Logo description and capture by socoollogos
Background: Hikon Film Video Distribution was an independent distribution company based in the United Kingdom that was active throughout the 1980s. They've mainly distributed lesser known films and alleged "video nasties". The company was ultimately closed due to confrontation over their content.
Nicknames: "The Eye of Doom", "Kissing in the (Early) Moonlight", "Hikon, Hikon, Hikon...!", "...Pine Cone?"
Logo: We see an image of a cloudy sky. Then, via a "rippling" effect, a video of a sunset sky (you can see the clouds moving) over a beach wipes in. Many lavender circles are shown in two rows, as if they were spotlights. A human eye then zooms in below the circles and stops very close to the screen. A moon then fades in over the iris and pupil of the eye. The silhouette of many theater seats and a couple kissing each other in the middle of them fades in at the bottom of the screen. Finally, the words "A HIKON FILM" fade in over the moon via "rippling" effect, arranged like this:
FX/SFX: The rippling effects, the clouds moving, the zooming, and the fading.
Cheesy Factor: The animation reeks of some of the most cheesiest effects ever seen in an '80s home video logo. It looks like it was made on Photoshop or Microsoft PowerPoint even though they didn't exist back then. Also, the voices sound more like they're saying "Pine cone, pine cone, pine cone...!".The Unison variant sounds like it was recorded with a bunch of town drunks in a local pub, and the Normal variant must have been recorded when the modulation guy was on holiday.
Music/Sounds: A "coming at you" synth theme, followed by some people chanting repeatedly "Hikon, Hikon, Hikon...!" until we hear a shattering glass sound. At the end, one of the following sequences would occur;
- Either a calm-sounding man would say "A Hikon Film."...
- ...or male voices shouting "A HIKON FILM!" loudly in unison.
Availability: Ultra rare. Might be found on British releases of video nasties, which are very hard to find, even on websites like eBay. Go to the United Kingdom and check a charity shop or mom-and-pop store for tapes with very psychedelic and/or weird boxart and a Hikon Film print.
Scare Factor: Depends on the variant.
- Normal Variant: Low to nightmare. The music combined with the ugliness of the logo as well as the way the eye zooms in and the words appear can cause scares.
- Unison Variant: High to nightmare, since the loud voices are likely to startle some, especially those who were expecting the normal variant. Although some might find it unintentionally hilarious due to the voices sounding almost drunk.
For both variants, the scare factor is lower for those who are used to seeing it.