I love digging up these old VHS boxes as so many of them feature iconic artwork that’s never left my mind from way back in the days of the video store experience of the 80’s. So today I’m featuring a pretty unknown jem of a movie from 1985 by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.
This one is a great movie, a total 80’s Amblin, Speilberg rip off but a ton of fun. It borrows heavily from movies like E.T., Poltergeist and Close Encounters. It was also known as ‘Joey’ and features a villainous ventriloquist doll so yeah there’s that too! Anyway I’ve always totally dug the cover art from when I was a kid and it totally represents the movie as well. You know most more obscure 80’s flicks feature some totally wicked cover art but then the movie just doesn’t deliver one tenth of that awesomeness. Making Contact has a great cover and is actually a pretty cool little flick too!
This cool ass box art was done by Barry E. Jackson, if you want the full scoop on him and some of the other totally epic cover check out this link from one of my favorite blogs Camera Viscera!!
Yeah there’s more than one devil doll out there! Before “Black Devil Doll From Hell” there was simply “Devil Doll” from1964. This movie is a stinker as well! I’m not sure why they can’t seem to ever get the creepy ventriloquist dolls in movies to actually be creepy! They are by themselves probably some of the weirdest things that us humans have ever created. Which is probably why I am a huge fan of puppets. I had tons of them as a kid. If I see a cool puppet anywhere you better believe I’ll snatch it up! It took me a while to warm up to vetriloquist dolls though.