Movies on VHS: Collection of Red Dot Rental, Iowa City, Iowa
Collector's Directions For Use:

Last November, I saw a listing on Freecycle for "1000 Movies on VHS". Being a film geek and sometimes-hoarder, I immediately tried to lay a claim on the tapes. When I found out that they were not store bought, but rather home-recorded from HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and the like, I knew that I had to have them. I opened a free "video-store" named Red Dot Rental, so that others may rent the tapes and join me in going through them, as a good majority of them are without labels.

At over 400 VHS tapes, with 3-5 movies per tape, the inventory of Red Dot Rental may be the world's largest collection of home-recorded VHS tapes available to the public. The work of one man's obsesssion, the tapes have found themselves changing hands over the internet and going into dark closets or forgotten spots in the basement. With the grand opening of Red Dot Rental, they now get the respect they deserve. If you're on the University of Iowa campus and wish to visit the store, please email josheklow [at] or stop by room 304 in the Communications Center (east of the Iowa River on Madison Street) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We can also mail tapes.

Josh Eklow, 2009

NOTE: As of August 2012, this project is now closed. The tapes have re-joined the source and the project has yielded to other collections

Movies on VHS:

A Cry in the Dark
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Girl to Kill For
A League of Their Own
A Private Matter
A Shot in the Dark
A Song is Born
Above the Law
Alien 3
Amazing Colossal Man
American Hollow
An Eye for an Eye
Audrey Rose
Babes in Toyland
Baby Blue Marine
Basket Case II
Bat 21
Batman Returns
Beauty for the Asking
Big Jim McLain
Bishop’s Wife
Blood Fist II
Blood Games
Blood Match
Blue Desert
Blue Steel
Body Parts
Boys on the Side
Broadcast News
Bye Bye Birdie
Calamity Jane
Cannonball Run
Cheaper by the Dozen
China O’Brien
China Passage
City Killer
City Slickers
Class Action
Close to Home
Cold Frost
Comrades of Summer
Corporate Affairs
County War
Cousin Bette
Crack and Burn
Criminal Law
Crossing Delancey
Cruel Intentions
Curly Sue
Curse II
Curse III – Blood Sacrifice
D-Day, the 6th of June
Damien: The Omen II
Damnation Alley
Dark Passage
Deadly Fury
Death Spa
Def by Temptation
Dennis the Menace
Descending Angel
Detroit Rock City
Digital Man
Dirty Mary, Crazy Lary
Divorce, American Style
Don’t Cry, It’s Only Thunder
Don’t Tell Her It’s Me
Double Threat
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Dracula’s Widow
Dressed to Kill
Driving Mrs. Daisy
Edge of Honor
Edward Scissorhands
Elephant Man
Enemy Gold
Ensign Pulver
Erotic Confessions
Every Which Way But Loose
Everybody’s Doing it
Eye of God
Falcon’s Brother
First Monday in October
Fit to Kill
Flying Leathernecks
For a Few Dollars More
Forbidden Dance
Fort Apache
Geronimo: An American Legend
Golden Child
Ground Zero
Guide for the Married Man
Gun Play
Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Myers
Hamburger Hill
Hang ‘Em High
Hard Bodies
Hard Core
Harlem Nights
History of the World, Part 1
Hot Shots
Hot to Make a Monster
House Party IV
Howling III: The Freaks
I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Was A Mail Order Bride
Imitation of Life
Indecent Behavior
Inner Sanctum
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Island of the Lost Souls
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jingle All The Way
Just You and Me, Kid
Kiss the Girls
Laughing Policeman
Lean on Me
Leonard Part 6
Let’s Make Love
Little Nikita
Little Shop of Horrors
Loose Cannons
Lost in Yonkers
Lucky Me
Magnificent Obsession
Making Mr. Right
Man Trouble
Maniac Cop 2
Mars Attacks!
Martial Law
Martians, Go Home
Maybe Baby
Meatballs 4
Men Don’t Leave
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Miracle of Our Lady
Mirror Mirror
Mister Rogars
Modern Problems
Moonlight Bay
Mr. and Mrs. Bridges
Mr. Blandings Builds a Dream House
Mr. Frost
Mr. Luck
Mrs. Miniver
Murder by Death
My Majesty, K
My Name is Nobody
Mysterious Island

Naked Souls
New Jack City
Nightmare in Badham County
Nightmare on Elm Street
No Retreat, No Surrender
None but the Lonely Heat
Not Quite Human
Only the Lonely
Ordinary People
Other Mothers
Other People’s Money
Out on Bail
Parent Trap II
Penny Serenade
Peyton Place
Physical Evidence
Pink Cadillac
Prescription: Murder
Prisoners of the Sun
Private Benjamin
Private Eyes
Project X
Prom Night IV
Pursuit Rain Killer
Reap the Wild Wind
Red Sonja
Return of the Fly
Return of the Jedi
Return of the Living Dead III
Revenge of the Pink Panther
Richest Girl in the World
River of No Return
Road House
Road to Morocco
Road to Utopia
Rocky II
Saturday Night Special
Second Sight
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Hours to Judgement
Shag, The Movie
She’s Having a Baby
Silent Night, Deadly Night II
Ski School
Sleeping with the Enemy
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture
Space Truckers
Special Investigator
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift
Stir of Echoes
Suburban Commando
Sudden Impact
Summer Lovers
Talent for the Game
Tales from the Hood
Tea for Two
That Touch of Mink
The Addams Family
The Amityville Horror: New Generation
The Bachelor and Bobby Socker
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bronx
The Cool Surface
The Empire Strikes Back
The Entity
The Fan
The Favor, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish
The FBI Story
The Fly
The French Connection 2
The Front Page
The Gauntlet
The Ghost and Mrs. Muiir
The Golden Child
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Grifters
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Investigation: Inside the Terrorist Bombing
The Kid from Brooklyn
The Kindred
The Kiss of the Beast
The Ladykillers
The Last American Hero
The Last Boy Scout
The Lipstick Camera
The Little Kidnappers
The Living Daylights
The Maker
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
The Manchurian Candidate
The Manhattan Project
The Miracle Worker
The Money Pit
The Muppet Movie
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Neverending Story II
The Night the World Exploded
The Pelican Brief
The Philadelphia Story
The Pink Panther
The Pope Must Die
The Possession of Joel Delaney
The Predator 2
The Presidio
The Pride and the Passion
The Rookie
The Saint of Fort Washington
The Saint Strikes Back
The Sheepman
The Squeeze
The Stratlon Story
The Swordsman
The Toast of New York
The Two Jakes
The Valley of the Dolls
To Protect and Serve
Top Gun
Trancers II
Trolls 2
Tropical Heat
True Colors
Two of a Kind
Undersiege II: Dark Territory
Up the Creek
Valachi Papers
Vampire Kiss
Viva Las Vegas
Walk – Don’t Run
War of the Roses
War Wagon
Warlords of Atlantics
We’re No Angels
Weekend at Bernie’s
Weekend at Bernie’s II
Welcome Home, Rory Carmichael
Where There’s Life
Whispers in the Dark
White Fang
White Line Fever
White Water Summer
Why Did Johnny Kill?
Wild at Heart
Wild in the Country
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Witchboard II
With Honors
Worth Winning
Yor, the Hunter from the Future

Mystery Tapes:

1-172 numbered tapes, no titles labeled
1-114 completely unlabeled

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