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.

    What’s the best cure for PHDD?

    (Post-Halloween Depression Disorder)

  • Matt

    @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!

  • Ultraman

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

  • Monte

    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.

  • DJ D

    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!

  • Whalley Range

    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.

  • Church

    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!!!


    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?!

  • Teddy Ray

    Happy belated birthday, Shrunken Apple Head!

  • Teddy Ray

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

  • Cameron T.

    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…

  • drew do

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

  • a2stylee

    Belated, but happy birthday to us, DJ D!

  • drew do

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

  • Church

    Man, that new header is awesome!!

  • DJ D

    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.

  • Rein Engel

    I’ll probably always remember the first time I saw the “PUT DOWN THAT SPORTS ALMANAC!” picture and how I burst out laughing.