Those VHS tapes in your attic could be worth 1000s of dollars

VHS tapes can burn in hell. While they were the technological marvel of their time, they're pretty atrocious in a world that now has Netflix. Surprisingly though, you'd be a fool to throw them away, since some can be worth close to $2,100.

Love Antiques has compiled a list of the most valuable VHS tapes that might be stashed away in your basement. Most of them were quickly banned after release, or never got a DVD re-release, making them pretty much unviewable unless you have the tape. While they may be rare, someone has to have them...

Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (JVI) - $2,100

The Beast in Heat (JVI) - $1,700

The Legend of Hillbilly John (Rainbow) - $1,500

Journey Into Beyond (Citycenta GO) - $1,500

Lemora, Lady Dracula (IFS) - $1,300

Don’t Open the Window (Films of the 80s) - $1,300

Black Decameron - $1,100

Flesh Eaters (Knockout) - $1,100

Curse Of Death - $1,000

Other valuable tapes include:

  • Betrayed (Taboo) – $1600
  • Celestine (GO) – $1600
  • Sisters Of Blood (Alpha) – $1000
  • House Of Perversity (GO) – $850
  • Anthropophagus The Beats (Videoshack) – $700
  • Hitchhike To Hell (VRO) – $700
  • Devil Hunter (CineHollywood) – $700
  • Eegah (Trytel) – $700
  • Cannibal Man (Intervision) – $700
  • Gallery Of Horror (Trytel) - $700
  • Tomb Of The Undead (Trytel) – $700
  • Nightmare Maker [Orange Sleeve Version] (Atlantis) – $550
  • Madhouse [Alt. Sleeve] (Medusa) – $350
  • The Evil Dead [Not Guilty sleeve version] (Palace) – $250
  • The Love Butcher (Intervision) – $250

Love Antiques also put together a guide on how to generally identify valuable VHS tapes. You should avoid common mainstream titles that were mass produced and instead go for "one-off" releases produced in small batches, preferably within the ‘video nasties’ category. Micro-budget labels such as Knockout and Trytel is something to look out for. Also, pre-classification titles are much more valuable than the later ones.

  1. 4 years ago

    Could've sworn this body's seen The Evil Dead in a buddy's uncle's place. He even had additional VHS tapes within his exposed shelf.

    Really sweet collection nonetheless, especially Death Curse of Tartu.

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