Missing The Video Store

As convenient as all of the streaming options are, I still miss my weekend visits to the video store. I miss the sights and smells, the community and the free popcorn. I miss holding a potential rental in my hand, that tactile connection you made as you browsed the aisles. I miss staff picks from people I knew (as opposed to algorithms today).

I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not alone.

If you’re like me, you might get a kick out of my latest Video Visions post over at Cemetery Dance. Sure, I miss video stores. But I’m one of the arrows that pierced their hearts and stole their souls. To find out why, you can read I KILLED THE VIDEO STORE, right here.


If reading’s not your thing, not to worry! The Monster Men dedicated a whole episode to browsing those video store aisles way back in 2013. The sentiment has only gotten stronger with the passing of the years. And I still have that bucket hat.


Do you feel the same? What do you miss the most? Let’s all have a communal love-in about our favorite video stores.

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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.

6 responses to “Missing The Video Store”

  1. Tim Meyer says :

    The smell. I miss the smell.

  2. Pamela Morris says :

    One of the horrors of living in Small Town USA is – GASP! – we didn’t have a local video store. We could get movies from the town library and the grocery store (some 10 miles away) had a section devoted to movie rentals, but going to an actual movie rental store was a RARE! treat, once a month if we were lucky. I remember going, but sadly I don’t have the abundant memories of it that you do.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Oh my! No video store! Tragedy. Truly. Even the tiny town I go to in Maine had one. Well, I hope they come back some day and you can see what all the fuss was about. 🙂

  3. Nina D'Arcangela says :

    Call me twisted, but I kinda miss the guy behind the counter who would read the back of EVERY cover rented… He was like a creepy uncle at holiday dinner – you know, the one that smelled like cabbage and had no clue there was such a thing as personal space. What I don’t miss is the walk there in the freezing cold!

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