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.

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.

What type of horror fan are you?

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If you’re a true horror fan then you probably crave a myriad of classic, cult and thriller films in order to satisfy your devilish desires. Maybe you love the horror movie genre because you’re obsessed with otherworldly folklore or perhaps the psychological terrors of a potential apocalypse trigger an intense, instinctive response that cranks your creep-tastic wheel. Although you’re a horror fan through and through, even the most dead-icated worshiper can be convinced to make a deal with the devil. So, what we’re really asking is do you know what kind of horror fan you are?

Possession

If you find yourself fiercely drawn into plot sequences that involved demons, ghosts, scary, haunted motels and animate objects that have a mind of their own than you’re the type of horror fan who relishes in films about bloodcurdling possession. It could be the unpredictability of the genre, the strange, unexplainable outcomes or the ambiguous characters, but this horror sub-genre has a supernatural power to invade you and take control. That being said, The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project are the perfect films to question your faith and beliefs.

Psychological Thrillers

This particular horror sub-genre revolves about the practicalities of characters who are unstable or delusional. So, essentially people who are pushed to their limits. Many people are drawn to this particular niche in horror because of the mystery, drama and twisting perspectives…not to mention the paranoia of potential for these stories to be based on true events. Thrillers deliberately use tricks to create tension within the audience which maximizes their anxious suspense. That being said, Silence of the Lambs and Psycho are the perfect films to satisfy your horror cravings.

Hauntings

While possession movies may spark your interest, you’re fonder of films that dabble in the supernatural. Whether it’s a haunted house, bringing the dead back to life or zombie-fied motion pictures, you tend to steer in the direction of the distorted, but familiar, reality films that revolve about the intrusion of evil or haunting presences. That being said, The Shining and The Grudge have the ability to offer you the right kind of cinematic terror.

Found Footage Horror

If you’re the type of horror fan that relishes in the idea of watching an entire movie from the perspective of a camera recording, then you’re a lover of found footage horror. By far one of the toughest sub-genres to keep the audience involved, these movies often offer the extra thrill of spooky encounters caught on film. Not to mention the potential that’s left behind for the characters who find the footage later. That being said, Paranormal Activity and Unfriended are a couple frightening found footage films that might tickle your fancy.

Slashers

This is probably one of the most actively followed horror sub-genres and usually involves some sort of psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people. If you’re obsessed with blood and gore, as well as unprovoked killing using bladed tools and weaponry, then slasher films are probably the right horror movies to rack up your body count…I mean movie count. That being said, Friday the 13th and Halloween would be the right franchises to follow if you’re insanely obsessed with graphic murders.

What type of horror fan are you? Tell us in the comments section below.

Check out these 4 wild details about the Scream franchise

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Since most devilishly devoted fans of horror films possess strong, fearless stomachs, binge-watching a few grisly slasher movies, that emerged to life during the 90s, is a challenge that’s easily accepted. The contents of the decade embellish everything from bloodcurdling gore, gruesome visual effects and some frightfully realistic stabbings and sudden impalements. Although not as hyped about as the initial 80s horror boom, the 90s has paved way for some truly horror-ific creations to the dreadful flick category. That being said, there’s no denying that the Scream franchise took horror in a whole new direction when everyone started asking the question, “what’s your favorite scary movie?” A funny and clever, yet dangerously terrifying franchise that played on our undying fears of being helpless and alone. This franchise not only re-invented the wheel, but it also revitalized horror with something fresh and modern, only managing to do it in a way that had the audience laughing and covering their eyes at the same time. Now, we already know that you love the Scream franchise, but how well do you really know it?

Where did the idea for the iconic mask come from?

Surprisingly enough, the classic Ghostface mask wasn’t actually created by the costume department. In fact, when the producers were out looking for filming locations, they came across it in a random person’s attic. The mask reminded them of a famous painting by Edvard Munch entitled, “Scream”.

It was based on true events

Like many horror films before its time, the Scream franchise was loosely based on true events. Screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, followed the media coverage of the Gainesville Ripper case, found the story to be a little creepy and reached out to a friend over the phone. After their discussion about the case, they started discussing elements of their favorite scary movies and BAM, the idea for the franchise emerged.

A quick and painful death

While most horror movies show the protagonist slowly slipping into madness over the course of a few days, the Scream franchise is notoriously known for offing their characters within a blink of an eye. Needless to say, these punchy movies are loaded with lots of action, but answering a simple text message may leave you lost and confused as to which character was brutally slashed.

The Scream franchise and Halloween franchise possess a connection

Aside from the obvious part — where both villains have a reason for going after the protagonists in the films — both Halloween and the original Scream movie share a couple connections. For starters, during the Scream party sequence, the teens are drinking, dancing and indulging in a horror movie binge. One of those movies is actually Halloween. The best part is in one of the Halloween sequels — Halloween H20 — the favor is returned when a foursome of characters is sitting around watching Scream 2 during the plot’s downtime.

Do you know any other chilling behind the scenes details about the Scream franchise? Tell us in the comments section below.

What were the best horror movie franchises of all time?

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How do you determine what makes a horror movie franchise so successful? Certainly, box office numbers are a reasonable inclusion, but would you also consider the sheer cult following of the films? Would the number of sequels be a fair addition, or unfair because sometimes sequels never do the original franchise justice? Although there are many factors that need to be addressed in order to determine which horror franchises fans long for, the gruesome reality is that a successful horror movie should be based on one detrimental thing… the scarier the better!

Needless to say, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top three bloodcurdling horror movie franchises are ones that emerged from the 70s and 80s and have since had multiple thrilling sequels.

#3: Nightmare on Elm Street

As a horror movie franchise that literally makes it impossible to fall asleep, or ever enter a dimly lit boiler room, it should come as no surprise that Wes Craven’s classic slasher made the list of top grossing horror franchises. Whether it’s because of the incredibly unique storyline behind the mysterious killings on Elm Street (one that has been changed to explain the depth of Freddy Krueger), or the enigma of the razor shape weaponry, this eerie-sistable horror movie franchise has earned a rightful place in our horror loving hearts. Needless to say, the series has been left open to ghoulish interpretation. What really happened to Freddy? How do his supernatural abilities expand into the realm of human dreams? Will directors be slashing the plot and eventually re-writing a new scripted tale? Only time will tell.

#2: Friday the 13th

Another cult classic that is fueled by a vengeful villain, Friday the 13th is everything horror fans want in a franchise — a devilish killer, lots of bloodcurdling screams and all the unanswered questions that makes us devour up horror movies. Featuring ten sequels since the original film in 1980, each more terrifying and gruesome than before, the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has had no problems integrating his way into pop culture. After all, would it really be a dreadfully awesome Halloween party without someone dressed up as the slasher sociopath?

#1: Halloween

Especially after the alarming success of the latest addition to the Halloween franchise, it’s clear that fans of Michael Myers still want to peel back his many layers… and directors are fine with taking advantage of his fearsome story. This popular horror movie franchise consists of eleven films (spanning over a 40-year period), novels, comic books, insanely dead-icated merchandise and even a chilling video game. This supernatural bogeyman has always left us at the edge of our seats and personally, I feel that his ghostly shadow will be appearing on the big screens once again. After all, fans don’t seem to be getting tired of ruthless murders.   

With so many horror movie franchises to choose from, which one would be your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.   

 

The ultimate Halloween binge-watch movie guide

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Whether you start ticking horror movies off you must-watch list when the first leaf hits the ground or you wait until Halloween night to squeeze in all your favorite spooky flicks, you can agree that there is never a shortage of films with the power to raise your spirits. Nevertheless, it’s time to grab yourself some popcorn, hide under your blanket and creep it real until All Hallows’ Eve. That is… if you can handle your boo’s until then.

Halloween (1978)

True horror fans such as yourselves have probably already seen the killer new “Halloween” sequel, but for all the lovers of classic slashers, it can’t beat the original film. Nothing quite screams Halloween like the frightful movie named after the holiday itself. Join the ruthless slayer of Haddonfield, Michael Myers, on his quest to become a devoted sociopath. It’ll be a trick or treat!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

You can argue about whether this Disney classic is really a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, or you can simply watch the adventures of Jack Skellington on both occasions. Regardless, you can’t deny that Tim Burton’s infamous pumpkin king can really get you into the Halloween spirit along with Oogie Boogie and his minions of course!

Scream (1996)

Ghostface’s iconic ensemble still dominates costume attire at gruesome parties over 20 years later, so, it only seems appropriate that this mysterious slasher flick makes our list of recommended horror movies. Based on the killings of the Gainesville Ripper, this violent bloodbath of a film satirizes the clichés that are often overdone by the horror movie genre, yet, it does so in a way that makes you crave every jump out of your seat. Fangs a lot!

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Witch please! This is one of those horror movies that is almost too cute to spook, but it’s quite the howl when it comes to originality. Known for its bewitching plot line that is inspired by the Salem witch trials of the 17th-century, but also inspired by the magic of disney it follows the tale of a virgin that lights the black flame candle on Halloween night. Three witches are then resurrected from the dead determined to suck the lives out of all the children in Salem before sunrise… unless otherwise be cursed forever. After all, life’s a witch and then you fly.

Are there any of your favorite horror movies that we didn’t mention in our list? Tell us in the comments section below.