A type of test pattern that appeared on a lot of VHS
tapes before the mid-1990s. It consists of a white screen accompanied by an endless tone. If VHS tapes did not have this, they would either have static, a black screen with red numbers and a phone dialing noise, or a multicolored pattern.
Man, that white screen of death that came out of nowhere at the end of my VHS tape scared da hell outta me so much I wanted to run outta da room.