In 2012 Shout! Factory gave the horror and genre collectors of the world Scream Factory. Scream Factory has since released tons of stuff, but one of the best things they do is the “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray releases and they all come with newly commissioned art work. Now, I’ve seen some folks complain, but when we have some releases that have been out before, I love the idea of new art and not just reusing the old ones we’ve seen before. Not to worry, if you do love the original art, that can usually be found on the reverse side of the cover.
But today I want to take time to appreciate the great art we’ve seen on Collector’s Edition releases with a top 10 list of my personal favorite art covers from the line. Now I didn’t go out of my way to get the name of each artist, but I’m sure most of the info can be found really easy if you want to know. Also, this is just my own personal taste, so if someone pops up here a number of times, just assume it is just that they connected with my own personal taste. I didn’t go into making this list with the idea of putting a certain number of covers on by any certain artist on it. I just looked over my collection and let the chips fall where they did.
Anyway, here’s the list…
10: ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
I think “Assault” has a different look than most Collector’s Edition release and it is a good type of different. We’ve had different that just didn’t work, but this one blends the new style with classic posters and I really dug the results.
09: THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
A recent release from Scream Factory and how can you not be a fan of the colors? I think the odd vibe the cover gives off is on par with the odd vibe of the film.
08: MOTEL HELL
How can you not see this cover and take notice? Don’t come at me with a chainsaw, but I think this is one case of the cover being better than the movie.
07: RAISING CAIN
This one has just recently been announced and it is another step away from the usual style. I think moving away from the image collage can be a tricky thing, but as long as the new stuff looks as good as this, I think we can live with it.
06: SLEEPAWAY CAMP
Blood from the cabins and a well placed head shows that this is a really clever and well-done cover. Now, the other two that followed might have had somewhat mixed results (looking at you part 2), but you can’t deny this one looks really good.
05: THEY LIVE
The cover for They Live has that 80’s beat-em up video game vibe to it, which is also a feel you sorta get from a lot of the movie. All the things we enjoy about They Live made it on the poster, right down to the “Buy” sticker some had.
04: HALLOWEEN II
One of the ones that started it all way back in 2012 for Scream Factory. This style was already making a comeback, but Scream using a cool cover like this not only made people want to re-buy a movie we already had on Blu-ray, but they made a lot of companies start using real art again as covers instead of the same ol’ same ol’.
03: DAY OF THE DEAD
Again, if you are going to re-release something most of us already have one Blu-ray you gotta have something to catch our eye. I think that is just what the cover for Day of the Dead did. It also really captures the feel of the movie.
02: HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
Back with another OG of the first batch of Scream Factory releases. The tone and feel of the movie, as well as a look that resembles the original movie poster are all here and it looks great.
01: THE BURNING
The Burning is a fun movie, but basically everything that makes it as fun as it is can be found on this cover. Look at blood in the place of water here and tell me it doesn’t make you want to own this? Hands-down my favorite so far.