Many horror fans reminisce about the days of old, when trips to the local video store wowed them with wide-eyed wonder. Gory cover art, hefty clamshells and aisles upon aisles of dusty boxes crammed together and stacked a mile high all left a huge impression upon our twisted, horror-loving hearts. If you worship the the rare, esoteric, out-of-print and underappreciated at the altar of VHS, then you'll want to read on.

Fellow videovores Josh and Ted run Lunchmeat -- a magazine that celebrates the best of VHS. I asked them to collaborate with me on a video box art column showcasing the badassery of their personal VHS collection. This is a pic post, so think of it like a stroll through the video store. We're going to be highlighting various goodies from different releasing companies and will be mixing things up a bit in the months to come. If there's something you want to see (a theme/topic/genre) let us know in the comments section below and if they have it, you got it!

Hit the jump and travel back in time to that favorite video store haunt.
First, a word from our sponsor ...

Greetings, Videovores! Glad to see you back for another taste of Lunchmeat's Video Vittles! This course is courtesy of a bodacious releasing company by the name of Trans World Entertainment. These hunks of black gold were released in big-box-style plastic cases, with slip style print work -- much like our last video installment, featuring World Video Pictures. Trans World had these kick-ass, in-your-face live action covers and always managed to employ supremely talented artists for their illustrations; not to mention, they were all beaming from those beloved, oversized boxes. Trans World stayed busy over the years releasing now obscure titles such as House of Terror, Video Murders, Hell Riders and the seemingly impossible to find on video H.G. Lewis flick, This Stuff'll Kill Ya! I'd love to run across that video in a dusty, old dirt-mall somewhere. Most of TW's stuff never made it to DVD, and if it did, it's either a cheap-o release, or a crappy bootleg. Stick with the videos! Hope you tapeheads dig! -- JRS

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categories Features, Horror