What are the most frightening elements that make a great horror movie?

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One of the best components of so many well-loved horror movies is their alarming ability to play into our inner-most fears by using familiar phobias, devilish elements such as jump-scares and chilling tunes as well as lots of blood, gore, and suspenseful periods that contribute to the overall built-up tension. Horror fans like yourself adore the rush you get from watching horror flicks and appreciate every minute that leads up to those moments of terror. So, since your brain operates out of pure instinct and love for the genre, you’ll enjoy reading this creep-tastic number to uncover why scary films delight your inner darkness — likely just as much as the grim horror movies action figures we sell. 

Fear of death

The idea of death is a haunting fear for many living beings. In fact, Thanatophobia is a word that can be used to describe this problematic woe, which embodies the fear of death or the fear of the dying process. While it’s natural for someone to worry about their health and mortality as they age, feelings of anxiety, distress, and dread begin to pile up the closer the older you get. So, for those who’re overwhelmed with the idea of death being just around the corner, horror movies provide the perfect pairing to trigger minor panic attacks, dizziness, sweating, and heart palpitations. Don’t those symptoms sound like the extremities you crave when watching your favorite flick? After all, is it really a horror movie if people don’t get killed…or at least come close? 

Fear of the dark

Nyctophobia is a fear that’s deeply rooted in our childhoods and is often triggered because of a lack of visual stimuli. While some people fear nightfall, others simply fear the shadowy darkness that capes their surroundings, disallowing them to see the scope of their environments. So, whether you’re scared of the dark itself, or what lurks within it, there’s a reason that the scariest horror movies of all time are best enjoyed in a darkened theatre or from under a blanket in your living room. 

Fear of creepy crawlies 

Creatures like snakes, rats, spiders, and other crawling things can be scary to look at, but it’s likely when they touch the skin, especially in the dark, where the fear becomes amplified. Entomophobia, or the fear of insects, causes many people to experience cold sweats or have their body hair stand on edge when they cross paths with creepy crawlies. This phobia is even believed to stems from our indifferences, or because we aren’t accustomed to such creatures — extra legs, a long tail, and even additional eyes. That being said, can you think of a famous horror film that uses this fear to their advantage? We can name a couple, including Aliens and Gremlins.  

Fear of scary places

Now, this type of fear is something that’s taught rather than instinctual, which means that depending on your culture, world views, and religion, it’s open to several varied interpretations. Typically places such as graveyards, old houses, overgrown forests, dungeons, attics, and basements exhibit a hint of eeriness, especially since these dark locations are the perfect places for evil things to hide and manifest. A few of our favorite films about scary places including The Amityville Horror, Stephen King’s IT, and the entire Friday the 13th franchise. We love these adaptations so much that we even carry many horror movie action figures and their thrilling accessories to allow fans to reenact some of the most spooktacular moments in the comforts of their own homes. 

Fear of disfigurement or dismemberment 

Whether you relish a film that features a killer grotesquely disfiguring his victims (Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) or you prefer to see frightened characters dismember themselves as a way to escape death (any of the films from the Saw franchise), evidently many of the best horror movies tap into this fearful suspense, creating anticipation during some of the most shockingly violent scenes… paired with spooky music and spine-tingling camera angles, of course. 

Are there any other elements or fears that contribute to the essence of your favorite horror films? Drop a comment below to share with our readers. 

A new year means more installments to the horror genre

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As we creep into a new decade it’s important to know that there will be no shortage of spooktacular films! In fact, there will be some original horror treats, scary sequels, and classic reboots that aim to generate some buzz among horror fans everywhere. So, it’s time for you to start adding some chills and thrills to your must-watch list. 

The Grudge (January 3, 2020) 

Whether you’re a fan of films where vengeful spirits are cutthroat killers or you simply enjoy the jump scares and underexposure of the original’s mysterious scene capturing, one of the most anticipated flicks of 2020 is the reimagining of Ju-On: The Grudge. So, since it’s been 16 years since the first installment, and a mere 10 years since the third was released, let’s recap what happens when the supernatural curse is reborn? For those horror lovers who don’t remember, The Grudge is two words that are used to describe a curse that’s born when someone dies under extreme rage or sorrow, leaving behind an entity that manifests where the person died. So, essentially any living thing that disturbs that resting place will encounter this supernatural force and will be violently slaughtered by it, therefore passing the curse from victim to victim in an endless chain of death and horror. So, if you’re excited to see a revamp of this genre favorite, hit up the theatres asap and check it out! 

Underwater (January 10, 2020) 

This nautical action-horror flick has been three years in the making, hitting a few roadblocks only to further sink into an apprehensive 2020 movie slot. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be pitted against mysterious creatures? Well, how about isolated seven miles below the surface of the ocean? This thriller has its protagonist take a dunk into the depths, only to find treacherous sea monsters that emerge to terrorize crew members abroad the underwater, military research station. Although there are no horror movie toys that currently embody this seafaring flick, as we proceed into the second week of 2020, there could soon be something underway. 

In the meantime, check out some merchandise for some other popular deep-sea, horror movies.

Untitled Saw Project (May 15, 2020)

Whether you believe that the Saw franchise is overdone or you’re excited for another sequel full of games and bloodcurdling suffering, there’s no denying that this horror crowd-pleaser possesses some of the goriest deaths and inventive torture scenes of the entire genre and some of the most critically acclaimed horror movie toys. Although this new installment is currently untitled, it has been referred to as The Organ Donor and will feature actors Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and the Rock. Will it be underwhelming or ultimately unforgettable? That’s up to you to find out. 

Here are a few other films that may delight your demonic senses:

  • The Turning (January 24, 2020): A film based on the 1898 novella The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James. 
  • Fantasy Island (February 14, 2020): Based on the ‘70s television series with the same name, however, with no trailer to go off of, we don’t quite know what to expect. 
  • The Invisible Man (February 28th, 2020): This movie is focused on restoring the low budget roots of the 1933 science fiction horror film, with a spin on a rather familiar story. 
  • A Quiet Place: Part II (March 20, 2020): This highly anticipated sequel possesses one of the most intriguing concepts in horror, but the silence definitely didn’t kill the need to use the premise to make another movie. 
  • Candyman (June 12, 2020): Everyone knows about the ‘90s film Candyman, so this iconical reprised film is simply a fresh take on an eerie classic. 
  • The Purge 5 (July 10, 2020): The franchise that’s centered around the unique concept of legal crime will once again purge another night following the success of the 2016 film, The Purge: Election Year. Shop: Purge God Mask
  • The Conjuring 3 (September 11, 2020): Another installment will join the widely popular The Conjuring Universe franchise and will be making its way to the big screen this September.  
  • Halloween Kills (October 16, 2020): Will Michael Myers finally defeat Laurie Strode or will he be overcome in a deadly, bloody battle?

Which films do you anticipate to be the highlight of your 2020? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Horror collectibles that will allow you to enact the most gruesome genre moments

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Are you looking for some fang-tastic horror collectibles for a dreaded fan in your life or is it possible that your own keepsake shelf requires some additions? Regardless of your reasoning, there are numerous accessories and spooktacular, genre action figures that if you dare to purchase, will add a chill to your ever-growing compilation. So, here are some imaginative, and eerie-sistably satisfying horror accessory sets from some of the most favored vintage franchises.  

IT 2017 Movie Accessory Pack 

Whether your favorite part of the 2017 film was the scene that commenced the bloodshed — the dispute between ownership of SS Georgie — or you prefer the look of the classic clown that traumatized a generation in 1990, the IT Movie Accessory Set has an adorned selection of widely popular props to assist in reenacting or creating your own spooktacular plot sequence. This particular accessory set features some of the most iconic items from Stephen King’s IT universe, including the sewer diorama with Pennywise’s peeking face, a Pennywise-in-the-box accessory, Georgie’s severed arm, the SS Georgie paper boat, the time-honored red balloon, and a Pennywise figure that pays tribute to the original miniseries. Even if you simply place your alarming horror collectibles on a prominent display shelf, this bizarre assemblage of accessories is bound to stir some devilish excitement. 

Halloween III: Season of the Witch Three Pack  

This terrifying installment to the Halloween franchise harnesses supernatural greatness, even though Michael Myers didn’t make an appearance in the anthology. So, naturally, if you’re a fan of modern-day Druids practicing Halloween in its raw, traditional form, then you’ll love some horror collectibles to remind you of the mystic powers of the Silver Shamrock commercial and the small town of Santa Mira, California. This set of clothed action figures includes three of the masked trick or treaters from the 1982 flick, each dressed for a night of haunting masquerade and included are four interchangeable heads, some candy grab bags, and the famous TV set accessory. 

Please note that this Halloween III: Season of the Witch three-pack is a pre-order item that’s one month away from availability. So, pre-order yours today! 

Nightmare on Elm Street Deluxe Accessory Set

Another great batch of roleplaying additions is the Nightmare on Elm Street Deluxe Accessory Set. Featuring some of NECA’s most promising pieces from the genre’s cult classic, the artwork itself is cloaked with some frightening Freddy moments. The figures highlight time-honored scenes from the 1987 installment, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors including, the giant Freddy worm, standing at 12” tall, the Freddy TV with moving appendages, and both devilish versions of the iconic Elm street sign. So, if any of these amazing scenes are a part of your most favored, collect this pack to play out some gruesome moments within the franchise. 

Which of the following horror movie classics do you aspire to collect the most keepsakes from? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.  

The Conjuring 3: What we know so far

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The upcoming horror installment covers one of the most spine-chilling cases from the Ed and Lorraine files, where once again, a story of terror, murder, and unknown evil overtakes the premise of the film. So, you better grip The Conjuring horror collectibles in your possession as you anticipate the months left until this bloodcurdling addition to the franchise. Nevertheless, here’s what we know so far. 

What is the air date for, The Conjuring 3?

The American horror film The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (or simply The Conjuring 3), will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema and is scheduled to be released in theatres on September 11, 2020, after the production began for the supernatural installment this past June. 

What do we know about the film’s plot? 

The two previous films of the franchise were directed by Malaysian-born Australian director and producer, James Wan, however, the latest flick was handed off to Michael Chaves, the director of The Conjuring Universe’s past installment, The Curse of La Llorona

Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren) and Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren) will be returning to the big screen in what Wilson teases as a storyline that’s an entirely “different beast” among the franchise. “It’s a different feeling…we are pushing our characters to places they haven’t gone, but the film will be a really nice addition because it’s definitely a different beast… It’s got great producers, and honestly, a super happy and supportive studio. So it’s a lot of positivity even though you’re dealing with a lot of negative demons. I can’t wait.”

The most exciting spoiler we have learned about the narrative is that the film will revolve around a man on trial for murder, claiming that he’s innocent because he was possessed by a demon. “I think it’s the first time in America’s history where the defendant used possessions as a reason… as an excuse,” said Wan.   

Initial Release Date: September 10, 2020 (Slovakia) (According to Google Knowledge Graph)

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Merry Knifemas! Celebrate with some Jason Voorhees must-haves

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A secondary Friday the 13th has crept up just before the holiday season giving you ample opportunity to grab hold of some wicked Jason Voorhees horror collectibles. Whether you were hoping to surprise a devote fanatic by gift-wrapping a frightful memento or you simply wanted to find a way to add to your ever-growing compilation, this blog serves as a nest egg of insight pertaining to the surplus of inventory that we have to embellish this diabolical franchise. So, let’s cut to the chase, shall we?  

The iconic hockey mask 

While Crystal Lake’s mass murderer has acquired six goaltending masks throughout his role in the franchise, Nightmare Toys has managed to seize and sell almost 30 variations of the same time-honored, Jason Voorhees horror collectible. Now that’s quite the upgrade from his Part 2 burlap sack disguise! Accordingly, if you’re as big a fan of the genre as you claim to be, then multiple creep-tastic masks should line the walls of your boo-tiful crypt. Needless to say, if you’re currently lacking these dreadful keepsakes, choose from a variety of shades and colors — off-white, beige, brown, blue, and yellow — as well as some seriously chilling and distinctive qualities including blood splatters and distinguishing cracks from his devilish altercations. So, the real question is are you a dark enough devotee to masquerade in a pretense of maniacal masks? Yeah, we thought so. 

The medley of action figures

Even though the backwoods killer is one of the most beloved boogeymen of the genre, there are five primary reasons that frightful fanatics gather a stockpile of Jason Voorhees horror collectibles, especially action figures.

1) Aesthetics: It’s hard not to love his appearance and a unique stance when wielding his murder weapon, so it’s evident why admirers would want figurines decorating the shelves of their living spaces.

2) Nostalgia: While Jason is still slashing his way into our hearts through contemporary films, nothing beats the classic ‘80s thrillers. So, why not buy a few action figures to remind you of the good times?

3) Giving back: For some, their purchase is their way of continuously supporting the industry. Plus, the more Jason Voorhees horror collectibles, the better.

4) They enjoy the hunt: Collecting figures is a special hobby that allows fans to grab hold of rare items that give a sense of exclusivity to the franchise. Also, not everyone has a unique assemblage, so that can also add to the enjoyment.

5) It’s a representation of their personality: Whether you’re a horror lover who’s only devoted to Friday the 13th or you’re immersed in just about everything in the genre, having a collection allows you to show off who you’re and cape your home in products that reflect your identity

The ravishing home decor 

In case you’re a horror lover who embellishes your individuality all year round, we’ve even got some Friday the 13th inspired relics that will add some oomph to your current home decor. Place some Jason Voorhees pillows on the couch, add a killer door topper above your entryway, and functionally use this alarming Halloween candy bowl to hold your keys and loose change! 

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Slay the Holiday Season by Watching These 3 Horror Films

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Horror lovers looking to learn the true secret behind Santa’s slay are the ones that should read along to discover Nightmare Toy’s roundup of top holiday picks. That’s right! Since the holiday season is a time of comfort, joy, and roasting chestnuts over an open fire, why shouldn’t you be able to submerge yourself in this merry occasion by fixating on some macabre thrills? Have yourself a scary Christmas and more when you deck the cinematic halls with these three feature films! 

Gremlins (1984)

Those who are looking for a blackened comedy that’s equally balanced against a Christmas setting will love the ‘80s film, “Gremlins”. Devilish fans of this iconic title likely own an assorted assemblage of Gremlins-inspired horror collectibles, however, if you’re unfamiliar with this hair-raising installment, it’s high time you added it to your holiday must-watch list. 

When a gadget salesman is on the haunt for a special Christmas gift for his son, he stumbles into a unique Chinatown store, and although the shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him a mogwai, he caves and hands over the creature with a warning to keep it away from water, bright lights, and food after midnight. Now doesn’t this plot description sound like a grisly, festive film that will delight the senses? 

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

It goes without saying, but the ‘90s classic, “Nightmare Before Christmas”, is one of the few existing films that can bridge the almost 2-month gap between Halloween and Christmas. Since the animated musical offers a frightful display of supernatural qualities overtaken by the actions of The Pumpkin King attempting to overthrow Christmas, this haunting flick pulls at the heartstrings and the wallets of horror lovers everywhere, encouraging a vast compilation of horror collections.

For those who’re less experienced with a blended variety of horror and festivity, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a cinematic wonder that follows Jack Skeleton on his road to self-discovery. Little did he know was that this particular road leads to a grove of holiday-inspired trees containing a jamboree of festive worlds, including Sandy Claws and the infamous Christmas town!    

Krampus (2015)

Based on European folklore, “Krampus” is a festive, horror film that portrays the horned, anti-Claus who punishes misbehaved children during the Christmas season. While the figure has been rendered on many dark, desirable horror collectibles, the flick is a recent installment to the genre, featuring a family whose dying faith in the holiday season leads them to a confrontation with the time-honored monster. So, whether you want to scare your children into behaving the weeks leading up to the holidays or you simply enjoy a holly, jolly bloodbath, this must-watch film would make a delightfully demonic addition to the most joyous occasion.

How many horror Christmas films do you regularly watch each year? Drop a comment below to share with our readers. 

Rainy day horror films that are worth a re-watch

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Since you can pretty much expect rainy weather for much of November, why not embrace the wicked showers by staying indoors and binge-watching all of your favorite, unnerving horror films? The best part is that there’s is no need to set the scene because the repulsive clouds outside already have hardcore fans embracing the natural ambiance. So, whether you’re a lover of classic horror or a lover of lazy movie days, it’s time for you to sort through our array of horror movies for sale to find a few that cast a shadowy specter of unease across the television screen. 

Psycho (1960)

If you’re on the haunt for an alarming flick that’s bound to embellish the same dreary vibes as the rainstorm outside, then you’ll want to pop in this psychological thriller and watch what happens to those who find themselves traveling the back roads during a heavy drizzle. It’s safe to say that every horror lover has seen the original Psycho, directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, the renowned pioneer of the genre. So, whether you’re a fan of old-timey, black and white horrors or you simply have an interest in taxidermy, watching this suspenseful classic will have you checking the room for peepholes. 

The Exorcist (1973)

The best way to handle the temperature drop and all the misty, afternoon downpours in the foreseeable forecast, is by snuggling up on your couch to indulge in a film that’s likely the culprit who got you devilishly interested in horror. Thus, no matter how many times you’ve watched the terrifying events that lead Pazuzu to take complete control over Regan, this spellbinding account of the real-life 1949 exorcism will continue to offer you all the chills and thrills. Who knows? If the weather persists you may even possess an intense desire to see what lurks in your creep-tastic attic?  

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1980)

Climbing to yet another decade of horror genius, this dreamy film has a way of flooding back when you re-watch all of Freddy’s mysterious acts of torment. There’s never a bad time to look back at the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise as a way to alarmingly remind ourselves why we love the disfigured spunk of this frightful villain. So, why not get comfy by locking your doors, grabbing your crucifix and relishing in one of the best films the ‘80s had to offer. And while you may feel like the bad weather is your worst fear come true, when you’re pulled back to reality, you will quickly realize that a few raindrops cannot beat the blood and unpredictability of being a character within this cult classic. 

Are you unable to find your favorite horror films on your monthly streaming service? Nightmare Toys has an assemblage of new and used horror movies for sale, making it easy to add to your ever-growing collection.

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Have you ever wanted to take a step into the mind of Stephen King?

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Stephen King remains one of the most prolific authors of supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy, having published 61 creep-tasic novels and six non-fiction narratives. So, naturally, as a spooktacular horror fan, there’s a dreadful chance that you already possess many Stephen King horror collectibles on your home display shelves or awaiting purchase in your Nightmare Toys shopping cart. Having written your favorite twisted tales, have you ever wanted to catch a glimpse of where he created so many beloved, fictional worlds? Well, there may soon be a way that select fans can do more than simply stand in front of some hair-raising, manor gates.  

His home will become a retreat for writers

Mid-October, Rolling Stone reported that Stephen and wife Tabatha King applied to re-zone their iconic home in Bangor, Maine, with hopes of transforming it into a non-profit archive and writers’ retreat. After being unanimously approved by the city’s council, the residence may soon receive its first group researchers and scholars. While this opportunity will be by appointment only, five writers at a time will be invited to retreat to the property and use the home as an archival resource while they aspire to write their horror novels. However, with the plans roughly one to two years away from operation, King wishes that the home will remain a quiet tourist attraction for fans passing by. 

The thrilling scoop behind his miraculous mind 

Aside from adding some more Stephen King horror collectibles to your ever-growing compilation of home decor and gruesome action figures, here are some ghoulishly awesome facts about the acclaimed American author: 

  • King has used Maine as the setting for many of his horror novels. More importantly, the town of Derry from his book IT was inspired by his real-life home in Bangor, Maine. 
  • King barely remembers writing the novel, Cujo, as much of the ‘80s was spent overcoming his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 
  • The Thing from the Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft was the book that sparked his interest in becoming a horror writer. 
  • He was in a band composed of other successful authors, including Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening, and Ridley Pearson. 
  • He purchased the van that struck him in 1999 and took a sledgehammer to it. 
  • His childhood friend was struck and killed by a train, to which he adapted this real-life experience when writing his novel, The Body
  • King has published seven novels under the pseudonym “Richard Bachman”.
  • AC/DC and The Ramones are two of the writer’s favorite bands. 
  • He’s known for playing cameo roles in some movies based on his books.

How many of the above facts did you not know about Stephen King? Drop a comment below to share some more fan information.

Spooky movie releases to anticipate this month

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True horror lovers know that the fun doesn’t stop after Halloween. In fact, it’s just about to get ramped up with the addition of so many creep-tastic installments this November. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be able to add some horror movie pops to your ever-growing collection after you see the scenes from these unsettling new horror films?  

Doctor Sleep (November 8)

Who can forget the classic, psychological thriller that stole our hearts back in 1980? “Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters,” and Jack Torrence’s supernatural character possessed such a spine-chilling performance that fans of “The Shining” have notably collected horror movie Pops!, living dead dolls, and time-honored props from the gruesome film. Now, casting a new shadow on a vintage horror story is the upcoming adaptation, “Doctor Sleep”, taken from the 2013 novel written by Stephen King. The contemporary movie follows Danny Torrance into adulthood as he struggles to cope with his childhood trauma following the events at the Overlook Hotel. Battling the effects of alcoholism landed him in a small Massachusetts town, where he becomes “Doctor Sleep”. It’s also where he meets a young girl who possesses the strongest shining capabilities he has ever known. “The world is a hungry place, a dangerous place” and Danny is forced to face the demons of an evil force known as the True Knot to save her from a horrifying fate. 

Koko-di Koko-da (November 15)

As fans of the macabre, we can never get enough twisted tales of devastation, which is why a plot like “Koko-di Koko-da” will have fans flocking to the theatre this month. While you might need some subtitles for this one (unless you speak Danish) you shouldn’t let it discourage you from enjoying this dramatic horror film. When a family is forced to cancel their vacation plans because of a simple case of food poisoning, three years later their derailed plans resurface and forever alter their fates. The once happy, married couple Elin and Tobias, along with their daughter, find themselves reliving the same nightmarish events on an infinitive loop — a sideshow artist and his crazy entourage of malicious minions inflicting torment. So, if you like elevated hauntings, surreal, dark fantasy and a ghastly blend of ominous tunes then you’ll want to watch this story unfold. 

The Lodge (November 15)

Those who’re looking for a horror film that’ll rattle their brains will love the relentless sense of realism that’s portrayed in “The Lodge”. A resented, soon-to-be stepmom is struggling to form a loving relationship with her fiancé’s two children and insistent on molding a new family dynamic dad Richard organizes to spend Christmas at the family’s upscale winter lodge in the woods. Although having to leave unexpectedly for a few days, the three are left less enthused about spending quality time alone in such an isolated place. While Richard is away, strange happenings start to occur that seem to have no explanation, just as the cabin is hit with a fierce blizzard that traps the family. While it seems that Grace is battling the demons of her past, it’s evident that as implausibility creeps in that she must also fight for their lives against this unseen evil force. It’s the perfect cabin-in-the-middle-of-nowhere chiller to get your fix of haunting mysteries and it’s safe to say that this hair-raising movie brings on an extra layer of horrific charm. horror movie pops

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“Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends”: What we know so far

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Michael Myers fans rejoice because there’s some chilling news about the Halloween franchise. Director, John Carpenter has confirmed circulating rumors which means two sequels are set to follow the successful 2018 reboot. So, it’s time for you to start gripping your Michael Myers horror collectibles as tight as you can because you’re going to have an alarming two years anticipating the premieres of these upcoming horror films. The best part is that the first movie is already in the works.

Halloween Kills (2020) 

Filming for “Halloween Kills” began early this month, placing it in theatres for October 16, 2020. The final scene from last year’s film ends with Laurie’s home engulfed in flames and a focused shot of the burnt basement containing Michael. Although, if you waited around for the credits to finish rolling you would have noticed the intense breathing, confirming that the infamous serial killer likely survived the events of the film — and that’s where “Halloween Kills” begins. How do we know that exactly? Well, you can thank Jamie Lee Curtis’ Instagram feed. One of the photos that she posted features her all bruised and beaten up. In fact, if you look closely at her injuries in the final scene of the reboot, the two are uncanny.

Halloween Ends (2021)

Since we don’t have the official plot and have only seen some online speculations, there isn’t really much to say about the final movie in the trilogy, “Halloween Ends”, other then we know that it will premiere a year later, on October 15, 2021. 

Needless to say, while there isn’t a lot of information floating around at the moment, here at Nightmare Toys we’re incredibly excited and have ordered more Michael Myers horror collectibles to celebrate his undying return to the big screen. 

What are your predictions for the upcoming horror films? Do you think Michael’s days of terrorizing Laurie will be over?

Our 5 favorite films to binge-watch before Halloween

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Whether you prefer stand-alone films or haunting franchises with a grisly cult following, there are so many movies to go batty over as Halloween night inches closer. Needless to say, to the fans who’re obsessed enough to buy horror movies online to watch them year-round, or those who may be on the haunt for some horrifying tales to bewitch the senses, here are some of Nightmare Toys’ most cherished, binge-worthy contenders.   

The Conjuring (2013)

While there are many alarming choices from The Conjuring Universe, none make the same bloodcurdling impression as the first installment in the creep-tastic franchise. For those who have it on their horror bucket list, The Conjuring is a supernatural film that follows a real-life telling of the experiences of the Perron family while living in their Rhode Island farmhouse in the ‘70s. It also gruesomely intertwines demonologists, Lorraine and Ed Warren, as they attempt to investigate these paranormal events. 

Fans of the film should be pleased by our devilishly delightful collection of The Conjuring horror keepsakes, including Annabelle, The Nun, and The Crooked Man.    

Coraline (2009)

Although Coraline is an animation that’s not particularly known for being frightening or gory, the reality is it has some grisly terrifying scenes that were inspired by age-old folktales. So, why hasn’t it been added to your must-watch Halloween list?

Of all the nightmarish monsters in this quivering horror film, none are more brilliantly creepy than, Other Mother. Thanks to Pop! Movies and Pop! Animation, we’ve got an otherworldly collection of Coraline mementos that add alluring diversity to your ever-growing horror collection. Ultimately, who can resist those button eyes? 

Terrifier (2016)

Those looking for a slasher that’s bound to fog their dreams with frightening nightmares should relish in the bizarre darkness exhibited by the film, Terrifier. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch as an unnerving clown maniacally terrorizes his prey on all Hallows eve? Those who’re fans of the homicidal, Art the Clown, can even reanimate the beloved murderer with some of his cult collectibles — including a full-bodied costume, chilling mask, and even a dreadful tee designed to cloak their ghoulish charm.

Carrie (1976)

The days leading up to Halloween wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t include watching one of Stephen King’s iconic cult classics. That’s we recommend that you add Carrie to your list of alarmingly, bone-chilling horror films. An oldie, but a goodie, Carrie is an adaptation of the famed horror novel which follows a teen who faces bullying at school and parental abuse at home. Equipped with supernatural powers, she takes a malevolently dark turn for the worst, making the violent plot sequence a cackling good time for horror lovers. 

If you buy horror movies online and haven’t already acquired this eerie addition, we’ve got an impressive DV that contains all the chilling bonus features. Although if your devotion extends beyond basic film collection, a bloody coffee mug or mini figurine may be enough to tame your loathing heart. 

Chucky (1988 – 2019)

Whether you binge-watch the series or select a slasher favorite from the famed horror franchise, no countdown to Halloween could ever be complete without a heavy dosage of Chuck! After all, his voodoo-chanting is rather mesmerizing to worshipers of the notorious serial killer. So, grab yourself some popcorn and start decorating your crypt with your collection of Child’s Play action figures, horror movies pillows, and dolls, dead-icating your evening to the Good Guys! 

Note that some of the above collectibles may be pre-order items and will be shipped on their scheduled dates.

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Who’s excited about the upcoming animated Addam’s Family movie?

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They’re creepy and their kooky, mysterious and spooky and best of all their back as animated characters in a new feature film that premieres today! Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley and Uncle Fester are gracing the big screen once again, but this time they’re back in their cartoon forms. What most fans don’t know about the time-honored classic is that The Addams Family was originally a black and white, newspaper cartoon that later appeared on TV. That being said, from 1938 to the present day, mediums of the family have been created— ‘90s live-action films and Broadway musicals. Thus, it only makes sense for audiences to have fallen in love with this all-embracing clan of ghouls. So, with Halloween creeping up, it’s about time for this impulsive, devilish family to become unhinged!

Which characters will be making an alarming comeback?

Gomez Addams: Voiced by Oscar Isaac, this crafty schemer will be representing the head of the Addams household and embellishing his crazy, unconventional personality. The best part is that Gomez’s appearance somewhat mirrors the classic publication featuring him as a short, heavy-set man, rather than someone of an attractive nature. However, he will remain dressed in a chalk-striped suit, flaunting his pencil mustache. 

Morticia Addams: Voiced by Charlize Theron, this slim, elegant enchantress is the rotten apple of Gomez’s eye. She’s a devoted mother, quite interested in the French language and very musically inclined. Her character will remain the haunting visionary, featuring long, black hair and a seductive black gown.

Wednesday Addams: Voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz, notably this offbeat character is often portrayed torturing the devote souls around her. Seldon showing emotion, and often bitter with her monotone dialogue, she’s not afraid to let her dark personality shine through.

Pugsley Addams: Voiced by Finn Wolfhard, this spirited, cartoon impersonation embodies all of our favorite traits including, dedicated troublemaker, a genius of the cadaver inventions and his overall eccentric, odd behavior. And yes, the striped shirt is a go!

Uncle Fester (Addams): Voiced by Nick Kroll, this extended family member regularly embodies comedic relief and is always seen wearing his thick, full-length, black fur coat. The most dignitary quality about him is his strange ability to generate electricity, however, despite his menacing look, he is still probably the softest in the Addams’ clan.  

And don’t be disappointed! Of course, our beloved, incomprehensible characters cousin Itt, Thing and Lerch will also be making their debut in cartoon form!

How is Nightmare Toys celebrating?

While there aren’t any animated Addam’s Family horror collectibles that have been added to our shelves from the upcoming film just yet, we do possess many time-honored keepsakes worth joining your frightening compilation. 
Costumes are always a great way to show off your horror-ific personality, while also adding something a little dark to your day-to-day wardrobe. Who needs to know? That being said, when it comes to Addams Family apparel, horror fans have the choice of capping their body to dress like Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, and Uncle Fester. If collecting getups and garbs isn’t your idea of honoring the classic franchise then we also have some ghoulish Addams Family horror collectibles from Funko. Now, those are some fang-tastic products to add to your growing collection.

What excites you most about the upcoming film? Will you be grabbing any Addams Family horror collectibles to celebrate?

All the costume essentials your dark soul can bare

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Since Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to awaken your inner demons to select a spine-chilling horror costume for all your forthcoming frightful festivities. So, since it’s hauntingly possible that you’re stuck on the decision to dress up as a repulsive creature or a startling entity, as long as your unearthly spirit is bathed in darkness, Nightmare Toys has a costume that’s bound to make you cackle with ghoulish delight.

Scary horror costumes for sale

There are so many spooktacular options for horror lovers looking to achieve a scare factor. After all, how often can you dress menacingly insane, go out in public and passersby won’t even bat an eye? As ghastly as that is, how do you decide which scary costume to play devilish dress-up with?

While clowns are usually associated with cheap thrills, the American Horror Story’s Twisty the Clown costume is something nightmares are made from. Featuring a one-size-fits-all, white-puffed suit with red and yellow poms and a vibrant trim, you’ll be ready to get your creep on. Just don’t forget to grab yourself the mask of the dreaded carnival freak, with an intense special effect making the mouthpiece removable to expose the grim extent of his deformity.

If clowning around isn’t your style, how about “puppeting” around instead? Drape the apparel of the terrifying Saw Pilly Puppet costume and start informing your peers about the rules and instructions of their deadly games.

Funny horror costumes for sale  

Why is the rum always gone by the time you make your way to your ghoulish gathering? Well, that’s probably because you opted to dress as a pirate this Halloween and you’re taking your role as captain super seriously! Although if you’re the type of person who struggles to remember the basics of pirate lingo, maybe you’d prefer to break the ice at your shindig dressed as an inflatable pteranodon? You’ll look roarsome when you spread your wings for hugs and high fives.

Sexy horror costumes for sale

While the Halloween season is one of the best times to dress in gruesome costumes, it’s also the finest time of year to flaunt a sexy-inspired costume as well. Ladies, if a seductive nurse or provocative cat doesn’t make your costume cut, why not consider the charming allure of a Day of the Dead Senorita costume or simply pull your hair back into pigtails and dress up as a desired schoolgirl, outfitted as Wednesday Addams? Gentlemen, you can try to woe all the women in your Iron Man or gladiator costume ensembles.

Iconic horror costumes for sale

It doesn’t get more iconic than getting the opportunity to dress up as your favorite horror character, so why not take advantage of the next month by slowly preparing and adding to an out-of-this-world look? Walk the walk and talk the talk outfitted as the poltergeist, Beetlejuice! You can also choose to resemble Adam or Barbara rather than the comedic ghost.

Although, for those who want to cross the hair-raising paths between gruesome and time-honoring, perhaps you’d prefer to rock the dreams of party-goers everywhere spiffed up as Freddy Krueger himself. Don’t forget to add the mask and glove to finish off your killer costume!  

What horror costume with you be haunting and flaunting this upcoming Halloween. Drop a comment or a photo below to share.

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.

Terrorize camp crystal with these Jason Voorhees must-haves

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Just like crossing paths with a black cat night, yielding a broken mirror and stepping on the cracks of a concrete sidewalk are sought to bring about bad luck, many people believe that the number 13 generates the same supernatural power. Needless to say, if you’re a horror fan who fantasizes about reasons to get spooky the 13th day of the month landing on a fang-tastic Friday will make you howl with devilish delight. After all, who could be fearful of a freaky Friday that pays tribute to the ultimate, slasher film franchise? Buy your piece of Camp Crystal Lake by adding some Jason Voorhees horror collectibles to your ever-growing compilation.

Acquire some dreadful home decor items

While doing your chores in a blood-stained hockey mask might be your way of paying tribute to the presumed-dead killer, perhaps tweaking the theme of your home decor would be the rightful ghoulish way to awaken Friday the 13th spirit. Start by smothering your current throw pillows with covers that can give them a killer, new look! If that’s not enough, get yourself a diabolical Jason Voorhees plush straight out of Camp Crystal Lake.

Bring in some Jason Voorhees horror collectibles

If you’re the type of person that possesses a go big or go home personality then you’ll want to massacre your crypt with some bloodcurdling action figures and other frightful collectibles.

Mezco’s Deluxe Stylized Jason puts the “action” in action figure, standing with his signature bloody machete and his trademark hockey mask. Although, for those who prefer a collectible with originality, the Dorbz Jason Voorhees Vinyl exuberates the side of him that only his mother could love. And for the fans who relish in the uncommon cleverness other keepsakes, there’s a Jason Voorhees Jack in the Box, his Friday the 13th Deluxe Machete and a spooktacular candy bowl holder that’s calling your name.

Which Jason Voorhees horror collections haunt you in your dreams? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Hellraiser franchise might be the next horror reboot to receive TV series

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The alluring sequences that are based on Clive Barker’s novella, The Hellbound Heart, have transformed an otherworldly gateway to the Cenobite realm into ten feature films and a vibrant followed franchise. Needless to say, just like Pinhead and his band of malevolent villains who long to harvest the souls of their victims through sadomasochistic torture, horror fans have yearned for more “sweet, sweet suffering”. While lately, it seems that many horror franchises have succeeded in making the shift to television, word has gotten out that the Hellraiser may be next in line to receive a reboot series.

Which producers are stirring around the idea?

IT producer Roy Lee and Reader Player One producer Dan Farah have positioned themselves as the front liners who will bring Hellraiser to the small screen. These producers are aiming to join forces with New World rightsholders, Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, to established a launchpad for the news series. 

What’s to come?

While it would be nice if “we had such sights to show you”, details about to the TV reboot are quite vague at the moment. However, sources say that producers are currently on the hunt for a writer-showrunner that will build upon the mythology that was established in the precious Hellraiser horror franchise. The aim will be fixed at creating a fresh anthology or a more traditional show with an ongoing narrative. Needless to say, while rights are being finalized and a network or streaming service set in place, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the films and grab a few horror collectibles while waiting on the Cenobites diminishing return.

What must-haves should you collect to assist with the dreadful wait? 

While some horror collectibles are a dime a dozen, others spark an invited conversation. So, when it comes to unique Hellraiser keepsakes, Nightmare Toys has got you covered with so many bloodcurdling franchise relics. The FUNKO horror Pinhead Pop! features a vinyl version of the hellbound leader, standing stylized at 3 ¾ inches tall, while NECA is accepting pre-orders for their lifelike king of torture, the 7” Scale Utlimate Pinhead Action Figure. You can even recite, “The Box. You opened it. We came. Now you must come with us, taste our pleasures,” when you receive your Hellraiser horror collectibles in the mail.   

How excited are you for this television reboot? Drop a comment below to comment on the buzz?

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.

Two horror movie installments to anticipate this month

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You might as well set up camp in front of your favorite movie theater this month because there are some seriously scary films that are making their way onto the big screen. Whether you’re a fan of what lurks at the depths of the ocean floor or you relish in the looming suspense of an alarming, mystery flick, if you dare to overcome the daunting fear, you could be first in line to enjoy the latest creep-tastic installments that will be joining the devilish darkness of the horror franchise. Unite the ranks of your ghastly ghoul brethren and prepare to have an adrenaline rush to your senses.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9, 2019)

While there currently aren’t any horror collectibles exhibiting the grisly characters from this hair-raising film, we’re confident that in due time you’ll be able to fill your collector’s shelf with some frightening merchandise.

The film, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, at a glance is absolutely terrifying, showing a haunting, scarecrow-like figure as the main image for the upcoming flick. While lately there have been many successful reboots to fuel the fire within horror fans, this movie poses a unique take on a favored novel series. Though the iconic book trilogy was written for a children’s audience, it’s clear from the trailer that Guillermo del Toro has crafted the script to exhibit something far scarier. After all, “some people believe that if we repeat scary stories often enough, they become real”. Riveting, original and oh-so-spooky, you’ll be digging up your 80s novels to refresh yourself before this anticipated horror premiere.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (August 16, 2019) 

Those who possess Jaws horror collectibles may soon be lost in their happy place when this anticipated cinematic production makes its gruesome presence.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged, portrays the story of an exciting underwater adventure, finding four divers exploring the ancient ruins of an underwater city. The undying element of intrigue and excitement is quickly lost when your bite of adventure is dangerously trying to take a bite out of you. Deadly sharks have claimed these underwater caverns as their sacred space and together, distressed with fear, four teenage girls find themselves lost in a labyrinth of caves at the bottom of the ocean floor. This intense survival thriller will leave you gripping at the edge of your seat and remaining on the shoreline for the ending days of your summer vacation

The footage of your summer 2019 just got a whole lot spookier! Which horror film are you most excited to see on the big screen? 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.

Which recent horror production was scarier? Child’s Play or Annabelle Comes Home?

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**WARNING, THE FOLLOWING BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS**

The ambiance of movie theatres across the country has been bursting with bloodcurdling terror as two new installments joined the dreaded library within the horror genre. The Child’s Play (June 21) remake and the most recent chapter in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle Comes Home (June 26) brings a mix of suspense and laughs to believers in supernatural occult. Needless to say, while each film presents its own bizarre story about killer dolls plotting revenge, fans still grasp at the edge of their seats taking in the fresh, unpredictability of the genre. But the real question is, which chilling, cinematic flick is a more startling specter?

A review of Child’s Play

It has been over 30 years since the original Child’s Play film was released, so, horror scriptwriters have dipped their pens into the ink of nostalgia to create another iconic installment.

In our opinion, the modern-day retelling was partially an imitation, since it did cover the same main points of the novel feature — Andy Barclay receives a doll named Chucky as a present from his mom, the sinister toy becomes a problem and he goes on a murderous rampage — although how the story segues from A to B is what sets the two films apart.

What we found most shocking about the remake was that nothing supernatural actually occurred. In fact, the plot failed to follow the hair-raising tale of a cursed, voodoo-chanting serial killer and instead rewrote a story about a piece of artificial intelligence. Notably, the sociopathic murderer is far scarier than a robot going rogue. Nevertheless, the Buddi doll (not Good Guy doll) was the result of a mere upset factory worker neglecting to program the standard safety and non-violent features within the doll. It kind of takes away the aura of magic that the franchise casts. And while there were a few other notable changes, the most powerful one is represented through the obvious change in times. Today’s society is much more in tune to technology, allowing to play a role in how the retelling framed the Chucky doll as a technological robot that was designed to improve our lives. Although, in our opinion, it will not be easy for fans to miss the volatility and gory backstory that’s represented in the many alarming horror collectibles currently on the market. Easily put, a smarter, more advanced Chucky leads to a duller, less scary plot.

A review of Annabelle Comes Home

In only six years The Conjuring Universe has managed to carve their horror installments into chilling genre classics, although, Annabelle has been spotlighted as an eerie-sistable fan favorite. Based on a true story, the real Annabelle doll is kept inside the famous occult museum that was once run by paranormal researchers, Ed and Lorraine Warren. All the installments within the franchise fluidly depicted the real history of Annabelle.

The newest film, however, adds something very different to the mix of supernatural flicks. In fact, Annabelle Comes Home is a riveting addition and quite frankly, the scariest one yet. Embodying all the jump scares, creepy, signature effects and ghostly, drawn-out scenes are all elements that true horror lover’s dream of. After all, isn’t it enticing to watch a movie where around every corner, something goes bump in the night?

Situated in time after The Conjuring, the Annabelle doll is now sitting “safely” behind a locked glass door in the home of the Warrens. Of course, there’s a new, foolish character that decides that they’re brave enough to mess with supernatural forces. Upon entering the room that contains alluring items of the occult, the Annabelle doll is awakened to abrupt a stir of terror within the rooms of the home. Needless to say, you can really feel the grim fear that intensifies when multiple evil spirits begin to terrorize the young, impressionable characters. The best part is that the newest film provides a dim-witted relief trickled within the suspenseful story giving the flick some gentle humor.

So, which installment is scarier? For us, we can’t decide! Now, it’ll be up to you to watch each film and see for yourself.

Do you own any Child’s Play or Annabelle horror collectibles? Drop a comment below to start a conversation about your collection.