Okay, we need talk about The Wickedest Witch. Starring Rue McClanahan as an exiled she-devil (seriously), the NBC special premiered on October 30th, 1989. It aired only that once and has never been released on VHS or DVD. Even taped-off-television copies are incredibly hard to find. Life i
Welcome back to Vicious Videocassette Boxes, an ongoing series of tributes to… vicious videocassette boxes. There are many who collect old tapes out of sincere affinity for the format, but I’ll come out and admit that I treat videocassettes more as decorations. They’re like little
You know you’ve found the right video when there’s a goddamned McDonald’s Halloween pail on the cover: (Look close. That’s totally McGoblin.) Released in 1990, Halloween: Trick or Treat was the first in a long series of order-by-mail videos collectively known as The Pagan Invasion.
Ah, the first Classic Creepy Commercials post of the 2016 season. I can bleed again. If you’re new to the site, old TV commercials with a Halloween slant are my favorite things in the world. Every year, I do my best to infect everyone with that same peculiar passion. Below are six more s
Can we talk about this photo for a minute? Or maybe fifteen minutes? I don’t know who that is. I don’t know who took the photo. I don’t know when it was taken, or where. I just knew that I had to have it. As mentioned in prior articles, there are eBay sellers who deal
Ever notice how some knock-off toys are way cooler than their inspirations? Take Madballs, for example. There ain’t a single official Madball that I wouldn’t marry on a Hawaiian beach, but the bootlegs are so much better, what with their cruder charms and misapplied eye paint. Maybe I
It’s common enough to see spoofs of old school monsters like Dracula and the Wolf Man, but what about the newer creeps? Actually, modern horror icons see homages more often than you might think! Below: Five times a modern monster was spoofed in a cartoon. Eddy Cougar! Based on: Freddy K
Welcome, foolish mortals. Dinosaur Dracula’s 2016 Halloween Countdown… BEGINS… NOW. (WATCH FULL-SIZED ON YOUTUBE!) Thank you for that, Larry and Leviathan. Whatever that was. This is my favorite time of year. People who aren’t Halloween addicts may look at us like we’re p
A few hours ago, I heard a too-gentle knock on the front door. It was the FedEx guy, looking to make a delivery without any pesky conversation. That’s my kind of FedEx guy. Yes. It has arrived. ECTO COOLER. Last week, someone from Coca-Cola’s PR firm blessed me with the email to end al
It’s Friday the 13th. Please clap. To celebrate Jason’s big day, I’d like to introduce you to a… strange phenomenon. Some of you may have already noticed this, but most surely haven’t. I’ll cut to the chase: There are tons of YouTube videos starring people in Jason Voorhe
One of Dino Drac’s very first articles was about Fright Flicks trading cards, released by Topps in 1989. Whereas most of Topps’s trading card sets dealt with only one property, Fright Flicks tackled tons of them. A huge pile of classic horror movies were represented, from A Nightmare
WARNING: This post contains HEAVY spoilers about 10 Cloverfield Lane. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading. Trust me, you should see it as cleanly as possible. (I’ll warn you again before the real spoilers start!) 10 Cloverfield Lane surpassed my expectations. I know that
I recently bought a former film buff’s collection of 1980s newspaper clippings, not knowing quite what to expect. Just one of those things you grab on the off-chance that it’s going to be better than your brain tells you. Well, the gods favored me on this deal, because the collecti
The name “ARCO” is most synonymous with a chain of cheap gas stations, but you’ve probably owned some of their toys, too. Though the company managed to score some big licenses (everything from Disney to The Chipmunks), it was arguably more famous for its fantasy and sci-fi t
If you missed the shocking news, 10 Cloverfield Lane — which will apparently have something to do with the original Cloverfield — debuts this March. Oh. My. God. The first film — in particular the marketing of it — captured me in a way that few things do, to the poi
Yes, believe it or not, pro-wrestling has had its own Yeti, Loch Ness Monster and Leprechaun! Here are six mythological creatures that somehow became wrestlers!
The Vicious Videocassette Boxes series return! Another five spooky videos are featured, including everything from Kingdom of the Spiders to Prom Night II! This article is guaranteed to make you miss Blockbuster.
Holy Halloween nostalgia! Here are five promotional trick-or-treat bags from the '70s and '80s, from Duracell, McDonald's and beyond! A pillowcase holds the most candy, but these are certainly more fashionable!
It's another batch of Classic Creepy Commercials from the '80s and '90s! This time, I'm tackling Mighty Max, Fruit by the Foot and the end-all, be-all of vintage Hallmark Halloween commercials!
In 1997, Burger King ruled Halloween by giving out four absolutely PERFECT Universal Monsters action figures, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Let's wax nostalgic!
In the ninth episode of The Purple Stuff Podcast, me and Jay play a Halloween-themed game. One of us rattles off two statements, and the other has to guess which is fact and which is fiction! Come play along!
If you're into Freddy Krueger, you're gonna love this one. Here's a collection of vintage newspaper clippings, all having something to do with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise! Stop the presses!
In one of this year's most surprising Halloween promotions, you can currently buy a candy-filled "Goosebumps Shake" at Johnny Rockets! If you choose to do so, remember to steal one of those swank Goosebumps table tents. I did!
It’s the first day of autumn! (Or the second, depending on when you read this.) What better way to celebrate than with another edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, featuring all sorts of eerie ads from the ‘80s and ‘90s? (I mean besides a cool walk under moonlight scored by the sw
Put simply, a yard haunt refers to the assemblage of Halloween decorations on one’s front lawn. Media attention focuses on those who go all-out, with thousands of dollars’ worth of spooky scenery. In truth, you could put two plastic skulls on your stoop and call it a “yard haunt.”