28 Mar 2012

GAMING: UK GAME STORES ON THE VERGE OF CLOSING

Yesterday I went shopping and like usual I never stepped foot into one clothes shop (or any other shop for that matter that a normal grown up would use). Whenever I go shopping its to browse the, dvds, video games, comics, guitar equipment, and toy stores just to see what the Transformers and WWE figures are saying.

After recently reading an article in the news about the GAME franchise being on the verge of going under I decided to head down and see what was going on. The article mentioned the stores were going to be doing a massive blow out sale to get rid of the stock so this thrilled me somewhat. However when I got there I couldn't find any bargains. I felt very sorry for the staff who are always very friendly and helpful people, who do not deserve to be made redundant. I was made redundant a few years ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience.

As I was browsing the store I over heard a customer really lashing out at a member of staff because a gift card was no longer valid. Even with all what's going down the guy was still extremely polite (which if that was me I would have probably flipped) and I thought that was very commendable and professional.

As I browsed the games though it was no surprise why this franchise is going down the shitter. I am an Xbox 360 owner and am really into my console gaming. Whenever a game I really really want comes out I will begrudgingly pay the £40 for it. However I think that with todays climate £40 is very steep for a video game. Yeah you do get your moneys worth out of them if it is something you play a lot but in most cases you complete it once and then thats it.

Not many people (especially youngsters) have £40 to spend on a video game. The most I have ever paid for a video game was £50 in April 1998 for Resident Evil 2 and I had to sell my Super Nintendo and my Atari 2600  to some horrid pawn shop in Romford and still only had half the readies. My mum kindly donated the rest of the money because she is a legend.

Anyway enough reminiscing about the day I bought the greatest video game ever. As the new games are all in the £40 price range (even the shit ones) I always browse the second hand games. This is what I think is stupid even the second hand games are £27.99! Thats a fucking joke! Selling second hand games (that they have only paid the previous owner a fraction of the games value) at a similar price as a brand new game is just ridiculous.

The only real bargain I saw was a Pro Evo game from 2008 that was like 50p or something. Don't get me wrong there were games like Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire for like £14 which is pretty good value but anything more recent in the preowned section was £20 or over.

If you are looking in that section you more than likely are not looking to spend that kind of money on a second hand item and why should you? Now there are things like lovefilm.com which send you any game you want in the post for £15 a month then why bother visiting GAME? Amazon is always good with prices and when you reserve a game sometimes they even knock the price down so why bother visiting GAME?

Also the fact you can now download video games via Xbox live and Playstation network, you dont even need to leave your seat. Also the fact that supermarket chains now stock video games must have a big impact on the GAME franchise. The last Xbox game I bought was in fact in Tesco's, as I was food shopping and really wanted a copy of Saints Row The Third so I killed 2 birds with one stone.

I am sad that the GAME stores might be closing for good as it has always been somewhere I go when shopping. I feel very sorry for all the hard working and helpful people that might lose their jobs. With this current economic climate the shops I like to visit are all disappearing one by one. It is getting to the stage where I wont have to visit the mall anymore as there is nothing left for me.

It is amazing to think that such a store could be shutting shop when the gaming industry it self is booming. So what is the reason for GAMES demise? I would say a mixture of their products being over priced in a time when people don't have the money, the evolution of web shopping and the competition of chain supermarkets stocking the same products.

I will miss GAME but I guess its just evolution baby!

26 Mar 2012

WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII THOUGHTS AND PICKS


So this time next week the grandaddy of them all is going down in Miami Florida. Wrestlemania is bigger to me than Christmas and this year will be the 20th Wrestlemania I have watched live on TV. This years Wrestlemania looks to be one for the record books and will be a huge improvement from last years clusterfuck which almost stopped me from watching WWE completely.

However since then things have improved and I have every confidence that the sport of wrestling (which I love more than any other sport) will return to its former glory with all the amazing talent that are on the up, so to speak.

Today I will give my thoughts and picks of all the Wrestlemania matches apart from the divas match that has that famous bitch involved and lets face it, who gives a shit about that match. They should have booked Karma (Awesome Kong) against Beth Phoenix in a match that would make the Divas title mean something. Until the WWE starts taking this division seriously there is no chance in hell that I ever will.

So lets go from the bottom of the card with this one

TEAM TEDDY VS TEAM JOHNNY
This one is just a cheeky way of getting more guys on the card. The whole general manager thing is something  which really needs burying for good. If I never saw Teddy Long or Johnny Ace on my TV again I really would not care and I am sure there are millions of people that agree. To much TV time has been wasted on Johnny Ace and the whole evil executive gimmick. After the Attitude era of the WWE, fans have seen every kind of screwjob, robbery and douchebag abuse of power act under the sun. More TV time should be allocated to having good matches and feuds, not power struggles which no one really gives a fuck about. Just look at this one as something to beef the card up and giving more of the boys a Wrestlemania match. I dont care enough about this match to even pick a winner.

KANE VS RANDY ORTON
This should be a great action packed match for the undercard. This is a tough one to pick as Randy Orton is on a real role and has been for a long time. While Orton has always been a fantastic performer I think it was a matter of too much too soon. He won his first world title at a very young age at Summerslam 2004 against Chris Benoit and I think it was something he wasn't quite ready for. Randy Orton has always had the "it" factor but I think it has been a struggle to embellish that "it" factor. Randy Orton just gets better and better and I really do believe he is on the verge of nailing it and really becoming the performer he wants to be. Remember Steve Austin took six and a half years to find and embellish his "it" factor and he became the biggest star in WWE history. 

Kane is another fantastic performer, but has always been on a long cycle telling the same story again and again. When Glenn Jacobs first debuted as the big red machine he plowed through the entire company until he was beaten by the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XIV. After a one day title reign in 1998 Kane then drifted into the mid card. This cycle would repeat it self even to this day where the Kane character is given a make over, comes back strong, is beaten and then flounders once again on the mid card. 

If Kane loses to Orton at Wrestlemania the question will be, what is next for the big red monster? Kane needs this win more than Orton does. If Kane loses this match his latest run will go down as being a massive artistic failure for the character, who at one point was the biggest heel in the company, and was key player in helping the WWE win the Monday Night Wars.

It is such a tough one to call but I am going to say Kane to win.

CODY RHODES VS THE BIG SHOW
This has been a feud which has really been entertaining over the past few weeks. The video packages each week have been "laugh out loud" funny and Cody Rhodes is a fantastic antagonist. Cody Rhodes is a fantastic talent and he has made the Intercontinental title actually mean something. I hope he retains this belt and has a fantastic run with it. I would love for him to hold it longer than Honky Tonk just to shut that fat old prick up once and for good!

The one mistake they made with Big Show was not turning him face after Wrestlemania XXIV because he was so over at that point. Also they should use him more as an attraction like they did with Andre, instead of having him on TV every week.

I want Cody to win this one!

DANIEL BRYAN VS SHEAMUS
This time last year this match was not even televised (yet another fuck up from last years poor Wrestlemania!) and this year the same match will be held for the World title. This will now be the 5th time that a Royal Rumble winner has been in a Wrestlemania mid card match. What is the point of having the Royal Rumble if every year the winner never gets to main event Wrestlemania? Chris Jericho (the man Sheamus eliminated last) gets to face CM Punk which no doubt will be much higher up the card. I personally think that the Elimination Chamber event should be scrapped also.

This will be a fantastic match as these are both brilliant athletes. I  am going to pick Sheamus to win.

CHRIS JERICHO VS CM PUNK
I have no doubt in my mind that this one is going to steal the show in the same fashion that Steamboat and Savage did at Wrestlemania III. This is a dream match up, and I have really enjoyed the build up that these 2 guys have been doing on TV each week. 

CM Punk has made the WWE title once again mean something and was the man that made me keep watching the product as I was just about to tune out forever.

Chris Jericho's initial return was something which gained a very mixed reaction. One thing in wrestling (or life in general) that you cant do is recreate history. Chris Jericho's debut in the summer of 1999 was one of the biggest crowd pops ever in WWE history. 2 times since then they have tried to recreate that moment and failed miserably. Although the initial return did not go quite as well as planned Jericho has made up for it with this current feud with CM Punk. Expect to see the best of Chris Jericho on display next Sunday.

I cannot see CM Punk losing the strap anytime soon so I am gunna go with CM Punk for the win.

THE UNDERTAKER VS TRIPLE H
I was not very thrilled when I found out Triple H was going to be Undertakers opponent for the third time at Wrestlemania. The reason being that even though they had a good match at last years Wrestlemania, when you compare it to the amazing HBK matches from the previous years, and even their first match at Wrestlemania X-Seven it never matched up. With the addition of Hell in a Cell my interest rose and I am now looking forward to this match.

The original reason I was pissed off at Triple H being the guy to face Taker was because I wanted someone younger to have a chance. But when you think about it there is nobody on the roster who could pose a threat to the Undertakers streak apart from... the bosses son in law.

I am a fan of Triple H's ring work and I am not someone who hates on him for marrying his way into wrestling royalty but the one thing I did find annoying was the way he almost ruined CM Punks run last summer. The whole COO angle started out as a good idea but turned into wrestlecrap over night and did nothing positive for anyone involved.

The addition of Shawn Michaels as a referee does not really do anything for this match as far as I am concerned. I am actually fed up of Shawn Michaels taking up TV time with his watered down promos and shitty cowboy hat. I love Shawn Michaels and everything he has done in his carer and I think he is arguably the best in ring performer of all time, so please don't think I am burying the guy. Something I hate is non wrestling talkers and I do not care if it is Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, Stone Cold, The Rock or HBK. If you are not there to wrestle and you have officially "retired" then get the fuck off my TV and let the other boys have their fucking turn!

Anyway I am sure this will be a great match and just like every year I will be backing The Undertaker.

Aint no grave gunna hold my buddy down!

THE ROCK VS JOHN CENA
So they booked this one a year in advance when the challenge was laid down the night after Wrestlemania XXVII. Maybe the Rock felt guilty for turning up at Mania last year, doing hardly anything and cashing a big fat cheque. I have been on the Cena hate panel since about mid 2005 and here are my reasons

1. The spinner belt
2. Not turning heel
3. Putting over Kevin Federline
4. The fucking spinner belt!!!

John Cena as an athlete and a human being is someone who I have respect for. I was a John Cena fan to begin with and if you watch Wrestlemania XX he was over like rover in MSG which is one of the hardest places to get over. A lot of the reasons people hate him are not really the guys fault and more the people that write and book some of this bullshit. 

John Cena's turbulent relationship with the WWE fans is very much parallel to what happened with the Rock when he was Rocky Maivia in 1996-7. When Rocky was brought in he was a smiling baby face who the fans hated with a passion in the same way that Cena gets abused. At the time the WWE were smart enough to turn him heel and thats how he became the Rock. Cena has been a babyface who has been booed out of the buildings for over 7 years.

However with his feud with the Rock I agree 100% with John Cena. The Rock walked out at Wrestlemania XX with loads of money in the bank and decided he was a movie star now, and wrestling was beneath him. John Cena was they guy who was left to pick up the pieces on Monday night and even though he really wasn't ready yet he still gave it his best shot. 

So the Rock worked a match at Survivor Series and now he is going to Wrestlemania next Sunday and win or lose he is going to make an absolute fortune. If the Rock leaves again the night after and is never to be seen again then they should change "team bring it" to "team cash it"!

I hope the Rock does stick around after the Wrestlemania payoff as he has plenty more years in him and can still wrestle. 

My prediction for this match... it is a tough one but I want Cena to win and turn heel. It makes all the sense in the world!
HALL OF FAME
The Hall of Fame is something I really look forward to and enjoy every year. I love watching the emotional speeches and I think it is such a nice thing to for people that have worked in business which has almost zero perks once your out of it. Mike Tyson is the first celebrity inductee I have agreed with because without Mike turning up in 1998 and making the WWE relevant again god knows what could have happened. I am looking forward to watching all the inductions but I just have one thing to moan about. 

The fact guys like Randy Savage and Jake Roberts get snubbed each year makes me fucking sick. The only way the people on the internet will stop talking about the whole Savage and Stephanie affair, is if they induct him and show there really is no hard feelings. Excluding one of the greatest stars of all time (especially when you still use his image to sell action figures and video games) is quite a sad thing to do. There might be time this week to still induct one of these guys (plus a think Mick Foley deserves to be inducted) so I hope they do the right thing for once. 

Any way guys I hope you enjoy Wrestlemania as much as I am going to!

24 Mar 2012

MOVIES: SPRING/SUMMER MOVIE NEWS


This is something I have not done in a long time (actually not since the first post I did in 2009), so today I will do another round up of my thoughts. I will be giving you a write up about some of the upcoming 2012 movies, that I find interesting along with the trailers. So here goes,

AMERICAN REUNION
So the cast of the original American Pie movie are all reunited after 13 years after the original movies release. I cannot believe that the first movie was that long ago, as it only seems like 5 years ago I saw that movie in the Romford Odean (click here to read about this cinema in past article).  The sequels after the first one took a nose dive in the same fashion that the Saved by the Bell New Class did. I am sure it will be something which is acceptable to sit through, but I highly doubt it will have the same magic of the first movie.


WRATH OF THE TITANS
I did not mind the new Clash of the Titans movie (for my review click here) but it is not something I have ever had the urge to give a second watch. I am all for movies about, gladiators, Greek mythology, Spartans, and killing trolls but when you play Marilyn Manson in the background of the debut trailer.. your gunna really fuck me off. What the fuck has Marilyn Manson's cover of sweet dreams got to do with anything? Just for that reason I will not be going to see this movie!


PROMETHEUS
This is one movie I am very curious about and what the final end result will be. I have heard lots of different things already about this film and its connection to Ridley Scotts original Alien movie. I have heard that this movie is a prequel, that it is not a prequel but takes place in the same universe as Aliens, and that this movie is not a prequel and is totally unconnected. The trailer looks very exciting and interesting and will definitely be some I buy a ticket to watch. One thing to bear in mind is that Ridley Scott is very hit and miss, but when he hits he hits a home run and I hope on this occasion he hits it.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
This will more than likely be the biggest movie of the summer and the final part of the epic trilogy of Christopher Nolans Batman. The one thing I am getting ready for is disappointment, but not because of a lack of faith in this particular movie, but because of history. The reason I say this is because there has NEVER been successful third movie when it comes to comic franchises. Now yes the sequels always do well in the box office but in the heart of the true movie lovers and comic fans, it all goes downhill after the second.
Now lets see, Tim Burtons Batman was a great movie and the fans wanted more so we got Batman Returns, which was great and then Batman Forever.. Now I saw Batman Forever twice at the cinema during the summer of 1995 and enjoyed it but when you compare it to the first 2 it doesn't match up.
OK then the original Superman movie was an artistic and financial success so then they released Superman II which was even better. Superman III... the movie goes all slapstick because some one thought it would be a great idea to cast Richard Pryor because he is funny. Now I dont hate Richard Pryor in fact I am a fan but Superman III sucked. 
Now on to the Sam Raimi Spider Man movies. The first one was enjoyable even though it differs a lot from the comics, but it was a good movie so we let it slip. The second movie was fantastic, and the third... biggest pile of dog shit ever.
So after that brief history lesson you can see my point of why I am not getting my hopes up. After so many years of fuck ups on the third installment of super hero movies, you must see my point. However I will go to the cinema and watch this and I hope and pray it is as great or if not even greater than the last 2. I have tried my best to stay away from any spoilers or forums as I want to watch this film without any surprises ruined. Some people have already downloaded and read the scripts of this movie and some people even went to the length of going to the cinema recently to watch 5 minutes of this film. To be fair that is a pretty pointless thing to do when you think about it. Loads of people went to go see the new Harry Potter movie just because it had the debut of the new Batman trailer and walked out after it finished. That shit is just fucked up. Here is the trailer

THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN
So Spider Man is being given the reboot this summer and from what I have seen so far so good. So we just wipe our mouths and just pretend the last Spider Man movie never happened (which is a nice thing to) and start fresh. From what I can gather this movie is going with the story line of Peter Parker's parents becoming S.H.I.E.LD agents and leaving him with Uncle Ben and Aunt May. The tragic Gwen Stacy will be Parkers love interest for this movie (which was a subject that pissed the fans off about the last Spidey movies) and the Lizard looks to be the main antagonist. Have only seen the trailer so far and I am hoping to not see anything else until I actually go and see this movie. Looking forward to it.


THE EXPENDABLE'S 2
Now the first movie was good and I enjoyed it. It wasn't as great as I had expected it to be, but with a cast line up like that it was never going to live up to anyones expectations. I went to see the first film on the opening night, and being a fan of big explosions, guns and fighting I really enjoyed it. The second movie is released this upcoming summer minus Mickey Rourke and Stone Cold Steve Austin. However Chuck Norris and Van Dam have been added for what should be a good, fun, and action packed movie.



AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
This is the one I am looking forward to the most this summer. Being the comic fanboy that I am when I first heard about this being announced a few years ago at a comic convention I lost my shit. Unfortunately Ed Norton has not reprised his role of Bruce Banner (in which he done a great job in the Incredible Hulk from 2008) due to money negotiations or something. How ever I have always cared more about Bruce's muscle bound, green alter ego than the doctor himself. This movie will be either one of the greatest comic movies ever made or will be the biggest flop in the universe. Either way I will be there on the opening night.

22 Mar 2012

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE LOST ENTERTAINMENT VHS STORE

As of next month the store will be releasing old school VHS videos for sale. Many years ago I purchased many VHS videos from a local video store for next to nothing as they were being replaced by the mighty DVD. When DVD was introduced at the end of the 90's you would find advertisements like this when you played a new VHS video.


After witnessing such adverts the sheep of society decided that all VHS tapes must be destroyed and nothing is clearer than DVD blah blah etc..

So the terrified public decided to wipe VHS off the face of the Earth..

not even 10 years later this happened


So after all that I guess they all got bumped like suckers as DVD was not the clearest thing ever like they said. However there were some warriors like myself and another minority who still treasured their VHS tapes and never gave in to the VHS holocaust which happened soon after the DVD invasion.

VHS tapes are still amazing quality and thanks to the design of their durable cases the cassettes inside have hardly any signs of damage or wear. Not just that but the VHS cover designs are just incredible and are much better than the crappy photoshopped efforts that grace the DVD/BLU RAY covers of re released movies.

Yes you have to rewind and you cant skip chapters but thats the only real drawback and is something that is more than livable. Most VHS DVD combo machines that are released now days will have a faster motorized rewinding mechanism wheel that can rewind a 2 hour film in under a minute.

The beginning trailers and adverts on old VHS tapes are just pure class and are always a nice extra also. Now today I will be going through the 500 plus tapes I own and showcasing the more interesting items. Many of these items and more will be going online next month for you to purchase and enjoy!

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
Classic ultra violent movie from John Carpenter in which criminals attack a police station and a kid gets shot in the face at an ice cream truck.

A FIST FULL OF DOLLARS
Classic Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western. 

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
This was the first release of the movie on VHS in the Uk by a company called channel 5. This is such a cool cover and I have had this video since I was a kid. I remember picking it up and just being in awe of the images on the cover and on the back of the case.
I got my mum to buy it for me and there was no argument at all from her. It was kind of like that back in the day parents never really cared what their children were watching in terms of mass gore and violence. However anything that involved tits being revealed was a no no. I remember having my Road House tape confiscated by mum as it had loads of scenes of tits. However I was allowed to watch movies of people being chopped up, decapitated, blown up, sodomized, set on fire and eaten alive. So I suppose there was a sort of line in viewing discipline going on at my house. It was kind of like the same guidelines as youtubes video policy I guess. Violence and strong language are fine but if I see one video with a pair of tits or a vagina then this video is gutting locked down. Funny thing was An American Werewolf in London had loads of sexy bits and even a bit where the Werewolf goes berserk in a porn theatre in the middle of Piccadilly Circus.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
This was one I finally ended up buying from VID BIZ when it was doing the VHS to DVD change over for next to nothing. However from 1994-1997 this was a movie me and my friends would rent all the time from there. So I (or more like my mother or any other adult we could get) would rent a copy of this movie quite often and  probably spent more than £50 renting this tape between us. The cover is a hand painted picture of Freddy wearing an overcoat which looks so fucking cool. This is one of my favorite movies from the series. That bit when slam that bitches head through the TV still makes me crease up to this day.

Classic first movie from the Aliens franchise. This one is more of a horror movie and is kind of like the Terminator in the fact it is always overlooked by its more action packed sequel. The original Terminator and Alien movies were a lot more darker and filled with suspense.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
I remember going into Woolworths in Debden in mid 2000 picking a copy up of this movie and purchasing it. It seemed like a big deal at the time as this movie had been banned for like forever. One of the coolest movies ever made and comes in a card case with reflective lettering.

A SENSE OF FREEDOM
True story about a Scottish gangster and it is one of the most violent films you will ever see. In one scene he covers himself in his own shit to stop the prison guards from giving him a kicking. Really under rated movie and something which is definitely worth a watch.

THE BEST OF MARTIAL ARTS
This is a movie in which John Saxon presents the greatest scenes of martial arts movies from the begining right up to 1990. This is basically a movie full of kung fu which cuts out the plot and just has an hour or so's worth of the best scenes of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Keith Cook, Cynthia Rotherrock, Samo and many more top class actors.  

Braindead
New Zealand classic zombie comedy flick which has some of the best gore you will ever see in your life. Zombies have sex then have a zombie baby, an old woman eats a dog and her own ear, a baby in a blender and amazing climax scene with involves taking zombies out with a lawn mower. Master piece by Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame.

Easily one of the sickest movies ever made.

THE BLOB
Never watched this so don't know if its any good. I am guessing it is about a giant blob that kills people or a movie about living with a woman who is having the period from hell.

BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
The Back to the Future VHS collection. I love the first one and the second but never liked the third very much. I am sure this has been released on Blu Ray like everything else has with never before seen footage of Christopher Lloyds ball sack or some shit.

4 FRONT VIDEOS BRUCE LEE COLLECTION
Unfortunately this is the more rubbish version of the Bruce Lee collection on VHS. Originally the Bruce Lee VHS collection were in cool white boxes with a funny picture of Bruce Lee's head on the spine. The thing that pisses me off, is that I had to purchase the shitty Game of Death II tape which doesn't even have Bruce in the movie. Lots of these shit films were released after Bruce died and even the Game of Death movie only has a few real scenes of Bruce Lee. These movies were heavily cut due to that gay nunchuck rule that the BBFC enforced for many years. Pick up the DVD boxset of these to see what you have been missing all these years. Yes I did just praise DVD!

THE BLACK PANTHER
 True story of one of Britains most famous serial killers. Amazing box art and you can even see a bit of nipple on the blonde chick.

BLADE RUNNER
 Classic sci fi action thriller which is very under rated. 

THE CROW
One of the coolest comic movies ever made and Brandon Lee's finest moment. 

CROCODILE DUNDEE
Classic 80's comedy about an Australian idiot living in New York. The bird in this film (Sue) is another weird crush of mine. 

COBRA
Classic cheesy 80's cop flick where Sylvester Stallone puts criminals on hooks and eats pizza with scissors. I love this movie and Stallones views of shooting and beating up anyone who doesn't behave!

CLIFFHANGER
Another Stallone classic with some of the most awesome stunts ever filmed. After Point Break made it big lots of movies about sky diving, climbing stuff and being "extreme" were to follow.

DUNE
This is a copy of the Sci Fi movie Dune which I have never watched.

DAWN OF THE DEAD
This is the 4 Front video release of Dawn of the Dead. This is my favorite cover/poster of Dawn of the Dead. This movie is probably my most favorite movie ever made. However this tape may have an awesome case but the tape inside is the rubbish European cut of the movie which has most of the great gore scenes scrubbed out. 
The back of the case has some great screen shots and upon viewing just the box alone I knew this would be my favorite movie of all time. There was a time in the late 90's where this movie was almost impossible to get. A directors cut was released in 1998 which had all of the original gore scenes included.

DEATH WISH III
Before Frank Castle was kicking ass as the Punisher a guy called Paul Kersey was dropping criminal scumbags nationwide. Charles Bronson returns to the streets of New York to take out the street gangs that terrify the projects. Amazing gore and action I fucking love Death Wish movies! Jimmy Page from Led Zep provides the musical score also. 

DEMONS 2
Amazingly entertaining sequel from Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento. Have had this movie since I was a kid and I still think its awesome and check the back cover to see if you recognize anything.
Yup its the evil demon bitch from the site banner. This movie has some amazing special effects and make up. The transformations are amazing and there are buckets full of action and violence.

EXTERMINATOR AND EXTERMINATOR II
Classic 80's vigilante movies which feature a guy with a welding mask and a flame thrower.

EVIL DEAD 
The first VHS release of Evil Dead. A lot of people say that number 2 is the best but I will always be loyal to the first movie. It was darker and a woman got raped by a tree!
The back of the Evil Dead case had no images which made it look even more violent and terrifying.

EATEN ALIVE.
 Another Cannibal cash in which followed after the release of Cannibal Holocaust.
Back cover of Eaten Alive. 

THE EXORCIST
This was another movie like Clockwork Orange that I felt odd buying when it was released as it had been banned for what seemed like forever. I am an Atheist but I pretend to believe in God and the Devil only when I watch this movie. I have the Exorcist III in my collection which is pretty decent to be fair, unlike the awful second movie.

DAY OF THE DEAD GLOW IN THE DARK BIG BOX
This is the big boxed, glow in the dark, video rental version for the UK. Now before I go on I will explain the whole big box thing for anyone who is interested or cares. Big box cassettes were sold to video rental shops so that they could be displayed to attract browsers. When I purchased my old local video stores old VHS tapes many of which were big box ones, so I have quite a few. This one is cool as fuck as it glows in the dark.
The back cover is filled with awesome shots. This is a cut version of the movie which cuts a tiny amount of the hardcore gore scenes but not to the extreme of the Dawn of the Dead VHS release. There are some great trailers at the beginning of some really obscure 80's movies.

DEMOLITION MAN
This was the movie where Sylvestor Stallones character got frozen and when he escaped from the ice he came out ten times more stupid than before. Great 90's sci fi action even if Simon Phoenix looks like Mr. T's love child from the future.

DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY
Even though this movie was cliche as hell and had many strange dream scenes which made no sense, this movie is fucking awesome. Action packed and has a great musical score.

THE DOORS
 While on the subject of cliche big screen biographies they get no bigger than this. Oliver Stones take on the Lizard King and Doors goes down all the expected routes, with an amazing lead performance by Val Kilmer. You also get to see Meg Ryan with her kit off so thats got to be a winner.

EASY RIDER
People think that Easy Rider is a movie about riding bikes when it is actually more about taking drugs.

FALLING DOWN
Michael Douglas has enough and batters the shit out of Los Angeles in a day of rampage.

FRIDAY THE 13TH CUSTOM MADE CASE
Ok so I had a copy of Friday the 13th but no case. During a lunch time at high school I decided enough was enough and I printed out my own inlay card. It looks ok from the front but when you see the spine and back it is desktop publishing at its very worst.
Awful box art from a 14 year old Kristian Rodriguez. Out of the images I could choose I had to choose 2 screen shots which completely spoil the whole thing. 1 of Jasons mother and another of Jason jumping out of the lake. The other 2 screen shots are of bitches all dead and fucked up so I was kinda halfway there I guess.

GHOSTBUSTERS II & GHOSTBUSTERS
This is a rare one, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on one cassette. They have kind of fucked up the box art though as it is "GHOSTBUSTERS II AND CHOSTBUSTERS" not "GHOSTBUSTERS AND GHOSTBUSTERS II" which should be the correct way.

GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
My favorite Eastwood performance as the man with no name.

THE HOWLING
Amazing 80's Werewolf caper with top notch special effects must have for any Lycanthrope fans.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 3D COVER
 Biggest summer blockbuster from 1996 where aliens kick the living shit out of America by blowing everything up in a big way. This VHS has one of them 3d animated covers and a Burger King offer which expired on May 3rd 1997.

Halloween
 The undisputed king of the slasher movies in all its VHS glory!

INDIANA JONES TRILOGY BOX SET
Like Back to the Future, I only like the first 2 of these movies/

JAWS 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION VHS
Jaws is something I love and something I will be talking a lot about in the up coming summer season articles so stay tuned. This 25th anniversary Jaws VHS has all the extras from the DVD at the end of the tape.

KILLING ZOE
Amazing early effort of Quentin Tarrontino which is about a bank robbery in France. Must see for fans of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

LETHAL WEAPON AND LETHAL WEAPON 2
The good old days of Mel Gibson before he became a real prick. Will they make another movie? or is Danny Glover really "too old for this shit" now?

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Here it is the first movie that ever disappointed me in life, Masters of the Universe. The final nail in the coffin for the He-Man franchise, which features scenes of gay torture and Man at Arms eating fried chicken in a KFC car park.

NINJA KIDS PHANTOM FORCE
One of my holy VHS treasures the Ninja Kids Phantom Force movie. I have reviewed and spoke about this movie in great detail before (click here to read the review of this movie) and even tried uploading a rip of my copy on youtube. However some dick fuck somewhere decided to remove it due to copyright grounds and now even the movie clips from my last review have been removed.
 Until the day comes when I can upload this movie again I will not be selling my copy (which is one of the only copies left on this planet) ever.

Night of the Living Dead (COLOR VERSION)
This is a colorized version of the 1968 horror classic. Now do not be fooled by the cover of this video as it is not colored as bad as this. For some reason they thought it would be a good idea to make everyone look green.
Even the people on the back look green as well in this screen shot. I  saw this version of Night of the Living Dead long before I even knew the movie was originally filmed in black and white, so I kinda like this version of the best. Over the years this movie has been released countless times due to it being in public domain.

NAKED GUN
 The Naked Gun is the undisputed master of the spoof genre.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (REMAKE) AND RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD DOUBLE BOX SET VHS
This is a rare and rather obscure double box set from the mid 90's. The Night of the Living Dead remake was reviewed here recently (click here to read review) and is a great film. Return of the Living Dead is a classic tongue in cheek look at the world of zombies who hunger for brains and more paramedics.
The back covers has some cool screen shots of both movies. While both these movies have the phrase "living dead" in their titles, they are not connected at all.

OZZY OSBOURNE DONT BLAME ME
1991 documentary about the life and antics of Ozzy Osbourne. With input from Lemmy, Alice Cooper, Metallica, Bon Jovi and other great rock stars this is a fun documentary. I have had this video since forever and cannot remember its origin but it has always been around my house since the early 90's.

PLATOON
One of the coolest war movies ever made and is arguably the best movie about the Vietnam conflict.

PULP FICTION
One of the greatest films ever made and in the summer of 1995 I managed to nab a Pulp Fiction movie poster of this cover.

POLICE STORY
Jackie Chans finest hour as he acts and directs one of the greatest action movies ever made. Some of the greatest stunts you will ever see are included in this one, people crashing out of bus windows from the top deck, a car chase that destroys a village and a jump from the top of a shopping center using fairy lights and a glass greenhouse on the ground floor as a landing.

ROAD HOUSE
 This is the very VHS cassette which was confiscated by my mother as it had to much tits in it. Road House is a classic movie and with loads of violent bar fights and classic quotes like "I used to fuck guys like you in prison!" this movie is a pure winner.

ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES 
In 1991 this movie was impossible to get away from as it was rammed down every throat on the planet. Apart from a decent performance from Alan Rickman this movie is the biggest pile of shit,  which anyone of any intelligence will find it hard to sit through. The fact that everyone in Sherwood Forest speaks in American accents alone is annoying but add, Morgan Freeman casting as the token black guy and Christian Slater's casting because.. well he was popular at the time so that should put some more butts on seats. The best Robin Hood movie ever made was the Disney one.

RAGING BULL
The amazing story of Jake La Motta the greatest boxing movie ever made... well its a close second to Rocky III.

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD II
The poster of this movie is very much like the one from Fright Night. I have this movie since I was a young kid and its pretty tame compared to the first but I always enjoyed it as kid. Zombies, heavy metal music, and lots of brains make this movie a guilty pleasure of mine.

RUNNING MAN
One of Arnies better movies where he has to kill his way through a reality TV show in the future. Some great Arnie action and quotes in this one.

ROSWELL
 Alien invasion flick based on "true events". I have never watched this but I hear it is a very hard to find VHS cassette.

RESERVOIR DOGS
Got this movie and the CD soundtrack for my 12th birthday. I loved going around telling everyone at school about this really cool movie I have where a cop gets his fucking ear hacked off.

ROBOCOP
I fucking love Robocop the movie but the robot himself is a bit of a pussy. He always got all kinds of fucked up and in one movie the bad guys even took him apart and dumped him outside the cop shop. The first Robocop movie is awesome as the satire just oozes out of it the whole way through. The bad guys in the first Robocop are classic from the black dude with the high pitched voice, to the OCP big wig Dick Jones, the ED 209 and of course Clarence Boddiger the coolest mother fucker that ever lived. The VHS version is heavily cut compared to the DVD directors cut.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP
This is a movie that has always kind of puzzled me as I never thought the whole "this one goes to 11" was that funny and still dont. This film has its moments but it really isn't the comedy masterpiece it is made out to be. I thought the Comic Strip's Bad News sketches were far more entertaining and funnier.

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The movie that inspired my best friend Jacks favorite party piece.. dancing to Goodbye Horses with his genitals tucked between his legs.

SHOCKER
I remember getting this movie as a Christmas gift in 1997. A horror movie by Wes Craven, with theme music from Paul Stanley and you ask your self what can go wrong? Well seeing as I only watched this movie once on Christmas Day 1997 it must have been a load of shit as I have never made the effort to watch it again.

SCREAM
Speaking of shit Wes Craven films here is another one. When I first saw this movie I liked it but it is what this film did to the horror industry for years to come that makes me mad. Thanks to this movie we were bombarded with shitty knock off slasher movies with Scooby Doo endings for over a decade. Who is the killer? Who gives a cunt!!

THE STREETFIGHTER
Classic movie where Charles Bronson enters the world of bare knuckle boxing. Not to be confused of the weirdo prison inmate or the shit 1995 Street Fighter II movie adaptation.

THE MAKING OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER
This is the oldest VHS tape I own. Includes the entire music video and then an hours worth of behind the scenes footage. Some great footage of Rick Baker creating the zombie and werewolf effects.

TAXI DRIVER
 A very old and rare version of Taxi Driver.

TEEN WOLF
I have always liked this movie more than Back To the Future. This is a movie I will be talking about in greater detail this summer.

WAYNES WORLD AND WAYNES WORLD 2 BOXSET
 These movies are timeless classics but they are a bit far fetched. Who starts a rock show up from the back of their house with a long haired bloke with glasses... Oh yeah I did that once!

ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS
I got this movie as soon as it was released after being banned for like 20 years or some shit. Will be doing a more in depth review this summer. This version is also heavily cut compared the DVD version.

So that is the tour of my VHS collection over I hope you enjoyed it and if you wish to purchase these titles (and more) they will all be available next month in the shop.