Slay summertime with the following morbid merchandise

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Just because most of your summer plans have been slashed and gutted, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find other ways to lay your soul to rest! In fact, many of our products are officially licensed horror merchandise, which means that while you’re on the haunt for your everyday essentials during your next ritualistic online shop, you’re also able to treat yourself to some of the most practical, summer must-haves. After all, grave goodies should be considered fundamental and indispensable for the sanity of all devout horror lovers! 

Grab a horror beach towel designed for moonlit lounging 

Since most ghouls are lesser fans of the macabre in comparison, your devoted soul may startle quite a few passersby, especially when you shake off your gruesome, horror beach towel and place it prominently in the scorching sand below. Nevertheless, if you’re lucky enough to revolt the folks who venture out to the same unnerving location, chances are they will uphold current social distancing measures and refrain from keeping too close. So, since a beach towel can also prove to be a backyard essential as well, why not vanquish your desire to be ordinary by ordering a wicked one from nightmaretoys.com? Whether you prefer to support the realm of classic villains like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees or more light-hearted horror flicks like Ghostbusters and Gremlins, there’s bound to be a snug beach towel that ignites your devilish delight with warm enough fibers to keep the chill off during any moonlit loitering! 

Toast your loved ones from a safe distance 

While pretty much any season offers the perfect sentiment to enjoy a frothy beverage, it’s frightfully enchanting when you pair a cold brew with the heat from the summer sun. So, while some ghouls prefer the chill that confers against edges of a goblet made from glass, others relish in the concept of drinking their concoctions from much larger cauldrons like a decorated mug or tumbler

Quench your undying thirst and alarming love for grisly, officially licensed horror merchandise by starting a new keepsake collection. Compile your kitchen cabinets with some Universal Monsters Drinkware and if your claws prefer a more substantial sipper, enjoy the ghastly engravings presented by the most spooktacular horror mugs on the market. So, whether you plan to raise your glass, or the dead, consider adding these must-haves to your ever-growing horror collection. 

What items are you most interested in collecting for your summer specters? Drop a comment below to share with our other readers.

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. 

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. 

Fall in love with these spooky plushies

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horror plush characters

The ominous shades of pumpkin orange and crimson red leaves are one of the true indications that autumn has taken over. Chilling breezes and light wind crack the whimsical branches of surrounding trees, leaving behind a skeletal-like structure. For horror-lovers, the foggy, dark evenings and cool, almost eerie temperatures make fall the most exciting season of the year. There is almost a feverish change in outdoor conditions, as trickling rain showers and bony, dead branches tap up against your window. Not only does this dreadfully delightful ambience set the mood, but it also gives you an excuse to snuggle up with your favorite horror plush character.  

Psycho killer horror plush characters

Ignore the curse of Crystal Lake and cuddle up with your very own hockey-masked, Jason Voorhees plush. Delicately stitched, soft and extra cute with large, bugged eyes on the lookout for future victims. Needless to say, if you prefer to profess your love to a more diabolical killer, perhaps a Pennywise plush would do the trick? Animatedly detailed to look like exactly like the 2017 version of IT, this silky plush embellishes the flaming orange hair, hypnotic yellow eyes and a little bit of blood oozing out from under his chin. Naturally, he is so extremely adorable, so you probably won’t mind him taking a bite out of your arm from time-to-time. Now, if the tapping from outside has a smooth enough rhythm to coast you into a deep-seated sleep, then be sure that your Freddy Krueger plush keeps his hands to himself. Although he appears to be soft and cuddly, this Nightmare on Elm Street collectible will haunt your dreams if you’re not careful.

Classic horror movie plush

In spite of the fact that all of the above psychotic killers are also from spooky classic films, the following horror plush characters offer an incredibly unique addition to your horror plush collection.

If you adore the green blobbed paranormal monster, the boo-tiful, iconic movie logo or the fluffiness of the notorious Marshmallow Man, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy a snuggle with all one or all three of your favorite Ghostbusters characters.

Maybe you prefer to decorate your bed with monster plush instead? Get your hands on a dreadfully cute Godzilla stuffy, an eerie green Gremlins Stripe plush or awaken Cthulhul from his death-like slumber for some extra snuggles.  

Which horror plush character do you plan to squeeze the life out of? Tell us in the comments section below.