Though Blockbuster was the video store that spelled the end of so many video stores, I admit that I was pretty bummed to hear the news a couple months back that all Blockbuster stores around the country will soon be getting the axe, the way that so many of them already have. Blockbuster will always have a special place in my heart and the end of Blockbuster more or less spells the end of video stores altogether. The video store era is now officially over, advances in technology ushering in the era of digital downloads and On Demand rentals.
Thankfully, for those of us who still have a love affair with those bulky old VHS tapes, there are many companies that have sprung up in recent years to cater to those interests and desires. The newest of those companies on the scene is Rotten Rentals, which is single-handedly re-animating the art of renting VHS tapes. Only, their rental boxes don't actually have movies inside of them... and you never have to return them!
An offshoot of the website Downright Creepy, Rotten Rentals is a brand new service that offers up fun horror grab bags, mystery treats that are housed inside of vintage-style VHS boxes. Each box contains old school trading cards, a miniature zombie figure and random other tricks and treats, with special redemption cards randomly inserted into one out of every twelve that are purchased - the cards can be redeemed for autographed prizes. Over 50 different boxes are currently available and you get to choose which box you want sent your way, ranging from horror movies that actually were released on VHS back in the day to newer titles like You're Next and The Conjuring, that never had the pleasure.
Each mystery box is a mere $6, and you can rent your favorite movie over on Rotten Rentals!