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A VHS may be used with an appropriate television to reduce the player's boredom and/or, in the case of some tapes, to provide skill experience points. It is important to note that an antique television is incapable of utilizing VHS tapes; a Premium Technologies or ValuTech television is required. The two main types of VHS are "Home VHS", featuring home recordings (from camcorders, of TV shows, sports games, etc.) and "Retail VHS", featuring official releases of movies and television shows.


Home VHS

"Home VHSes" spawn uniquely (once per VHS title) and feature a variety of pre-apocalyptic scenarios such as birthday parties, weddings, sports recordings, and general lore. A few work as skill tapes, adding XP for some skills not covered by retail tapes.

Retail VHS

"Retail VHSes" features a variety of movies and television shows from the world of Project Zomboid. All of the television skill shows can be found as retail VHS tapes. Most retail VHSes are parodies of TV shows or movies from the early 1990s, and function solely to reduce the player character's boredom and produce some light amusement in the player themselves. Unlike specific home VHSes, these can spawn multiple times.


The loot distributions can be found in the table(s) below.

VHS_Retail distribution Show / Hide
Effective chance calculations are based off of default loot settings, and median zombie density. The higher the density of zombies in an area, the higher the effective chance of an item spawning. Chance is also influenced by the lucky and unlucky traits.
Building/Room Container Effective chance
bedroom crate 1.01%
bedroom crate 23.28%
bedroom crate 41.14%
bedroom crate 76.55%
closet crate 1.01%
closet crate 3.98%
closet crate 23.28%
closet crate 41.14%
closet crate 76.55%
conveniencestore shelves 23.28%
conveniencestore shelves 41.14%
conveniencestore shelves 76.55%
cornerstore shelves 23.28%
cornerstore shelves 41.14%
cornerstore shelves 76.55%
fossoil shelves 23.28%
fossoil shelves 41.14%
fossoil shelves 76.55%
garagestorage crate 1.01%
garagestorage crate 3.98%
garagestorage crate 23.28%
garagestorage crate 41.14%
garagestorage crate 76.55%
gasstore shelves 23.28%
gasstore shelves 41.14%
gasstore shelves 76.55%
generalstore shelves 23.28%
generalstore shelves 41.14%
generalstore shelves 76.55%
livingroom crate 23.28%
livingroom crate 41.14%
livingroom crate 76.55%
livingroom shelves 23.28%
livingroom wardrobe 3.98%
movierental clothingrack 23.28%
movierental clothingrack 41.14%
movierental clothingrack 76.55%
movierental crate 23.28%
movierental crate 41.14%
movierental crate 76.55%
movierental metal_shelves 23.28%
movierental metal_shelves 41.14%
movierental metal_shelves 76.55%
movierental shelves 23.28%
movierental shelves 41.14%
movierental shelves 76.55%
pawnshop crate 23.28%
pawnshop crate 41.14%
pawnshop crate 76.55%
pawnshop shelves 23.28%
pawnshop shelves 41.14%
pawnshop shelves 76.55%
pawnshopoffice crate 23.28%
pawnshopoffice crate 41.14%
pawnshopoffice crate 76.55%
pawnshopstorage crate 23.28%
pawnshopstorage crate 41.14%
pawnshopstorage crate 76.55%
pawnshopstorage metal_shelves 23.28%
pawnshopstorage metal_shelves 41.14%
pawnshopstorage metal_shelves 76.55%
storageunit crate 1.01%
storageunit crate 3.98%
storageunit crate 23.28%
storageunit crate 41.14%
storageunit crate 76.55%
storageunit metal_shelves 1.01%
storageunit metal_shelves 23.28%
storageunit metal_shelves 41.14%
storageunit metal_shelves 76.55%
zippeestore shelves 23.28%
zippeestore shelves 41.14%
zippeestore shelves 76.55%


Can be found inside wardrobes, side tables, and desks in houses. They can also be found on shelves and counters in these buildings:

  • Gift Store
  • Storage Unit
  • Shelves
  • VHS Stores


Some VHSes can affect the player's Moodles, unlock Recipes and grant skill experience points.

An automatically-updating index of these VHSes can be found here - the table below also contains the effect values, but these are absolute internal values; the actual amount of XP received is of course dependent on any XP boosts from traits and/or having read skill books.


Retail VHS


Name Back cover Effects (total) Skills
Breaking Points Geoffrey Logan is having a bad day. All his life, he's done what he's told - paid his taxes on time, followed the traffic laws, done his job quietly. And all the while, the world ignores and demeans him. But everyone has a breaking point, and one day Geoffrey snaps. Was it the heat? The news on the radio? Something his family said? Only one thing is for certain: it ends today. 1991. Rated R for violence.
Man on the Run An innocent man, and a cop who doesn't care. After a prison train crashes, architect Sam Johnson escapes and must track down the man who really killed his wife. But will intrepid US Marshal Tommy Williams capture him first? 1992. Rated R for swearing, violence.
Pleistocene Land Professor John Raheem is a world renowned biologist, and now he's completed his dream project: a theme park filled with cloned animals from the ice age. But some of the animals don't like being cooped up behind fences... 1993. Rated PG-13 for violence.
Eagle Down A secret service agent with something to prove. An assassin with nothing to lose. Secret Service Agent Matt Evans was on duty the day Kennedy was killed. When he starts getting phone calls from a stalker named Leon, it appears he might be about to lose another president... 1988. Rated R for violence.
Home Invaders 2 Trouble - doubled! Jack McTavish is left on his own - again! - when his parents fly to Hong Kong without him. His old enemy, Hank the burglar, has just been released from prison and is out for revenge with a new accomplice. Can Jack keep the nasty burglars out of his house with his clever traps and devices? 1992. Rated PG for mild violence/swearing.
Blood in the Hood Raiford Lawrence has built a life for himself in the city of Arkham, a long way from the crime-ridden LA neighborhood he grew up in. But now his studies have led him to a strange book that will change life on the streets, forever... 1991. Rated R for swearing and violence.
Lives Taken An old cowboy never dies. A gritty, revisionist take on the myths of the west. When retired gunslinger Uwe Pollock's wife is gunned down by a bandit named Kelly, he puts on his gun belt one last time and vows revenge. 1992. Rated R for violence.
Sordid Client Some clients are too hot to handle... Kevin Sherbert thinks he has a routine case on his hands... but it turns out Janet Lancaster wants to do more than read her dead husband's will. As Sherbert finds his professional and erotic lives blurred, he finds himself manipulated and used, he realizes Janet is not as innocent as she claims to be. 1990. Rated NC-17 for nudity and violence.
Dime Diamonds A crime thriller cooler than an icebox in Antarctica... Jonathan Umbertino's shocking and stylish cinematic masterpiece. After a diamond heist goes wrong, a group of criminals slowly realize one of them might be a cop... 1992. Rated R for violence, swearing.
Satin and Silk A new mysterious masterpiece from the genius behind Double Mirror. Freddy, a kindly young man, is drawn into a dark and disturbing world after spying on his attractive neighbor. 1986. Rated R for violence, adult themes.
Three Deaths and a Divorce Oh crikey, will I ever fall in love? Jack's having a bad year, but after meeting the same girl at three funerals, he starts to fall in love. But will he ever find the right time to tell her? 1991. Rated PG-13 for language.
Train Bomb Fall under 80mph, and Special Agent Nick Dubois's honeymoon will be derailed... permanently! 1992. Rated R for violence.
You Are Dead An aging assassin teams up with a little girl to take down the drug smugglers who killed the girl's family. 1992's French box office hit, now for home viewing! Unrated director's cut.
War Front A dissident group hijack a nuclear submarine and kidnap the Queen of England. Only one man can stop them - CIA agent Tom Heller. 1989. PG-13 for violence.
All Over Again Larry Coleman has just had the worst day of his life. His wife is divorcing him, he's been fired from his job, and his best friend died in a car accident. He feels he has no choice but to take his own life... but when he does so he wakes up in his bed the morning before, about to live the worst day of his life over again. And again. And again. Will Larry fix what's wrong with his life, or is he doomed to repeat his mistakes forever? 1992. PG for implied violence.
CyberKiller 2 No-one believes Jane Wright. Locked in an institution, her rants about a cyberkiller named R-469 from the future only make her look insane. At least until the cyberkiller appears and starts gunning down the staff while looking for Jane. But her son Peter sends a cyberkiller of his own from the future, X-371, and the stage is set for a battle for the future of the human race. 1993. Rated R for violence and gore.
Strange Little Men Joan Morton hasn't been feeling well. Tortured by strange dreams, she turns to a psychiatrist for help. But what they discover will shake not just them, but the very foundations of what we consider reality... 1985. Rated PG-13 for horror themes.
Operation Fort Knox The classic spy thriller now on VHS. Join Agent John Spiral as he tries to stop the nasty Auron Spaffgold and his mute henchman Hanji from stealing all the gold at Fort Knox by shrinking the fort to pocket size! 1964. PG for violence.
Dying Strike A new actor, the same brilliant agent. Join Agent John Spiral on his seventeenth mission as he confronts the one foe who knows him best - his own long lost twin brother! 1993. Rated PG-13 for violence.
Marriage License Josh finds himself reunited with his ex-wife at their daughter's wedding. Old sparks threaten to ignite and upstage the bride in this lighthearted comedy! 1984. Rated PG.
The Crying of the Foxes A serial killer on the loose. A rookie FBI agent. And the imprisoned cannibal who she must turn to for help. The award winning Harley Darren stars as Special Agent Kerry Jones, with Caroline Unwin as the frightening Elizabeth Popper AKA "The Eyepopper". 1989. Rated R for violence, horror themes.
Cosa Nostra Jackie Milano has always wanted to be a gangster, and now his dream has come true. But a heist he pulls with his brother Joe on the orders of their boss Paulie Ponzini goes wrong, and Jackie finds himself having to make a stark choice - his position in the Mafia, or his own brother. 1989. Rated R.
The Danger in Your Bed Julie Goodbar tries to be a good wife, but her husband Liam doesn't care. Controlling, demeaning and violent, Julie sees no way out but to fake her own death and escape. But the arrogant Liam suspects the truth, and vows to track her down... 1992. Rated R.
Loveheart A debt collector - Mark Loveheart - returns to the small Irish town he grew up in and uses his martial arts skills to stop a developer and his gang of thugs seizing land to build a toxic waste dump. 1988. R.
Squad Down A taut military legal thriller. Hotshot young Navy lawyer Buck Parlor must figure out the truth behind a training exercise that left three Marines dead. 1992. Rated PG-13 for swearing.
Return of the Nightwatcher The Nightwatcher returns to fight his greatest nemesis: The Stockbroker. With the streets of Porter City in turmoil and stock markets soaring ever higher, will the Nightwatcher be able to balance destroying villainy with a healthy free market economy? 1989. PG-13.
Fred and Ali's Radical Journey A time traveler named Martin appears to high school students Fred and Ali before an important presentation and tells them, if they flunk their test, it will lead to the end of humanity! Luckily Martin lets Fred and Ali use his time machine so they can experience the subjects of their history test - in real life! 1985. G.
The Janitor He'll take care of you... When the Pentagon is taken over by armed terrorists there's only one man who can stop them - Jack Kleenly, the Pentagon's janitor! 1990. Rated R for violence.
Survival Instinct She lived to kill... When eccentric billionaire Mr. Nolan is killed in a 'bedroom accident', Nolan's young mistress Holly draws Detective Joey Langella into a strange, erotic, semi-virtual world where "game over" - means death! 1992. Rated X for violence and unnecessary nudity.
Global Warrior The Dead Fight Back... A hundred years after dying in the Vietnam War, Keith 'Woolly' Jackson gets a chance to fight again! Resurrected as the half-cyborg GW-35, Woolly must take down his psychopathic ex-commander, and learn the real truth behind his 'death'! 1992. R.
The Dog Goblin Don't say his name... The Dog Goblin has been sealed away for centuries beneath Bloodtide Mountain. All that remains is a local legend... say his name into a moonlit pool on the mountainside four times and he'll reappear to wreak bloody and gruesome vengeance. When a group of teenage campers dare each other to disprove the legend, the Dog Goblin gets his chance to return! R. 1990. Boredom Boredom -25%
Stress Stressed +8%
Fatigue Fatigue -25%
Panic Panic +300%
Dog Goblin II Don't say his name again... After being the only survivor of her and her friends' encounter with the Dog Goblin at Bloodtide Mountain, Charity Copper heads to Germany for a well-earned vacation. But when she arrives with her new friends in a remote Alpine village, a rumor about a strange discovery in a local well is all the townfolk can talk about... R. 1991.
Dog Goblin III Don't say his name yet again... After being the sole survivor of her second encounter with the Dog Goblin in Germany, Charity Copper returns to the small Midwest town where she grew up. Life is slower here... until Charity realises her and the Dog Goblin's past are more connected than she ever realised - and he's not done killing yet! R. 1992.
Dog Goblin IV Please stop saying his name... After surviving three encounters with the Dog Goblin, Charity Copper follows her childhood dream and becomes an astronaut. Heading to the new Multination Space Station high above the Earth, Charity knows there's no way the Dog Goblin can follow her here... 1993. R for violence and brief nudity.
Ghoul Stoppers With their New York ghoul hunting business shut down after a subway expedition goes wrong, Ted, John and Harold must prove that ghouls exist - and that the Ghoul Stoppers are the only ones who can stop them before they take over the city. 1984. PG-13 for horror elements, crude comedy.
Slow Descent When a mysterious giant spiralling tunnel opens in a remote forest, authorities and scientists struggle to explain it. After a military team goes missing and otherworldly radio signals are received all around the world, an artist and a poet are sent into the tunnel to investigate instead. Soviet director Andrei Solonitsyn's slow paced, 1979 masterpiece. PG.
Dark Agent A grittier, darker John Spiral (George Nelson) goes on a revenge mission against a South American drug cartel after his best friend is dismembered by a cocaine-fuelled laser. 1987. Rated R for violence.
Timbergap Manor In late 19th century England, Mr. Stephen Simpson, a meek butler, falls in love with the daughter of his master. However, social mores and Simpson's sense of duty turn the romance into a tragedy. 1992. Rated PG for mild sexuality.
Ace Pilot When US Navy pilot Paulie "Rogue" Santino's reckless actions cause his best friend's death, he must prove to the Navy - and himself - that he's worthy of being called a true Ace Pilot. 1986. PG for violence.
Tired in Toronto Grieving widower Jay Washington believes he'll never find love again, but a romantic meeting at the CN Tower makes him change his mind. PG. 1992.
Dead Wrong When a crazed sniper starts stalking the mean streets of Seattle, only one man can bring him to justice: Lieutenant "Filthy" Larry Salatch, and his trusty .44 Magnum. R. 1971. Aiming +12.5 XP
Reloading +12.5 XP
Mother's Boy After escaping from her abusive husband, Leah checks into a small motel by the highway, planning her next move. Little does she know the motel is run by a strange young man called Alfred Yates - and his even stranger mother. Black and white. 1959. Rated PG-13. Short Blade +12.5 XP
Tangier Morocco, 1941. Café owner Sam Jones is doing his best to say [sic] as neutral as Tangier itself - but the war arrives at his doorstep in the form of his old flame, Hannah, on the run from the Germans. Will Sam's strict neutrality in matters of business hold up? 1941. Black and white. PG.
Molly Brown No need to frown when Molly Brown's in town! This foxy chick's packing more than most - it ain't easy being a private detective in New York City. When a Mafia don hires Molly to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Molly doesn't realise she's in for the case of a lifetime! R. 1971.
Paris in the Rain When Johnny Autry (Calvin Warner), the handsome leading man in a new musical, arrives in Paris, he finds the production in turmoil. The director's a drunk, the lead actress can't dance, and the small print on Johnny's contract says he has to fix it all! A classical, lighthearted musical for the whole family. 1952. G.


Name Effects Recipes Skills
Washington High S5.01
Washington High S5.02
Washington High S5.03
Washington High S5.04
Washington High S5.05
Strangely True S2.01
Strangely True S2.02
Strangely True S2.03
Strangely True S2.04
Strangely True S2.05
Ballincoolin S1.01
Ballincoolin S1.02
Ballincoolin S1.03
Ballincoolin S1.04
Ballincoolin S1.05
Space Crew S3.01
Space Crew S3.02
Space Crew S3.03
Space Crew S3.04
Space Crew S3.05
The Moderators S2.01
The Moderators S2.02
The Moderators S2.03
The Moderators S2.04
The Moderators S2.05
The Magical Woodland E1
The Magical Woodland E2
The Magical Woodland E3
The Magical Woodland E4
The Magical Woodland E5
The Omega Department S3.01
The Omega Department S3.02
The Omega Department S3.03
The Omega Department S3.04
The Omega Department S3.05
The Omega Department S5.01
The Omega Department S5.02
The Omega Department S5.03
The Omega Department S5.04
The Omega Department S5.05
Albert Wellen QC S2.01
Albert Wellen QC S2.02
Albert Wellen QC S2.03
Albert Wellen QC S2.04
Albert Wellen QC S2.05
Z-Squad S2.01
Z-Squad S2.02
Z-Squad S2.03 Mechanics +12.5 XP
Metalworking +12.5 XP
Z-Squad S2.04
Z-Squad S2.05
The Thompsons S3.01
The Thompsons S3.02
The Thompsons S3.03
The Thompsons S3.04
The Thompsons S3.05
Dead Wrong S2.01
Dead Wrong S2.02
Dead Wrong S2.03
Dead Wrong S2.04
Dead Wrong S2.05
The Cook Show E1 Make Cake Batter Cooking +87.5 XP
The Cook Show E2 Cooking +100 XP
The Cook Show E3 Cooking +62.5 XP
The Cook Show E4 Cooking +50 XP
The Cook Show E5 Cooking +50 XP
The Cook Show E6 Cooking +62.5 XP
The Cook Show E7 Make Pie Dough Cooking +75 XP
Woodcraft E1 Carpentry +62.5 XP
Woodcraft E2 Carpentry +50 XP
Woodcraft E3 Carpentry +62.5 XP
Woodcraft E4 Carpentry +75 XP
Woodcraft E5 Carpentry +37.5 XP
Woodcraft E6 Carpentry +62.5 XP
Woodcraft E7 Carpentry +62.5 XP
Exposure Survival E1 Make Fishing Rod Fishing +50 XP
Exposure Survival E2 Fishing +75 XP
Exposure Survival E3 Farming +87.5 XP
Exposure Survival E4 Carpentry +75 XP
Exposure Survival E5 Carpentry +50 XP
Foraging +12.5 XP
Exposure Survival E6 Make Trap Crate Trapping +125 XP
Exposure Survival E7 Foraging +87.5 XP
Exposure Survival E8 Carpentry +87.5 XP
Simon's Fitness Club E1
Simon's Fitness Club E2
Simon's Fitness Club E3
Simon's Fitness Club E4
Simon's Fitness Club E5
Carzone E1 Mechanics +75 XP
Carzone E2 Mechanics +75 XP
Carzone E3 Mechanics +75 XP

Home VHS

Name Effects Recipes Skills
Janie's tape
Dad's shows
Omega Department - DO NOT TAPE OVER
Kid shows
8th Birthday
Wedding video!!!!
Every Reason Tape!!
Sunset Drive
Soaps Tape
Alaskan Gulf Documentary
Grampa Message
Fort Knox Documentary
Rangers v. Hurricanes 8.12.92
Rangers v. Honey Bears 8.5.92
Hurricanes v. Mothballs 22.4.91
Mothballs v. Honey Bears 16.2.91
Rangers v. Mothballs 8.12.90
Omega Department ghost town
Magical Woodland Fox
Bauman and Triskel April 8
Bauman and Triskel April 15
Bauman and Triskel Feb 12
Sandy Perry
Dating Agency (Female)
Dating Agency (Male)
ARRA Pitch
Reverend Quigley
For Scott
The Signs of Satanism
Brushing Your Teeth with Zachary Bunny
Little Tom's 4th Bday
Jenn's 18th
D&M's Wedding
Our Wedding 1.19.88
Quentin's 16th
Grandma's 80th
Keith's Big Birthday!
Will/Ana Wedding
Dad's boring golf crap
Riverside Classic '92
School recital
Dangerous Strangers with Jemima Bunny
Omega Department S3 E2
our world
foxes doc
Gators doc
Brent's 21st
Baby Summer!
Muhammet's First Words
Gabby first steps
Hao First Words!
New kitties!
Playing with Bruce
Spiffo World June 1992
muldraugh v west point soccer
Riverside vs West Point footie
horse race
Kentucky Furlongs (5.2.92)
English Cup (4.12.91)
OSCC '92 Mechanics +12.5 XP
stock cars Mechanics +12.5 XP
Granny Nani Tailoring +75 XP
Tailoring 101 Tailoring +75 XP
nof vid Make Metal Roof
Make Metal Walls
Metalworking +100 XP
no 9 Make Metal Fences Metalworking +112.5 XP
Muldraugh AV Club Craft Makeshift Radio Electricity +75 XP
TV repair Electricity +75 XP
RMFA First Aid +75 XP
Combat Wound Management First Aid +87.5 XP
Caring For Your Employees
Xmas '91
Christmas Eve Visit!
Xmas Play
Grady v King Lightfooted +12.5 XP
Secrets of Spiffo's Special Sauce
ST 4
Lopez-Grady fight
Tree Planting Guide Farming +75 XP
XYZ's with Abe E. Seez!
Mathematical Quadratics and Algebraic Configurations Long Blunt +12.5 XP
Cities of the World - Paris
Cities of the World - Lagos
Cities of the World - Seoul
Preparing a Funeral (What Really Happens)
J 13th birthday
Fairweather-Mahoney 2/11/93
Kafka Animated - A Message from the Emperor
Jeff/Kaylee Vegas Wedding
Dental Care
Sunday Night Late 12/20/92
Up with the Joneses
Ooh, Shut That Door! S7E5
Alva Richards (Pierce Daniels)
Alva Richards (Ashling Dwyer)
Bauman/Triskel 14
Roger's VHS
Tracy & Polly 8th Bday (Cute!)
molly june 30
Washington High DO NOT TOUCH
Flight Training
Hair Dyeing at Home
Ohio River
Joni-Jim Proposal vid!!
beach summer 91
Black Holes space doc
Final Regards
Trends in Commodities
conspiracy crap???
One Eighty (darts)
Basic Gun Handling (Officer Use Only) Aiming +75 XP
Reloading +75 XP


  • The real VHS (Video Home System) tape used plastic film coated with magnetic material to record data. The tape was wound onto a pair of spools and had to be re-wound after every watch. Ubiquitous throughout the 1980s and 90s, VHSes were eventually replaced by DVDs, Blu-rays, and present-day streaming services.
  • Many tapes are references to actual films. For the list, see Easter eggs.
  • While similar, the VHS icon used in the game is more similar to the audio cassette tape, rather than VHS tape. It is currently unknown if it will be changed or if regular cassette tapes will be added as well.


Code icon.png Code snippet! This section contains source code from Project ZomboidShow / Hide

Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\newitems.txt

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item VHS
        DisplayCategory = Entertainment,
        Type				= Normal,
        DisplayName			= VHS,
        Icon				= Cassette3,
        Weight				= 0.1,
        WorldStaticModel = VHSBox,

Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\newitems.txt

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item VHS_Retail
        DisplayCategory = Entertainment,
        Type				= Normal,
        DisplayName			= VHS-Retail,
        Icon				= Cassette3,
        Weight				= 0.1,
        MediaCategory       = Retail-VHS,
        WorldStaticModel = VHSBox2,

Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\newitems.txt

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item VHS_Home
        DisplayCategory = Entertainment,
        Type				= Normal,
        DisplayName			= VHS-Home,
        Icon				= Cassette3,
        Weight				= 0.1,
        MediaCategory       = Home-VHS,
        WorldStaticModel = VHSBox3,

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