Okay, so backtrack to sometime around the early 2000's. My local video store 'Nu Time Video' was closing in our suburban town X miles out of Chicago, USA. Needless to say, my neighborhood best bud (aka fellow tree fort builder, horror movie fanatic, pyromaniac, etc.) and I ventured over to 'Nu Time' via bicycle and found everything was for sale. CHEAP! I had and still do dig ex-rental cut boxes more than most, so I was running shelf to shelf... bumping into mom's and kids and dogs... big ol' stack of tapes in my arms, just loading one after another not even thinking twice.
We checked out, loaded our bags with tapes and biked home. We plopped onto the couch and checked out our hauls like trick or treater's at the end of a fruitful Halloween night. A lot of mish mash, mostly horror, but then I started to realize I got some total gems... The Willies! Death Valley! Return of the Living Dead... River's Edge... and MY BLOODY VALENTINE!
It was a tale of a small town... sailors & minors... Valentines Day... Moosehead beer... bad mustaches... 80s gags and fun... but overall an incredible atmosphere and a really, really cool movie. I remember watching it and thinking, 'hot dog,' and putting it immediately in the best spot on my shelf in my bedroom, just so I could admire it. I always did that as a kid up until high school, made my room look 'cool' as if I had guests over frequently like my bedroom was my own home. When really, just a few pals would stumble in and out to hang out until the end of high school when I snuck a few house parties and drunk teens ran rampant through my parent's hallowed halls. Skip ahead a few years til mid college. I'm moving into a new apartment and packing up things from my parents. What makes it... my VHS tapes! The stack seems to have grown from last I remembered... and somehow, it kept growing. My enthusiam did, as well. I found myself thrifting, scouring eBay late at night to find an afforable cut box of 'Trick R Treat' or 'The Mutilator.' Something about it had me hooked. Maybe it was the feeling of watching a VHS vs. another medium like DVD or digital download. With a tape it felt like being in my parent's basement eating junk food and staying up all night. It felt like the glory days of being young and careless. The artwork and style on the tapes was something that couldn't be recreated. They're plastic, some are moldy, some are covered in stickers and smell like your grandpas attic. It all just felt good... like browsing the video store for the first time and stumbling up the 2 steps into the 'horror' section — you can imagine the feeling...
What are some of your favorite tapes you've collected?