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The 1980s were filled many horror trends: endless sequels, crazy FX, creature features, satanic panics, and much more. But one of my favorite '80s subgenres has always been the New York City horrors. These were a grouping of horror films that took place in the city that never sleeps, with the city itself becoming a key plot point. Why was New York a reoccurring theme during this time? It provided the perfect environment for something horrible to happen right under the city’s unaware nose. Who has time to pay attention to C.H.U.D, driller killers, Frankhookers, and winged serpents named Q when the whole city is filled to the brim with crime, overcrowding, homeless, and general chaos? My personal fave of the '80s New York horror wave is a saucy little T&A creature feature called Breeders. After several women are raped in New York City, »
- Rebekah McKendry
Charles Band, who currently runs Full Moon Features, started Wizard Video in 1980 and was a pioneer in the early days of the home video market. He specialized in horror flicks, and was responsible for first bringing titles like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I Spit on Your Grave to the home market.
During a recent warehouse cleaning, Band discovered a treasure trove of original, mint-condition VHS boxes. These are not the typical cardboard slipcovers most people think about when they think of VHS boxes (those of us old enough to remember VHS.) These are oversized boxes - some cardboard, some plastic clamshell boxes - that had a brief run in the early 1980s before everyone moved to the cheaper, smaller cardboard sleeves.
Band is now releasing these original cases with authentic VHS reproductions of the movies inside. Rolling out four a month for the next nine months, some of the »
- Alyse Wax
Whether you have fond memories of visiting the video stores during the days of VHS or weren’t born yet and are looking for a retro horror collectibles, we think you’ll be interested in the latest announcement from Charles Band. He recently stumbled upon a large batch of original oversized VHS boxes and will be selling them starting this month. Titles include Zombie, Return of the Zombies, Zombie Lake, Space Zombies, The Screaming Dead, and more:
Los Angeles, CA, Feb 7, 2013 – Horror legend and home video pioneer Charles Band had been putting off his warehouse cleaning for years. But during a recent overhaul of his extensive collection of collectibles, he unwittingly resurrected a veritable treasure trove of vintage horror limited-edition VHS boxes coveted by horror fans and serious collectors. Starting February 12, fans will be able to purchase these original boxes with authentically duplicated VHS copies inside – at an incredibly reasonable price. »
- Jonathan James
As a child of the 80′s, the video store was my second home. There were a few shops here in St. Louis that carried some big box titles and among them, I always remembered Wizard Video. One of Wizard Video’s most notorious releases was I Spit on Your Grave. In the past few years, VHS tapes have become a collector’s item of sorts. Some people I know go crazy and try and collect all the VHS tapes they can find. I am a bit more selective with what I pick up (I tend to go for big boxes and releases that have some nostalgia for me). There is no doubt that there is still a market in VHS. Is it the best format to watch a film, no. However, there is a certain allure to watch a film on VHS. It feels more organic and feels dynamic and »
- Andy Triefenbach
Oh, how fondly we remember those giant VHS boxes horror films came in back in the day. Sure, they were a bitch to fit onto your shelf, but the packaging was so cool.
Horror guru Charles Band and Full Moon Features have discovered Wizard Video's treasure trove of these classic boxes, and you can get yours, with its authentically duplicated film, beginning next week.
The videos become available on February 12th, but you can check out the new Wizard Video website now, and by all means "like" Wizard Video on Facebook.
Take a look below for all the details, including a list of the titles and when they become available. Click the image under the details for a better look at the artwork.
From the Press Release
Horror legend and home video pioneer Charles Band had been putting off his warehouse cleaning for years. But during a recent overhaul of his extensive collection of collectibles, »
- Doctor Gash
5 items from 2013
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