Video Shop Horrors

Thu – Fri, 12 – 4pm; Sat, 10am – 2pm

Preview Thursday 26 October, 5 – 7pm

Gallery North

Video Shop Horrors captures the nascent video shop experience. In the 1980s, horror videos always seemed to be more effectively promoted than those of other genres. The artwork tended to be bombastic, awash with contorted faces, flashing blades, ghouls and gore. 

The so-called ‘video nasties’ moral panic came and went, but its legacy, the types of film it encompassed, and the promotional strategies of the first video distribution companies, live on. This exhibition captures the dynamism of this hugely significant technological moment, pooling from original archival materials, to showcase the promotional strategies employed by video companies to attract consumers and, in some cases, to whip up controversy. The significance of video to the development and enduring popularity of horror films cannot be understated.

Video Shop Horrors promises to recreate the 1980s/90s video shop experience whilst celebrating the aesthetic and the wealth of films that helped define and redefine the horror film genre. It has been led by Dr Johnny Walker and brings together the interests of staff working within the University’s new Horror Studies Research Group.

Sandyford Building Northumbria University Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QE

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26 October—11 November 2023


  • Thu 12 – 4pm
  • Fri 12 – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 2pm
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