In the digital age, it’s hard to believe there are still some incredible horror movies that are only available on VHS. While companies like Vestron Video, Arrow, and Scream Factory have been at the forefront of re-releasing many underrated and cult gems, there are still quite a few that are, as of now, quite literally stuck in the past.
The folks at Grunge have assembled a video list of underappreciated horror gems that are still only available in the US. Some have been released overseas and just about all of them can be found on poor quality bootlegs, but all remain locked on tape in the USA. From a film featuring Jeff Goldblum as the Devil to James Earl Jones narrating a western horror anthology, these are likely part of the last bastion of unexplored territory for cult film aficionados.
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If you can’t stream, or want more information, the films are all listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. The trailers are awesome retro gold on their own, and it will definitely further pique your interest in these underseen genre flicks. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Way back at the dawn of home media, your parents didn’t have streaming movies and TV like us advanced future people. Instead, they had to rely on VHS tapes: blocky cassettes that displayed video of questionable quality and which fell apart way too easily. Some pretty cool horror movies were released on home video during that time, and a lot of them never made the jump to DVD or Blu-ray…
Blood Beach (1981, Directed by Jeffrey Bloom)
Official Synopsis: Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature responsible? Where does it live, and where did it come from? And is there any chance of it reproducing? Meanwhile, David Huffman and Mariana Hill are once-almost-married old friends, reunited over the death of her mother on the beach, and searching for clues in the abandoned buildings where they used to play when they were young.
Killers (1996, Directed by Mike Mendez)
Official Synopsis: Odessa and Kyle James were just your average American boys until the night they went upstairs and killed their parents in cold blood… and smiled.
Mister Frost (1990, Directed by Philippe Setbon)
Official Synopsis: Frost is arrested and committed for murder after he is apprehended burying his victims in the garden. However, even while under psychiatric care and tight hospital security, it becomes obvious that Mr. Frost is not all he seems to be, but he is dangerous nonetheless.
The Keep (1983, Directed by Michael Mann)
Official Synopsis: Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.
Blue Monkey (1987, Directed by William Fruet)
Official Synopsis: Detective Jim Bishop and Dr. Rachel Carson must find a way to stop a giant monstrous insect that’s eating people in her quarantined hospital before it procreates and spreads a deadly infection it’s carrying.
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Grim Prairie Tales (1990, Directed by Wayne Coe)
Official Synopsis: A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.
Dream Demon (1988, Directed by Harley Cokeliss)
Official Synopsis: A young woman about to be married begins having terrifying dreams about demons. When she wakes, however, the demons are real and begin to commit gruesome murders.
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