To Pay the Rent, or Buy a Tape. . . That is the Question.
Okay, Videovores. Just when you think you’ve hit the apogee of rabidity for VHS collector culture, an eBay auction warps your reality and brings the subculture to an entirely new level. Those of you who regularly tune into our blog will remember an interview with VHS collector and preservationist Earl Kessler. Inside the interview we talked about his purchase of Chester N. Turner’s trashterpiece Tales from the Quadead Zone for a whopping $660. Well, if you think that’s full-blown adoration and dedication, we present to you a case where a nameless and evidently affluent Videovore just handed over $749.99 for cult director Donald Farmer’s first effort, Demon Queen. You read right: Seven-hundred forty-nine dollars and ninety nine cents… for a single VHS tape. Even the director himself can’t believe it! Granted, this flick is rare. It’s one of those elusive and much coveted Mogul clamshells, which are seemingly some of the most hard-to-find tapes out there. Consider Rape and Curse of the Screaming Dead and The IceBox Murders as examples of some Mogul tapes that always go for a pretty penny, undoubtedly because of the outstanding and eye-popping artwork that was a staple of the Mogul brand. Mogul was only in business from 1982 – 1986, and considering that detail, it’s not too surprising that these tapes are so rare since their output was contained in those four short years.