I can admit that I do still own a VCR, even though it’s resting peacefully in my storage locker right now. I’ve been thinking of nudging it a little though and waking it up, because I’m on a bit of a VHS horror movie kick lately. I know I’m not the only one, so VHS lovers unite. And let’s all unite and look at this new clamshell VHS release for the infamous movie Faces Of Death from Gorgon Video!
Ahhhh. That cover just brought back memories of when I first watched Faces Of Death and watched the guy get the electric chair and have his eyeballs burst, with blood flowing down his face. Fake, sure, but still memorable. This is the original banned cover and comes in the already mentioned snazzy clamshell case. There’s something about the clamshell cases that makes me miss the VHS days even more by the way. If you’re interested in this, you can pick up a copy HERE for a mere $20 at Gorgon Video’s website. They are limited – so act fast so you can snatch it up, pop it in your VCR, and watch a chicken get it’s head cut off and cluck around with a bloody headless stump. Fun!
If you ever had a gross-out party when you were younger, then you’re going to love this post. What’s that? You never had a gross-out party?! Oh wow. It was all the rage apparently in the 80’s according to 20/20’s fascinating piece called ‘VCR Horror‘ which focused on the influence that horror movies have on kids. Take it away Barbara Walters!
I think the first thing that comes to mind after watching that is the fact that 17-year-old Shereen Palatini is turned on by blood and guts. Ok then! The other observation is that little smug shit Caston Jarvis (fantastic name btw) mocking all of the kids who come to school and talk about horror movies. What did you end up doing with YOUR life Caston Jarvis??? Oh – according to Google, it looks like you’re a Web News Manager. All joking aside, how amazing is this introspective? Any piece that can incorporate scenes from Splatter University and Cellar Dweller is ok in my books.
It was pretty shocking that ABC and 20/20 did this piece and even more shocking that there were kids in it putting Slumber Party Massacre up high on a pedestal. The editorial does take a darker turn when talking about murders that were committed possibly due to the influence of horror movies (kudos to you Faces Of Death). But overall, this is a joyous piece of nostalgia that will make any true horror movie fan grin from ear to ear. Standing ovation to 20/20 for even having the balls to do a story like this, and for allowing us to form our own conclusions about whether or not a giant drill going through a guy’s chest can harm or help the children of the world.