What’s the First Horror Film You Watched on VHS? Tell Us For Your Chance To Win V/H/S On Blu-Ray!


“The scariest, rawest horror movie of the year” (Rolling Stone) is shortly upon us; the highly original, brutally uncompromising, creative and diverse ‘V/H/S’ – out on DVD & Blu-ray January 28th (out in select UK cinemas January 18th) through Momentum Pictures.

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To celebrate the release of V/H/S, we’re giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling us what your first VHS horror was (and was it any good?), in less than 100 words.

The competition will close at 11.59pm GMT on Friday 8th February 2013 and one of our favourite comments will be chosen and the winners notified by email.

• This promotion is open to UK residents only.
• Entrants must be 18 years or over
• One entry per household
• There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
• 1 winners will each win 1x V/H/S on Blu-Ray.
• The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

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  1. First horror film I recall seeing on VHS was ‘The Stuff’. My best friend Steve and I were probably twelve or thirteen, but we could usually convince a parent to accompany us to the ‘Electric Picture Palace’ video store in my sleepy Dorset village, and rent films we weren’t old enough for. Steve and I are big horror fans to this day. I re-watched The Stuff recently on dvd, and it had the trailer – I remember that trailer appearing on every other 80s video release, hinting at the horror within. Of course now, it’s just a 15 certificate!

  2. It was 1989 (I was a late starter), and it was The Hidden; an ex-rental in the huge white box, and it was marvellous! Big goofy horror/SF/action film with Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri; it had Claudia Christian as an alien-possessed stripper who bonks someone to death!

    I watched that particular tape so many times, I even remember the trailers; Nightmare 4 (“Kristennnn!!”), Fly 2, Bad Dreams, and a weird comedy/thriller thing called ‘Collision Course’ with (of all people) Jay Leno and Pat Morita that I doubt was ever actually watched by anyone. Good times…

  3. ‘I.T’ was the first film i saw horror i saw on VHS. My sister’s put it on when i was v.little and at first i thought the clown was cool but then he wasn’t :'( I won’t ever watch it again

  4. My first horror film I saw on VHS was ‘Halloween III – Season of the Witch’ – I was only very young and my Dad had rented it. I seem to recall that it scared the life out of me, but looking back, it’s not a very good film at all!

  5. Friday the 13th…..too real for what was going on in real life!!! Not totally true, but F**** that was scary (you had to be there)

  6. The first 18 rated big box Horror film i watched was Metamorphosis, At the time the film really disturbed me i was 14. I recently bought the DVD under the title Evil Spawn. Although years later i found it to be a cheesy & entertaining film. Check it out.

  7. The Exorcist – I was about 12 years old and convinced my Mum this was the perfect first film to watch on our new purchased VHS. And yes, it was (and still is) pretty damn good.

  8. First VHS i seen was SCREAMTIME, anyone remember that. A little horror antholgy film. Killer gnomes, very bizarre little film.

  9. The Thing 1982. Special effects as they should be; that whole chest defibrillation / head sprouts legs scene is an absolute piece of art never matched! This film had my friend freaked out for weeks. Any mention of it, he’d throw a fit in the playground! (we were young then) Due to a corrupt beginning on the VHS tape for years I watched the film always starting with Kurt Russell playing that chess game. Went to see special screening at cinema recently and as my (same) friend was late we walked in with….Kurt Russell playing that chess game.

  10. Damien omen II when I was about 11 and it freaked me out big time especially when the woman got attacked by the raven on the road then got splat by an artic.

  11. It was The Exorcist, I managed to persuade my parents to let me watch it when I was about 12, there was so much hype about it because it had been banned etc. got to say I was pretty disappointed 🙁

  12. First horror film I saw on VHS was about killer rats. Can’t remember the name though. Me and my friend Julie thought it would be great fun to rent it as my other friend Ann was scared of rats. She spent the whole time with a cushion in front of her face.

  13. The first horror film I see on VHS was Clown House, me and my friend were 15 years old at the time and I don’t think we could sleep for about 3 weeks ha ha. There is a tune in it where you knew something was about to happen and the clown appears, it is scary.

  14. I introduced my parents to the wonder of a VHS recorder around 1977. I will never forget my mum’s face as we watched our first ever VHS film, The Exorcist! She just thought the world was going to hell in a handcart if this was the future of televisual entertainment! She soon began to like not missing Coronation Street though…

  15. The first horror that I watched was child’s play 1, I am the youngest of 5 and my siblings thought it would be funny to make me watch it ( I think I was about 7). It did however lead on to me being a major fan of horror filcks

  16. The Shining with Jack Nicholson. I found it unnerving and one of his most iconic films. then the Simpsons did that parody of it and its lots its tension after that.

  17. I was a bit young to appreciate horror films when VHS were around – I’d moved onto DVDs by then! VHS-wise, I found the stepmother in Cinderella pretty terrifying! What a wimp!

  18. i was only young about 12 and my brother showed me Hellraiser and i was facinated but scared to death by the end of it and as i have got older the words i would always hear when i was on my own was we will tear your soul apart !!! always scared me even now i shudder at those words

  19. Fright Night. I was a big silly in those days and found it absolutely terrifying… but it ignited a passion for horror that continued through to university and beyond.

  20. A film called “Oasis of the Zombies” – so bad it’s obviously not listed anyway. Wasn’t even scary when it came out (I was about 10 when I saw it). Zombies rising from the lake (with arms stretched etc). What a load of old pigswill 🙁

  21. Mine was Nightmare on Elm Street as a child-i was so scared! I watched it again recently and it just seemed a bit silly!

  22. The first horror film, I ever saw on VHS was, ‘The Candyman’! I was 13, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in all my life. I couldn’t comfortably look in a mirror for weeks after and if I’m in the house on my own now, I still get the shivers when I think about it and then walk past a mirror- and I’m 33!!!

  23. A Nightmare on Elm Street, original.. and for months I had a nightmare where Freddy would chase me through my school grounds, I would hide in a tool shed and watch as his silhouette passed by the window, that hat and glove shadowed and as I held my breath, the door opened slowly…. the glove would appear at the edge of the doorframe and as he turned his head around the door I would awaken, my heart beating and my mind scared to hell… Will never forget the true terror it cased me.

  24. The first horror film i saw was ‘The Troll’ now most people will think this is funny but as a kid it was horrifying, i couldn’t sleep after it the ugly little thing,

  25. Pet Sematary when I was 11. I don’t think I slept that night even though I now find the film laughable. The second was Arachnophobia which I used to hide behind the settee and scare my mother and sister by tapping on their hair halfway through.

  26. The first movie I saw on VHS was “The Exorcist” – I was so happy to be able to watch it again and again in the comfort of my home! I now own the film on Blu-ray and still watch it periodically. 🙂

  27. I think my first one would have been Poltergeist. My mum let me watch it when I was around 10 years old. To this day I’m not overly impressed with clowns!

  28. Never really bothered renting VHS, until the video nasties stories started up. So the first horror I rented was “Evil Dead”. Excellent!! Could not believe what I had just watched.

  29. My first horror VHS was poltergeist. It was terrifying, and I was frightened to go and turn the tv off! Can’t believe how scared I was considering the movies I watch now (saw ect)!!!

  30. My first horror film was Nightmare on Elm Street. I could only have been about 14. That night going to bed I checked under my bed and in the wardrobe convinced Freddy was coming for me. I had nightmares for weeks. I now love horror films and still watch Nightmare on Elm Street from time to time.

  31. my dad used to love the hammer horror films, i remember watching one of the dracula films with christopher lee and peter cushing and was absolutely terrified but grew up loving them!

  32. That would be the Evil Dead. I was 13 and it was my friend’s big brother’s film – he let us watch it whilst he was watching us for the evening. Oh god – I was so scared I couldn’t go home on my own and I only lived five doors down the road. He had to phone my dad to come and fetch me! haha! Thanks Matt! Can’t wait to babysit for your kids!

  33. First VHS horror was “A Nightmare On Elm St”. My Mum and Dad were away for the night and although I enjoyed it at the time, I didn’t enjoy wondering if my bed was going to eat me and I didn’t really want to have any dreams! 😈

  34. The first horror film I watched on VHS was Carrie by Stephen King. The ending made me jump so much that I threw my cup of coffee in the air and stained the ceiling!

  35. nightmare on elm street! not sure which one exactly as it was accidentally when my I was little and switched the tv over from the cartoons my brother had been watching it in his room

  36. I was pretty scared of horror when I was a youngster, when I turned 12 I was getting hooked on horror. The first VHS I remember watching was the first one I bought at this age (back when you could get away with buying a 15 at the age of 12) this was Psycho but back when I used to browse the video stores the cover that used to scare the bejeezus out of me was the cover of Dolls I never got my mum to rent it as I was petrified but I was always curious.

  37. My friend had just got her new rented VCR and we watched Evil Dead. I then had to walk home along streets with lots of trees, luckily another friend was with me. Nothing has been as scary since!

  38. Jaws. Knocked the stuffing out of me because I was really young. Until my early twenties, I had a fear of sharks and wouldn’t watch Jaws. Then I did finally watch it, and loved it! One of my fav films of all time, but definitely not one you want to watch too young!

  39. my first movie that i can remember on VHS was when i was old enough to go to the local video shop and i got out pet cemetery was a great movie back then … and each week i would get another movie out so i have seen a fair few gutted my video is now a estate agent ….

  40. Me and my brother got into horror after seeing Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Our grandma gave us a video copy of an old black and white Bmovie called Them about giant ants. I can remember watching it in her living room.

  41. It was Evil Dead and I realised why it was such a classic…. think it was one of the cut versions, little did I know then!

  42. Like so many others, it was The Exorcist – aged 11 or 12. It scared the living sh*t out of me. Loved it.
    That year or so when there was no certifications for VHS rentals was awesome. Saw all kinds of things I never should’ve seen 🙂

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