Stephen King’s It on VHS video. Starring Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole, Tim Curry, Richard Masur, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. 1990.
From the VHS box:
Your every fear — all in one deadly enemy.
It can be anything. A fanged monster that won’t stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. No matter what your biggest fear is, no one knows It better than Stephen King.
Based on the King Of Horror’s 1986 bestseller, It is a jittery, jolting excursion into personal fear. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but It is not clowning around. Instead, It terrifies youngsters with their innermost fears, bringing some to their untimely doom — until a group of wily neighborhood kids fight back. Thirty years later the evil resurfaces: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And the friends who vividly remember the terrors of their youth reunite to make a desperate stand against It.
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Jaws of Satan on VHS video. Starring Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett, Jon Korkes. Directed by Bob Claver. 1981.
From the box:
Something you wouldn’t dare to imagine… is alive.
In this supernatural thriller, Father Thomas Farrow is a small town priest whose family was cursed many years ago for persecuting the Druids.
Now, after these many years, the ancient curse comes back to life in the form of a huge and deadly king cobra, which turns out to be the embodiment of Satan. Father Farrow’s town soon suffers from a series of fatal snake attacks, which are hushed up by the mayor and local business people in order to preserve the valuable tourist trade.
Farrow, whose faith is shaken to the core, decides that he must personally lead the fight against this intruder from hell. Aiding in his struggle are a famous reptile expert and the town’s leading doctor.
Be prepared for a chilling battle with unknown dangers from another time, another world!
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Predator on VHS. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall. With Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham. Directed by John McTiernan. 1987.
From the VHS box:
A creature from another world and this time Schwarzenegger is the prey!
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action-packed adventure story of fighting men pitted against an unseen enemy, a force more powerful than their fiercest weapons. Recruited by the CIA to rescue hostages held by guerrilla fighters in a Central American country, Schwarzenegger and his men encounter an enemy unimaginably more deadly than any on Earth — because the Predator is not of this Earth. Packed with spectacular special effects and combat scenes of gut-wrenching power, PREDATOR is the most terrifying — and most exciting — Schwarzenegger movie yet.
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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS video. Starring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page. Written and produced by Tim Burton. Directed by Henry Selick.
From the VHS clamshell case:
Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder — where every holiday has its own special land… and imaginative one-of-a-kind characters!
The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels, it’s up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together.
This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton. The Nightmare Before Christmas — a delightful treat the whole family will enjoy!
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Dee Snider’s StrangeLand on VHS. Starring Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Brett Harrelson, Robert Englund, Linda Cardellini, Dee Snider. Written by Dee Snider. Directed by John Pieplow. 1998.
From the box:
Let The Ritual Begin
[obscured by label]… the glow of the screen illuminates his heavily pierced tattoo-stained face as his fingers dance nimbly across the keyboard… searching, hunting.
His computer handle is Captain Howdy, and he surfs the local chat rooms for young female prey. Girls like Genevieve and Tiana, who mysteriously vanish after an online conversation with the cunning cyber-predator. Detective Mike Gage has a personal stake in the case–Genevieve is his daughter.
When Tiana’s corpse — tortured, pierced and scarred — is discovered in the river, Gage realizes that time is running out for Genevieve. Taking sadistic delight is Gage’s desperation, Captain Howdy sends the detective a series of taunting e-mails. challenging him to a deadly online game of cat and house, and drawing him into his “modern primitive” world — a strangle land of fetish bars, S&M, body modification and goth-rock.
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The Haunted Palace on VHS. Starring Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr. Named after the poem by Edgar Allen Poe and based on the story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” by H.P. Lovecraft. Directed by Roger Corman. 1963.
From the sealed VHS box:
A Warlock’s Home Is His Castle… Forever!
A perversely evil 18th century warlock who — after placing a curse on the village women, resulting in a progeny of mutant children — is burned by the townspeople at the stake. A century after the human barbecue, the warlock’s great, great grandson returns to the family castle where he falls under Gramps’ ghost’s spell… beginning the evil all over again!
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Junior Bonner on VHS video. Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 1972.
From the VHS box cover:
Top rate directing by Sam Peckinpah and delightful performances from Steve McQueen, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino spark this enchanting drama about an ex-rodeo star determined to be in the spotlight one more time.
Junior Bonner, a likeable drifter and regular on the riding circuit comes home to find bulldozers clearing his family land. His father, Ace, wants to start a new ranch in Australia but is short on funds. Junior is broke, as usual, but he knows how to change that — by riding a fierce bull named Sunshine in a coming rodeo. Sunshine has already painfully thrown Junior, who’s now determined to take on the beast again, both to make a new life for his father and to prove to himself that he’s still got what it takes.
A rousing story enlivened by McQueen’s rascally charm and roguish appeal, JUNIOR BONNER will make you want to jump up and shout “Ride ‘em cowboy!”
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