want to watch this movie even though I know it's probably going to be horrible.

Movie posters, album covers, and book cover illustrations get a lot of attention in the retroverse, as well they should.  However, I think it's time that VHS box art is paid its due respect. So, consider this the first of many posts paying homage to the underrated artistry of the video cassette box cover.

The VHS era was big into dystopian post-apocalyptic movies (i.e. Mad Max, Escape from New York), and the low budget studios were only too quick to follow suite.... on the cheap.  So, we'll focus on those this time around.  By no means is this a comprehensive catalog of the genre, but it's a start.


To those of you sci-fi nitpickers, I realize that all of these aren't "post-apocalyptic".  This isn't a sci-fi blog, so cut me some slack.


Is this the greatest movie illustration ever created? Quite possibly. Explosions, a big-ass gun, a super hot chick, car crashes..... it's tough to think of one better.  Yentl, this is not.


Linda Blair was in some of my favorite low budget movies of the late-seventies and eighties: Chained Heat, Hell Night, Grotesque, Roller Boogie.... the list goes on.


I actually saw this in the theater.  If memory serves, it was in 3-D.  It came out around the same time as Space Hunter, a very similar 3-D film starring Molly Ringwald (which I also saw at the theater).


I don't read many movie review blogs, but I can't help but check in each week at The House of Self Indulgence.  A great review of the movie here.


I actually watched this on Netflix Instant not that long ago.  Cheesy as all get out, but a lot of fun.


You'll notice that a lot of my VHS covers are not in English.  Try to scout around the internet for even moderate quality scans of VHS covers - there's barely anything.  You will have to either procure the videos yourself or find some goldmine buried deep within the interwebs.  

Of course, the same could have been said of album covers and pulp fiction covers not too long ago.  Now, the internet is bursting at the seams with them.  Give it time.  The VHS cover will see its day in the sun.  The internet is nothing if not capricious and obsessive.


Grotesque (1988)


What in God's name? There's a friggin' Sasquatch with a boom box! It's like the year 3000 version of Breakin' or DC Cab.  

Another "Star Wars pose" for the archives.

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