What was your favourite video store to rent Horror films growing up?

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  1. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

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    OK nostalgia time. share your thoughts/stories on those long lost mom and pop video stores or old retail chains where you would go to rent Horror films as a kid.

    My favourite would of had to of been Jumbo Video. For those living in Ontario they may remember that they had their own Horror room that was designed to look like a dungeon with creepy music playing and free popcorn while you browsed. I remember spending to much time just staring at the different covers and drooling. Unfortunately Jumbo doesn't have that room now a days and the chain has dwindled down to only a few stores here and there and none where I live.

    Ahh Those were the good old days.
     
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  2. I loved Jumbo so much I ended up working there for a while....although the horror room turned into the games castle after a while.

    Another great place here in Newmarket was Super Dino Video....any low budget horror that Jumbo didn't have Super Dino had.
     
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    Ah...The Movie Stop in grand Erie, PA. I actually ended up working there when I turned 18. Pretty much the greatest store ever. Huge selection, and the place where I first got to see movie like I Spit on Your Grave, Make Them Die Slowly, Messhiah of Evil, and 100s more. It actually just closed about a year or two ago after a 20+ year run, I was very sorry that I was not in the area to pick up some of their stuff. All of their movies where cut boxes...and color coded. The horror tapes where all in blue clamshell cases. One very cool thing they did was to keep new releases for each section at the begining of each section...so you could always find all the new horror together. Great place to work, great place to rent.
    In college I went to place called Video Barn in Rochester, NY. Another great store...I am pretty sure it is still open...I have seen them list stuff on ebay.
    Here in the Boston area (where I have been for the past 5 years) I have managed to find a few...even though I never rent anymore...but they have been great places to buy really rare stuff for a buck or two apiece. Video Exchange in Marlboro, MA The Music Forum in Gardner, MA, Video Exchange in Lynn, MA, and Best Video in Hamden, CT all come to mind. It is very cool to see places like this still surviving!
     
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    Dollar Video It was a small chain back then. They had everything, and I mean everything in the horror dept. They had this deal on old releases. 7 movies for 7 days for seven dollars. What a deal.
     
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    ekent The Lord's Arm of Justice

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    There was a Movie Time located within walking distance from my house. They were a local outfit that had about 6 locations. My mother put me on her account and gave me permission to rent rated R flicks. She'd send me to the store to get her a video, and I could get one too. Every 10th rental was free, and they always sold their posters. If the posters didn't sell after a while, they'd put them in a free bin.

    Cockbuster and Movie Gallery invaded, and Movie Time was no more.

    On a side note, there was another mom and pop outfit in town called Video21, and they had 4 or 5 locations. They actually survived the Cockbuster/Movie Gallery invasion by scaling back to one store, and keeping a copy of everything. They still have their massive library of classic VHS and are the only video store that I go to anymore. They are chock full of Something Weird titles, foreign films, cult, porn, you name it. Very cool place that is actually cooler than the mom and pop stores from back in the day.
     
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    SilverScreen Video and 49 Cent Video.
     
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    Almost forgot that in High school, a local discount pharmacy store (Phar-Mor) used to have a really great selection of tapes (beyond the door II, Night of the Death Cult, etc, etc) Movie rentals were 3 for 1.50. Limit 6 per night.
     
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    A local chain of supermarkets had that 7 movies for 7 days for 7 dollars deal--I'd rent there a lot--saw PINK FLAMINGOS for the first time, along with TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD and a lot of others.

    There was also a great video store/music/CD/book store where I went to college that is still around [it's a regional chain] which had the general releases for 50 cents. I got my first exposure to Jess Franco there.

    In my hometown there was Joe's TV, which had a few oddball VHS titles, like TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM. That one's still around too [my hometown is too small for Hollywood/Blockbuster to open a store], though it's just the boring typical DVD releases now, nothing unusual. I went there last year and couldn't find a single thing to rent.
     
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    Video Towne and Network Video. They always had a great selection with great prices. Then Blockbuster came and took them all out. Recently Movie Gallery was the place to be. Their 5 for $5.99 Rentals was a steal, and they had a lot of good stuff until they sold it all.
     
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    I loved going to Video One in Thiensville, WI, when I was a kid. They had a great Horror/Sci-Fi section that I would visit every time my mom drove me there. I rented Monster Squad and My Science Project numerous times, along with Tremors and Young Guns.

    The check-out clerks never bothered with letting some 8-9 year old kid rent R-rated movies while his mother waited for him outside in the car. They also put in a used CD bin that I frequented once I hit my early teens. The main clerk was a good-looking woman my sister and I called "Meg Ryan Lady" whenever we saw her, because, well, she looked like the actor (before she turned into a rubber frog. Seriously, Meg, get help.).

    One time, I was very sick on my birthday--which also happened to coincide with the VHS release of Young Guns II. Video One held a copy for me, so my mom could pick it up and cheer me up on my birthday--while I was snotting everywhere. Thanks, Video One! They also had a pretty badass NES rental section.

    I had long since moved away by the time DVDs hit the scene, so I have no idea if Video One tried to play that game, but I recently visited my old hometown for a friend's bachelor party and was saddened to see that Video One was no more. Hope Meg Ryan Lady turned out ok. :)
     
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    Man, I don't even remember the name. For me, it was before the big stores came around. There were ONLY Mom-N-Pop stores. There was one nearby with a big horror section, and I got to rent all the movies I'd HEARD about, but never seen. That was where I was first exposed to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Spit on Your Grave, The Brood, Last House on the Left, Creepers (Phenomena), etc.
     
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    I had 2 that I actually rented from. Lee's Summit Video, where I saw Faces of Death 1-4 for the 1st time.

    Movies At Home, where I rented Trap Them and Kill Them, and Make Them Die Slowly, AKA Cannibal Ferox.

    Lee's Summit Video closed down because of Cockbuster moving only 1/2 mile from them, and Movies at Home, closed down a few years ago, which was the last Mom and Pop video store where I live. And I knew the owner of Lee's Summit Video, and he would hold movies for me every Tuesday, and you go 3 for $5.00, and after 10 tickets you got a movie free, and they had FREE POPCORN, which was better than Movie Theatre Popcorn.
     
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    My fondest memories growing up in Bathurst, NB are of CHALEUR VIDEO. That store was around for a couple of years, and was among the first video stores in the city. This was in the days of only ONE copy per title and you had to pay to become a "member". But this is the place I first rented stuff like "The Evil Dead", "The Hitcher", "10 to Midnight" and "Invasion U.S.A." Damn cool.

    I also have to throw out a vote to PLAZA VIDEO in Charlottetown, PEI. That was a true Mom and Pop store with a little porn room in the back the owner nicknamed "the happy room". That store actually folded because of JUMBO moving into the same strip mall. It was a place of many offbeat horror titles, and when it closed the owner gave me a copy of "The Addiction" free.
     
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    We didn't have no VCR when I was a kid. :D
     
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    Schnucks and Video Flicks.

    Both were basically large video rental centers in grocery stores, and they both had a ton of obscure horror (and other) titles to rent. Video Flicks split off in later years and became a seperate large entertainment store. They even rented out CD's and Laserdiscs for a while. They eventually closed down for good, but when they did almost everything was up to 90% off...I got some really sweet deals there at the end.
     
  16. Two in Brooklyn, NY, Musique and Big Top Video, both hole in the wall places. In fact, Big Top was as big as huge walk-in closet...yet various summers, found myself renting the likes of Evil Dead I & II, The Exorcist I & II, Gremlins, Critters and countless others introduced by this little video store!

    Ash28m,

    That store sounds wicked...a horror section with spooky music & free popcorn! Dang! Forever lost in time! :(
     
  17. Matt1977

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    I'm the same. I used to love Saturday afternoons because we always made a stop at Jumbo after my parents bought grocery's. My little sister was always scared shitless by the monster they had set up in the one corner.

    Later on we used to hit this place called Video Wiz (or jiz). Handsdown it had the best horror selection I've ever come across...and then came Blockbuster and the Wiz shut down. That was a sad day.
     
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    Pleasanton Video in Pleasanton, CA. First rented ZOMBIE, MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and everything else from there.
     
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    I'd have to say it's Amazon.com, DVDPacific.com and others (with .com) 'cuz Blockbuster and West Coast Video both fled from here some months ago because of the overwhelming and evergrowing DVD and CD piracy.

    It was no business for 'em.
     
  20. There was a place called Lancaster Video. They had two stores in two different towns. One of them was in an alright town. But the section of town it was in, is so bad, I could see people being scared to go there even during the day! They had tons of shit like Simon: King Of The Witches, Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Strange Things, The Power, Ghosts That Still Walk, Video Violence, Satan's Touch, Redneck Zombies and The Icebox Murders.

    The other store was in a much better town and had a great horror section too with shit like Don't Go In The Attic(Or was it Don't Look?) and Return Of The Family Man.

    Stores like this are pretty much no more nowadays, and that's a true shame. Their memory will forever live on, however.
     

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