If you’ve never heard of Shakin’ Mutants, I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you’re about to hear a whole lot about Shakin’ Mutants. The bad news is also that.
Just look at those gorgeous mofos. They’re in ratty condition, but I’d still call ’em some of the best Halloween decorations I own.
Shakin’ Mutants was a line of Halloween monsters sold under the Spearhead banner, though by then, Spearhead itself was under Paper Magic Group’s umbrella. I know these are the sorts of details nobody cares about, but I put in five minutes of research, and I wanna profit from it.
Released in 1994, Shakin’ Mutants would stick around through the late ‘90s, returning to drug stores and pop-up shops every October. Back then, Halloween garbage worked differently than it does now. Licenses for major movie monsters weren’t handed out nearly as liberally, so companies who banked on the Halloween season more often had to come up with their own intellectual properties.
Tl;dr: Instead of the 50,000th Friday the 13th window cling, we were just as likely to end up with batshit awesomeness like this. Read More…
Okay, here’s the deal! If you’re already a Dino Drac Funpack subscriber, good news: You’re locked in for the Scary September Funpack, and all Funpacks beyond, so long as you don’t cancel!
If you’re not already a subscriber, the bad news is, subscriptions are currently closed! (Too close to the quantity limit, I’m afraid!)
HOWEVER, I have a few spares that I can sell on an individual basis. If you’re not a subscriber and you really want this Funpack, skip to the bottom of this post for details!
Now then! Let’s talk about the SCARY SEPTEMBER FUNPACK. It’s perhaps the most ghoulish and ghastly box I’ve put together in all my many years of, uh… Funpacking? Is that the right word?
We’re in the midst of the Halloween season, and this box is stuffed with deadly delights that should add to the festivities. There may not be too many items in this one compared to previous boxes, but I think it’s a quality-over-quantity situation. There are some seriously haunted heavy hitters in this baby! Read More…
Hey, did you hear? It’s Friday the 13th. I hope you’re making the most of this holy day, whether it’s with movie marathons or masked mirror selfies.
I wasn’t planning anything special for the occasion, but on a hot tip from my pal Lindsey, I ended up in Blairstown, New Jersey, where parts of the original Friday the 13th were filmed.
There’s a lot happening there today. Movie screenings, meet-and-greets with various Jasons, and the list goes on and on. I can’t tell you about any of that, though. I just went there for goddamned bloody pancakes.
Shown above is the Blairstown Diner, which famously made an appearance in the first film. It’s a year-round tourist stop for diehard fans, but on Friday the 13th, this place really plays it up. More on that in a minute. Read More…
If you haven’t heard the big news, the crown jewel of Target’s 2019 Halloween collection is… Dinosaur Dracula?
Well, Target is calling it a “dragon,” but I know Dinosaur Dracula when I see him.
While it would’ve been nice for Target to ask me before painting Dino Drac orange and making him wear clown pants, I feel nothing but extreme joy over this. Best of all, the doll is only five bucks!
Get the whole scoop in today’s video, which I almost didn’t get to upload because computers are generally terrible:
Thanks for watching, and good luck finding your own Dinosaur Dracula! If you don’t like me, just pretend he’s Cheesasaurus Rex.
PS: Not-Dino Drac is part of a trio of “Hyde and Eek Boutique” dolls, so if you like sloths or unicorns better than dinosaurs (“dragons”), they’re out there, too. The others aren’t dressed like vamps, sadly.
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 Broadcast TV! (1987)
On an October evening in 1987, WNUV-TV 54 — which I believe broadcasted out of Baltimore — ran three movies from the Halloween franchise. This promo aired midway through the marathon, and introduced Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
I love how they presented the film so whimsically, with cartoony graphics and an almost-friendly voiceover artist. Of course, Halloween III wasn’t at all kid-safe, as the content warning that closed the promo illustrated.
Gotta assume that the film was edited for content, as there was no way a broadcast network was gonna put scenes like this on television. I’m guessing they just looped Tom Atkins’s reaction shot and left audiences to wonder why they were suddenly hearing snakes and crickets. Read More…