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

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  1. rxfiend

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    there were a few stores around where I lived when I was younger. the two I rented from most was "Circus Video" and "Couch Potato Video." Circus Video was a video store / pizza restaurant that had a lot of kid stuff (arcades, playground, etc...). The video section was HUGE and oddly enough, had the town's largest porno section at the time (LOL!). I remember renting "Make Them Die Slowly" from them as well as numerous others. They had quite a huge horror selection. The business only lasted a few years unfortunately.
    Couch Potato was cool. It was a small store, but they had this small room dedicated to horror films. I got to know the owners so they would let me buy some of the used vhs copies. I picked up quite a few tapes that way. Unfortunately they sold the business and it went out of town. Nowadays, video stores just don't seem the same. There is just something about video stores that had boxes and boxes of video tapes of movies you'd never even heard of. Video stores now usually just carry mainstream dvds and DTV stuff.
     
  2. Xtro_13

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    Wow, that would be a video store called "Events on Video", or "EOV" for short. Rented both VHS and Beta tapes. Used to get bootlegged tapes from the owner.
     
  3. old-boo-radley

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    Video Break had 5 movies for 5 days for 5 bucks. Although, the memory is gone as to what they had. We generally rented the F13 flicks over and over again, weekend in and weekend out. I remember renting I Was a Teenage Zombie from there. I still want to see that flick again, but it's hard to find now. Also NOTLD, which I refused to watch because it was black and white.
     
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    Another video store, which I think was a chain, was National Video. We had
    2 of them in Lee's Summit, and one of them was were we rented our 1st VCR in the early 80s, and that was where I first rented Lucio Fulci's Zombie, and Herschell Gordon Lewis's Color Me Blood Red, and the other location I got a Lost Boys poster, which I still have.
     
  5. For people in southern Ontario head to Aurora (just a wee bit north of Toronto) and check out Fabulous Flicks....it's still around and still a mom and pop video store (with a decent horror section as soon as you walk in).
     
  6. Sam

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    Chain wise, definitely Movie Gallery was the favorite growing up in the Southeast. As far as indies - there were two locals called Video Ventures and Hometown Video that were gems for finding $.99 catalog rentals. The staff at the indies were always really friendly and loved talking movies, too.
     
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    We had Reel Entertainment and Globe Video here in Marion,OH.
     
  8. DrHerbertWest

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    I grew up in Vancouver, WA. For those who live in the United States, you've either never heard of it or think, "Is that near Seattle???"

    Needless to say, all we had was grocery stores, Hollywood & Blockbuster. I fondly remember Hollywood because my buddy and I used to rent old WWF tapes back in the day.

    Upon moving to Spokane, I found Hastings and fell in love, especially when I started buying more DVDs and CDs. I started working there in 2004 and I'm still there. Of course, knowing I have an employee discount causes some financial strains sometimes but it all works out.
     
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    We had a great video store called Video Roma within walking distance of my parents, it is no longer there. They had a huge horror section of just about the most obscure stuff you could imagine-Wizard video, Vestron, Thorn.EMI. I rented Ghosthouse, Deadly Spawn, Dawn Of The Mummy, countless obscure slasher films from this place. Another plus was that the girls who worked there were pretty much all gorgeous, I even dated one of them for awhile. Great memories. They recently opened a great horror film and import dvd store called Sukubus near where I live, but I have been informed that it has already gone bankrupt and is no longer there. I hope I'm wrong, that place was awesome.
     
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    A place called "Video Corner" was one of my favorites to rent movies. They had a huge seperate section with all the latest in horror and unrated stuff. Their weekend special was 'rent 5 movies and get one free', plus, they'd give you a ticket if you brought back a new release on time. So if you saved up 5 tickets you'd get another free rental. Ahhhh those were the days. They would also do raffles from time to time (to get rid off their old stuff no doubt) and we won used tapes of Ghoulies, Make Them Die Slowly, The Red Dawn and Demoniac :)
     
  11. Luna

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    Ahh, I miss B&V Video and KVG Video in the Bronx, NY. They both had an amazing selection of horror for the time, and KVG was Italian owned so they had more eurohorror than any other store in the neighborhood. KVG put out a yearly video guide with all the titles they had in stock and a short synopsis of each. For a few years, that book was like my Bible and really came in handy for deciding what to rent every night. I guess the only thing I wouldn't miss today is the $50 membership fee.
     
  12. I don't miss that part either...what was that some kind of DEPOSIT? I also specifically remember they were not 3 day or 2 day rentals, but ONE DAY rentals...that's right, I had to return them the NEXT day anytime before the store actually closed! I remember me & my cousin sprinting to the store, to not only get them there on time, but to rent something else...

    ...wow, I actually RAN to the video store! Netflix & BB online only helps asses get fatter don't it?
     
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    The first one I went to in my home town was called VIDEO STATION,it was a small local chain.The video cases were actually fastened to the walls with velcro (?) but the cassettes themselves were held behind the counter in clear plastic cases.I rented stuff like TALES FROM THE CRYPT(the amicus one) and all the old Prism Video releases plus a lot of the low budget 80's pics that were there(they had a lot of VHS titles that still aren't on DVD ,including EYES OF A STRANGER,THE NESTING,and NEW YEARS EVIL).When chains like Errol's and Blockbuster came in,they closed up.I did a job(I used to do construction work) at the the home of the husband and wife team that owned the store not long after it closed.Their den was stacked high with their old rental tapes.While I was working there I actually saw the woman go over to the video pile,pick up the Warner big box of THE SHINING,pop the tape out,place some scotch tape over the tab,and tape over it with ALL MY CHILDREN (back when that film retailed for $70.00).

    The coolest place nearby now is Naro Video,which is next door to The Naro Cinema,a classic 30's vintage arthouse theater.Thats where I first rented a widescreen version of SUSPIRIA.They got into DVD's early (and had all of Anchor Bay's Tin box sets for rentals).They had shelves dedicated to Carpenter,Romero and Argento and loads of import and hard to find tapes and discs.It's still in business and still your best bet to find a truly offbeat rental !
     
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    I live in an ultra small town, and for years Bob Bearden's video merchant was the A#1 place to go for all your video desires. Unfortunately, Bob closed up when the movie gallery came into town, and now you're lucky if you can rent something that came out before 2006 =( .
     
  16. Shannafey

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    I can't remember but almost any store had a great horror selection back then, before the days when Blockbuster and Hollywood took over the market!
     
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    I just noticed that you live in Mississauga. Whereabouts do you live? I live in Meadowvale now, (just moved there late last year) but I grew up around the Valleys. I remember there being a Jumbo Video store like the one you described. There used to be a great video store in Central Parkway Mall (I haven't been there in a while, but I think I heard somewhere that they have since closed down.) I hope that's not true, they had some pretty good horrors there. There was also a really great one, I can't remember the name of it, but I know it was on Dundas. (Yeah, everything's on Dundas) But they had a FANTASTIC horror section. And entire WALL full of stuff.

    ~Matt
     
  18. Ash28M

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    Yeah I live around Cawthra and Lakeshore. I have a buddy that lives in Meadowvale. I think there were a few Jumbo's that used to do this but the one I went to was the one on Dundas and Haines (pretty sure what was the intersection). It isn't there anymore. I was at the Central Parkway Mall a couple of months ago to watch a movie. I remember they did have a video story not sure if that is the same one you are referring too. Not sure about the Dundas one you are talking about but it sounds good.
     
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    When a was a kid I'd always rent from a small independent video store called Video 10, mainly because it was just around the corner from my house. And even though the rental times we're retarded, it was due back the next day by 3:00 p.m., it was still good because the lady who ran it didn't really give a shit how old you were, she'd rent you anything. I was renting horror movies when I was 8 years old by myself.

    And they had a decent selection from what I remember, considering they were are pretty small store. And, every 10th rental was a freebie (hence the name Video 10, yeah, the owner was clever).
     

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