Public Domain Horror VHS Art

James / December 7th, 2012

Description: James and MikeΒ critique an assortment of public domain horror vhs covers.


  • Bobby1001

    December 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Cool video.

  • SandBoxGiant

    December 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Is this The Nerd Room? Did you remodel it?

    • Weldin Dunn

      September 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      No. They have a big basement.

  • SandBoxGiant

    December 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Oh yeah it is! I guess I should have watched the Video Store Memories video first! πŸ˜‰

  • hammerhorrortexas

    December 7, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Great video! Its awesome that someone to see someone like myself that collects a ton of movies on several different formats. keep it up. Good input Mike

  • pyoobez

    December 7, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Night of the Living Dead is great, but I stll think The Last Man on Earth is the best horror movie in public domain.

  • December 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Nice when I read public domain I was hoping to see some Night of the living dead stuff πŸ™‚

  • wade w

    December 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Great video! It’s crazy how little effort they put into those boxes sometimes. I have a copy of “The Devil Bat” where the front isn’t that bad but every picture of the movie on the back is out of focus and the plot listed on the back is completely inaccurate saying that Lugosi’s character is a loveable local doctor with a “swarm” of killer bat’s who’s obsessed with his boss’s daughter.

  • Kenshiroh

    December 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

    The Media Blasters “Destroy All Monsters” and “Godzilla vs. Megalon” discs were actually recalled due to licensing issues with the extras.

  • Kenshiroh

    December 7, 2012 at 1:48 am

    The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode featuring Godzilla vs. Megalon was briefly released on DVD, but was recalled.

  • PLLaDeDa

    December 7, 2012 at 3:06 am

    The Nightmare Godzilla vs Megalon cover looks like it was lifted from a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    December 7, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I had to laugh at some covers but only not to cry, and i know you said aviod it, but i want to see, if i find it, the 30th anniversary edition of Night of the Living Dead. You could do a commentary with Mike.

    Anyway, can’t be worse than The Terror or modern RE movies…right?

  • Soc27cer

    December 7, 2012 at 4:32 am

    if you really wanna dig up some old film techniques you can never go wrong with the Little rascals’, we had a collection of some drab vhs tapes along the same lines as the stuff you have. solid color with a screen shot or photo, and some text.

  • Chrisern

    December 7, 2012 at 5:45 am

    “like – like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like -like.”

  • Rick

    December 7, 2012 at 6:24 am

    James, how long are you keeping your basement like that? Or is it a new look you’re gonna’ keep. Regardless, it’s a shotgun blast of video-store nostalgia.

  • kyberno

    December 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

    come on! the priest in the 30th anniversary is really cool/funny character! i really liked him… though true, they did change the movie a lot…

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    December 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    That one Godzilla vs. Megalon cover you guys picked on really hard is actually part of a collection where all the movies having matching cover art, with “Godzilla” at the top and the big picture of Godzilla in the background with whatever the other main monster is standing in front of him. When you put them all side-by-side, the images combine into one big picture, and when you put them on a shelf, the spines make another picture.

  • December 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I know it’s not public domain, but when I was a kid one of the VHS covers that fascinated me the most was the one for Deathstalker. I thought that had to be the coolest movies ever made based on that cover. When I finally saw the movie, though, Let’s say I was pretty disappointed.

  • TheRedComet

    December 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I had a couple Godzilla movies from the VHS series where Megalon is covering Godzilla’s face. I believe I had Godzilla 1985 and I believe Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. Came in a two pack.

  • stoney_1

    December 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    If you have the White Zombie (band) box set Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, it has White Zombie (film) as an easter egg on the dvd disk.

  • e_honda_civic

    December 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is great. I fucking love this type shit. The video store looks fresh as hell.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    December 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm


    “Nightmares” in the T section of your VHS Shelf!

  • Big Phil

    December 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You know, I have a pretty big collection of VHS tapes at home and I’ve basically looked at it as something to get rid of, but after seeing this video and the previous one where you talked about the video store I’ve come to see those tapes as something of value, something that can bring back memories of times gone. I’ve still got a VHS player at home (it’s a VHS/DVD player) and I think it’s still in working order, so I guess it will soon become another curiosity alongside my old vinyl record player and a load of records from the 60-80s.

  • Jack Burton

    December 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I think the oldest movies I have in my official dvds is a 2-pack by Platinum Disc Corporation of The Terror and Little Shop Of Horrors, supposedly digitally mastered presented in “original classic color & B&W” and they have quizzes on the dvds. I havent watched them yet, I think I have some of the old horror movies they were talking about I dvd’d off TCM a while back.

  • laser

    December 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I noticed you have the Special Widescreen Edition of Twister. Me too! I’ve also got widescreen (letterboxed, to be accurate) VHSes of Apollo 13, Goldeneye, and the original Star Wars Trilogy (1995 THX “Faces” set).

  • Radelta

    December 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    interesting video, haters gonna hate, or leave asshole comments.
    anyway i liked the vid so james whats worse this 30th anniversary edition or the crappy remake?

  • thecorduroysuit

    December 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I can remember being amazed at how incredibly awful the video quality and transfers were on these cheap public domain tapes. Did anybody even watch them before releasing them? I used to have a copy of Metropolis on Hollywood Classics (Hollywood Germany I assume?) where the film was almost cut completely in half horizontally. It was disgraceful. Anything to make a quick buck, I guess.

    I’m loving these “Video Store” clips. Keep ’em coming and make them longer! I I used to love hanging out at the video store and talking about film with the guys there. This brings back great memories of that. I hope this series continues.

  • December 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve got a copy of Nosferatu with an introduction by David Carradine. The score is composed of Type O Negative songs and there is a Type O Negative video at the end of the movie. It’s really weird to say the least but pretty neat.

  • jdshald

    December 8, 2012 at 1:10 am

    i bet you 5 monopoly dollars james set this video store up for the movie.

  • Plumb

    December 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

    great video
    I was actually kind of bummed out when it ended.

    Do more of this.

  • December 8, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Great video! I used to love collecting the same films with different art. Makes me miss having to get rid of my VHS collections even more! But brings back great memories! Keep making movie store videos! These are an absolute blast to watch!!!!

  • marc_lawson

    December 8, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I loved this video! You guys are vhs geeks. Me too!

    I love all the cover art. I love to rent a VHS horror movies with the worst & cheapest 70s and 80s box art and take it home and make fun of the movie with friends.

    Please make more videos like this! πŸ™‚

  • Eltanin

    December 8, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I love this kind of commentary videos, its very entertaining and informative. Gotta love the video room.

  • ch4rlyb0y

    December 8, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I’ll pay just to visit your amazing house and listen at you and have my ass kick on snes; so i can tell you are one of the few reason i would come to usa ^^

  • Piel

    December 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Great video ! AVGN movie has got to get a VHS release, and a real nice fucked up cover ^_^

  • Plumb

    December 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Piel, that’s a freaking wonderful idea! πŸ˜€

  • dr_mayus

    December 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    James thanks for doing these Video Store videos. Seeing them make me sad that almost all our movie stores are closed down in my city :(. I worked for 9 years at Block Buster and seeing the last video with Kyle and Mike almost had me in tears.

    Also Mike if you don’t want to suffer through the 30th anniversary, check out Phelous’ review of the film (much more enjoyable)

  • zengie

    December 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    You guys rule.

  • nobledrake

    December 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    When I saw this, I literally exclaimed out loud “Ohhh geeze!” with excitement. You guys keep doing awesome thinks.
    I love AVGN videos AND yet the casual, conversational Mike + James videos are just wonderful. It’s so nostalgic for me and having recently moved to a city where I don’t know anyone, it’s like having good friends in my living room. It can be pretty lonely being in a state, Coast and city I don’t really know anyone in so until I start to meet new folks, you guys are awesome surrogates πŸ™‚

  • joltmasta

    December 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

    for some reason my connection to the latest videos are choppy. they keep buffering every 15 seconds

  • Bloaty The Tick

    December 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the AVGN movie was released on VHS? maybe as a novelty?

  • Doug

    December 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    one thing that always bothers me is when, on a movie from a series like Godzilla, when they don’t even use the right picture. like on that copy of GvM, that’s godzilla from the 85 reboot (or one of the later movies, anyway).

  • LordGeo

    December 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Just to clarify Mike’s confusion over the Destroy All Monsters Blu-Ray, Media Blasters didn’t think DAM was a public domain movie. They legitimately licensed DAM, as well as vs. Megalon, from Toho, but the DVD & BD they released for both movies featured extras (specifically, commentaries & art galleries) that were not approved by Toho so MB was forced to pull those off the market. DAM had a few shipments make it to market before the pull, though, which are now rare-as-hell; cherish that DAM BD you have, Mike, because it’s worth more than $50 now.

    Godzilla vs. Megalon never got it’s planned release, but did get a bare-bones DVD release a few months later, though. Apparently, though, some prints of the extra-filled DVD version did get accidentally printed alongside the bare-bones release, but good luck finding it.

  • StarvinMarvin

    December 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Bleh. Not my cup of tea. I was two minutes into this commentary, got bored, and then started to day dream. But I like the other ones you’ve done.

  • ZachTheGreek

    December 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Not only do you guys both have massive film collections – you know so much about each movie that you can pull 3 copies that represent 3 generations of Phantom of the Opera.

    so cool

  • Josh Bridgman

    December 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I remember one of the covers for the original Planet of the Apes dvds had the statue of liberty with Charlton Heston looking up at it from below

  • Joey_Redballs

    December 10, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Did you guys raid a mom & pop video store during its Going Out of Business sale? Or did many of these come from a store like Dollar General, Big Lots, Family Dollar, or any number of “dollar stores”? Bizarre Fact: Dollar General and Family Dollar sell discounted products, but not everything is a dollar, hence very misleading store names.

  • Joey_Redballs

    December 10, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I couldn’t post another comment because of “banned words”. There were no curse words, symbols, links, or ugly labels toward any race, gender, religion, or sexual preference. Weird.

  • LordJason1986

    December 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    well done james & mike. these vhs videos have been extremely fun to watch. speaking of Godzilla Vs Megalon , that film finally got an official dvd & blu-ray release in the past 4 months. also , Godzilla Vs Biollante finally got a dvd & blu-ray release for the first time in 20+ years. Echo Bridge Entertainment along with Miramax finally released Godzilla Vs Biollante on dvd & blu-ray on December 4 , 2012. they also expressed some interest in releasing Godzilla 1985 as well. if that’s the case , then all we need now is for sony to finally release Rebirth Of Mothra 3 on dvd & blu-ray.

  • gojirafan430

    December 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    the reason megalon covered godzilla’s face was because there was a set of dvds where it was the same background of godzilla but each monster he would fight would be in the foreground such as king ghidorah in Godzilla vs. Monster X or Gigan in godzilla vs. Gigan

  • nobledrake

    December 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Haha the second to last 1970 NOTLD looked like a National Geographic cover…

  • maximusprimate

    December 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Gotta say – I’ve been loving the stuff you’ve been putting up lately! Keep it up!

  • PresidentJenkins

    December 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    It’s funny, it was a long time before I finally saw Nosferatu. I picked it up from some budget bin, but didn’t read the whole thing. It turned out that I had bought a version of Nosferatu whose music was performed by a goth metal band named Type O Negative. So it was the first time I saw Nosferatu and the first I listened to Type O Negative. Nosferatu was really good but I was surprised by the sound of Type O Negative. It wasn’t what I expected and I became a fan. Learned recently that the band end a couple of years ago because one of the members sadly died from a heart attack. Sad to hear, but glad I got discover them through a horror movie classic.

  • Batman91

    December 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Oh my God. I have owned Night of the Living Dead on dvd for years now, and I love it. I’ve never realized the one I have was the 30:th anniversary edition until I watched this video. The funny thing is, the parts I love the most (the music, the priest) are apparently things that were added in for this version. Then again I’ve never seen the original version (altough right up until five minutes ago I thought I had) so I guess it’s not that weird, since I had nothing to compare it to.

  • December 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I just relised that you didn’t setup the entire nerd room like this. You just moved the Commodore out of the way along with the console boxes and what not.. Am I accurate, James or Mike?

  • December 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve analyzed the nerd room way too much over the years. I guess I should be an overanalyzer! haha!

  • Bonzulac

    December 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Cool feature! Though I’d like to mention that the hand coming out of the grave on one of the Night of the Living Dead covers was pretty much as inaccurate as the red pump, considering that the dead never dig their way out of their graves in the Romero zombie movies; the only corpses that become animated are those still above-ground. Enjoy my nit-pick!

    Also, they never run or scream “Brains!” But you knew that.

  • Braaains

    December 21, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Ha! In the third Godzilla vs. Megalon cover that you review, the one that you said looks cartoony, are they fucking shaking hands? Is Megalon being considered for senior management or some shit?

  • DrWho198

    January 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Good idea to review the coverart. Might be nice to review coverart of old video games as well. It’s hilarious to compare the coverart of ports to different consoles/computers.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Fun little discussion. I’ve always enjoyed analyzing movie covers. I found the ‘Nightmare’ Godzilla one to be the most amusing. πŸ˜€ And I’m surprised Mike didn’t know about the 30th Anniversary Night of the Living Dead fiasco. Didn’t you make a video on that already, James?

  • BladeRunner

    August 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    one of my favorite videos you guys ever put up, I wish you would do another video talking about VHS art someday. It would be awesome! Grandpa Munster Presents, such a cool VHS idea I wish I had some of those.

  • lance2011

    October 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    As a lot of are now part of The Criterion Collection; It’s easy for me view them. Pull then up on the Hulu Plus apps on my devices.

  • nammm3

    April 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

    LOL! That final VHS art cover of the Godzilla v. Megalon for the Nightmare series was priceless!!

  • That Weird Kid

    July 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Lol James, “No it’s not a store.” Just the way he said it πŸ˜›

  • Rusty Vinson

    October 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    In Night of the Living Dead no zombies are ever shown coming out of their graves. They actually even specifically say the “unburied dead” are rising on the radio or TV broadcast. So the cover that shows a hand coming from the ground isn’t accurate to the movie.

  • Travis Dert

    July 20, 2016 at 1:53 am

    It might be a possibility that the man is looking at Megalon.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Fuck VHS!, VHS Fucking Sucks!.

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