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.


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 misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. 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’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

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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