Just weeks ago many a feather was ruffled when Walmart, the “wannabe-PC” powerhouse retailer changed the packaging of the brilliant A Christmas Horror Story. The title that we all know and love suddenly became “A Holiday Horror Story” (seriously… What in the… f– We’ll watch our language, the Walmart execs may have eyes on us!), leaving hordes of genre fanatics talking up Walmart’s awkward decisions and unnecessary adjustments. And the truth is, that was a genuinely absurd move by America’s go-to money saver. What in Heaven’s name is so offensive about the words Christmas and Horror appearing in a single title?
Don’t try to answer that, no one alive can do so with a straight face.
Well… Walmart strikes… again.
Deathgasm, one of the finest pictures released in 2015, won’t be so easy to find at Walmart if you’re actually looking for “Deathgasm.” This one has now been adjusted to meet the requests of… uh… crickets? Anyhow, you’ll find this one with a packaging that reads, Heavy Metal Apocalypse.
Got quite the ring to it.
Why Walmart has opted to tweak titles that lack profanity is beyond the reach of this feeble little brain (especially these days, when it seems every 12-year old you talk to sounds like they’re going on 20), but it’s happening, and it’s silly. Just the same, if you do make your disc purchases at the big W, keep in mind that you’re looking for what some may unfortunately mistake for a film that isn’t Deathgasm. You’re looking for Heavy Metal Apocalypse, an uninventive enough film title to tempt us to never type it again… we probably wouldn’t if it weren’t for the sake of the film’s sales
If you haven’t seen it, we really suggest you do so. I’m not even a heavy metal guy (in the slightest), but I absolutely adored Deathgasm. It epitomizes the word fun, and the respectful tribute to great 80s films is more than just charming. This is a future classic; buy it, regardless of how the outer packaging reads.
Here’s a look at the Walmart cover.