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  • ’80s and ’90s Halloween Photo Album!

    We remember yesteryear’s Halloweens in dribs and drabs, and then we fill in the blanks with rosy idealizations. Generalities become specificities, and the line between “kinda happened” and “really happened” is blurry AF. It’s that way with all matters of nostalgia, so when I fi

  • Frosted Chocolate Fudge Halloween Pop-Tarts!

    So let’s talk about Pop-Tarts. Let’s talk about Pop-Tarts for the whole day. New for the 2017 Halloween season, get a load of Frosted Chocolate Fudge Printed Fun Pop-Tarts! We get new fall-themed Pop-Tart flavors pretty regularly, but this is the first time in a long time that Kellogg

  • 7-Eleven’s Ghost White Gummi Slurpee!

    This article will be short and sweet. Extreme emphasis on the sweet. I dropped by 7-Eleven for an enormous cup of coffee, meant to be my fuel for an entirely different sort of article that I’d planned to write today. Suffice to say, my priorities have changed. BECAUSE LOOK AT THIS: The g

  • The Official Ghoulies II Music Video!

    Y’all have seen Ghoulies II, right? No? WELL YOU SHOULD. Here’s the deal: The first Ghoulies film is admirably weird and totally worth watching, but most of the movie’s fame stems from its classic promo art, which featured a little green monster popping out of a toilet. Unfortunately

  • Purple Stuff: Escape from Castle Dracula!

    Longtime readers know about my obsession with Castle Dracula, a famous dark ride that once graced the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. I’ve been to Wildwood several times since Castle Dracula burned down, and if I’m being honest, it just ain’t the same without it. New Purple Stuff

  • ’80s & ’90s Halloween Newspaper Ads, Part 3!

    Here’s another batch of super old Halloween-themed newspaper ads, and a reminder that I love super old Halloween-themed newspaper ads. It’s nostalgia without the blinders on. VHS Horror Movies! (McCrory’s, 1988 & 1990) Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was common practice

  • Raiding Alice’s Fridge from Friday the 13th Part 2!

    During Friday the 13th Part 2’s cold open, Alice Hardy — the sole survivor from the first movie — was killed by Jason Voorhees. (Icepick to the temple, if you were wondering!) Perhaps more shocking than the way Alice croaked was what she saw just before it happened: See, Jaso

  • My Pet Monster, LIVE at Toys “R” Us!

    As My Pet Monster fans know, the well doesn’t run very deep. There’s the classic doll, a couple of spinoffs, a short-lived cartoon and that weird live-action movie. Once you’ve absorbed those things, you’ve pretty much read the book. …which is why it’s my great privileg

  • Dinosaur Dracula’s 2017 Halloween Countdown!

    There’s a scene in Hellraiser: Bloodline where these goofy twin brothers get twisted into one writhing Cenobite. For the next two months, that’s us. Welcome to Dinosaur Dracula’s 2017 Halloween Countdown. (WARNING: GORY! GO FULL-SCREEN ON YOUTUBE!) (You watched that, right? You’re

  • Purple Stuff: Spooky Shopping Excursion!

    Get set for another Purple Stuff Podcast minisode! This time, me and Jay hit a couple of stores on the hunt for Halloween goodies. It didn’t work out quite as well as we’d hoped, but then, nothing does: What magically macabre wonders awaited us at Dollar General and Kmart? You&

  • Purple Stuff: Let’s go to the movies!

    Seeing a new horror movie is always fun, but it’s way better when Halloween is in the air. (Yeah, I know it’s still early August, but Halloween is definitely in the air!) With that in mind, get ready for the second-ever Purple Stuff Podcast minisode! This time, me and Jay from

  • Dino Drac’s August Funpack: Ease Into Halloween!

    It might not be the Halloween season just yet, but I bet you’re ready to pretend that it is. With this month’s Funpack, it’ll be a whole lot easier! Ease into the spooky season with Dino Drac’s August Funpack! Along with the usual bunch of retro bric-a-brac, this month’s Funpack

  • The 2017 General Mills Monster Cereals!

    I FOUND THEM. Had to drive to the freakin’ Bronx in nonstop traffic on a Friday night, BUT I FOUND THEM. Behold, the 2017 General Mills Monster Cereals! After last year’s misfire with that whole “election” theme, I’d call this a return to form. Some folks wanted General Mills to

  • The Hunt for Halloween Candles.

    Surprise! We’re already finished with the next Purple Stuff episode! Well, minisode, at least. We wanted to try a little experiment. Me and Jay have like a hundred adventures every Halloween season, but very few of them merit the “complete” Purple Stuff treatment. Instead of trying t

  • 12 Cool Cars From All Walks of Pop Culture!

    Hi! I’m back from a too-long break. (Sorry about that!) The good news is that I used some of that time to prepare for something wildly important. The other good news is that me and Jay are finally ready to unveil the newest episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast! This week, we’re covering

  • Five Random Action Figures, Part 41!

    Welcome to the latest edition of Five Random Action Figures. I hope you appreciate the seasonally-appropriate setting in these photos. You owe me 10 ounces of sweat and 12 ounces of bug spray. King Sphinx Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) King Sphinx is an interesting cat. If you’re li

  • Dino Drac’s July Funpack is here!

    Dino Drac’s July 2017 Funpack is a very special edition, and not just because it includes a rubber shark head. July’s box marks the three year anniversary of Dino Drac’s Funpacks — which means that you have effectively extended this site’s shelf life for three full years! (As

  • Opening a box of Gremlins Cereal from 1984!

    I know I’ve written about Gremlins Cereal several times before, but I swear, I have a really good reason to do it again. See, that isn’t any ordinary Gremlins Cereal box. No, that one is STILL SEALED. …or at least, it was until a few hours ago. As soon as I cracked that sucker op

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 19!

    Get set for another edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, because I know you’re dying to see Charlie Brown sell life insurance. You’re so ironic. Nickelodeon Sweepstakes Promo! (1986) Here we had Nickelodeon bragging about its many on-air giveaways. If you shipped out 6000 skateboards

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 18!

    In this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, you’ll see everything from old pizza to old action figures to old cough drops. That’s my pitch. Pizza Hut’s “Great White” Pizza! (1993) I’m low-key obsessed with Pizza Hut’s discontinued specialty pies. By “low-key