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Lost in a warehouse for 33 years!
The amazing BIG BOX Wizard Video Collection! This is truly a rare
discovery and little part of the early days of the home video explosion!
THE BEAST aka Equinox
Seeking an archaeologist who has mysteriously disappeared, Dave, Susan, Jim and Vicki discover a weird castle in the hills surrounded by strange, gigantic footprints. In a nearby cave, the teenagers meet an odd old man who gives them an ancient book containing the lore and rituals of Devil Worship.
The hapless foursome soon find themselves pursued by a 30-foot-tall apelike mutant intent on seizing the Book. The creature is defeated-but the teenagers now face a new nemesis-a fearsome blue giant. When the giant carries Jim and the Book through a supernatural barrier into its own bizarre dimension, Dave must follow in a desperate attempt to rescue his friend.
What follows is a spectacular adventure of unearthly power, featuring stop-motion animation by renowned effects wizards Dennis Muren, David Allen, and Jim Danforth.
Made on a budget
of a mere six thousand dollars in 1967, The Beast/Equinox initially gained a
reputation as a midnight movie during its
theatrical run, but has in later years been noted for its economical yet
sophisticated use of stop-motion special
effects and cel animation which were
provided by Dave Allen and Jim Danforth the latter later worked on Flesh Gordon in which he animated a giant monster similar to the ones in Equinox.
The film has been influential to the horror and sci-fi monster genres,
receiving praise from filmmaker George Lucas and effects artist Ray Harryhausen the film has also been noted as a main inspiration for Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1983).
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Rating: Not Rated
VHS / NTSC
An early pioneer in the home video business, Charles Band started both MEDA
HOME ENTERTAINMENT in the late 70’s and WIZARD VIDEO in 1980.
After releasing features like THE GROOVE TUBE, FLESH GORDON and TUNNELVISION
in the standard VHS box format WIZARD VIDEO introduced the oversized “big VHS
box” which featured lurid titles such as ZOMBIE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, DEMONIAC
& BREEDERS! After a few short years of these big VHS box releases WIZARD
VIDEO returned to the standard size VHS box as retailers were quickly running
out of shelf space. A fond memory for people who grew up in the video store era
of the early 80’s - the big VHS box has become a rare collectable due to its
scarcity and (usually poor) condition. And now a treasure trove of original big
VHS boxes was found late last year in one of Charles Band’s and Full Moon’s
many overcrowded warehouses! 36 features are represented in this discovery with
quantities ranging from 180 boxes to 420 boxes. The 30+ year old big VHS boxes
are in mint condition as they have never been out of their original shipping