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

Which horror movies have you added to your must-watch list? Drop a comment below to share with other readers.

“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, 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.

To those who collect or buy horror movies online, which films make your top 5 must-watch list? Drop a comment below to compare with other readers.

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)

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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.

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What horror villain matches your personality?

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Naturally, as a fan of the macabre, there has probably been a time that you’ve wanted to place yourself in the shoes of your favorite horror villain. Whether you relish in the appalling idea of stabbing the back of your enemies, teaching the unworthy a lesson or simply dabbling in a little foul play, it’s hard not to admire the chilling personalities of the most fearsome foes in the genre. So, hold on to your hellish hats if you want to unchain yourself to find out which sociopath best exuberates your hair-raising characteristics. After all, wouldn’t it be ghoul putting horror collectibles on display that haunt your charm?

Michael Myers

If you’re a hair-raising ghoul who lacks emotions and is rather unimpressed by mankind in general, you may find that you can relate to some of the eerie-sistable qualities of Michael Myers. While many would describe this horror legend as a horrendous beast, we would define him as an empowering and patient man, as he often becomes fixated on things, but never lets his obsession take control. That being said, this menacing monster is also known for possessing superhuman strength, endurance and stealth-like movement. So, maybe you’re also a quiet, athletic soul?

Jason Voorhees

Those who are fans of hockey, swimming or the great outdoors, in general, have no problem finding connections to the personality of Jason Voorhees. So, whether you find spending time in nature to be soothing or you just enjoy keeping to yourself, there are so many relatable reasons to bond with this horror icon. Not to mention his quiet, subtle movements make him rather unpredictable, while also possessing an unstoppable desire to achieve his goals — murdering all those naughty campers. Does any of this sound relatable to your inner villain?

Leatherface

Chucky

For the devilish folks who are part scandalous and a tad bit threatening, you may best relate to the unnerving personality of Leatherface. Artistically inclined with an eye for fashion and design, the delicate craftsmanship that goes into sewing human skin should never go unnoticed. Nevertheless, if your human skin lamps and skeleton chairs are contributing to your misunderstood nature, this outback killer may be the one that pumps your dark, black heart.

If you’re anything like this voodoo-chanting, sinister doll then you’re likely the life of the party. Just like how each Chucky horror collectible is full of spunk and dirty jokes, you probably also take pride in your say-it-like-it-is personality. So, although his crude way of handling things can sometimes get him into trouble, it’s entirely relatable. So, bring on your extrovert nature and embrace your inner Chucky! 

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What is the Conjuring Universe?

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

James Wan is a name behind the Conjuring Universe

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

Ed and Lorraine Warren help to tie the films together

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

The introduction of the Annabelle doll

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

The Conjuring Universe spin-offs

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


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Can you arm each horror psycho with their iconic weapon?

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While the satanic personalities, chilling catchphrases and grim appearances of otherworldly horror villains make them alarmingly easy to pick out from a crowd, there’s also another creep-tastic characteristic that embodies their devilish darkness, the bloodcurdling weapons that they use. After all, horror lovers continue to binge-watch the classics in order to see all the gory kill scenes and to keep tabs on their favorite villain’s body count, but only the true fans of the genre will take note of their signature murder tools. So, let’s test your undying devotion to horror!

Jason Voorhees

No one really knows if this ghastly ghoul is a supernatural spirit, a demon-human hybrid or a malicious zombie, but fans love the mysterious franchise and continue to gather up horror collectibles just the same. That being said, while Jason’s frightening eyes are eerily always seen staring at his soon-to-be, lifeless victims through the eyeholes of a hockey face mask, he’s notably been made famous for his ruthless skillset that leads to the hacking, slashing and on some occasion’s decapitation of unruly teens at Camp Crystal. So, how good is your fandom really? What weapon of the macabre does he use?

Freddy Krueger

While a cackling serial killer who stalks your dreams sounds terrifying enough, evidently the mutilation of his burnt flesh is truly something nightmares are made of. So, although there are horror collectibles that attempt to mimic his appearance, the chilling story of Freddy Krueger has been really been made famous through his unique, undead abilities — like paralyzing and killing his victims while they’re in a deep sleep state. Bringing forth night terrors that are so alarming frightening, it’s rare that anybody escapes from his clutches. That being said, what weapon does Freddy use to scrape and slash his victims?

Leatherface

Notably, Leatherface is one of the few iconic killing sociopaths that lacks any pristine supernatural abilities. In fact, he’s just a maniac that lives in the boonies, making his facial expression masks out of the skin of his victims. Driven to kill out of fear rather than malice, you would think that this he would be a little more in touch with human emotion. Needless to say, you wouldn’t want to be caught dead when this villain decides that you’re a threat to him, his family or his livelihood. While there are some graphic horror collectibles and insanely iconic keepsakes that embellish this beloved villain, are you able to remember his favorite weapon of self-defense?

Alright! Drop a comment below to test your fate at the weapon guessing game.

What’s the story behind the villain, Jason Voorhees?

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It may be hard for you to believe, but the famous Camp Crystal Lake killer actually has many layers that can be peeled back to find an awe-inspiring backstory. While most fans know that Jason Voorhees is a machete-wielding, counselor-slaughtering, hockey-masked zombie, at least this is what all Jason Voorhees horror collectibles convey, there are quite a few fun facts about the how his character, and the Friday the 13th franchise, work to establish an extensive history. So, why exactly is this villain so vengeful?

His mask covers his insecurities

While there are many mischief-makers in the genre that cover their devilish visage as part of their antihero identity, Jason Voorhees wears his illustrious hockey mask to cover up his severe facial deformities. And while fans applaud him for his undead abilities, the franchise reveals that it was because of this disfiguration that he was bullied, and eventually, drowned at Camp Crystal Lake. So, can you blame him for resurrecting from the dead to become a professional, supernatural serial killer?

But, why the hockey mask?

Although we would love to say that there was some in-depth, sentimental imagery behind the time-honored hockey mask, the reason that it became ingrained in Voorhees’ iconic look was simply that the director, Stever Miner, was obsessed with hockey. In fact, the critically-acclaimed hockey mask became so wildly popular that almost every Jason Voorhees horror collectible feature it.

He wasn’t the original killer

While many people believe that Jason Voorhees is just a bloodthirsty monster, with no moral compass or drive behind what he does, that simply isn’t the case. After Jason was drowned at Camp Crystal Lake, his mother, Pamela Voorhees, murdered all the camp counselors. Pamela blamed the lustful teens for her sons’ death because they were too focused on having sex, neglecting to see her son face down in the lake. I guess you could say that he is merely continuing the legacy that she left behind?

His body was never actually found

There are quite a few fandom predictions about what happened to Jason at Camp Crystal Lake — after his death, he became a demon demi-god with the spirit of Jason, he never died, but managed to live in a shelter in the woods or that he’s a rotting, fleshy zombie corpse whose only function is to murder all who he crosses. You get the gist of it. But, since his body was never found in the lake, almost any theory is humanly possible.

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Which deadly movie monster turns your horror crank?

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

Pennywise

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

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

Pinhead

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

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

Predators

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

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

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What are the most common fears that inspire horror movies?

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While there are many notable horror movies that creatively craft their plot sequences from pure imagination, there are also those who take inspiration from the primal instincts of the human brain. Whether it’s an emotional reaction to pure darkness, built up tension leading to a striking moment of terror or a simple, unexpected jump scare, these elemental details are what keeps fans of the genre gripping their seats with fear and suspense. Since filmmakers feed on these emotional reactions to create a powerfully, spooky movies, you can pretty much guarantee that screenwriters and directors are known to recycle the same heightened phobias. Whether it’s a time-honored horror flick or a crummy addition to the dreadful genre, you can rest assured that the following horror hang-ups will continue to find their place into the chilling timeline of future films.

Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)

While arachnophobia can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the person, psychologists believe that it is a fear that is instilled by the conditioning from a loved one. This means that most people who say that they’re fearful of spiders do not necessarily undergo an experience that instills “spider trauma”, but they have been told by a close friend or relative to be scared of creepy crawlies. So, it’s not the fear of being bitten, but rather the fear of their erratic movements and their abundance of legs and eyeballs that fuels this phobia fire. Needless to say, horror movies like Arachnophobia and The Exorcist have really taken the fear of spiders to a whole new level.

Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)

The concept of a creepy, evil clown is nothing new. In fact, horror movies like Stephen King’s IT and the Killjoy franchise have capitalized on it. While coulrophobia is more common in children, this intense fear is known to build up into adulthood. But why are so many people scared of clowns? Psychologists believe that this familiar fear is usually the result of a traumatic childhood experience and since humans rely on facial expressions to understand each other, the exaggerated, distorted, painted-on faces of clowns are something we become fixated and fearful of. Not to mention, clowns are mischievous, uncertain and in many cases portrayed as tricksters. It’s their appearance and unpredictability that makes you wallow is discomfort at the sight of them in horror movies.  

Fear of puppets (pupaphobia)

Although pupaphobia is not as common as some other fears, there are still many people who’re scared of these uncanny hunks of wood and plastic. Although the fear of puppets is also generally developed through a case of childhood trauma, which makes it such a unique phobia is the fact that puppets are not real. Although they’re human-like and realistic in their appearance, the very notion of them moving or talking in any way has the ability to invoke suspicion and uneasiness in anyone. This is probably why Goosebumps’ Slappy and Saw’s Billy Puppet have become such wildly popular horror icons!

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A few old but grim horror movies that are worth a re-watch

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With the breathtaking realism brought on by today’s special effects, it can be difficult to get the jitters while watching the faintheartedness of an old horror movie. But, that’s the thing about this chilling genre, even without the illusions and visual tricks of modern animation, these classics have the ability to haunt you long after the credits roll out. Maybe it’s because they can tap into our deepest fears of the unknown or perhaps the clever suspense gives us this intuitive outlook at what goes bump in the night? Whatever it is that gets your devilish desires wired at the thought of a dark, bloodcurdling plot sequence, since your love of horror only seems to grow with time, honor its gruesome expansion by re-watching a few time-honored thrillers.

Amityville Horror (1979)

This chiller follows the story of a family who becomes terrorized by the supernatural forces tied to their old, 18th century home. If strange voices, violent, wide-spread illnesses and unexplained sores to the body weren’t enough to scare away these homeowners, what was? As the couple, George and Kathy Lutz, experience the unseen forces and malevolent nature of the home, it’s clear that someone or something wants them out. The best part is that this spine-tingling, paranormal film was inspired by a true story, the legend of the Amityville Horror.

The Evil Dead (1981)

This daunting tale commences when five friends take off for a little getaway to a cabin in the woods. Encountering strange noises shortly after arriving, they come across a peculiar book (Book of the Dead) and audio tape in the basement. In playing the tape, they release an evil force that’s hell-bent on murdering them all and they’re forced to try and survive the night by defeating the evil dead. Maybe a re-watch of this horror-ific film would reawaken your deadly senses for your love of horror classics?

Children of the Corn (1984)

While there have been several, contemporary adaptations to Stephen King novels and short stories, Children of the Corn remains untouched by modernity. This spooktacular horror movie tells the story of the Town of Gatlin, a small agricultural community residing in the state of Nebraska. Relying solely on their corn crop for their survival, after a failed reaping, the townsfolk must trust that their religious sacrifice will ensure future prosperous harvests. Following the orders of a demonic god, who is referred to as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” the children of Gatlin kill all the adults of the community and maintain their ritual of human sacrifice as each child transitions into adulthood. Already 35-years-old, this classic film is still as riveting and grim as the day it hit the big screen!

Which horror movie will you be re-watching or watching for the first time? Tell us in the comments section below.