A picture is worth 1,000 scares.

I’ll admit something right off the bat. I came a little late into the horror game. I didn’t start actively seeking out scares, thrills, and horror movie carnage until I was in high school. Hell, the only scary movie I saw as a kid was Little Shop of Horrors and that scared the shit out of me. And don’t get me started on the ghost librarian in Ghostbusters… gave me nightmares for weeks. Note that those were both comedies.

Basically, I was a big puss and avoided horror movies at all costs. But there is one fond horror memory I’ll always remember from my childhood – going to the rental store with my parents and exploring the horror movie aisle. Why? Because those VHS covers mesmerized me! They contained creepy and deformed imagery that I could have never made up in my head. They just stared at me as this unattainable movie my parents wouldn’t let me watch. A movie that I’d never know beyond the twisted cover.

Seriously, these fuckers etched themselves into my brain. Some gave me nightmares. Others just made me mystified and scared of a whole other world I didn’t understand.

And as I’ve gotten older and talked about this with other people, one thing became very clear – we’ve all had memories like that to a certain extent. If you’re old enough to remember rental shops and VHS tapes – you probably have a least one memory of staring into the dark abyss that is a creepy-as-shit horror cover.

So with a little help from the HFC team, I’ve pulled together the most memorable movie covers that traumatized us as kids. And if you’re like me, at least one of these probably looks familiar.

Dead Alive (1992)

Dead Alive Poster

If there’s one thing that connects a lot of these old horror posters – it’s creepy ass eyes. Dead Alive is no exception. Actually this poster has two sets of eyes that stare into the depths of your soul. When I first saw this, I thought it was literally about a small skeleton living inside a woman… or maybe living inside of me!?
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Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night Poster

Great. Now I have a reason to be afraid of clouds. The scariest part? Once you get over the big distorted vampire face – you start to notice all the little small faces moaning out in agony.
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Jason Goes to Hell (1993)

Jason Goes to Hell Poster

Back then I had no idea who Jason Voorhees was. I didn’t know about Friday the 13th at all. But let me tell you, my wildest kid imagination never thought to combine worms with demons. So thank you Jason Goes to Hell – you ended up being a terrible movie but at least you got to mess up my childhood.
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The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff Poster

Remember what I said about scary cover art and eyeballs? Well this is the exact opposite of that. This guy has no eyes. Why? Because they are MELTING OUT OF HIS FACE!
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Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Evil Dead 2 Poster

Here we go with the eyes again. New twist: for some reason this skull has human eyes. It’s a strange mix of really sad and really, really freaky. Seriously, if all skeletons looked like this I’d be done. Game over man. Halloween ruined.
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Ghoulies (1984)

Ghoulies Poster

Welp, all of that hard earned pottie training was for nothing. Didn’t shit on the toilet for weeks after seeing this one. No sir.
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It’s Alive (1974)

It's Alive Poster

This is the perfect example of “less is more.” Whatever it is that’s inside that baby carriage probably couldn’t be scarier than what my mind put together after seeing that one menacing claw.
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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Alice, Sweet Alice Poster

 

Let’s just make a check list of things that make this pure terror. Expressionless white mask? Check. Creepy baby doll? Check. Oh but wait, creepy baby doll with two faces being stabbed by a bloody knife? Holy hell – check, check, and check! Honestly, this one is so unnerving to me that I still haven’t watched it.
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So what horror movie covers traumatized you as a kid? We want to know! So post pics of the movie posters that shattered your brains, freaked you out, or were just plain creepy. You can hit us up in the comments section below or visit our official HFC Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Derek normally needs to talk to himself in order to sort out his life. So naturally he likes to write online. He also loves all things horror... but is squeemish around blood in real life. You can also watch him fail at twitter at @doofguy15.