Are you ready for some new Gremlins additions? Here’s everything that’s been put in motion

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Horror fans know not to get them wet, expose them to bright lights, or feed them past midnight, but did you know there are some new additions to the Gremlins’ franchise in the works? While the dark comedic classic is guaranteed to have an animated prequel series available for streaming later this year, there’s also talks of a third, live-action addition! Here’s everything we know so far. 

There’s an animated series premiering later this year 

While it’s yet to be determined exactly when we can expect Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, we do know that the upcoming animated comedy fantasy streaming television series will be released by WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max. Serving as a predecessor to the 1984 film Gremlins and its 1990 sequel The New Batch, the series will consist of 10, half-hour episodes and is set to take place in 1920s Shanghai, where 10-year-old Sam Wing first meets the young Mogwai, Gizmo

Have you heard the rumors about a live-action Gremlins 3?

After almost 30 years there are some rumblings that have started about a live-action installment to the Gremlins franchise. The original screenwriter, Chris Columbus, revealed that he has a script!

“I would love to do it. I wrote a script, so there is an existing script. We’re working on some right issues right now, so we’re trying to figure out when the best time to make the film would be,” he said when asked about a timeline update

“I would still do it the same way. I would do it as tangible puppets, not CGI.”

How can you proclaim your love for the franchise in the meantime?

Gremlins horror collectibles are some of the most sought after products on our website, and since the franchise is partly responsible for the introduction of the PG-13 rating, as the first film was subsequently criticized for not being kid-appropriate, there are some gruesome options that are available to add to your collection right now. 

We carry an assortment of Gremlins horror collections, and whether you’re the ultimate undying fan or someone who appreciates owning a piece of the entire genre, there’s bound to be something in our vast inventory to get your black heart beating. With everything from a cuddly Gremlins Gizmo 8-inch Phunny Plush, the traditional Gremlins Gizmo and Stripe VYNL Figure 2-Pack, and the grim Flasher Gremlin Puppet Prop, there’s bound to be a Gremlins horror collectible for all kinds of dedications to the franchise. Grow your collection today!

Are you excited about the potential to add an installment to the franchise? Drop a comment below if you have any ideas about what the plot could be about. 

 

 

Fifth Predator film in the works

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While there wasn’t much excitement in 2020, the end of one of the most gruesome years in modern history brought about an exciting announcement for horror lovers, there will be another film added to the Predator franchise! 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is said to take the reins for the upcoming fifth installment, the first under the Disney banner. 

What’s the release date?

Trachtenberg was chosen to helm this film because of his keen eye for sci-fi, having worked on it for the past four years. While it’s too early to say exactly when the new Predator installment will be released due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, optimistically, the director expects its arrival on the big screen within the next year or two. 

What do we know about the cast and plot? 

Sorry, folks. There are no cast details that we can offer, but there are rumors that the new installment will be completely unrelated to the 2018 sequel, The Predator, which ended with the creation of a Predator-killing suit. That being said, there’s some hearsay down the pipeline saying that the film-to-come will be a prequel, set in the past before settlers stole the Native Americans’ land. Who knows? Maybe the fifth time will be a charm for this popular horror franchise?

Predator-inspired horror collectibles to grab while you want

If there’s one thing that gets fans pumped for an upcoming film or TV series it’s the compilation of fearsome keepsakes filling their shelves. 

At nightmaretoys.com, we have a wide assortment of Predator horror collectibles including, Funko POP! Movies: Predator Assassin, the Ultimate Armored Lost Predator from Predator 2, and a snuggly unmasked Predator plush. All of these Predator horror collectibles and more can yours. Is there really any better way to wait out the release of the new movie? 

Which of the previous four Predator films is your favorite? Drop a comment below to compare with other fans.

Slashing through the snow: 4 horror films to watch this home-bound winter

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There are numerous stay-at-home orders, curfews, quarantines, and similar restrictions that have been enforced globally in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, if your country or territory is experiencing some sort of lockdown this winter season, we’ve crafted a list of home-bound horror films to help curb the spread of insanity. While there are hopes that 2021 will be a better year with plenty to look forward to, until then, why not indulge in some gruesome horror movies for the nights that you will be spending trapped inside? 

The Shining (1980)

To our knowledge, there’s no other horror movie in existence that embodies the same stir-crazy character degeneration as in the popular flick, The Shining. Not only is this film one of the most famous time-honored classics within the genre, but it also perfectly encapsulates what many people will be feeling this home-bound winter — isolation, depression, and possibly even sensory deprivation. Needless to say, whether you enjoy spending more time at home or you’re a part of the larger community that’s itching to get back to the old normal, you can cozy up to your sanity this winter season by watching Jack Torrance slowly slip away into madness. 

Misery (1990)

Stephen King is no stranger to winter-bound psychological thrillers which is why the movie, Misery, has also gained a place among our list of top horror films to watch during a snowstorm. 

For those that aren’t familiar with the plot of this horror masterpiece, it follows the post-recovery of novelist Paul Sheldon after he’s rescued from a serious car crash by former nurse Annie Wilkes. What may look like a heroic act quickly turns into Sheldon’s worst nightmare, as Wilkes’ obsession over the character in his novel leads her to become increasingly controlling and violent. 

30 Days of Night (2007)

While being forced to stay inside is one way that may shift a character closer to their point of insanity, have you ever fought off a band of blood-thirsty vampires during a month-long polar night a phenomenon where there’s a month-long period of nightfall?

30 Days of Night follows the story of a group of townspeople preparing for 30-days of darkness, and while most of the residents head south, those left behind find themselves slaughtered by a horde of hungry vampires. Unprepared and unknowing of the terrors of the creatures who have come to the town of Barrow, a dwindling group of survivors must outlast the whiteout and make it until the sun can rise a whole month later. 

The Thing (1982/2011)

Science fiction horror fans, rejoice! The Thing has clawed its way onto our list of films to enjoy amid the frigid temperatures. Whether you prefer the classic elements of the ‘80s original or the edgy appeal of a movie that was created in the last decade, the horror installment will make you happy that you have a place to isolate yourself. 

The plot of this movie follows an Antarctic research team and their encounter with an alien force during the first week of winter. With the ability to assimilate to humans, both mentally and physically, each character struggles with the bitter chill of the weather as well as the burden of determining who is still human and who has turned into one of “the things”. 

Did you know that you can buy horror movies from our online website? If you don’t possess any show-watching subscriptions or simply prefer the old-school ways of collecting, peruse through some movies and even keepsakes that best replicate some of your favorite characters! 

4 horror-themed Christmas movies to watch this holiday season

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Some people believe that Christmas and horror don’t belong together, but there are four unique films that when combined, make Creepmas possible. So, if you’re on the haunt for the ultimate movie list this season, slay bells and all, why not satisfy your fix to have some holiday cheer and spooktacular jump-scares? 

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Can you believe that this classic movie has been on the holiday must-watch list for almost four decades? Following the story of a traumatized young boy who witnesses his parents murdered by a man disguised as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, the plot commences with his subsequent upbringing in an abusive Catholic orphanage. Becoming the very thing he feared most, Billy flashes back to his traumatic childhood moment and sets off on a killing spree that would even make Michael Myers a little jealous.

Gremlins (1984)

This timeless story about a Christmas present gone wrong is still as popular as it was in the ‘80s, perfectly combining an element of horror with holiday cheer and loveable monsters. The plot sequence follows a father’s journey to find a last-minute holiday present, unaware of its malevolent tendencies, he gifts it to his son, who unleashes a horde of mischievous, miniature, green monsters that tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. This American comedy horror film has also spawned into an annual holiday tradition, with a variety of horror collectibles commemorating its success!   

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

As the only movie to successfully bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas, this time-honored, stand-alone classic is a favorite among horror fans and Yuletide fans alike. After being sucked into Christmastown, Jack Skellington becomes fascinated and inflated by what he finds behind the festive holiday door and attempts to mimic Christmas, horror style. Upon realizing the error of his ways, he overcomes his identity crisis and reaffirms himself as the Pumpkin King!

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Krampus (2015)

Commonly thought of as the anti-christ of Christmas, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who is often represented as a half-goat, half-demon. During the holiday season, this devilish entity takes it upon himself to punish those who have misbehaved (coal is the least of your worries). The plot of the flick centers around a family who convenes for the holidays, but end up fighting, prompting the young protagonist to lose his enthusiasm for the festive season. Unwittingly, he summons the Yuletide monster who comes to chastise the non-believers. What a great way to celebrate a pandemic Christmas! 

Are you already a huge fan of the film in question? Grab a few Krampus horror collectibles and add them to your ever-growing holiday mementos. 

Did we miss any holiday classics? Drop some names in the comments section below. 

 

Which horror masterpieces possess the most memorable opening scenes?

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American film director, producer, actor, screenwriter, and composer John Carpenter once said that “you can slow things down, lull people into a false sense of security, and then smack them in the face with it,” or “kick it into gear straight away let’s go!” Many memorable horror movies are built on the backs of their opening scenes and while some favorites are open to public opinion, others are bound to pin to your seats every time that you watch them. So, continue reading to discover Nightmare Toy’s three genre favorites!

Jaws (1975) 

Most horror fans have had the opportunity to watch this man vs. nature film, but can you remember the pivotal details of the opening scene and what makes it so great? In our opinion, this sequence sets the tone for the entire cinematic experience! While filmmakers in the ‘70s didn’t have the same technologies as we do today, they were able to create an illusion using an underwater pulley system. Actress and stuntwoman Susan Blacklinie was attached to the pulleys using hooks beneath the water, with drivers that pulled her to and fro to mimic the motions of a real-life great white shark attack. Not only was this scene innovative for its time but director Steven Spielberg employed an effective predator’s-eye view to put film-watchers inside the mind of the hungry shark. As a direct lift from the bestselling book by Peter Benchley, this movie’s opening spectacle leaves fans reaching for their right feet. 

Whether your favorite character was Chief Martin Brody or young oceanographer Matt Hooper, there are a variety of horror action figures and collectibles representing the cast of this time-honored film. 

Scream (1996) 

Since Ghostface has become one of the most popular horror icons of all time, it’s only fair that the first installment gained a rightful place nestled in the library of horror masterpieces. That being said, as a meta-horror ‘90s hit, Scream follows the narrative of a group of teenagers who get plucked off by a mysteriously masked killer, one by one. But, what’s even scarier than Ghostface’s getup is the game of twisted horror trivia that’s orchestrated before each gruesome murder. After all, the nerve-shattering opening scene paves way for an anti-hero storyline, one where the character barely escapes the clutches of her murderer. However, Wes Craven is known for changing things up and who would have thought that the killer would already be inside the house? Now, that was an opening scene that was meant to be re-watched time and time again!

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IT (2017)

While many aficionados of the horror genre will argue that the new film can’t beat the original, the movie IT grossed over $327 million worldwide, against a production budget of $35 million, making it the highest-grossing horror installment of all time. So, there’s no arguing that the introductory scene where we meet Pennywise in the sewer is both grim and memorable. Since the contemporary version doesn’t mirror the original entirely, its revival merely adds to the hype of the franchise, enabling a higher production of horror action figures that resemble the fearsome, dancing clown

Which of the above horror masterpieces are you the biggest fan of? Drop a comment in the section below to compare it to other readers. 

 

4 mind-blowing facts about Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise

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Happy Friday the 13th, horror lovers! While you’re likely enjoying your added spooky day of the year in style, what better way is there to celebrate this ominous day other than paying homage to one of our favorite foes? Nevertheless, while you likely own an abundance of Jason Voorhees horror collectibles, just how well do you know the machete-wielding madman since his first emergence from the waters of Camp Crystal Lake? Aside from the fact that he has the highest kill count in genre history!

He isn’t the original villain of the franchise 

As popular and memorable as Jason Voorhees is, he isn’t the slasher franchise’s original murderer, and while most dedicated fans know some elements of this kooky killer’s backstory, many forget about Pamela Voorhees, his vengeful psychotic mother. In the first Friday the 13th film, Pamela took to murdering camp counselors, blaming them for the drowning of Jason at Camp Crystal Lake. 

Bonus fact: Her signature weapon is a bowie knife. 

He became a zombie in the sixth film

While some fans prefer the taste of the original, others purchase Jason Voorhees horror collectibles from all eras. So, since this franchise spans over 30 years, he’s bound to be killed off at some point right? Wrong. After fans thought Jason was killed off in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), he was then resurrected as a zombie to come back to the screen in Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

Although some of his traits make him one of the most powerful villains of the genre, it wasn’t until the 6th film that Jason’s character true immortality came to light as the unstoppable, supernatural being that he was.  

His iconic mask didn’t become his appendage until the third film

Most of us can’t envision the crazed killer without his time-honored hockey mask. However, this iconic prop didn’t become a part of his go-to costume until Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982). This is because in the first film, Jason was more of a side character in the shadow of his mother, Pamela, and in the second film, he wore a bag over his behind before “discovering” the hockey mask. 

Bonus fact: Although it first appeared as a plain Detroit Red Wings mask, Jason’s trademark visage has undergone many changes throughout the series. So, since there’s no consistency in the design, unlike other villains in the genre, the mask is seen represented in different shades and there are even some that are damaged with others that are cleaner. 

Sexual acts seem to be his trigger

When Jason first initially drowned in Camp Crystal Lake, it was because camp counselors were too busy having sex to keep their eyes on him. Although this isn’t the central theme or motivation behind his killing spree, when you binge-watch the series, you’ll notice many times where a sexual act will awaken him to kill. 

Which Jason Voorhees horror collectibles do you tightly every Friday the 13th? Drop a comment or photo below to share with our readers. 

COVID delays release of Terrifier 2, everything we know so far

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If you were one of the many horror fans who were hoping to watch Art the Clown on the big screen this spooky season, it’s easy to see why you may feel disappointed hearing that Terrifier 2 won’t be gracing the big screens in 2020. However, while many things have changed throughout the pandemic your excitement for this installment shouldn’t, as the sequel is expected to unravel a bit of the backstory driving Art the Clown’s demonic madness. We’re certain that it will be worth the wait! 

When is the film set to release?

In a perfect world without a pandemic, the sequel would have been in theatres leading up to the days before Halloween. Although, like many productions in 2020, COVID-19 enforced a push back resulting in months of delayed filming, leaving this horror creation to pick up the pieces and finish its final stretch of development.

The new goal is to have Terrifier 2 completed by early 2021. However, there’s still no confirmation of a new release date.   

What we know so far

Terrifier 2 has been highly anticipated since 2018, when writer and director Damien Leone announced the return of Art the Clown for the genre’s newest installment. From where things were left, the deranged killer, despite a bullet to the head, was able to reanimate and kill the doctor in charge of overseeing his body at the morgue. So, whether our antagonist is a raging psychotic, a demonic entity, or something else entirely, it’s clear he is not dead at the end of the first movie. 

The current synopsis of Terrifier 2 reveals that Art the Clown was somehow resurrected by what is described as a “sinister entity”, which allows him to return to Miles County, where he will hunt down and destroy a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night. As the body count rises, the siblings will fight to stay alive while uncovering the nature of the villain’s evil intent. So, get ready to peel back the layers of what makes this creepy killer tick! 

David Howard Thorton will once again play Art the Clown and Samantha Scaffidi will return as Victoria Heyes, the character who was left horribly disfigured by Art’s attack. 

So, since the final scenes are being wrapped up in the coming weeks as production has been allowed to remain in place under safety guidelines, a teaser can also be expected to be unleashed to the public very soon. 

How can you prepare for this new horror installment? 

Art the Clown has become a popular figure in the genre and is featured as a variety of horror collectibles, ranging from action figures and masks to wicked tees. Whether you’re a huge fan of the bloodcurdling, gory sequences from previous films or you’re simply infatuated by Art the Clown, the best thing you can do to prepare for the excitement of a new movie is to shop Art the Clown horror collectibles and re-watch his presence in all previous films. 

What do you love most about Art the Clown? Start a conversation with other horror lovers in the comments section below.

Scream 5 sets release date: Are you ready to see Ghostface on the big screen again?

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All Hallows’ Eve is upon us and while this year hasn’t granted us much in terms of good news, hearing that Scream 5 was in the making has offered that little ray of spooky hope that things are slowly getting better. So, while you’re anticipating the arrival of this sure-to-be-gory film, how about reading about what we know so far! 

When is the film set to release?

Try not to scream horror fans, but this exciting franchise will be premiering its latest installment on January 14, 2022. It’s hard to believe that a mid-’90s movie based around a psychopathic serial killer wearing a Halloween costume could have expanded to a riveting series spanning 26 years, five feature films, and some haunting Ghostface horror collectibles. Nonetheless, while this blog is just a teaser to prepare you for what’s to come, maybe you can kill the anticipation of waiting by binge-watching all of your favorite scary movies? 

What we know so far

Spyglass Media Group has already started filming the fifth Scream flick, and this time around, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Fillet, alongside executive producer Kevin Williamson and writer Chad Villella, formulate the ultimate dream team that will be giving life to one of the most cherished franchise villains. While January drops have historically facilitated less people to the theatres in the spirit of horror, many fans are excited to see new features returning to a big screen environment. After all, pandemics have a way of making us miss the comforts of our old lives?

It was reported that Courtney Cox (Gale Weathers), Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), and David Arquette (Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley) would be returning to this entry, with Jenny Ortega (undisclosed role) bringing some new blood to the cast. However, while Scream 4 (2011) is the predecessor to the upcoming installment, it’s still unclear as to whether it will be a direct continuation or simply a brandnew take on the original. That being said, with a few key characters back on scene, we’re convinced that the old gang is simply getting back together and being joined by a new group of youthful faces being tormented by Ghostface. So, rest assured, that even without the involvement of Wes Craven (pioneer of horror and slasher film making) and Kevin Williamson, the level of buzz for this upcoming horror flick is mounting based on the simplicity of the plot sequence: Scream 5 will follow the story of a woman returning to her hometown to try and find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes. 

How can you prepare yourself for the return of the Scream team?

Aside from binge-watching the entire franchise beginning to end, you can also:

  • Purchase Ghostface horror collectibles and add to your genre memorabilia. 
  • Practice your best Ghostface impression.
  • Host a Scream-inspired trivia night and invite over the members from your social bubble to play. 
  • Write your own script for Scream 6! Who knows? Maybe your hidden talent will be noticed? 

Are you guys excited about the fifth Scream installment? Let us know by leaving an emoji in the comment section below. 

 

Pandemic allowing horror writers to re-create genre

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It’s the start of a new decade and we’re all busy exploring what it means to truly feel helpless. Before the existence of COVID-19 and the restrictions that came with it, writers and authors would develop their scripts and story plots by putting themselves into the make-believe shoes of fictional characters. Even movies and books that were based on true events required them to do a little digging for accuracy. However, with the turn of events at the start of this new decade, most of us are now able to mildly relate to the transgressions of a somewhat apocalyptic world and this may be a factor that changes the makeup of future horror installments. After all, we’ve all had a small taste of what it means to live through a pandemic!  

While the coronavirus isn’t quite the same as the blown out of proportion, zombie-like viruses that cause end-of-the-world narratives in popular horror movies, it does explore forces that are beyond societal control and reinforces the cause and belief system of the general population. Nevertheless, horror may be starting to give out new senses of comfort and suffering as 2020 continues to explore what it means to feel truly helpless and how it feels to follow the aligned rules set out by many governments without having an end in sight. So, it looks like horror could be looking inward to these real-life concerns and re-writing them to create a famous subgenre that will be remembered by the generations that lived through COVID-19. 

It’s difficult to be living at a time where things are uncertain

We’ve been living in this age of small gatherings, consistent hand-washing, and masked errand running and for the most part, we’re trusting that our lives will eventually get back to normal. But, since pandemics have a way of making us think twice about external threats like visits from a stranger and the germs of those around you, this could change the makeup of films to come because we will suffer from this warmth of familiarity. While we’re all trying to make sense of what’s going on in the world in any way that we can to keep our grip on reality, this means that we’re more open to sharing our anxieties, depressive states, and overall sense of madness with those around us. So, thank goodness for well-developed technology becoming an appendage and keeping us communicating with those outside of our social bubbles. 

On the other hand, we’re told to follow the rules and regulations that are set out by the top health authorities, and that if we’re upstanding citizens, those in charge of protecting us will do their best to keep us safe. However, horror movies have refuted this idea in the past by portraying governments as corrupt and experimental, distorting the reality of the flip side with the incompetence of those in charge of decision-making. How can one fix things without knowing how to even start making the changes? It will be interesting to look back on all we have learned when we settle into our new normal. 

New decade, new rules, and new horror memorabilia  

We expect that this decade will deal with the scariness of ineptitude because 2020 has broken down the fourth wall. How can writers go back to just depicting typical ghosts, goblins, monsters, and strangers, when we know the potential for the unexpected to lurk around the corner? After all, 2020 has become the ultimate jump scare! 

Nevertheless, spooktacular fans won’t be able to forget the classics, which makes horror memorabilia from the old normal more sought after and valuable. Get your claws on the latest and greatest horror memorabilia from nightmaretoys.com and start a collection that is the envy of everyone you know!

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How to embrace every element of the spooky season

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Changing leaves and crisp, cool air shouldn’t be the only indicators telling you that Halloween is on its way. In fact, if you haven’t sought after where to buy horror collectibles in Las Vegas and beyond, you clearly aren’t unwinding and embracing the spirit of the season to its fullest. So, hang on tight, ghouls as we dive into some of the best, devilish activities for embellishing the most dreadful holiday of the year. 

Catch up on your favorite horror movies

Whether you feel safe enough to attend a local theatre showing of some time-honored flicks or you possess an assorted collection of horror and Halloween-themed films at your disposal, nothing quite rings in the spooky season like a few candle-lit evenings spent watching some terrifying classics. 

While many horror aficionados revel in the idea of blood and gore, others want to enjoy the weeks leading up to Halloween with their families. So, be entertained by our suggested list of movies featuring some of your most beloved foes.

Horror movies for adults: 

Horror movies for kids:

Listen to some festive tunes

Although the holiday season is better known for its joyful hymns, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be chipper when listening to the classic soundtracks from the spooky season. So, why not create the ultimate Halloween tune playlist on YouTube and crank up your speakers to the likes of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “The Monster Mash”? 

Get decorating

If you haven’t already, it’s time for you to start placing some spider webs and boo-tiful window decals in and around your crypt. Other items such as tombstones, pumpkin lights, and monsters on a stake are fun, inviting decorations that can be left until closer to Halloween to ensure that they aren’t stolen from the grounds of your haunted house. 

Whether you stick to a theme or aim to create a ghostly graveyard, once mid-October hits, your house should be like something straight out of a horror movie. So, regardless if you currently own tubs full of Halloween decor, you’re probably wondering where to buy more horror collectibles in Las Vegas and beyond, which is why Nightmare Toys has you covered. If you don’t live locally, our online website is available for your purchasing needs 24/7, offering prompt, global shipping options. It’s okay, you can scream!

What else do you do to celebrate the spooky season? Drop some suggestions for other readers below. 

 

Which masks in horror cinema are the most memorable?

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Since the start of the pandemic, wearing masks has become the new normal, which was already part of the orderly routine of some of our favorite horror villains. While non-medical face masks are helping the world to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’re pretty certain that none of these face coverings are as spooktacular and memorable as those in horror cinema. Read below to find out how three of the most cherished masked villains got their claws on their emblematic facial coverings.   

Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask

Before Jason acquired his iconic goaltender’s mask, the first installment (1980) and Part II (1982) he wore a burlap sack over his head that possessed a single eyehole. However, having lost his battle in Part III (1982), and his “mask”, after his struggle against victims Paul Holt and Ginny Field, Jason was forced to upgrade to a new look to cover his mauled face. He stole a Detroit Red Wings hockey mask which possessed a red arrowhead triangle between the eye holes and two red triangles on either side of the nose, pointing upwards diagonally towards the eyes. Later, that same mask would gain a diagonal crack above the left eye hole from the brunt force of an ax thrown by Chris Higgins. 

Another interpretation surfaced in the reboot version of Friday the 13th (2009), showing that the Camp Crystal Lake mass murderer acquired his hockey mask from the character Donnie, who tore off Jason’s burlap sack. The enraged sociopath killed him and shortly after, found a Detroit Red Wings hockey mask inside a nearby crate, tried it on, and looked into the mirror. It mimicked the exact mask from Part III, although it was dingier with dirt and appeared to be more worn-out and faded than the original

Whether you’re an admirer of the Friday the 13th franchise or simply a diehard fan of the sport of hockey, there’s no denying that Jason’s iconic mask is among the most memorable and often purchased by the supporters who buy horror masks online!  

Michael Myers’ white mask

Halloween franchise buffs know that Michael Myers murders his teenage sister Judith on Halloween night in 1963. However, many forget that his iconic white mask isn’t used until he escapes Smith’s Grove Sanitarium 15-years-later. While his first slaying was orchestrated behind a funny clown mask with greenish-blue eyeshadow and a bright red nose, cheeks, and chin, his future massacres would be conducted using the time-honored expressionless, featureless, white mask

In the original film of the series (1978), Michael escapes the mental institution to return to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. Upon his breakout, Michael stole some Halloween masks, some rope, and a knife from Nichol’s Hardware Store, the same shop where his mom had purchased his clown costume all those years ago. 

While Michael continues to wear the same style of mask throughout the franchise, each film has a slightly different version to fit the actor wearing it. 

The hauntingly blank mask mimics Captain Kirk’s death mask from Star Trek, although, slightly altered to create an ominous look for the killer. Those who buy horror masks online have the choice between which “The Shape” mask they order, dependent upon their collection and personal taste towards the cherished movie. 

Ghostfaces’ scream mask 

While the identity of Ghostface varies between the eight sociopaths within the franchise, the mask is a symbol for the town of Woodsboro, and horror fans everywhere. 

The earliest film of the Scream franchise was released in 1996, 5 years after the “Ghostface”  or “The Peanut-Eyed Ghost” costume first gained popularity among consumers as a Halloween ensemble. Consisting of a rubber white mask with black eyes, nose, and mouth, and a black, cloth-like material that is used as a hooded-robe with faux-tatters to drape over the arms and trim of the outfit, the novelty costume was easily purchasable and super common, creating the possibility for anyone to be the killer during the Woodsboro slayings. 

Since Ghostface is rarely depicted as speaking, the personality and physical attributes are universal among killers who wear the costume, such as the ritualistic cleaning of the knife after each kill, the slashing of the throat of victims, the almost superhuman strength, and the rare grunt and groans when he/she is injured. 

How about you? Have you ever concealed your identity behind the mask of this taunting villain? 

Which of the above three masks has been most memorable for you? Drop a comment below to share with our other readers. 

Why are so many horror movies set in the ‘80s?

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Many time-honored horror franchises have been killin’ it since the ‘80s, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, but have you ever wondered why the genre’s modern movies and TV series also remain trapped in the past? Maybe it’s the absence of cell phones and social media that encourage villains to continue to terrorize this fond decade, but we’re invested in getting to the bottom of this period of favoritism! 

Nostalgia for fans

Whether you lived through the vibrance of the ‘80s or your childhood was strongly influenced by the decade, it’s easy to become consumed by sentimental longing for something from our pasts; especially if this nostalgia brings you happiness. The entire style that hung over the decade, from the culmination of music, movies, and games, defined the pop culture of the time and there’s no arguing that films who manage to open this time capsule transport the audience to a simpler time where bold colors and permed hair were the trending styles and Walkmans, along with cable TV, were the epitome of technology. Even the small, suburban neighborhoods where everyone knew each other are part of the plot sequences that would build upon this false sense of security, a facade that slasher films love! After all, no one locks their doors or expects anything to happen in these tiny, boring communities. 

So, whether it’s a classic franchise that’s stuck in time or a new wave of horror embracing the decade, it’s clear there’s a reason you can buy horror collectibles online featuring friends and foes from the ‘80s. 

A connection to historic events

Some of the popularity that stems from the 1980s can be blamed on nostalgia and the desire for a seemingly simpler time, however, more often than not, it’s based on the interest of the historical events that occurred during the decade. There were many real-life serial killers, such as Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker), Jeffrey Dahmer (The Cannibal Killer), and Joseph Christopher (The Midtown Slasher) and rumors of satanic cults and ritual abuse. So, in a way, the lack of modern computer technology spread the fear of real-life horror, which film and TV series later utilized to develop insane plots. Now, we buy horror collectibles online to idolize the historic events of the decade by adding action figures or plush to our home’s decor

Are there any other reasons that horror movies may still be utilizing the power of the ‘80s? Drop a comment below to contribute to the conversation.

Research suggests that horror flick fans are better at coping with the coronavirus pandemic

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We buy horror collectibles online and watch films about dangerous viral outbreaks to live a vicariously thrilling experience. Whether it’s because we enjoy morbid entertainment, or simply as a form of escapism, scientists believe that horror fans are better equipped to handle the current state of the world. According to a recent study, when death and disaster come knocking at our doors, we possess the special inhibition of morbid curiosity which has left us more prepared to deal with the intensities, mentally and physically, of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s dive into this interesting avenue of research!   

The study

Horror fans rejoice, an inquiry conducted by the University of Chicago entitled, “An Infectious Curiosity: Morbid Curiosity and Media Preferences During a Pandemic” found that those who adorned movies and TV that featured flesh-eating zombies, attacks by aliens, and infectious diseases that change the ways of humanity, are far better at coping in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The participants of the study were gathered through the use of Prolific, an online recruitment tool that provides a diverse sample pool, high-quality data, and fair pay compared to other data collection platforms. Of the 126 participants, 62 were women, 64 were men, and their ages ranged between 18 and 73 years, with most falling between 18 and 50. The data was collected on March 22, 2020. 

The test subjects were asked to complete two questionnaires, the Morbid Curiosity Scale and a Disgust Scale-Revised, where they answered questions about their interest in coronavirus, how threatened they felt by coronavirus, and reported their current interest (compared to usual) in six different genres of film and TV shows: scary/supernatural, mystery/thriller, pandemic/virus, romance, adventure/action, and comedy. 

What was the result?

After a state of emergency was declared in mid-March by most countries worldwide, apocalyptic-type films surged in popularity as a response to the impact coronavirus has had on daily life. In that same time, borders shut down, flights ceased operations, and globally, citizens were told to stay home, unless there was a necessity to leave. However, while many people were panic buying and fearmongering, horror fans (who had previously spent time placing themselves into the perspectives of their favorite characters) were more prepared to deal with real-life emergencies and were also considered to be more resilient to in dealing with preparations and lock-down protocols. 

Participants who were more likely to buy horror collectibles online because they’re partial to the horror genre appeared less upset by the crisis than the majority, and the ones who enjoyed films and TV shows where society collapses were ranked as more resilient and able to plan in terms of mental and practical preparation because they’ve seen it done a hundred times in movies, feeling less caught off-guard. 

What are your thoughts on the above study? Drop a comment below before perusing to buy horror collectibles online and start a conversation. 

 

Some new horror films you may have missed post-quarantine

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Many of us miss the thrilling, pictorial experience we receive from watching a horror film on the big screen, but amid a real-life pandemic, fans are making due by buying horror movies online to watch from the safety of their crypts. Nevertheless, as devoted admirers of the genre, we understand the need to fill your soul with something kooky and refreshing, which is why we thought you would appreciate knowing about the movies that have slipped through the cracks and out into the world of horror post-quarantine. 

Black Water: Abyss 

If you missed this relaxing return to the big screen, you might want to consider renting it for a stay-at-home movie night. Inspired by true events, the first installment entitled, Black Water, was released 13-years-ago and also involved a beast and some nasty bites. However, Black Water: Abyss, follows a group of spelunkers to an uncharted caving system in the forests of Northern Australia. As a tropical storm approaches, the band of adventure-lovers are forced to abseil into the mouth of the cave to take shelter underground. Although, when the cave starts to flood, tensions amid the group arise as they find themselves lost, disoriented, and trapped in the depths of a giant, ominous cave. The cavers soon discover they aren’t the only beings displaced by the storm, as the danger mounts and hungry crocodiles pit the friends against each other in a fight for survival. 

The Wretched

Looking for a flick that pays homage to ‘80s horror? The Wretched was initially supposed to be released in May, but instead, this atmospheric chiller skyrocketed to America’s number one film by making a debut at drive-ins across the country! So, while you were busy binging a run-of-the-mill Netflix special, you could have been witnessing the malevolence of this wicked witch subgenre. The film sets the scene with a rebellious teenage boy named Ben, who’s sent to a small town for the summer to live with his Dad, post-divorce. Between working the marina and fending off the preppy locals, he discovers the neighbors next door are acting out of the ordinary, as their amnestic presence leads him to believe a sinister spirit has taken possession of their bodies and is now preying upon children to wipe away their existence. Chilling and suspenseful, there are a lot of dark corners found in the events followed by this terrifying plot sequence. 

Shifter 

For fans who enjoy films with a speculative and futuristic concept, there was a new science fiction horror installment that was released onto video on demand (VOD)! The movie Shifter deviated from its original release date in March due to COVID-19 but is ready to shock viewers with a supernatural experience from the comforts of their homes. The story follows the painful and gruesome side effects of an experiment gone wrong after a young woman accidentally travels through time. It pushes the boundaries of horror and sci-fi and is bound to excite the senses! Who knows? You may even find yourself buying this horror movie online to add to your ever-growing collection of grim flicks! 

Which of the above horror films are you most excited about? Drop a comment below to share with other readers. 

How knowledgeable are you about the Evil Dead franchise?

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Whether you’re apart of the original mayhem which sprang forth into all kinds of nightmarish mayhem 30-years-ago, or you only recently discovered the otherworldly film after hearing passages from the flesh-strewn book of the dead in the newest installment of the franchise, chances are some diabolical details lie unknown about the history of these feature-length classics. So, for those horror-loving maniacs looking to learn about a series of movies that revolutionized the genre, read along and join the ultimate ranks of other diehard Deadites! 

The Evil Dead wasn’t the first or only title choice

Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and some other friends were regularly making both non-horror and horror-related short films before the production of The Evil Dead which is likely one of the reasons they scraped the original title of the film. While there’s no arguing that The Evil Dead is a catchy name, some alternative headings to the cult-followed horror classic were “Book of the Dead”, “These Bitches are Witches”, “The Evil Dead Men”, “The Evil Dead Women”, “Fe-Monsters”, and “Blood Flood”. 

While many of the above names sound gruesomely cool, we think that the right name was chosen. Take a look at some of The Evil Dead horror collectibles that we have for sale right now on nightmaretoys.com

The actors smoked weed during one of the 1981 scenes

While it’s safe to assume that marijuana provided the filmmakers and performers with a hint of added inspiration, the reality is that their stoned, unruly behavior proved to be too much and was scraped from the script and replaced with a scene where the actors are listening to an old recording rather than smoking a joint.  

The franchise is Stephen King and Peter Jackson approved

Fans continue to love the relentless gore and dark humor of this low-budget franchise, but most don’t know that Stephen King gave the first film his stamp of approval at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Aside from making $29.4 million worldwide, The Evil Dead has received a glowing review from director Peter Jackson, citing that it was one of his biggest influences — “It made me think, God I could do that… here comes a horror movie that somebody of a similar age made with a 16mm camera”. 

The 2013 Evil Dead remake contains Easter eggs for the diehard fans

Aside from accumulating a considerable amount of The Evil Dead horror collectibles, overenthusiastic admirers of the franchise flocked to theatres in 2013 to watch their favorite supernatural classic unfold before their eyes with the help of modern production technologies. Nevertheless, screenplay writers did not disappoint and included lots of hidden Easter eggs for the franchise’s biggest fans. One example was the scene where there was a deck of cards spread across the ground inside of the cabin, each card facing up represents one that character Cheryl, says before she is devilishly possessed: “Two of spades! Jack of diamonds! Jack of clubs!” 

Which movie is your favorite installment within The Evil Dead franchise? Drop a comment below to start a conversation with our other readers. 

 

Delight your peepers with some fun facts about Jeepers Creepers

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While most admirers of the genre possess a few Jeepers Creepers’ horror collectibles, there’s no better feeling for a gore aficionado than being the most knowledgeable fan and scoring some juicy, behind-the-scenes facts about their favorite, gruesome flicks. So, since everyone loves a winged creature that feasts on the flesh and body parts of humans, here’s your opening to learn about the intriguing elements that bring the Creeper to life. Who knows? Your Jeepers Creepers’ horror collectibles might be looking a little light after you discover these exciting details behind the bloodcurdling plot.  

The opening scene bears a striking resemblance to an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” 

While director Victor Salva has said that the film is complete fiction, hard-core fans believe that the first 20 minutes closely resembles a 1991 episode of the TV series, Unsolved Mysteries. The show documents cold cases and paranormal phenomena to encourage the audience to provide information that may help to solve unexplained events. The specific episode in question centered around the case of Dennis DePue, a Michigan man who allegedly killed his wife in 1990 and dumped her body behind an abandoned school. 

How did the opening of Jeepers Creepers mirror the above case? Well, the eyewitness account of a couple cited on the series and the first scene has a lot in common — two people driving down the road playing license-plate name games and their pursuit by a mysterious vehicle. While individual shots from the film also resemble shots from the TV episode, the obvious differences are that the vehicle from the true account is a van rather than a truck and the derelict building was a school rather than a creepy church located along a deserted highway. 

The Creeper’s truck was really a piece of junk 

The very large, rusted 1941 Chevrolet Heavy-Duty COE (Cab Over Engine) delivery truck was as decrepit in real life as it was in the horror film. The exhaust system didn’t work, and after every take, the driver had to open the door to let out a cloud of smoke.  

The “deserted” highway wasn’t peaceful enough

The memorable movie was shot in Ocala, northern Florida, and the stretch of road that much of the filming took place on wasn’t muffled enough for Scala’s vision. So, to create the deserted ambiance the horror filmed needed, local homeowners were asked to uproot their mailboxes temporarily to allow for filming. 

The church was actually abandoned

The small chapel above the Creeper’s lair was a real abandoned church that stood at 3602 SW 110th Avenue. After the film’s success in 2001, it became a popular tourist attraction, only to mysteriously burn down a short time after.  

Which of the above Jeepers Creepers facts do you find most interesting? Drop a comment below to share with others. 

 

Did you know these horror films were based on true events?

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There’s nothing scarier than a horror movie that’s based on true events, with everything from known serial killers to enigmatic, metaphysical experiences making it hard for you to sleep at night. Nevertheless, since the macabre is our most beloved genre, we all possess that unnerving craving to choose a film that goes bump in the night, so why not peruse our “horror movies for sale” section and select one that will make you want to lock your doors tonight? 

The Amityville Horror (1979)

While the 1970s is famous for the rise of disco and bell-bottomed jeans, the iconic era also gave life to a pop culture flick that would forever be worshiped within the horror genre. The Amityville Horror is a tragic film that follows the tale of a gruesome mass murder in a demon-infested house filled with menacing, shadowy figures and while this book-to-movie memoir is every horror aficionado’s dream, shivers are likely sent right up the spine when fans discover that many of the details are based on true events. 

It has been said that evil lies within the walls of the colonial mansion which resides in the small town of Amityville, Long Island, New York. The estate became a massacre site after Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family in 1974, allowing the Lutz family to purchase the home at a drastically reduced price 13-months-later. Lasting only 28 days because of the unnerving paranormal activity, the Lutz’ got out like the house suggested and told the world their story about living amongst oozing walls and levitation. So, while there are still many people that question the tale’s validity, none have been able to prove the celestial phenomenon to be fake, forcing the home to re-sell five times since, way below market value. 

The Conjuring (2013)

It seems that the roaring ‘70s was the decade of macabre happenings, with yet another paranormal phenomenon that only recently manifested into a horror movie for sale on our website! Following the accounts of supernatural investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren, this spectral franchise commences with the tale of a secluded farmhouse where evil has made its presence known. 

The inspiration for The Conjuring really took off when a case recording from the Warrens revealed the story of the Perron family and the escalated haunting that took place over their 10 years living in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The main ghost ravaging the family was Bathsheba Sherman, a farmer’s housewife that was known in local folklore to be a worshiper of the occult. However, public records also showed eight generations of suicide, rape, and recorded deaths on the property since the start of its construction. 

Do you know any other genre favorites that were based on frightful true events? Drop them down below for some ghastly conversation. 

 

 

Part 2: More filming locations from your favorite horror flicks

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If all this time in social isolation has given you anything it’s the additional time needed to enjoy all of your favorite horror movie classics. So, while you’re currently stuck at home inside the devilish darkness that you’ve created, there are still outings in your futures to look forward to. Whether it’s by the summer, fall, winter, or the afterlife, start planning your next getaway with a horror filming location in mind! If you don’t find one below that suits you, have a read through our first list of suggestions in a previous online submission

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Frank N. Furter mansion

Where: Windsor Rd., Water Oakley, Windsor, SL4 5UR, UK 

Just because this musical comedy isn’t ripe with colossally frightening moments, doesn’t mean that it lacks the blood, guts, and gore that you look for in a horror film. In fact, its cult following has led many fans down the empty stretch of road to the house that symbolizes a spooky lair of grand oddities. Nevertheless, while the real-life mansion won’t have a transvestite scientist at its gates, you’re able to spend the night at the country-British structure that was transformed into a fully functioning hotel after the film. So, guess it’s safe to say you could have a better time than newlyweds Brad and Janet! 

The Fog: Paranormal Lighthouse 

Where: Inverness, California, 94937 

Those who prefer the 1980’s classic over the version that was released in 2005 will be happy to learn that the lighthouse from the film sits at Point Reyes, with a steep, 308-step walk right down to its doors. The best part about visiting this attraction from the beloved horror feature is that the area is known for being covered in thick fog! So, be sure to visit the location between midnight and one and if eeriness ensues, remember to “get inside and lock your doors. Close your windows. There’s something in the fog.” 

Nevertheless, even though this John Carpenter installment is overshadowed by more successful franchises like Halloween, that doesn’t mean there aren’t horror movie collectibles paying homage to its undying existence. 

Hannibal: Palazzo Vecchio

Where: Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy 

Italy is a country of architectural wonder and if you’re also devoted to the story of an infamous, cannibalistic serial killer, then a stopover in Florence is a bone-chilling must for you! The famous Piazza della Signoria is known for being home to a copy of Michelangelo’s David, but it was also once used as the filming location to a gruesome murder scene from the 2001 flick, Hannibal. Do you remember the spectacle with gastrointestinal organs on display over the railings of a grand balcony? Well, the death of Chief Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi was shot at this monumental location and the best part is that you can bring your horror movie collectibles along to reenact the time-honored performance! 

Which of the above filming locations have you added to your bucket list? Drop a comment below if there’s one that you know of that we haven’t covered. 

 

Hair-raising horror movie techniques that make our hearts pound

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Obtaining horror movie collectibles galore will fill your display shelves, but the true representation of your fandom rests with your knowledge of the genre’s films. After all, with such an abundance of gruesome techniques that can be found sprinkled throughout, both dark and demonic, only a well-versed horror enthusiast will engage with the physical and psychological connections that give this industry such an unnerving scare-ability. So, behold three of our favorite horror movie techniques used time and time again to get your hearts pumping. 

Jump-scares

Regardless of whether you feel jump-scares are a technique that’s overused or underrated, the reality is that this pioneer tactic is a well-used element within the horror film industry. While most movie-goers enjoy a cinematic experience, with a large screen and loud surround-sound, you can create the same atmosphere at home in a dark room, making each situation equally as eerie. The best part is that even though it’s easy to know when to expect in these dramatic scenes, based on the chilling acoustics and the anticipation leading up to the sequence, the sudden appearance of a murderous villain or mangled body will still have you jump right out from your seat. So, not only does this technique get your blood pumping, but it works as a cheap scare that often leads to nothing, but makes your stimulus very aware of your surroundings. Thus, this type of technique is used a lot in slasher films, such as both the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. 

Underexposure 

Camera angles make all the difference, as they allow us to see only the elements that the director wants us to see. Essentially, the camera reduces or strengthens the brightness of the screen, which makes it easy for filmmakers to play around with elements that make our horror-loving heart’s pump, such as accentuated shadows, the capture of mysterious encounters on screen, or an overwhelmed audience dreading the potential to have something appear. This type of framing is used a lot in paranormal films, such as The Conjuring Universe franchise. 

Mirrors and reflections

The cinema world has long since used mirrors and reflections to illuminate and visualize depth in a scene or character, so why would horror movies be any different? In fact, the horror genre has grabbed hold of this technique and used it in its raw form as a means of building suspense and as a tactic to draw the audience’s attention away from other elements in a tension-building scene. Mirrors have also been illustrations of wrongness, superstition (when cracked) and a bridge in the gap of normalcy (one character sees a face, another doesn’t). So, it’s easy to see why so many horror movie collectibles are crafted to depict classic scenes involving this visual technique, like the latest installment, IT: Chapter Two, where Pennywise is stalking the young boy in the funhouse of mirrors. Nevertheless, while reflective surfaces will only continue to be a horror technique, embellished as a prop for spooktacular scenery, they also have the power to illustrate a connection between reality and the degeneration of sanity in your favorite, time-honored characters. 

What is your horror movie that depicts one of the above classic techniques? Drop a comment below to compare with other readers. 

 

 

April horror releases that will give you the chills

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Just because COVID-19 has shut down movie theatres for the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t anticipate some soon-to-be-released flicks! After all, nothing can get you more excited than the apprehension of prospecting classic and there’s a chance that one of all of these installments could become horror masterpieces. So, let’s take a look at April’s gruesome lineup. 

The New Mutants (April 1, 2020)

The evolving battles between good and evil are what closely associates both Superhero movies and horror flicks, and likely is why there’s a contemporary genre that flourished mixing the two. So, if you’re one of the many fans who relish this cinematic revolution, then you may want to check out the latest installment, The New Mutants. As a part of this enduring, horror sub-genre, the film follows a group of five teen mutants who are discovering their inhuman abilities transforming into a wolf, an invulnerable capacity to propel into the air, and the ability to create fearsome illusions — while locked up and being monitored in a facility against their will. So, since this film was based on a Marvel Comic of the same name, it will be interesting to see how the action of the movie unfolds. 

The Lurker (April 14, 2020) 

It’s hard for horror fans to not feel reeled in by such a creep-tastic title, which is why instead of fighting your angst for a great horror film, why not give in to its demonic plot sequence? Although there’s yet to be some horror action figures sculpted on behalf of this installment, there’s a lot to anticipate when it comes to jump-scares and unknowing holes in the narrative. Thus, while you may think that each characters’ disappearance is simply a part of their theatre performance, you’ll soon realize that what lurks in the darkness is knocking them off one at a time. Also, this movie was inspired by some ‘80s slasher classics, which is why you should be paying tribute by admiring how it mirrors time-honored favorites. 

Antebellum (April 22, 2020)

Everyone loves a good horror drama which is why this upcoming installment is worth adding to your must-watch list. To set the scene, armed guards are monitoring the cotton fields of a 1700s plantation, and an identified object flashes across the sky. What is it? We don’t know. But, from the trailer, we can only predict that the characters are about to be haunted by an evil entity that chooses who it will prey upon. The spookiest part? The main character seems to be able to shift across spaces and time? You’ll be sleeping with one eye open after you cast your focus on this horror flick!

While you’re shopping for some new horror action figures, why not drop a comment below to tell other readers which movie you’re most excited about?