VHS Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s, an awesome new book by Tom Hodge, looks back at the wonderful VHS artwork of the ’80s and early ’90s. Hodge knows good film art when he sees it. He was the guy responsible for such international poster campaigns as Hobo with a Shotgun, The Innkeepers, The Sacrament and The Heat among many others.
Here’s a sampling of some of the VHS covers featured in the book:
About the book:
VHS: Video cover art is a unique and largely lost art-form that represents a period of unabashed creativity during the 80s and 90s video rental boom. A succulently indulgent blend of design, illustration, typography and hilarious copy-writing. where art and film came together in a visual orgy of moustached muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters.
Curated by Tom ‘The Dude Designs’ Hodge, poster artist extraordinaire and VHS obsessive. Over 240 amazing, complete video sleeves in this incredible collection of Action, Comedy, Horror, Kids, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. With a special foreword by fellow VHS obsessive, Mondo’s very own Justin Ishmael.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, some are incredible works of art, some insane, some perfectly capture the tone of the films, some capture that tone even better than the films themselves, and some have the most tenuous link imaginable! But all are amazing and inspiring works of art, which will captivate the imagination, along with feelings of excitement and wonder, like stepping back into your local video store once again.