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Dino Drac’s 2013 Halloween Print!

It’s finally here!

Dino Drac’s 2013 Halloween print is NOW ON SALE!

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Created (as usual) by Jason Week, this year’s print pays homage to – you guessed it – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Of course, Dino Drac’s version of the party has an entirely different cast. There’s Mummy Shark, Harley, Leviathan, Larry, Madd Matt, Shrunken Apple Head, and Dinosaur Dracula himself. This is not a poster for anyone who hates Dino Drac Dot Com!

The prints are 11×17”, printed on nice, glossy cardstock, and will be mailed FLAT. Expect a big ass hard envelope if you order one.

They’re $25 each, shipped anywhere in the United States, or $30 shipped anywhere else. Ordering info is at the bottom of this page, but first, let’s take a closer look the details! Read More…

Mountain Dew Pitch Black is BACK!

Okay guys, I have some big news. But before you get too excited, there’s a pretty major catch.

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MOUNTAIN DEW PITCH BLACK IS BACK!

Yup. No joke. That’s a 2013 can of Halloween’s unofficially official soda.

But here’s the catch…

You’ll need to import it from freakin’ Malaysia. Read More…

Obscure Freddy Krueger Merch!

Without meaning to, I’ve amassed a pretty diverse collection of Freddy Krueger merchandise.

I guess the best explanation is that it’s very easy to do. Especially in his heyday, Freddy Krueger really stood apart from his slasher brethren on the merchandise front. His steady evolution into a killer comedian made him a much safer bet than, say, Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees. Freddy’s probably had ten times more toys and novelties than those two guys combined!

Since I’m more prone to notice the horror-related bric-a-brac peppering my many shelves during the Halloween season, I thought now would be a good time to give some of my “Freddy junk” a day in the sun. Here are five of my favorite – and most obscure – Krueger collectibles.

#1: Matchbox Character Car (1999)

“Character Cars” were standard-sized Matchbox cars with a twist: Each was topped with a movie figurine. The collection was surprisingly sprawling: Aside from Freddy, Jason and Leatherface, there were others based on the Universal Monsters, and even a few with non-horror characters.

Freddy was a gift from my friend Bill, and his Character Car is a beaut. In a neat nod to the films, he’s tormenting a Springwood Boiler Maintenance van. (Each car in the set was themed to match the specific figure. Jason’s version had him beating up a Crystal Lake “Camp Counselor” van, for example.)

The only downside is that you can’t remove the figure. I mean, you could, but it’d only ruin both the figure and the car. As great as it is, I think it’d be more interesting to shuffle a NOES van into a pile of regular Matchbox cars. God knows, that pile could use some personality. Read More…

Meet GORZAK.

Introducing GORZAK, one of the best toys you’ve never heard of.

Made by Tyco in 1994, the battery-operated behemoth stood around fifteen inches tall, feeling much like a cousin of the Inhumanoids. Here’s the commercial, but I warn you: Nobody can watch this without making the acquisition of Gorzak their life’s mission.

GOOD. GOD.

Gorzak wasn’t part of a larger collection; from all I can tell, it was just him. The figures you saw Gorzak beating up in the commercial were of the generic or “prop” sort.

That just makes the monster even better. For a one-and-done, Tyco put a LOT into this guy. A high-end commercial combining a live shoot with custom animation, and that says nothing of the toy itself. I’m of the mind that Gorzak was originally meant to be a part of some existing line, because he’s just too amazing and intricate for such a random, singular release. Read More…

Old & New Halloween Gum!

This article is about GUM. New gum and old gum.

I’m grouping them together because they’re brothers from different mothers. The Big League Chew packages are new for 2013, while the mysterious “Shreds” are… well, actually, I have no idea when they’re from. 1977? 1995? All I know for sure is that they’re old enough to be poison, and recent events on Boardwalk Empire have left me fearful of rolling the dice. Read More…

Classic Creepy Commercials – Volume 1!

If you were reading last year, you’ll probably remember the Creepy Commercials Countdown, where I did reallllly long reviews of old spooky commercials all throughout October.

Given my failure to keep it updated last year, discontinuing the feature wasn’t a tough call. It took a little too much time away from other things, and besides, not every old commercial deserves a thousand word tribute.

Still, I didn’t want to drop the concept altogether, since there’s nothing like vintage TV ads to remind us of Halloweens past. This year, I’m gonna batch a bunch of ‘em up into single entries, with this being the first of several!

Just like last year, all of the commercials were donated by my friend Larry, who shouldn’t be confused with my other friend Larry. Thanks so much, mang! Over the course of this series, we’ll be seeing quite a few ads that have never been made available online before.

In today’s batch: Seven sinful solicitations, starring Play-Doh, batteries and Leslie Nielsen!

My Best Friend is a Vampire Movie Promo! (1987)

Not everyone who reads Dino Drac is into the brutal type of horror movies that I tend to feature, and that’s okay. There are plenty of films that fall under horror’s umbrella while forgoing the gore and major scares. This is one of ‘em.

My Best Friend is a Vampire is a lower-rent Teen Wolf, and as the title suggests, it swaps the werewolf out for a teenaged vampire. With a super young Robert Sean Leonard in the lead, it’s the story of a dopey kid coping with being a newborn vamp. The film is a romantic comedy mixed with a horror spoof, and includes nothing too gross or scary. Even so, its atmosphere is great for a Halloween movie night, so if you’re the type who prefers cheese over guts, give this one a shot! Read More…