While I was writing my last post on my old video store, I got to thinking about the long-dead practice of shelf-scanning. Sometimes I'd go into the store not knowing what I wanted, or what I did want was checked out. That meant scanning the shelves for something to watch, an activity that I never stopped enjoying. Some of those VHS boxes were so memorable that I can recall them today, even though I did never get around to seeing the films themselves. In most cases these were B-movies that needed a flashy image to get noticed. Here's my list, feel free to add your own in the comments.
Silent Night, Deadly Night, 1984
As a child the thought of an axe-murdering Santa really disturbed me, but I could not stop looking at this box.
The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
National Lampoon's Vacation, 1983
Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1982
Friday the 13th Part III, 1982
The Pirate Movie, 1982