Friday, May 13, 2016

VHS Memories XXXXI: Happy Friday the 13th!

Given that it's Friday the 13th, I thought I'd delve back into the world of everybody's favorite hockey mask wearing, machete swinging psycho. Specifically, some of the more interesting and amusing VHS covers that have come out over the years. We got ten movies (with the US box art as well, not bothering with Freddy vs. Jason) to look at so buckle up, it's gonna be a fun ride.

For the most part, the covers took the poster art or some element from it and went with it but there were some interesting variations. Most of what you will see is from Australia but there is one coming up that is more or less the extreme variation to end all extreme variations.

Friday the 13th

 I kinda like the overall basic simplicity of this one.

This one uses the UK artwork, I believe.

 For some reason, I really dig old school Warner Brothers sleeves from abroad. May have to do a piece on that sometime.

 This one sort of reminds me of the box art for Sleepaway Camp.

Not exactly a match but the feeling is there.

Friday the 13th Part 2

 The cheesy movie fan in me loves how the ad copy starts with the tagline from Jaws 2. Sort of fits since that film more or less turns a shark into a slasher movie villain. Great choice of images for the back too.

 Not much difference here but I do like the black background.

Friday the 13th Part 3
 Maybe my favorite box art from the series. Great front, great back, just very nicely done.

 But since we're talking variations, this one is my favorite.

 Good lord, now that is the kind of cover that makes you drool as a kid. Or run out of the store screaming, depending on how brave you are. Either way, I'd bet nonessential parts of my anatomy that no kid in their right mind walked up their mom and asked if they could rent  it. That's what older brothers are for.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

 Kind of hard to beat this one as it's pretty damn good. For some reason, the shot of Corey Feldman in his monster mask always creeped me out more than the hockey mask on the front when I was a kid. Not sure why.

 I sort of love how they made a fairly big time release (the damn thing made enough money to justify more sequels) look way cheaper than it actually is.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning

 Not bad, kind of dull. Dig the red light though, though I am disgustingly lenient when it comes to this film.

 At least they used the original poster art which is a bit more colorful and interesting.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

 Always liked this one, just the blue and the way the mask is back lit is just cool.

 Pretty nice variation, also better images on the back cover.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

 This is probably the best stateside art. The poster was alreadt great and the back image just gives you Jason in action which is all you really need.

 And with the use of the tagline, this one is even better.

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
 See comments for Part VII.

 See comments for Part VII. (Ain't I a stinker?)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

 I had a huge poster of this art on my door when I was in high school. This is when cover art begins to get somewhat generic, sadly. The Australian covers are a bit better, though.

 Miss the masl motif but the back images are better.

 Now this is more like it!

Jason X
 Couldn't find a good image for the US VHS box but the DVD is pretty much an expanded version of it. Not bad, though.

 Australian version is better.

That's all I got. Happy Friday the 13th!

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