Shrunken Apple Head’s 10th Birthday!


Oof. This one’s gonna be bittersweet for me. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

Guys, it’s Shrunken Apple Head’s TENTH birthday!

Shrunken Apple Head first appeared on X-Entertainment in 2003, as part of my ill-fated attempt to review an ancient Vincent Price “Shrunken Head” kit without actually owning one. He came out looking like the corpse of Doc Brown, and I had no reason to suspect that he’d last more than a few months, let alone TEN GODDAMNED YEARS.

I’ve shown you Shrunken Apple Head nearly every year since, not even letting major hurricanes get in my way. Now here’s how our pal looks in 2013:


Unfortunately, that’s only a recent picture – not one from today.

Which brings me to the “bittersweet” part.

Now that Shrunken Apple Head has matured, he’s taken on many new responsibilities. A few months ago, he even got a job. I have no idea what he does, but he’s perpetually stressed and almost always traveling.

In fact, he’s been gone for nearly a week now, off on another of his mysterious business trips. I hate this. I hate that I’m not spending Halloween with my whole family, and I hate that poor Shrunken Apple Head can’t be with us on his tenth birthday.

He hates it, too. I was on the phone with him a few days ago, and he could barely get a word out. Who wants to spend their birthday all alone in some crappy hotel, hundreds of miles from anyone or anything familiar?

But every cloud has a silver lining, even when the cloud is composed of weird things like ten-year-old fruit. A few of Shrunken Apple Head’s friends got together and… well, watch this:

Happy birthday, Shrunken Apple Head. Even with all of today’s candy and horror movies and costumes and mirth, we’re thinking of you.

Dino Drac’s 2013 Halloween prints are still on sale! Click here for the details! Thanks to everyone who already ordered one. I hope you like pink and rabbits! Happy Halloween to you and yours.

76 Responses to Shrunken Apple Head’s 10th Birthday!

  1. Haha. That was a lot of work for that old apple. Can’t believe it’s been that long. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Also, what’s he smell like at this point?

  2. Happy birthday to my favorite withered fruit in this whole world.

    On your 8th birthday, I sent you my well-wishes whilst soaring through space on ambien. On your 9th birthday, I was indisposed. Today, I’m fully present and thinking only of you. All the best, sexy.

  3. Happy Birthday, Shrunken Head, and Happy Halloween, Matt and Everybody! You make the world a better place.

  4. Happy Birthday, S.A.H.!
    You don’t look a day over… uh… well…

    Let’s just say ten.

  5. Happy Birthday Shrunken Apple Head. You don’t look a day over..well, whatever is complimentary to an ancient dried apple.

  6. Happy Birthday to Shrunken Apple Head! You smelly old bastard, I love ya!

  7. Shrunken Apple Head bless us, every one. Happy Halloween!!

  8. You had me worried at first when you said it was bittersweet. I actually thought something had happened to him. Happy birthday you old bastard.

  9. 10 years :D

    I am drunk :)

    I love you Matt ^___^ :)

  10. I thought it was going to be about Charlie Brown and his many rock woes in his special, but this is pretty great as well. HAPPY B’DAY OLD APPLE!

  11. This is the best. It made my night.

  12. Happy Birthday, Shrunken Apple Head! What a great way to celebrate. A special video just for you featuring all your Halloween favorite friends: Madd Matt, Larry, Harley and even a cameo from Leviathan. And you don’t even look a day over…uh…well, you look great for your age.

    Happy Halloween, Matt, and thank you for another amazing Countdown!!

    P.S. If anyone turned off the video before the very end, re-watch those last few seconds.

  13. Happy Halloween, Matt, and thanks for another great Halloween season. No snark today!

  14. Amazing! I was worried we weren’t going to get another Halloween video. Happy birthday ya dried up fruit! Thanks again Matt for another countdown.

  15. Happy Hallowbirthdayeen! Mr. Applehead is why I began reading X-E, so it’s nice to see an update on the old fruit. Good times, good times.

  16. I hope whatever hotel he’s staying at at least gets ABC so he can watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…

  17. Happy Birthday to Shrunken Apple Head! 10 years man, amazing!

    At first I was truly worried that something happened to him, I’m glad it’s only that he’s gone away for a short while.

    Now, I’ve missed most of the Halloween stuff round these parts, I’mma gonna spend the rest of my night catching up on all the fun I didn’t get to have this month.

  18. 10 years?!!?! Where has the time gone?

    “Sunrise, sunset…”

    His tenth year in existence and my tenth year in the X-E/Dino-Drac family.

    Happy Birthday, buddy.

    Happy Halloween to everybody

  19. Happy Birthday Shrunken Apple Head!

    I actually backed up the video just so I could watch Leviathan edge slowly out of the room, framed by cans of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee.

    Speaking of Leviathan, someone mentioned a work related “box 23″ and I did a double take. The phrase seemed so familiar, but I couldn’t quite remember why…

  20. @Matt:
    The editing in that video was 100% on point. Hope you’re making Madd stacks with that stuff.

    @ All you Boils & Ghouls:

    Q: Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
    A: He just didn’t have the guts


  21. ”Trick-or-treating” has gone the way of the ‘hard-wired’ ‘landline’ telephone.
    9:00pm and I got my second group of trick-or-treaters.

  22. I was so afraid something had happened to him…

  23. Happy birthday to everyone’s favorite very dried apple! After I got hit with a hurricane, a fractured ankle, and a stomach virus last October, just being up and around to enjoy this made my Halloween.

  24. Happy Halloween Matt and everyone!

  25. Thanks for another wonderful Halloween season Matt! Wow 10 years of that guy. Seems like only yesterday I watched you shrink him.

  26. Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to SAH! It was great when Leviathan showed up, reminded me of this years sweet print when the gang was all there.

  27. Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for a great season Matt! It’s amazing that even after all these years you continue to churn out awesome content that keeps getting better!

    Watched Great Pumpkin on ABC tonight. The only way to watch it is on TV! Finished with the second half SNL Halloween special. Was going to try to watch Halloween but bed sounds better. Hope you all have a great one!

  28. Shrunken Apple Head, you are my everything. Happy birthday old friend.

  29. When MM was dialing that number I was like “It’s Leviathan!! Please let it be him!” And it was!! Loved the subtitles for his squeaking. We finally know what he was thinking. Also, Shrunken Apple Head finally spoke! Another milestone!

  30. The afterglow of Halloween is still there but the realization that it is over is starting to sink in.
    I feel like the mom on E.T. putting out all the candles and wondering why I am still wearing my costume…

  31. Yet again, I got a rock…

  32. When is Bamboo Peanut’s birthday? happy bday shrunken applehead.

  33. I need to know what the opening song in this video is. NEED TO.

  34. Thanks Matt for another great countdown and thanks for keeping Halloween fun. Happy 10th B-day SAH and Happy Halloween to all Dino Drac’ers!!! Oh and love Larry’s costume. :)

  35. I loved that. Happy Birthday Shrunky. You know what I got you.

  36. Happy Birthday SAH.

    I saw a late edition Halloween candy at Walmart. Twizzlers Pull and Peel grape and orange. Don’t know if they debut previously but it isn’t bad.

    Can’t wait to start talking about Christmas candy. I’ve already seen some interesting items there (Gingerbread M&M’s, Sugar/Cinnamon and Pecan Pie Pringles).

  37. 12:25am — this video closed out my Halloween. Thanks Matt. I hope everyone out there is cozy, sleeping blissfully after the sugar crash, the scent of pumpkin filling your dreams.

  38. ….


    Can’t believe it’ll be another year until Madd Matt, though. Speaking of the last video, maybe you can do a “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” thing.

  39. The universe makes sense again. For a little while. HBD Shrunken Apple Head.

  40. SAH’s eyes are still as pretty as a ladybug sunning itself on a lily pad on a misty spring morning south of Savannah!

  41. Happy Birthday Shrunken Apple Head.

    A shining example of aging gracefully.

  42. When he turns 21, I hope you let him have an Appletini (or would that be like a form of cannibalism?).

  43. Mad Matt is too good, I would rally for more but his raspy voice and excellent theme song immediately put me in a happy place that is distinctly autumnal. What a treat! What a way to end the season! Thanks Matt!

    …and yes, when you said SAH was away on business I feared he had finally succumbed to the ravages of time. So glad to be wrong.

  44. Happy day-after Halloween everyone! We were one of the only people on our street to pass out candy. Had a good group of trick-or-treaters, though. One of them even sang the song!

    I hope more homes participate next year, though!

  45. I think Shrunken Apple Head plays up his work related stress levels. After he got off the skype call with you there were a few female “visitors” who sashayed into his hotel room. He’s really a dirty little slut apple whore man. He parties down and pretends like he’s stressed because he loves when you worry about him.

  46. When shrunken apple head was born, I had just graduated high school, I had started college… now I’m married and working. My how the time had flied (flown? flew?). Happy Birthween!

  47. Not to get too existential but I found myself wondering about Shrunken Apple Head’s origin. Not when Matt created him, which was obviously rad, but before that. Little did the apple community know that, plucked from an apple tree in an orchard somewhere, this apple would find its way to Matt, get disfigured, and live for over a decade past his natural expiration date. It’s a glorious thing, really.

    My only disappointment of the DD season was I was holding out hope for at least one “Trash Bag Bunch” audio clip to seep into a countdown video. Great job, as always, Matt. Thanks for entertaining us for another holiday season.

  48. Happy belated birthday, SAH! My how the years have flown. Also, don’t watch too many Pay-per-view horror movies if you’re booked through your business account.

  49. That was great! Happy birthday Shrunken Apple Head! Here’s to another 10 years! :)

  50. Mr. Shrunken Apple Head has only 10 years! He must be attending school, not traveling alone far away from home. Make him get back now!!

    @Double Jump Co. I don’t have a Tumblr account, so I can’t post in yout blog, but I want to say that I LOVED your Haloween End of Countdown. Now, I’ll wait until you come back from death (maybe as a zombie) and continue reading your adventures :D

  51. @ Shrunken Apple Head: I forgot all about you, Mr. Apple Head! I guess you could say I’m a rotten friend, but you’re a rotten apple, so we’ll call it even. Happy Birthday!

    @ Matt: Thanks for all the hard work you put into making us laugh! Best countdown EVER!

  52. Happy Birthday Shrunken Apple Head. May I add that my autographed photo of you is one of my most prized possessions.

    On a side note, is it sad that I put off watching this video as long as I could because I do not want Halloween to be over?

    Thanks Matt for all the content this year!

  53. @Brian – I had forgotten about the trash bag bunch! Now I gotta go searching for those old videos.

  54. Happy birthday shrunken apple head! I made you a necklace with a pendant made from a fake finger nail, and hand painted with your likeness. Matt was supposed to receive this along with a dino drac and mummy shark necklace, but I have taken severely ill(as in neck tumor of monstrous proportions, that I have to get biopsied) so I have to buy the cord from which to string the pendants and the little jewelry loops the atttach to the pendants.

    Thank you for showing up Leviathan!!! <3 my favoritest fuzzy wuzzy bun bun from Nibiru.

    Watched a ton of classic horror films all month, and a lot of Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel. Now going to living room to watch Running Man.

  55. Dude! Your videos keep getting better and better.

  56. I found an even older X-E article about the Vincent Price Shrunken Head Apple kit! Click my name to see it.

  57. There is a flaw in Leviathan’s logic, regarding to it’s fear of all things triangular…carrots are technically in the triangle shaped family. Ok, maybe more conical than triangular, but you get my drift. I loved Larry’s costume btw!

    What was Ta da! doing that was so important, that he had to miss SAH’s birthday, huh? That spotted dick better have a GREAT excuse for not being there. Ta da! is now officially, a spotted dick in both senses of the name.

  58. :).

  59. Bravo! Never ceases to amaze me the creativeness Matt possesses.
    Happy late Halloween and what a great ride. Thanks for what you do, Matt.

  60. What’s the best cure for PHDD?

    (Post-Halloween Depression Disorder)

  61. @JAGUART: Funnily enough someone asked me about that on Mummy Shark, and I basically said “I don’t know, I don’t have it.” But now I kinda do.

    I did have one suggestion, though, which you can read here.

    Last night I compared the Halloween aftermath to the day after a breakup. You’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. All old habits rendered null and void!

  62. Happy Birthday Shrunken Applehead.
    Matt: Try getting into the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas spirit. Halloweens officially over, so it’s ok.

  63. As much as I despise seeing Christmas stuff in stores during October, I’m quite happy it’s there on November 1st. It tempers the withdrawl.

  64. Hooooo boy, have I missed a lot. I’m so sorry I haven’t been around, but work’s kicked my ass the last few weeks. It’s nice to know that the holiday itself was not a disappointment in the least and Matt pulled out all the stops as usual.

    First off, and I don’t care that it’s technically late now, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!. I hope you all had a good one. And also, obviously, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHRUNKEN APPLE HEAD!

    Now for the catch up (Complete with references to the past few posts that are sort of obsolete and forgotten about in the wake of Apple birthday madness. Just go with me):

    “Now the prospect of new Robo-Force toys?!
    This set to to searching for old Robo-Force articles on X-E, which in turn lead to this collection of vintage Matt photos, which I actually think are fantastic alone without the now-missing text. I kind of want to write captions like for the New Yorker cartoon.

    Actually, I’ve found that if you highlight the blank areas in between the pictures where the text used to be, you’ll find that it shows back up. It’s just sort of “hidden” there. I figured that out last year when I got the insane notion to read every single X-E article ever, in order, starting with the first. Nedless to say, that idea petered out after a couple of months, but even back then, the early articles had already sort of fallen apart to the point that all you could see were pics. That’s when I discovered the highlighting trick.

    SPITBALLS — I love the Freddy one because I’m a sucker for any NOES licensing, but holy crap do I love that Ecto 1 so much. It’s obviously the standout star.

    In your layout of Halloween goodies that you wanted to roll around in, I noticed you had an issue of the Pinhead miniseries Marvel put out years ago. That made me happy. As a Clive Barker/Hellraiser fanatic who has collected all the Hellraiser comics, it’s nice to see one of the more obscure ones show up. Good show.

    SHRUNKEN APPLE HEAD BIRTHDAY VIDEO — When Leviathan pops in (!!!), it looks like the green Horri-balz is making the scene in the bottom-right corner there. I’m glad you picked that one up!

    And of course, the Birthday Boy speaks at the end! Nice stinger! Although, part of me was a tad disappointed because I was kind of hoping that it would be a Leviathan unmasking. It’s probably for the best in the long run if that never happens though. Why ruin the mystery?

    Oh, and I know this is a tad tacky and the last thing I want to do is take away from old Apply’s thunder or anything, but yesterday (Nov 2nd) was…um…my birthday too. Just, uh, throwing that out there. As a present to myself, I’m going to snag me a Dino Drac 2013 Halloween Print!

  65. More cures for the post-Halloween blues:

    I was in Whole Foods last night and saw both fresh cranberries and a massive display of Panettone.

  66. HBD Shrunken Apple Head! Great Halloween Countdown. So much fun content to go through, really takes the holiday to another level! Also, I can understand people not liking the Christmas “creep” infringing on Halloween but on Nov. 1st I’m in full on Christmas mode!! Bring on 2 months of Christmas cheer!!!

  67. I girl in my apt complex lit her nicely carved Jack O- Lanterns tonite. Wheel of Fortune still has their Halloween Set going, tempered a bit with autumn flourishes. I can drive around and still see people’s Halloween yard displays lit, keeping away the pathetic premature Christmas Spirit. How cool is that?!

  68. Happy belated birthday, Shrunken Apple Head!

  69. Whoops, I hit post too soon. Great video as always, Matt. Watching Madd Matt’s failure with the birthday…blower…thing was hilarious.

  70. Just read that Blockbuster is closing the last 300 stores, and their disc-by-mail service, so they are now pretty much completely dead.

    I have a lot of memories of renting video games from Blockbuster–particularly NES and SNES games. There was also this Making of Return of the Jedi VHS that I must have rented 25 times.

    Good memories…

  71. I can’t believe Blockbuster even has 300 stores to close. Sad day.

  72. Belated, but happy birthday to us, DJ D!

  73. OH… MY… GOD… Thanksgiving header! I love this more than ANYTHING!

  74. Man, that new header is awesome!!

  75. a2stylee! I hadn’t seen you around here in so long, I thought you had split for good. Good to see you again!

    Belated Happy Birthday to us, indeed!

    Holy crap, that Thanksgiving header is the shit.

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