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This Artist Imagines Modern Horror Favorites On VHS

VHS lives forever.

Watching movies at home is currently easier and more affordable than it’s ever been, largely thanks to VOD rentals that are available for just a few bucks at the push of a button. You don’t even have to put on pants to rent the latest new release horror movie, which is pretty great for shut-ins like myself.

And yet, as easy as movie renting may now be, there’s something I just can’t help but miss about the video store experience. I’m of course not alone on that, as many people (horror fans in particular) are still holding onto all that nostalgia for dear life. Yes, video stores are (mostly) long dead, as is the VHS format, but the past is very much still alive in the hearts of many.

One fan who clearly still has a whole lot of love for the heyday of the VHS tape is an artist who goes by the name Steelberg. He specializes in making custom VHS cases that imagine today’s horror movies as rentals on the shelves of small town mom and pop video shops, and he nails the aesthetic so well that they just might transport you back to the “good old days.”

Many websites in recent years have spotlighted Steelberg’s work, so you’ve probably seen a lot of the stuff he’s done in the past. But we wanted to share some of his newer work with you today. Below you’ll find (faux) VHS tapes for recent faves such as Get Out, Don’t Breathe and The Final Girls!



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21 Comments
  • Kyle Cole

    These are all pretty cool! I especially like the dont breathe cover and it follows!

  • DJV1985

    Is it wrong that I’d like to see Blu Ray covers like this? I know it wouldn’t be the same as VHS tapes (I still actually own a few horror vhs films, just the ones that either I couldn’t throw out or ones that I chose to keep) but I really do wish someone would make these for Horror blu ray cases so I could swap them out.

    • Boydon

      it would definitely work on blu ray without the scratches and marks.

      • DJV1985

        I’m not sure. I think part of the charm of these vhs cases is that you had the same worn look that makes them worth actually having. I’d love a version of Night of the Living Dead cover with faded and scratches etc.

        • Boydon

          true but these are obviously faked here and it comes across as very gimmick-y. it just wouldn’t have the same effect on blu-ray. besides, the art is very good regardless. i recently came across an original sleepaway camp cassette that was in near mint condition and it looked so good without the fades and scratches we’ve come to associate vhs with.

          • DJV1985

            Yh that’s probably true. I think it’s just the nostalgia. I’ve been thinking about it and realised that after one or two of these sort of cases you’d eventually get tired of the novelty and I would no doubt want better versions lol so you’ve pretty much changed my mind lol

  • Ocelot006 .

    I think I’m pretty fine with the easy availability of everything now. In theory I miss video stores but….do I really wanna go back to all that? Probably not.

    • scream4ever

      My thoughts exactly.

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  • Necro

    Love the ‘It Follows’ one

  • sailor monsoon

    What we do in the shadows is fucking fantastic

  • Steelberg is an absolute legend, well worth following him on Instagram if you’re into this kind of thing or retro design in general

  • Dermacka

    Loving the Australian R rating cert.

  • Michael Blackney

    I love how The Final Girls one only has the 80’s characters on it. Nice Touch.

  • Josh Spicer

    I want all of these… Now please…

  • amir ezra

    Get Out design looks plain. Shadows cover looks authentic to me.

  • Jimi Hendrix

    That is all kinds of awesome. I don’t miss watching VHS movies, but I damn sure miss renting them with my older brother, back in the late 80’s.

    • Tan Shearer

      Well i’m sure there are still rental places around.

      • Jimi Hendrix

        There are. In fact, there’s one less than a mile from my house. That’s not what I meant, though. I miss my childhood, the act of renting seven movies at a time, with my older brother. It wouldn’t be the same now. Plus, no video store that I know of has VHS. It’s all DVD and Blu-ray.

  • Carl Chrystan

    These are great. But by the way, it’s too much information to let us know that you like to sit around the house all day with no pants on, article writer!

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    i dont like art that is just a photo of the movie. to me VHS was an original concept art piece on the front or a piece of painting that didnt reflect the movie 100%

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