AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Fangoria Mail Order VHS ads

Awesometoberfest 2019

It doesn’t get much more 80s than mail order horror VHS tapes.  And Fangoria magazine is rife with all kinds of awesome mail order VHS ads. Here are a few.


From Fangoria 21 (1982).  Driller Killer!  Snuff!  I’ve never heard of Snuff.  I’m going to have to look that up.  Look at the prices.  $44.95 for ONE tape (plus $3 s/h, of course).  That was the sell through price!  Before that studios used rental pricing and it was over a hundred bucks!


From Fangoria #23 (1982).  An Unholy 9.  I love that.  A few gems in here too.  The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Fulci’s Zombie.  Man, that I Spit on Your Grave is a tough watch.


From Fangoria #54 (1986). I love the art on this Mail Order Nightmares! from Mail Box Video.  Silent Night, Deadly Night is a classic.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Make Them Die Slowly, but it sounds AWESOME.


This is from Fangoria #49 (1985). It’s not a mail order ad, per se, it’s actually a call in phone order.  It’s still a pretty great ad.  I *totally* remember that Doctor Gore VHS cover.  I never got to get it, but I remember it in Fangoria a lot and I think it showed up at my local video store.



Also, check out the blog Countdown to Halloween for more Halloween-y, bloggy AWESOMEness.

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One Response to “AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Fangoria Mail Order VHS ads”

  1. Love them! I was saying to my wife the other day that the art on the old VHS horror covers is almost a separate thing from the movies themselves. The promise of the art is almost more than the movies can handle, and usually never live up to. But that art can be so amazing.

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