Tom Towles looks like the kind of man who would, so this it must be:
I lucked on to a very interesting situation back in the early 90's. I was working for a small northern Indiana video store chain called Box Office Video. They would get screener tapes in, and after the chain owner culled out the biggest releases for himself - the lower budget action and horror pictures were up for grabs. We lesser lights would scramble for the action stuff, but after that dust settled the horror pictures would be left sitting. (It pays to work with an exclusively all-female staff of young middle aged wives and moms who didn't like horror. And wore a lot of skirts.) So I would scoop all the horror movies up.
The main source of these movies was Paramount - which was really pushing their partnership with Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment by sending out every one of the Full Moon releases on a screener tape. I even eventually called Full Moon and convinced them I was Box Office Video's ordering agent and got the address changed to my house - so that all of the posters and promo materials started coming direct to me instead of the store - as too much disappeared from over there - more I think because some of my co-workers wanted me not to have the stuff more than wanting it themselves.
But for about a year I got posters, postcards, calendars, trading cards...it was awesome! And thankfully the real Box Office Video ordering agent did place large orders for these flicks - three or four copies per store across the chain. Eventually they seemed to catch on, and my mailings ended.
I still have the screener VHS of this movie - a pretty well done medieval horror flick - with a terrific cast (Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, Tom Towles, Frances Bay, and a cameo from a slumming Oliver Reed) and a fair amount of director Stuart Gordon's trademark ghoulish humor. We could have it warming up in the combo Blu-Ray/VHS machine in moments - if you cared to come by - even tonight!
Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!