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

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  1. Paul0889

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    there was an awesome forbes video a block from my house when i was younger. they actually specialized in horror and rare/hard to find flicks. i loved them but unfortunately they closed back in like '99.
     
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    Kroger, of all places. I still remember blind renting a flick there I'd never heard of before called Sleepaway Camp. And the rest is history.
     
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    There was a small small local vid store/corner store near my home back north... the dude carried all the cool little horror flicks... he would even hold new releases for me sometimes...
    Nowadays... here in Toronto... Suspect Video all the way!
     
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    This thread reminds me of how much I miss the old days of chasing rare VHS tapes.I knew every rental spot within 3 hours of me.I found myself trying to buy the copies off the shelves rather than renting and got mixed respones.Some thought horror movies were junk and sold them to me as low as 2 bucks and others wouldn't part with their tapes no matter the price.
    I remember one spot about 30 minutes from here,it was a laundry mat owned by a Middle Easterner that had a rental section.I asked if he would sell titles from the shelf and he took me into a back room filled with old vhs tapes.He said anything I wanted for 3 bucks each.I spent around $100 on that trip.
    I do love my DVDs but there won't ever be the same hunting factor that there was back in the days of the vhs.
     
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    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    I also remember hunting down those "dubs" of rare stuff... places like video junkie and panaction direct... it was so exciting getting those packages in the mail... knowing you were going to see roughcuts and unrated versions of films... it was a good feeling... it's all gone now... doesn't feel the same... I love DVD's... love em... but now... when you hear someting is coming out uncut or with long lost deleted scenes... its just "oh ya"... no more of that feeling of... awesomeness... :)
     
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    So many VHS titles were cut in this area.DVD brought me my first look at uncut versions of Day of the Dead,Burial Ground,Class of Nuke Em High and many others.So,I won't complain but someday I may collect vhs again.I will not however replace my collection with another format.This is it for me.
     
  7. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Werehouse Records in Reno/Sparks had some great horror flicks to choose from. In the early 80's there were many mom and pop video stores to choose from. Twilight Video was managed by my high school English teacher and they had all the great films - their format was what Blockbuster is today (only they rented Adult and uncensored videos) what with inhouse popcorn, icecream cones and sodas for sale. Video Station had the biggest, most complete horror section and they were so cool to us. They let me rent anything I wanted even without my parents with me.
    Most, sadly, folded but they all seemed to have the HOOK UP in regards to horror films! In 1981, at the Werehouse Reno store, there was ONE counter with a glasstop with their handful (literally) of rentals: HALLOWEEN (the oldest Media one), THE FURY (Magnetic Video) and only a few others. I remember the box of the Marilyn Chambers film "Insatiable" proudly out and on display with all the other films. They didn't trip about that and neither did customers, it seemed. I watched the format take hold and really take off.
     
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    Thought I'd re-animate this thread to contribute my video store memories. We used to have three cool video stores here. Movies-N-Stuff, Off-Broadway Video and some place that didn't even have a sign. Even before I was old enough to get away with renting horror films, I would go to the horror section and just admire all of the cool box art. It was like an art gallery for me. Eventually, my mom let me start renting horror films and life was great. These places had amazing horror selections, always something interesting to discover. And each had a whole different atmosphere which made things even more exciting. Eventually years later, Video Stop moved into town and within a few years, all three other places either closed down or moved to another city. Video Stop had no character and a pathetic horror selection. They didn't even have The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Half the damn store was filled with 75 copies of each new release leaving no room for the good stuff. Video Stop then became a Hollywood Video (same shitty store, just a new name on the sign). Back when the good rental places closed, I vowed to never rent from these corporate chain stores. It has now been about eight years since I've rented a movie. I hope the Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos of the world rot in hell. The mom & pop video stores of yesteryear will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always hold a grudge against the big chain stores that shut them down. The Movies-N-Stuff building became a phone store and Off-Broadway Video became a fitness place. The third place (the one that didn't have a sign) became a used car lot. Sad times. "Nostalgia" is usually defined as remembering the past as better than it actually was, which is why I won't use that word here. For me, those times were in fact just as great as I remember them and I'll never let those video store memories fade away.
     
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    Two local mom-and-pop shops. Silver Screen Video and 49 Cent Video.

    I miss them both o-so much! :(
     
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    Superior Video. They had just expanded from a small store beside a convenience store to an old sports supply warehouse. The horror section was huge, probably about 4 rows of horror on rack upon rack. Lots of obscure films too. It was a dream. It actually just closed down last year, which was a real shame. There were still horror movies on those shelves that I had never even heard about.
     
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    I totally didnt notice this thread the first time. For me too it was Jumbo as I am also in Canada. There was also Trident Video, Bandito Video, Best Choice, and the rental section of various convenience stores including the large Pop Shoppe (whre I rented Fulci's Zombie for the first time). All in Hamilton, Ont, Canada. I would ride my bike armed with all these memberships my dad got me to these places.

    Oh yeah, and I still have some of my Jumbo video receipts for rentals like Scarecrow!

    BTW Great thread, Ash!
     
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    Rented all my horror titles from West Coast Video in the Philly area.
    The most memorable were Fear No Evil and Nightmare (dir. Romano Scavolini).
    I can recall stopping the VCR numerous times during Nightmare whenever a family member walked by.

    Sis: What are you watching??
    Me: (mumbling)uhh…I dunno. Cable…

    Nothing says "RENT ME" like a yellow warning sticker.
     
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    It was a place called Checker Video. It was right by my mom's work, which is where I'd be after school until she got off around 4. Every friday we would order a pizza at the Little Caeser's next to it. Then, while it was cooking, head over to Checker Video where she'd let me rent two movies and a video game. It even had one of those notorious porn rooms in the back which me and my bro always tried to snag a peak whenever someone went in. But yeah, that store basically popped my horror cherry and then some.
     
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    Video Station in Reno, Nevada from 1983 to 1999. Also Twilight Video (one of the many names) was staffed by my high school English/Media Arts teacher. Those places had the cool flicks and the staff who really loved alternative films. They excelled in horror and foreign films. Video Maniacs in Reno carried the torch (sorta) but fell into the Blockbuster mode. I think they folded. I used to work at a place called Major Video (which was in the Blockbuster mode...owned by them now, I think) in 1990. It was fun and they stocked the cool flicks along with the (then) new stuff. Late at night I could play flicks like "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama" on the store monitors. :)
    In San Francisco it's Le Video all the way. I also miss a place called Captain Video - they were old school...including the original 80's VHS's. They folded a few short years ago which was very sad because I was friendly with the owners.
     
  15. blood vamp

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    Video Shack was the only souce of vhs for me in the 80s and i had to drive from New Jersey to Manhattan to rent out films and two days later,drive back to return them. Also we had a Palmer Video which had a good selection of cult and horror titles.When Bo Dereks film 10 opened in the theater,Palmer had the vhs in stock the same day. good times before Blockbuster.
     
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    The Roxy and Darien Video for me. I would go right to the horror sections and not even think about checking out any other genres. The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Blood Beach, The Creeping Flesh, My Bloody Valentine, Tales from the Crypt, The Prowler, Funhouse, Mutilator, Sleepaway Camp -ah, to be a kid again to see these flicks for the first time :)
     
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    Where I'm from we had Video n Balloons over by the roller rink. They did foil balloons as well as video rentals. Used to go there before we had a VCR and just read the big boxes! This was before the mainstream companies really caught on and so there was a lot of Continental et al. and I'll never forget the Zombie poster they had upstairs!!

    A few years later House of Video opened up in Catskill NY and it was a blast! Before it got torn down to make a space for an Aubuchon Hardware and it moved into the retail space next door it actually was a house!! Apprently someone kept their house between Jamesway and Burger King and finally it became a video store. It was tiny and there was a room just before the curtained area where you could find quite a few horror titles (God bless companies like Gorgon and Wizard).

    I'd long since moved away but I stil go to Catskill to visit my mom. Went past the place and found out House of Video was closing. I pulled in and bought some old horror titles, and asked them to go far into the back and give me 2 or 3 of the old VHS rental cases with the yellow House Of Video stickers with the hours on the back.

    Wow, because my memory on this has faded so much and the age I was when I usedta go to these places I suddenly feel old...
     

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