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  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 28!

    Whether you’re into Freddy Krueger, Universal Studios or KILLER ROBOT CABBAGE PATCH KIDS, this edition of Classic Creepy Commercials will satisfy your weird craving. Enjoy: Freddy’s Holiday Party Contest! (1988) Stay with me here, because it gets convoluted! If you lived in Portlan

  • Horror Promos Rescued From VHS Tapes!

    With even the most obscure horror movies now available on Blu-ray, collecting VHS tapes is mostly for the diehards. (Course, you’ll never convince me that watching something like Ghoulies doesn’t “hit different” on videocassette!) Still, there is one unsung aspect of those old tape

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 27!

    In this edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, you’ll see everything from an ophidian drug dealer to grainy Ghoulies. What fun we’ll have! These spots are older than you, and so am I. If you missed Volume 26, click here. If you miss Dairy Queen’s Cotton Candy Blizzard, click here

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 26!

    Get set for the 26th edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, featuring spooky ads that I rescued from decaying VHS tapes. This series is as old as Dino Drac itself, and it wouldn’t be the Halloween Countdown without a few new chapters! The Real 976-EVIL Hotline! (1988) If you’ve never s

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 37!

    After I selected the ads for this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, I worried that they were a little blah. Then I started writing about ‘em and realized, OH, shit, I’m actually super invested in every last one. Sometimes you don’t know how you feel about something until you’re

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 36!

    It’s a bit soon for another edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, but my brain is being pulled in a thousand directions (join the club, I know), and writing three paragraphs about thirty-second things is all I’m sure I can do reasonably well. In today’s batch: Ewoks, eggs and Unsolve

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 35!

    I take pride in letting Dino Drac be a distraction from the real world, but to ignore the real world this week is beyond gross. Here’s a list of Black Lives Matter fundraisers that you should consider donating to. There are many orgs on that list that are purely humanitarian, and I’d l

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 34!

    It’s been nearly a full year since the last edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, which means little to you but for me is definitive proof that time moves faster when you’re an old rag. The good news is that I spent the downtime collecting more old TV commercials than I could ever reas

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 15!

    I’m not sure if there’s much point in writing about old Christmas commercials the day before Christmas Eve, when 95% of the people who’d be interested are too busy to look. Oh well. If you’re in the remaining 5%, this one’s for you!  A Christmas Story on WPIX! (1990) Even befo

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 14!

    I know that the last edition of Classic Christmas Commercials was published just a few days ago, but inspiration hits where it hits. I’m back on my bullshit. For what it’s worth, there are some serious heavy hitters in this batch. Everything from a rapping Santa Claus to a soup-eating

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 13!

    I’m writing this on Thanksgiving Eve, so apologies if I seem a little distracted. Based on the Sharpie notes scrawled on my arm, today I gotta shop for 80 mushrooms, stuff 80 mushrooms, wash three loads of clothes, pick up relatives from the airport, shave for the first time in weeks and

  • Purple Stuff: 10 Awesome Xmas Commercials!

    We’re kicking off the Purple Stuff Podcast’s 2019 holiday season with one of our most-requested episodes: CHRISTMAS COMMERCIALS. It’s one of my favorite subjects! This week, me and Jay from The Sexy Armpit celebrate 10 of our favorite Christmassy TV ads, covering everything from the

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 25!

    Well, here’s the 25th (!!!) edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, which’ll also be the last edition posted during this year’s Halloween Countdown. (I hate how final that sounds. Can I take it back?) I wasn’t expecting to find enough ads for another chapter, but two friends cam

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 24!

    Get set for the 24th edition of Classic Creepy Commercials, where I rescue ads from wheezing VHS tapes and willfully ignore the too-scratchy audio. This is the third volume posted during the 2019 Halloween Countdown, which is pretty nuts considering that I wasn’t sure I’d even find eno

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 23!

    Set aside two and a half minutes and however long it takes to read 900 words, because it’s time for the 23rd edition of Classic Creepy Commercials! If this batch doesn’t put you in the mood for spiked cider and dimmed lighting, nothing will. Except maybe pot.  Halloween III on Broad

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 22!

    Happy September! It’s arguably the best month of the year, but inarguably the month that kicks off the best quarter of the year. From now through 2020, we’ll always have some holiday-related bullshit to help us forget our troubles. Yes! Get set for the latest edition of Classic Creepy

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 33!

    I’ve been doing some spring cleaning, because that’s technically still possible in June. I badly need to free up space, so as much as I’ll miss that Jenga game with half of the bricks missing, it’s all for the greater good. In the process, I dug up more piles of homebrew VHS tapes,

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 32!

    I admit that I’ve been slacking on the regular Dino Drac content lately. Would you believe that I’ve gotten really into playing horseshoes? I mean, I haven’t, but I feel like it’s an excuse you’d accept. Picture me out there, wiping dirt on my jeans after every bad toss. Isn’t

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 31!

    Here’s another batch of TV commercials from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as I continue to muscle through these dangerously teetering piles of VHS tapes that are all over my desk. (Not kidding. Whenever I scratch my shoulder, there are at least three crashes.) McDonald’s “Gold Rush&

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 30!

    Last week, I took a chance on a very large lot of homebrew VHS tapes, and my God, it really paid off. I’ve been at this for 20 years, and this was probably my best-ever score. I’m now sitting on more ancient TV commercials than I could ever hope to write about, which I suppose

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 29!

    Happy 2019! One of my resolutions was to dig up as many old TV commercials as possible before my collection of home-recorded VHS tapes degrades any further. Expect a lot of these articles this year. …granted, “these articles” were never strong performers for Dino Drac, so maybe y

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 12!

    Happy December! It’s the month that moves too fast and costs too much, but I love it, and if you’re able to stomach me, I’m guessing that you love it, too. As is tradition, I dug through my piles of home-recorded VHS tapes searching for more ancient Christmas commercials. Here’s th

  • Toys R Us Christmas Commercials from ’86!

    This’ll take a minute to explain. Exactly a minute. Time me. During the 1986 holiday season, Toys “R” Us unveiled a series of commercials hosted by giant anthropomorphized toys, like that amazing robot shown above. Each spot featured a different batch of 1986’s hottest playthings.

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 21!

    I’m halfway back from an unexpected break, because October likes to hand me more tricks than treats. Here’s the latest edition of Classic Creepy Commercials. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure! (1998) This CBS promo from 1998 celebrated the first airing of Garfield’s Halloween Adve

  • Classic Creepy Commercials, Volume 20!

    Get set for the best edition of Classic Creepy Commercials yet. I’m serious. I’m Babe Ruthing this mofo. All of these ads were rescued from taped-off-television compilations. For maximum effect, imagine them sandwiched between seven-minute stretches of DuckTales and Scooby-Doo. You