Spade Video

Background: Spade Video was a Carlisle based video label founded by Gilbert Tenner and Carter Galliard. The company followed in the footsteps of companies like VIPCO and released video nasties, as well as other banned films, cult flicks, obscure films and concert videos. The label was seized by the British government in 1992. Tenner and Galliard would go on to create Harvest Entertainment.
1st Logo
(early-mid 80s)

Logo: It's mainly a black spade on a white background with "SPADE VIDEO" underneath.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: A little animation would've sufficed.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on the company's first releases.

Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo
(late 80s-1992)

Logo: Against time-lapse footage of moving clouds, we see the spade from the previous logo. The background condenses, showing a black background. The words "SPADE" and "Video" appear above and below the square respectively. The square flashes, causing everything to fade out.

FX/SFX: Typical 80s animation.

Music/Sounds:A synth-timpani plays throughout. When the sky/grid scene begins to zoom out, a harsh distorted guitar drone begins playing. When the flash of light appears, both the timpani and the guitar stop and a loud, dramatic orchestral sting plays.

Availability: Found on old concert videos and cult films, as well as banned movies. Spade releases are highly sought after in the collection market.

Scare Factor: Medium to nightmare.

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