In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

It Came From The Archives 28.6!

During the early eighties, just before Arnie and Sly became superstars, my favourite action star was Chuck Norris. When we got First Choice, it was flooded with his movies, so I cut my teeth very early on with titles Forced Vengeance and Lone Wolf McQuade. Before Aliens and Die Hard came along, twelve-year-old me would have said my favourite action movie was Invasion USA. A decade later, when I was rescuing all these rental inserts, I must have still carried a torch for him because I noticed a good number of his catalogue now sifting through them. So for all your Chuck fans out there, this one's for you!


This concludes my rental sleeve archive. If you'd like to peruse the entire collection, please click the links below.

2014  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 
2019  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8  Part 9  Part 10 

Friday, July 19, 2019

It Came From The Archives 28.5!

One of Blockbuster's most nefarious edicts was its internally mandated views on censorship. In Canada at least, Big Blue did not deal in unrated versions of movies. We got “Rated” titles which were cut down unbeknownst to the consumer because in Canada, R usually meant the hard stuff. Blockbuster then took things a step further by introducing the Youth Restricted Viewing program.

Under no circumstances were you able to rent anything with this sticker to anyone under 18. My buddy still gives me shit for denying his request to rent Hollywood Hot Tubs back when we were in high school. I keep telling him my boss was standing right there, but he still busts my balls about it to this day.

I mean, it would've been all right if these movies with the YRV stickers had actually been risqué material, but look at the titles below. Do these strike you as stuff that is particularly damaging to young eyes, in comparison to the titles I've shown you over the last four days?

Come back tomorrow for one last post that covers one of my childhood heroes. And no, it's not Freddy or Jason.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

It Came From The Archives 28.4!

So I mentioned before, when it came to movies (excluding docs and the kids section which was its own separate ring of hell in the corner by the beanbag chairs) Blockbuster only saw the world in three colours - Drama, Comedy & Action. Inexplicably, Horror & Sci-Fi were listed as a subcategory of the latter. When I first started working there (it was a Major Video that later became a Cockbuster) these sections were massive, but they sadly got pared down as time went on. 

Here below are the inserts from the Sci-Fi section. I'm sure you''ll notice that several of these could've been just as easily been in the Horror section, as well.

Check back tomorrow when I regale you with one of BBV's more boneheaded practices (and there were many).