IT: How do the book and first film adaptation differ?

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Clowns have always been creepy, but Stephen King cut from the devilishly dark mold when he created Pennywise, the dancing clown. From his white face, receding hairline, and baggy, silk, ruffled suit, to his demonic smile, high-pitched voice and blood-red balloons, this ancient, cosmic force of evil has had no problems coaxing children into his gruesome clutches, until now. While the book dedicates its storytelling efforts to showing just how Pennywise stalks, manipulates and eats the children of Derry, Maine, the film manages to flesh out some bloodthirsty, exciting material for a contemporary horror generation. So, grip your Pennywise horror collectibles tight as we tell you about how the book and first film adaptation differ!

The time periods

For those who haven’t read the 1986 thriller, the most immediate difference that fans will notice is that the recent film adaptation has shifted the original time period in the novel. Stephen King’s book sets the action to take place between 1984 and 1985, when the Loser’s Club are adults, writing in several flashbacks to 1957 and 1958 when the Loser’s Club encounters Pennywise for the first time. That being said, in the 2017 film, IT: Chapter 1, the characters are clearly embellishing an ‘80s theme, placing the Loser’s Club, 27 years later, in adulthood in the present day.

The monsters

Many of the original monsters from the novel didn’t make the cut onto the big screen film. In fact, Pennywise was feeding off a whole new set of fears. With the novel set smack in the middle of the birth of slasher movies, Stephen King wrote in many iconic, 80s movie monsters, such as The Mummy, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. However, in order to appeal to the trending change of horror, the film changed Mike’s giant bird scene, Stan’s drowned children scene and Richie’s werewolf scene. Although, Beverly’s time-honored bloody sink scene was even made more sinister and grotesque to ignite some new fear in fans.

How is Mike Hanlon’s role different? 

The novel was loosely narrated by Mike Hanlon, who was responsible for reuniting the Loser’s Club for the final showdown with Pennywise. In the 27 years that past, Mike worked as Derry’s trusted librarian, gathering as much information about the town’s dark history, including how the dancing clown always appeared before a major recorded tragedy, which provided a great coverup for the missing children. Moreover, in the film, the position of the historian shifted to Ben, walking the characters through his homemade, archival scrapbook. Although, this wasn’t the only change to Mike’s character. In the novel, he shares a close connection to his dad, whereas in the film, Mike was orphaned and was left to live with his grandfather on his farm following their tragic death. Lastly, Mike relies on his trusty slingshot to take down Pennywise in the book, which was upgraded to a bolt gun in It: Chapter 1.

The controversial sex scene

One of the most questionable parts of the novel occurred after the apparent defeat of Pennywise. The kids start to argue, as they attempt to navigate their way out of the deranged sewer. Finding themselves lost, Beverly quickly undresses and offers herself to the group as a way to bond together. Thankfully, this scene didn’t make the cut, and instead, a blood oath was used as a less wildly-inappropriate replacement.

Beverly’s character sees a change

The film sets the stage with Bev playing this damsel-in-distress role, which varies from her far braver portrayal in the novel. It also weighs quite heavily on an uncomfortable relationship with her father, presenting incestuous overtones rather than the violent, abusive relationship from the book. The first film adaptation also glazes over the societal problem with slut-shaming, adding an interesting dimension to Bev’s character, and of course, her love triangle between Ben and Bill.

Still, despite the changes, the screenwriters pretty much nailed the book, celebrate the original IT film and smash the box office with a pretty stellar horror movie. Of course, since then you’ve stocked up on your favorite Pennywise horror collections and with the newest adaptation to hit theaters, we’re sure that there will be even more. 

Do you personally prefer the book or the film portrayal of Pennywise the dancing clown? Drop a comment below to share your thoughts.

Your guide to the latest and greatest NECA horror action figures

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While there are so many frightening horror collectibles to assemble decoratively within your crypt, none are more bloodcurdling than a chilling display of horror action figures. Whether you’re a scary movie aficionado, a haunting horror gamer or part of the clan of simple folk who enjoy anything wildly dreadful, there’s something amid our online collection that’s bound to get your scare on. Since the compilation of otherworldly assemblages is vast and daunting, here are a few favored, horror collectibles in action figure form.

NECA Toony Terror Action Figures

Fill your shelves and your devilish hearts with a few 6” Toony Terrors action figures from NECA. Highlighting your favorite gruesome characters, these hair-raising keepsakes are wildly life-like in their design. The Michael Myers collectible is featured in his towering, ghoulish stance beholding his favored, ghastly butchers’ knife, while the realism of the Freddy Krueger collectible is just as horrifyingly awesome, with his piercing grin, vivid burn marks and grim knifed glove. All your beloved, sociopaths are up for grabs, including Pinhead, Leatherface, Chucky and Tiffany 2-pack, Jason Voorhees and Pennywise, in his 1990 or 2019 movie version. Simply can’t decide? We’re also offering NECA’s 4-pack of Toony Terror figures for a phenomenal price! Just keep in mind that these eerie-sistable dolls are all pre-orders and will be shipping on specific dates.

NECA 7” Scale Action Figures

When it comes to horror collectibles, none are more fearsome and frightful than those manufactured by NECA. So, if you’re looking for a unique action figure, you may want to browse the 7” to 12” scale action figure horror collectibles that are available for pre-order. Are you a fan of the King of Monsters? How about the leader of the Cenobites? To what degree does a paranormal doll get your heart pumping? There’s no need to hide your love for Godzilla, Pinhead or Annabelle because we’ve got some beguiling, horror collectibles that’ll ravish your innermost desires. Featuring window box packaging and the most authentic, movie details, these keepsakes will easily become the treasures of your dreadful collection. 

Which NECA relics will be joining your fearsome, horror collection? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Get your hands on some fang-tastic horror pre-orders

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Some people anticipate the lineup of scary movies waiting to brace the big screen, while others relish in the re-telling of ghost stories around an otherworldly campfire’s flame, however, for those ghouls who’re gruesomely dedicated to the horror genre, you may find yourself screaming with devil-light once you see which chilling horror collectibles are now available for pre-order. After all, how can you enjoy the frightful fun of the summer season when your demonic spirit is disheartened by the sweltering heat? Well, you can chill your bones with some thrilling anticipation by crossing out your calendar and counting down the startling days until you can hold your terrifying horror collectible in your arms. There isn’t an ounce of witchcraft in this announcement, just a simple revelation from your pals at Nightmare Toys! 

Two otherworldly Conjuring Universe collectibles

Initially releasing to horror fans in October of 2016, the film, The Crooked Man, turns an age-old nursery rhyme into a haunting curse that sets the stage to awaken a demonic monster. The Crooked Man first debuted in the prequel, The Conjuring 2, as a malicious spirit but wildly gained popularity encouraging its own spinoff. Though the historic poem pertained to religious and political freedoms for Scotland, the ghastly horror collectible takes on an image all its own. Preorder your very own Crooked Man action figure (available starting September 29, 2019).

Another fiercely beloved character from The Conjuring Universe is Annabelle, the demonic, porcelain doll that’s based on an allegedly possessed, real-life Raggedy Ann toy. Featuring three horror films and numerous collector’s items inspired by the ghastly poltergeist, there’s no arguing that this Annabelle keepsake should be the newest repulsive addition to your horror collection. Grab yourself your very own Annabelle doll, featuring every sculpted detail inspired directly from the movie prop. Preorder the one-to-one scale replica Annabelle from Trick or Treat Studios (available starting December 30, 2019).

One creep-tastic Stephen King keepsake

Tame your cold, black heart with a Pennywise doll that mimics the menacing state and maniacal grin of the apparition from the recent reboot movie. Whether you’re a Stephen King fan, a demonic doll fan or simply getting anxious waiting for IT: Chapter 2, this devilish shape-shifter comes completely outfitted and ready for your diabolical display. Preorder this eerie-sistable relic (available starting December 30, 2019)

One burnt serial killer souvenir

You can never own enough Freddy Krueger inspired merchandise, it’s an unwritten rule of horror collecting! So, let us present you with another psychopath to evade your horror collection. Featuring his sinister smirk and iconic striped sweater with razer glove, this undead horror collectible is what dreams are made of. You better start re-working your display case for when you preorder this spine-chilling doll (available starting November 29, 2019)

Which horror collectible will you be adding to your wish-list? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

What is the Conjuring Universe?

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While there many franchises that hauntingly stack up to create a cult-like following within the horror genre, there is also a universe of chilling movies and horror collectibles that continue to cast a very fang-tastic shadow. While The Conjuring film franchise is a rather bizarre anomaly, it’s slowly creeping up on the demonic darkness of the Stephen King universe. Needless to say, if you possess a blackened soul from your love of horror, relish in the bloodcurdling plot sequences and alarming apparitions that have come from The Conjuring world. Perhaps we can even catch you in our cobweb of fun facts?

James Wan is a name behind the Conjuring Universe

As the director of the Saw franchise, the Insidious franchise, Fast and Furious 7 and Aquaman, James Wan has been heavily involved in creating an extended world around The Conjuring. He believes that since there is a superhero universe where all the protectors and foes have individual stories and then crossover movies where they are defending the world together, that the horror genre could also possess this systematic diversity as well — a universe of stories, plot sequences and frightening entities.  

Ed and Lorraine Warren help to tie the films together

Historically speaking, the Warrens are the real-life ghostbusters and their documented accounts of paranormal activity are one of the reasons that their story was snatched up for the franchise. Since this couple was notably made famous through their paranormal investigations, it made sense to interlink their life into the making of multiple poltergeist manifestations. And since there is so much material to work with, this is one of the reasons that Wan believed there was a capacity to create an entire universe.

The introduction of the Annabelle doll

Introduced in the first feature film, this real-life, gruesome relic started out as just a piece of haunted memorabilia placed within the “artefact room” of the Warren’s home. Needless to say, the grim interest from fans is part of the reason that filmmakers were keen on giving her a shot in the spotlight. After the 2014 success of the film, Annabelle, two more movies followed, including the most recent release entitled, Annabelle Comes Home.

The Conjuring Universe spin-offs

Spin-offs like The Nun, Crooked Man, and The Curse of La Llorona, as well as the short film, The Nurse, featured wildly popular characters that were so grim that they received their own notch, and even replicas in the form of horror collectibles, in The Conjuring Universe belt. However, of the three spin-offs, The Nun proved to be the most popular. With the simple, yet effective demon Valak taking on the form of a religious nun who stalks a monastery in Romania. Although this spooky entity doesn’t play a major role in The Conjuring 2 or Annabelle Creation, it was a horrifying enough for the cameos to warrant a movie.


Do you own any horror collectibles that are from The Conjuring Universe? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Which deadly movie monster turns your horror crank?

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Whether you’re a master of the horror genre or you enjoy dabbling in darkness from time to time, everyone who appreciates a little blood and gore develops some admiration, and maybe even a little worship, for the chilling movie monsters that set the stage. Needless to say, we’re curious as to which devilish apparition, grueling specter or demonic being gravely gets the black heart pumping? How about we name a few of our personal favorites?

Pennywise

This monstrosity is unforgiving when you’re in close quarters. After all, Pennywise is a shape-shifting demon that has the power and inexorable ability to change into whatever its victim fears the most. While he usually takes the form of a frightening, dancing clown, this cosmic entity is a vindictive monster that will stop at nothing until he feeds on the flesh of his favorite food, children.

Fans of Pennywise horror collectibles should check out the Pennywise Mini Bust, the One-12 Collective Pennywise and the Pennywise Ceramic Mug.  

Pinhead

Hellraiser fans rejoice! Your grueling monster, leader of the Cenobites, is one of the most underrated, fang-tastic creatures in the horror genre. Not only is the Hell Priest, Pinhead, not shy at the sight of blood pooling, but this demonic entity also prides himself in his psychological torture abilities. And while he possesses a dangerous army of Cenobites behind him, this supernatural being is relentless when it comes to acting out fierce human killing sprees solo. Pinhead is undeviating, remorseless and will stop at nothing to have his prey in his sadist clutches. How’s that for an insanely grim movie monster?

Fans of Pinhead horror collectibles should check out the Deluxe Stylized Pinhead, the Pinhead 12” Figure and the Hellraiser Gift Bag.

Predators

Also known as the Yautja, predators are dangerous, extraterrestrial hunters that are vastly faster and more advanced in combat than many other horror monsters. Not only do these supernatural creatures share genetic human diversity (breath and look akin to humans) but they’re incredibly intelligent and use a variety of technology to camouflage and mutilate their prey. That being said, while the stereotypical monster in the genre usually attacks when provoked or threated, predators will seek out humans to claim as trophy kills.  

Fans of predator’s horror collectibles should check out the Predator 10” Scale Action Figure, the Predator Unmasked Angry Plush and our collection of Pop! Predators   

Which horror collectibles will you be snatching up to put on display? Tell us in the comments section below.

Which iconic puppet heightens your Pupaphobia?

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While there are many thrilling reasons why people watch countless spine-chilling horror films the intoxicating element of fear is probably the most electrifying push. Phobias have a riveting way of making our hearts tremble and whether you’re addicted to that gripping feeling or it leaves you feeling unpleasant, the reality is that the horror genre has the ability to prey on our emotional imperfections. So, while we’re on the topic, how many of you suffer from Pupaphobia?

What is pupaphobia?

This insufferable fear means that you’re deeply terrified of puppets, although it can also be used to refer to the fear of ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or simply anything that represents a being that appears to have feelings or perceptions.

What are some of the causes?  

In general, phobias usually arise from a combination of traumatic events and predispositions, like genetics and brain chemistry. They often start at an early age, but can also develop later in life.

So, why puppets?

Childhood trauma: It isn’t unheard of for a child to have a terrible nightmare involving a puppet, whether it’s after watching a scary movie or provoked by a frightening encounter during a puppet performance.
The illusion of life: Many people are fearful of inanimate objects coming to life.
Uncanny representation: Although it’s obvious that puppets aren’t human, they still embellish an uncanny representation of being human.
Intentionally creepy: Puppet horror collectibles, although the perfect representation of memorable characters from horror movies, was created to be creepy for our entertainment.

Which iconic horror puppet is your favorite?

The horror film and TV industry have done a hair-raising job creating the creepiest, most otherworldly puppets. So, regardless if they’re the stars of your nightmares or the horror collectibles sitting on your shelf, you can’t help but applaud their ability to scare fans of the genre. But which puppet heightens your pupaphobia?

Puppet Master: The Puppet Master franchise is definitely one of the horror installments that’s equipped with threatening, anthropomorphic puppets. Whether you prefer the demonic qualities of Blade or the flamethrower, known as Torch, it’s clear that these two puppets can’t be pulled by any mere strings.

The Billy Puppet: Whether you prefer the horror-ific voice of the Saw franchise’s Billy Puppet or you get a kick out of the antagonist version from the film Dead Silence, what both of these horror icons have in common is downright darkness. With their ghostly white faces, demonically possessed eyes and scary, real-life personas these horror puppets are what night terrors of made of.

Goosebumps: No other character quite represents Goosebumps like Slappy the puppet. As one of the series’ most popular villains, he appears to have a fun-loving, family-friendly personality at first, but if you cross him or attempt to ditch him, he becomes an entirely different demonic entity with the supernatural powers to summon great evil.

Which horror puppet is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

Gift ideas for Pennywise fans

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If only one character exemplified coulrophobia (fear of clowns), it’s Pennywise. Of all the personas this cosmic shape-shifting entity takes – Bob Gray, leper, werewolf, iconic Dracula, and Frankenstein’s Monster – the clown is undeniably creepy (and still beats the giant spider, which is next for inducing shivers)! Stephen King’s 1986 book IT gave way to an incredible horror story, with an unforgettable villain that Tim Curry chillingly portrayed in the 1990 TV mini-series and Bill Skarsgård etched into our minds in the 2017 theatrical blockbuster. For fans of the Dancing Clown, we have plenty of delightful Pennywise gifts to satisfy dark collectible hearts and to pacify us until 2019’s “IT: Chapter Two,” which will probably bring more fantastic memorabilia!

Revisit the first adaptation

Critics of the TV adaptation often cite slow pacing and lackluster special effects, but honestly, for a two-part small-screen miniseries based on a 1,000+ page book, it’s pretty damn good. It’s a who’s who of late 1980s’ names and genre fave Tim Curry, fabulous as “Rocky Horror’s” Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Legend’s “Darkness” outdoes himself. Tie a red balloon to this first version of IT, make up a popcorn and candy bowl, and watch this classic with your Pennywise geek.

Who doesn’t love dress-up?

Whether reserved for parties or at-home movie bingeing, why not give your beloved the ability to emulate their favorite killer clown? Curry’s and Skarsgård’s versions were distinctively different looking, but we have costumery for both! For those that favor Curry’s Pennywise with the retro outfit and fire-engine red hair, consider the men’s wig with attached headpiece, and the deluxe costume, available in sizes small to large. Or think about how cool it would be to combine the pennywise hoodie, with zip-up hood, available in adult x-small to x-large, with Rubies’ Pennywise make-up kit so your guy or girl can double the striking effects!

Skarsgård’s Pennywise was older looking, more in tune with the clown’s centuries-old history of terrorizing Derry. The Pennywise ¾ adult mask is latex artistry, detailed with synthetic tufted orange hair and the angular shape that mimics the actor’s face. In sizes standard to x-large, the cinematic grand heritage costume gives your geek the full length off-white suit, complete with ruffles and red accents!

Give them their own pennywise to play with!

Your intended will shriek in evil clownish glee when they unwrap their Pennywise gifts and see one or more of these awesome figurines! The 10” articulated living dead doll Pennywise comes with a red balloon (sic!) and looks exactly like the 1990 character, while Funko’s 8” SuperCute Plush indeed makes the 2017 interpretation amazingly adhorrible! Just as screamingly dark and cool are our selections of smaller versions, including POP!’s Stephen King’s 1990 replica and 2017 Pennywise with Boat, the VYNL 3 3/4” Georgie and Pennywise Set, and the novelty Dorbz’ TV Pennywise. As additional fun, periodically surprise your Pennywise lover with a POP! Movies: IT Bill, Stanley, Richie, Mike, Beverly, Eddie, and Ben, so they can play up their own scenes!

Which of these Pennywise gifts do you intend on purchasing for the IT fan in your life?

Living Dead Dolls Fanatics, Pre-Order The Nun Now!

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Horror geeks, pre-order the collectible that’s going to make one hell of an impression: the Living Dead Dolls The Nun! Set to arrive on August 1, 2018, it’ll be the perfect homage to “The Nun” movie, planned for a July 13th (Friday!) theater release.

It’s amazing how quickly this character has won over horror fans, from 2016’s “The Conjuring 2”, a creative interpretation of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren’s investigation of the alleged Enfield Poltergeist case. Who wasn’t unsettled by that painting or the hallway scene, or then the post-credits scene in 2017’s “Annabelle: Creation?”

Interestingly enough, Valak the Demon Nun is a combination of a few factors: director James Wan conceived of the general idea towards the end of filming “Conjuring 2,” and then based her appearance on Lorraine Warren’s description of a dark figure she reportedly battled. However, there is some validity to the name, as Valac is noted as the Great President of Hell, and one of 72 demons mentioned in the 17th-century tome, The Lesser Key of Solomon. According to the book, this Valac/k shows itself as a cherubic boy who rides a two-headed dragon, and reveals hidden serpents and truths and shares strength and certain powers with summoners deemed worthy.

Claim Your Own Piece of Supernatural Spookiness in Advance

Regardless of origins, as with the other “Conjuring” inspired Living Dead Dolls Annabelle, it’s clear how The Nun fits so well within this toy brand’s family. It’s an artfully crafted, 10” tall, articulated figure, wearing the telltale habit and cross necklace. But then, you look at her face and see that slight suggestion of innocence and cuteness, with dark smudges and markings that aren’t dirt and scratches, but the characteristic semblance of something sinister. Plus, those piercing devilish eyes!

Add The Nun to Your Diabolical Collection

The Nun is also the perfect “sister” to two other Living Dead Dolls, “The Exorcist’s” possessed child Regan, and the Hell Priest himself, Pinhead. All of these are iconic representations of some of the best horror films and characters that incorporate themes of demonic activity, religious/spiritual undertones of good, evil, and the grey areas in between, and just plain old unforgettable scares!

Be among the first to show off this ghoulish gal!

And while there’s no word yet if The Nun will join POP!’s Regan, Annabelle, and Pinhead, keep checking our new products for the latest frightful goodies.

Get Cuddly with These Plush Horror Monsters

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Propped up on the couch or bed, nestled in a chair, or hanging off of a shelf, plush monsters are a horror geek favorite. They’re as treasured as a fuzzy blanket, fun to look at, and a perfect reminder that you’re never too old to enjoy horror toys. Thinking about adding a few more to your home? Take a look at these spooky cute collectibles.

Soft Ghosties

We make no guarantee that you won’t constantly be humming the “Who Ya Gonna Call?” theme, but these Ghostbusters stuffies are too adorable to pass up! There are all kinds of décor possibilities when you set the Logo Ghost by PHUNNY near the Funko Mopeez Slimer, who’s weighted down for better positioning. For anyone who thinks there’s never enough squishy Stay Puft, we have two slightly different kinds! The 5” seated Mopeez Marshmallow Man features the same weighted frame as Slimer, and the 6” standing Fabrikations Stay Puft has a rotating head, so get both and create your own supernatural battle scene.

Iconic Heroes and Villains

On the note of making up scenarios, there are a few guys that inspire quite the horror mash-ups. Think Army of Darkness Ash, extending his chainsaw hand to a plushy Jason – frenemies? The next great genre turf war?  Placing soft and cuddly Puppet Master Blade (who loves mincemeat pie, by the way), together with his hitman hot-dog loving buddy Torch seems natural. But how about flanking them alongside the equally endearing Terminator T800, for triple the tribute to film classics?

Snuggly Extraterrestrials

An assembly of plush monsters isn’t complete until you include some outer space creepies. PHUNNY’s Facehugger should satisfy Xenomorph fever, but then the word “creepy” becomes somewhat subjective. That’s because the PHUNNY Chestburster has such lovable little arms, which makes it seem more buddy then foe when facing the Angry Unmasked Predator doll. Hmmm, maybe the two species can learn to love one another….

Huggable Creatures

PHUNNY’s 8” Gizmo ups the charm a millionfold, with their stuffed version of the enchanting Mogwai. Even their Spike is a precious plush, and may have you forgetting about his rampages. It’s also possible to overlook Godzilla’s tantrums and Cthulhu’s reign of chaos, given their ultra snuggly faces!

Remember too, that all of these devilish stuffed toys make great gifts for kids. Although we’re not going to object if you decide to keep My First Zombie for yourself!

Which of these plush monsters is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below!

Crazy About Chucky? Check Out These Killer Items!

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The Child’s Play franchise has warmed horror hearts since 1988, and with the recent Cult of Chucky, it shows no signs of retiring. The impish icon in overalls is a big man at Nightmare Toys, so you have plenty of Chucky merchandise to choose from! From petite size desk items to huggable sizes, here are some of our favorites:

Your Very Own Talking Chucky

Like the popular mid-late 1980s dolls that influenced Chucky’s design, our selection of figures are cute, cuddly, and certainly distinctive looking. There’s the Talking Sneering version, all bright-eyed and clean-cut, or the Scarred one, lively-looking, but just a bit mussed up from dirty work. How about pairing one up with the freckle-faced “Good Guy” persona, which also repeats key movie phrases? In addition to these 15” dolls, we have poseable action figures, available in 4” scale and 8” scale, that make up for their lack of vocalization with awesome accessories and interchangeable faces and hands.

Mini Good Guy Collectibles

Just as Chucky’s short stature belied deadly strength, these small figurines are full of adorable appeal! We currently have two Pop! little guys – the Child’s Play 2 replication of his no-nonsense knife-bearing stance and the Beckett-certified box, signed by the original Andy, Alex Vincent! Another classic for your collection is the 3” tall Dorbz Chucky, with that alluring smile shining through his scars and stitches.

Quintessential Movies and Prints

Like great books held in your hand, some movies will always be better in hard copies. Revisit Brad Dourif’s killer turned deadly doll in the first Child’s Play, or see how “Chucky Gets Lucky” in Bride of Chucky, with the inimitable Jennifer Tilly. You can also get The Complete Collection (minus Cult), which is a terrific self-treat, or a great “just because” gift to a fellow Chucky lover. And nothing says horror geek like signed wall prints: the “Andy and Chucky,” and “Aunt Maggie” photos, also autographed by Alex Vincent, commemorate early signs that something wasn’t quite right with this highly coveted toy.

Don’t Forget Tiffany

You can’t ignore the bad girl gone badder, when eyeing up Chucky merchandise for delightful finds. Choose between the pristine Pop! Tiffany, or the blood-spattered “Chase” version, or get both! For larger display areas, the articulated Talking Tiffany in all of her kick-ass glory, is perfect for showing that true love never really dies.

What is your most prized Chucky merchandise? Tell us in the comments section below.

Pre-Order Michael Myers One: 12 Collective Action Figure!

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Planned for an August 1, 2018 arrival, pre-order the awesome new Michael Myers action figure so it’s in your home before the mid-October release of the next Halloween movie! It’s a fantastic addition to other Michael Myers collectibles, and it exquisitely details his signature coveralls and white mask. Plus, it comes with a great assortment of accessories, including a Judith Myers tombstone, light-up jack-o-lantern, bloody and clean knives, and a removable ghost sheet (with glasses!) so you can (re)create some memorable scenes!

With news and recent sneak pix of Nick Castle reprising his Shape role, 2018 looks to be quite a year to pay homage to one of the most notorious on-screen horror killers. This Michael Myers One: 12 Collective Action Figure would look perfect alongside your film collection or paired with the POP! version, bearing those cold, hard eyes. Then whenever you eye them up, you can utter “He came home!” in your best Dr. Loomis voice. You know you’re hearing Donald in your head while reading this, aren’t you?

And speaking of films, the new one is gearing up to be quite the game changer, perhaps more so than the Cult of Thorn canon. It’s supposed to pick up 40 years from John Carpenter’s original classic, not confirmed as of then if Laurie is indeed Michael’s sister. How about re-watching Halloween II then, and making notes of what “never happened”? Of course one of the biggest erasures (and one that has divided many fans), is replacing Danielle Harris’ Jamie with Judy Greer as Karen, Laurie’s actual daughter. Nevertheless, you still can always revisit Harris in The Return of Michael Myers and The Revenge of Michael Myers and appreciate her amazing scream-queen beginnings. The same goes for Halloween H2O, which features Josh Hartnett as Laurie’s son, another detail that will be disregarded, along with obviously forgetting about Jamie Lee Curtis’ death in Resurrection.

Endless analyses can be made for these storylines, from Rob Zombie’s re-imagining to catching celebrities who nabbed roles early in their careers: Dana Carvey, Michelle Williams, Katie Sackhoff, Paul Rudd, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Regardless of what you love or hate, pre-ordering the Michael Myers action figure is a terrific way to get ready for this fresh take on the series and to have your own spooky boogeyman to always remember him by!

Will you be adding this fantastic Michael Myers action figure to your collection? Tell us in the comments section below.

Horror Toys: Check out Nightmare Toys’ New Arrivals

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Looking for fresh ideas to spruce up your home? Or a unique gift for a special someone? We’re constantly getting in new horror toys that accommodate everyone’s preferences. From charming Swamp Thing to creepy Jason, there’s something that appeals to every spook-fest fan. Take a look at these recent additions to our frightful inventory:

Leatherface

Leatherface is one of those oddball villains who you may root on and even feel sorry for, all the while trying not to realize how gruesome his murders are. He’s amongst the pantheon of iconic horror characters and still at the forefront of attracting new generations of fans. Take this child-sized “Apron of Souls,” the perfect latex costume accessory for horror aficionados in training. Or, for a lovely homage, this decorative wall mount with 3D detailing would certainly perk up a hallway or, perhaps the kitchen!

Freddy Krueger

If you’re creating a wall of greats, how about placing the Freddy Krueger “Wall Breaker” prop alongside Leatherface? The hollow back makes it easy to hang, and it only takes up 24” x 29” wall space. Of course, every Nightmare on Elm Street lover should have a Freddy motion statue, featuring interchangeable arms and his skull face, along with dialogue snippets/sound effects, including his sinister laugh.

Ghostbusters

Action figures are terrific for designing your own scenes, especially in the quirkiest of places. You could set loveable Janine up near the coffee pot, and have Ray guard the remote control. As for Slimer, well, he’s sure to brighten up any spot he’s lording over. These articulated likenesses of the original film’s characters also come with props, for additional fun play.

Jack Torrance

Dorbz makes everyone cute, don’t they? Even tortured soul Jack Torrance, who’s just trying to balance the “all work and no play” stratagem during his family’s isolated stay at the Overlook. Despite the blade in hand, and the blood stain on his forehead, he’d still look adorable whether poised on a shelf, in the car, or on your desk’s letter tray.

Pennywise

It wasn’t long before Pennywise brightened the world of horror toys, and we love him! Can’t you hear “You’ll float too!” in your head, admiring the Funko POP! IT figure, complete with paper boat?  The Living Dead Doll version is equally as creepy, but nevertheless still huggable – must be the allure of that darn red balloon…

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Who Says Action Figures are Only for Kids?

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“Time to grow up.” “Aren’t you too old for that?” You know, the things that are said once you reach a certain age. Yet, it’s no fluke that adults swarm horror/sci-fi/fantasy conventions, frequent comic shops, and are a tremendous target audience for extreme haunts and escape rooms. The genre thrives for fans of all ages, with no reason to ever stop loving and appreciating everything it offers. The perfect example of this is horror action figures, which provide plenty of cool reasons to keep getting them no matter how old you are.

Collectible Nostalgia

For many, these figures represent movies that still resonate, and were stand-out for their time. It’s a way to pay tribute to what introduced you to the genre, or really sparked your interest. For all of the remakes and re-imaginings (and there are a lot of great ones!) of classic monsters, there’s still sheer beauty in Lon Chaney’s Wolfman, Boris Karloff’s Mummy, and the original Godzilla of 1954 fame. And there are 30th Anniversary editions that commemorate special moments, such as Ripley and Newt from Aliens, and the “Chest of Souls” Freddy Krueger that defined Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Whether kept in the original packaging or strategically posed on shelves and tables, you get a keepsake of cinematic history. Create a pastiche of Puppet Master’s Blade alongside an articulated Mohawk Gremlin. Make a centerpiece out of the Friday the 13th part 4: The Final Chapter replication of Jason, which comes with several interchangeable parts. There are so many ways to dress up décor with these figures, so let your creative side shine setting them up!

Iconic Characters

Another wonderful aspect of horror action figures is remembering unforgettable characters.  Sid Haig will forever be revered as House of 1,000 Corpses’ Captain Spaulding, just as Doug Bradley’s portrayal of Pinhead also joins the rank of horror greatness. Of course, Scream’s Ghostface is one of the ultimate representations of genre trivia, and wouldn’t he look delightful, knife in hand, poised near the TV? Or, would guests dare to remove the hood on Trick ‘r Treat’s devilish little Sam as they reach for the bathroom sink soap he guards over?

Additionally, don’t forget that if you do take figures out of their packages, they’re also fun to play with! Indulge in them, and stay proud to be a horror fan!

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Gift Ideas for Living Dead Doll Fans

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Gift Ideas for Living Dead Doll Fans

Ah, the morbidly sweet contradiction of “living dead,” which reminds us of Romero’s treasured films and describes one of Rob Zombie’s best odes to ghoulish gals. For collectors of the dark and delightful, it also means Living Dead Dolls, the adorably twisted antithesis to toys that are just too bright and bubbly. Whether displayed in their coffin cases or posed on shelves and beds, they’re the perfect gift for horror geeks. Here’s a handy guide to these imps, along with ideas for how to present them.

Series 31 Don’t Turn out the Lights

The five darlings in Series 31 each represent what those shadows in a dark room may really be. All of them come with a death certificate that hints at what they do, such as Bea Neath (get it?), who resides under the bed, and Thump, who’s silent until pouncing on you with fangs and claws. An eternal kiss of gloom comes from eyeless The Dark, while Umbral and Kreek take advantage of noisy floorboards that we think are the house settling. Instead of paper or gift bags, wrap your selection in a pair of devilish leggings, or a spectral men’s tee, and top it all with a candy cane.

Series 33 and Series 34 Sets

Showing off theatre’s spooky side, the Series 33 Le Moulin Morgue set features five characters, each with their coffin and certificate, yet bundled together for quintuple the chills. Your gift recipient will be able to create quite a lovely stage scene, with the host and hostess of deathly cabaret, Maitre des Morts and Madame La Mort, and their three stand-out dancers: flame-haired haunted Larmes de Sang, raven-haired murdered Ella Von Terra, and bloodied Carotte Morts.

If your beloved prefers dusty dolls, there’s the Series 34 Devil’s Vein set, with five miners who met untimely deaths during their gold digging days. For presentation, pair a poison messenger bag with Ash Lee, Tommy Knocker, Soot, Canary, and Coalette, or use a coffin beach towel to enfold them or the aforementioned performers.

Bad Boys of Print and Screen

If you’re looking for pop culture, Living Dead Dolls has their take on Hellraiser’s high priest, Pinhead, and Derry’s frightastic Pennywise, accompanied by the respective Lament Configuration and red balloon. Leave unwrapped and let the packaging say it all, simply adorned with a 3-D keychain, or wicked little hair clips.

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