The musty, cobweb-covered antique people over at LoveAntiques.com have compiled a list of what they believe are the 25 most valuable VHS titles on the market, and we’ll be impressed if you’ve heard of more than five of them.
Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks, a 1974 Italian horror, comes top of the the pops, and could apparently fetch up to £1,500 today. That’s followed by the equally great-sounding The Beast in Heat (£1,200) and Betrayed (£1,100).
According to the experts, the most valuable VHS tapes are ones deemed as one-offs, released in small batches within the ‘video nasties’ category and on micro-budget labels like Knockout and Trytel. "What’s not surprising is that the rarer more obscure titles are worth the most," said Will Thomas, LoveAntiques.com's MD. "Whilst the ‘video nasties’ of the 70s that dominate the top of the list aren’t of public interest, perhaps, there are thousands of collectors in the world who would be willing to pay a pretty penny for it and thus, make it a wise investment like many antique and vintage products."
Here's the top 10 list:
- Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (JVI) £1,500
- The Beast in Heat (JVI) £1,200
- Betrayed (Taboo) £1,100
- Celestine (GO) £1,100
- The Legend of Hillbilly John (Rainbow) £1,000
- Journey Into Beyond (Citycenta GO) £1,000
- Lemora, Lady Dracula (IFS) £900
- Don't Open the Window (Films of the 80s) £900
- Flesh Eaters (Knockout) £800
- Black Decameron (Intervision) £800
I'm just as lost as you are, but money's always interesting. You can find the other 15 here.