Cover Art Gallery

Once there was a time when video stores were booming, in every country, every city across the globe. Movie buffs & cinephiles who grew up in that era must remember the days when those stores had shelves bulking with VHS rental tapes. Often featuring wonderfully, hand-painted cover artwork, appealing to us from those shelves, taunting our imagination and titillating our urge to watch the movie. Especially the cover art for genre movies were the source of most wonder & amazement. Oh sure, seldom so would the quality of the actual movie match that of the skillfully crafted poster design on the video box. But that’s besides the point here. We, seasoned viewers, can’t be fooled, right?

Sadly, the artists behind them often went unknown. Some of the more prolific ones, like the Italian painter Enzo Sciotti (www.enzosciotti.com), gained cult recognition over the years. Due to the up-march of computer graphics and the ever changing tactics of the marketing/distributing world, these painted movie posters have become a thing of the past now. However, on these pages you’ll find our homage to those vintage cover drawings. Most of the images you’re about to click, are taken from European VHS releases, as they were released back in the ’80s & ’90s. Browsing through them, might just take you back to the days when you were a kid, out to rent a movie in your local video store. Now click the genre links below and go gaze upon some of the finest examples from the lost art of video cover drawings…

 

HORROR / CREATURE FEATURES / SLASHERS

SCIENCE FICTION / HORROR / ACTION

SWORDS & SORCERY / FANTASY / BARBARIANS / MEDIEVAL

POST-APOCALYPTIC / CYBORGS / ACTION

WESTERN / WAR / KUNG FU

COMEDY / THRILLER / DRAMA / ACTION / EXPLOITATION / HORROR



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