VIDEO VISIONS – A Look Back At The 80s Horror Scene

As a devout reader of Cemetery Dance Magazine since the early 90s, I still can’t believe I now have a monthly column on their online mag. VIDEO VISIONS is a look back at what it was like growing up a horror hound in the 80s, the golden age of horror.

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I start things off with a little tale of the first movie my father rented when he bought the family’s original gangsta VCR – VIDEODROME. Little did he know how much it would change the lives of both his children in profoundly different ways.I hope you take the trip back in time with me each month. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face and a shiver down your spine.

So, what was the first horror movie you ever watched on your VCR?

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

11 responses to “VIDEO VISIONS – A Look Back At The 80s Horror Scene”

  1. ANNN33 says :

    Omgosh dude my dad warped our brains westerns his fav was john wayne

  2. Joanna says :

    I can’t remember the first horror movie on VCR. But I got into horror because my older brother would rent them and let me watch. Instead of freaking me out, I just got into horror haha.

  3. Nina D'Arcangela says :

    Good question! I don’t know which was the first (and I won’t sleep tonight because of it), but I know there was a a lot of walking to the video store to rent Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, Halloween, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, The Omen, The Changling… And so, so many that were total-cheese horror! The really good old-fashioned horror you could only see on cassette because HBO wouldn’t run it. I miss the ‘Please be kind and rewind’ sticker – I really do!

  4. Joseph Pinto says :

    Congrats, Hunter!! oh, and I think that would be the ReAnimator! 😉

  5. Scott Albright says :

    Hmmm…. my family was not into horror, except this freak… probably the first would have been An American Werewolf in London, because I bought it.

    I watch that every chance I get.

    VIDEODROME is a classic

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