IF You Own These VHS Tapes You Could Be Making Some Serious Money...
31 March 2016, 16:58 | Updated: 25 April 2016, 13:27
Collecting VHS videotapes has long been a pastime for nostalgia-loving film fans, but for a lucky few, it could be a nice little money-spinner.
LoveAntiques.com asked an expert to compile a list of the most expensive VHS tapes, and it turns out some rarities could raise enough money for a luxury holiday.
According to the antiques site, VHS tapes - described as "Antechs" because they are modern forms of technology from no earlier than the 1970’s that are no longer mass produced or sold - can fetch anything from £300- £1,500.
Why are they so expensive? A good number of the Top 10 are from the infamous "Video Nasties" list of the early 1980s, when VHS releases weren't classified by the BBFC (i.e. the Censor) and were therefore considered obscene and therefore illegal. Sleazy and graphic horror was then outlawed for a time, meaning a lot of these old tapes were binned off.
See some of the most expensive titles and find out if you're quids in below:
1. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (JVI) £1,500
A silly 1974 monster bash from Italy, which you can now pick up from Amazon for under a fiver.
2. The Beast in Heat (JVI) £1,200
A bad taste classic of Italian "Nazisplotation" from 1977, now available uncut on DVD via eBay should you feel the urge to watch it. One of the original "Video Nasties".
3. Betrayed (Taboo) £1,100
Vintage smut from 1982, featuring the late British porn star Mary Millington. We'd love to see this in an antique shop's front window.
4. Celestine (GO) £1,100
More classy Euro-Porn from "Clifford Brown", aka the insanely brilliant Spanish director Jesus Franco and his missus Lina Romay. This one's a comedy and is still hard to track down.
5. The Legend of Hillbilly John (Rainbow) £1,000
Snoozesome 1974 drama that sees the titular hobo come under attack from a giant bird. No, really! Not on DVD (as far as we can tell), which keeps the collectibility up.
6. Journey Into Beyond (Citycenta GO) £1,000
Ludicrous 1977 German documentary about spooky stuff, narrated by the ancient horror actor John Carradine. Has yet to make it to Netflix, so keep hold of those tapes!
7. Lemora, Lady Dracula (IFS) £900
8. Don't Open the Window (Films of the 80s) £900
9. Flesh Eaters (Knockout) £800
Nothing to do with zombies, this is a 1964 sci-fi shocker in glorious black and white, which details the tribulations of a group of people trapped on a desert island with a former Nazi scientist who has discovered the microscopic beasties of the title. Surprisingly graphic for the time, it's now available on a shiny Region 1 (US) DVD from Amazon for about £15. Or, if you're too tight to spring for even that, it's on YouTube in full.
10. Black Decameron (Intervision) £800
Like collecting vinyl and books, it's all in which edition you pick up.
If you fancy becoming a collector, the website advises to go for anything from the "pre-classification" era (that's before 1985 and anything without a '15' or '18' badge on it)
They also suggest to go for labels such as "Knockout and Trytel," and avoid "mainstream titles such as Cinema Club and 4Front", plus anything that has been released on DVD or Blu Ray.
Well that last piece of advice seems pretty obvious...
For loads more info on the releases from the era, see the very thorough www.pre-cert.co.uk.
Anyone else looking for their nearest car boot sale?