Gorgon Video Goes To Hell On Blu-ray
Gorgon Video is one of the essential 80s producers of what’s dubbed “horror cheapies,” films that probably didn’t have much of an onset budget beyond craft services and cocaine. Described as a company “focusing on the sub-genre of extreme horror and dark documentaries,” they’re best known for their classic VHS clamshell cases and the Faces of Death series, an utterly delightful video taboo among teenagers of every decade since its release.
Beginning as a horror video distribution company in the very early 80s, Gorgon quickly began to make their mark with proud American introductions to the works of such horror maestros as Mario Bava. Their release of Bay of Blood featured VHS artwork that is arguably better than the actual movie, undoubtably giving it a prestige in the minds of video store lurkers and curiosity seekers alike. Given the success of these types of acquired releases, they soon morphed into a full on production company, whereupon they introduced the world to another talent, Bob Clark (writer and director of the beloved A Christmas Story) with his horror/comedy, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.
In an interview with the New York Times, Gorgon’s brand manager Nicole Mikuzis said, “The covers meant everything when you walked into the video store. It sometimes didn’t tell you anything about the movie, but it looked great.”
Case in point: Death Spa‘s ultimate death scene. New York Times felt they had to feature the edited version of the video. F that. See it in all it’s 80s glory.
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Strange H/T to the New York Times for their story on this!