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. 

Get back to school ready, horror style

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There’s nothing more alarmingly frightening than when the bloodcurdling back to school countdown begins. With a few chilling weeks that will dissipate as quickly and mysteriously as a deadly apparition, it’s about time that you got your ghoulish spirit prepped for the learning ahead. After all, once summer comes to end and the fog of routine eerily floats in from a place of darkness, you’ll find yourself swept up with despair at the thought of being chained down to your otherworldly desk. So, how about turning this grim occasion into just another element of your hair-raising haunt with the ultimate horror collectibles for school?

Horror lunch boxes  

The afterlife is never far out of reach when you have the right horror collectibles to keep your cold heart pumping. So, whether you’re the type of horror aficionado that relishes in an opportunity to carry the contents of your frightful feast in an eerie-sistable container or you simply want to keep the blood and organs of your victims fresh between each horrifying lecture, you’ll absolutely love our wide selection of horror lunch boxes. Cape your midday meal in a grueling tin tote that’s sure to give you some frightened stares.

Horror pens

Whether you want to rewrite some devilish content in order to revise the dreadful Necronomicon Journal or you simply want a school-appropriate weapon to defend yourself from your grim classmates, a gruesome horror pen topper is the perfect element to add to your back-to-school supply list. Take a stab at your homework and kill your class assignments with a classic horror villain pen topper, featuring Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Jason Voorhees or Leatherface. If slashers don’t turn your horror crank how about popping the 25th anniversary, Nightmare Before Christmas character onto your beloved pen for inspiration. Let Jack, Sally, Zero or Oogie Boogie be your academic demigods throughout the peak of your morbid semester.   

Horror keychains 

There’s nothing more unique, yet strangely otherworldly than possessing a delightful collection of horror keychains. Whether you hang them on your backpack or use them as locker decor, these devilish must-haves provide just the right amount of spook to your spine-chilling school day. Select from a variety of horror collectibles featuring all the petrifying specters of the genre. Clip-on the demonic spirit of The Nun, a bloodthirsty Pennywise or a crazed Reagan keychain, manically contorted by unhallowed possession as well as a selection of figural Gremlins and your favorite, novelty characters from the Five Nights at Freddy’s horror game.

Horror clothing

Cape your ghoulish spirit with a conglomerate of out-of-this-world fashion. Dominate the intimate, revolting circles of your school with a spiritual sense of style including, dresses, leggings, t-shirts and accessories that reflect your innermost darkness. Cape your body with monstrous ensembles and terrifying threads of all shapes and sizes. After all, horror collectibles aren’t the only way to climb the popularity ladders at your school! 

Which sickening horror collectible will you use to chill off your horror spirit come September? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

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! 

Which of our four villains best matches your personality? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

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.

Who are the most ruthless horror villains in the genre?

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While there are tons of notable villains who have crept their way into our horror lovin’ hearts over the year, not all these grotesque antihero’s get the same grueling recognition for their blood-curdling scares. That’s why we wanted to shed some moonlight on a few creepy mischief-makers who’re devilish, defiant and possess a rather impressing body account. So, let’s take a look at a couple of bone-afide killers who deserve an extra round of gruesome applause.

Hannibal Lecter

Regardless of whether you’ve seen The Silence of the Lambs, chances are that you’ve heard of Hannibal Lecter, an iconic name in the horror genre. While many people nowadays are desensitized to the idea of a cannibalistic serial killer, the truth is this ruthless character was actually based on a real-life doctor who was convicted of murdering and chopping up his lover. How’s that for a frightful fact? Needless to say, while most killers tend to follow the gore-fest and blood trail of timeless classic slashers such as Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, though, Hannibal Lector takes on a grim new role — a highly intelligent, mannered man who could just as easily be your next-door neighbor. Known for punishing and mutilating his victims, who wouldn’t want to have horror collectibles resembling this fearsome foe?

Leatherface

This unhinged sociopath is rather fond of chasing innocent bystanders and if we tallied up his misdemeanors through the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, he has managed to strike a body count of over 60 people. Now, that’s a lot of new faces! Needless to say, although Leatherface has kept our hearts pumping through the decades with his frightening facades of chainsaw-wielding suspense, we think that he deserves some extra recognition. After all, it must be incredibly tough to rundown your victims carrying a heavy-weighted chainsaw! So, as a way to honor his intense, otherworldly horror sequences, we’re selling a wide selection of horror collectibles to enable fans to enact their own sequels.  

Jeepers Creepers

No one really knows where this ancient, mysterious demon came from, but we do know that once he picks up the scent of his prey, nothing with stop his relentless, indestructible pursuit to get his claws on them. Essentially, the creeper is immortal and he’s always on the hunt for some new organs to replace his old failing ones. His undying nature and everlasting abilities make him a rather ruthless horror villain that you wouldn’t want to get caught spying on. So, that’s why he made our list! As merciless and frightening as the creeper is, real horror lovers won’t be able to taste the fear, but they can’t help but wonder where he got his peepers.

Which horror collectibles will you be stacking on your display shelves? Tell us in the comments section below.

A behind the scenes look into the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre Film

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies

As if the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies weren’t terrifying enough, this American horror franchise is actually loosely based on the Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. A strange, psychologically, unstable man who was raised under extreme biblical teachings and kept rather hidden away on his family’s secluded farm. Much like the famous Leatherface, Gein kept the remains of his victims to be used around the farm — especially human skin which he crafted into his own apparel. Needless to say, there are tons of other terrifying facts about the popular horror franchise.

The movie was also inspired by a Christmas shopping crowd

Although director and co-writer of the original film, Tobe Hooper did admit to writing the script somewhat based on Ed Gein, he also explained that his creative energy was really inspired after a shopping rush during Christmas at a local department store.

“There were these big Christmas crowds, I was frustrated, and I found myself near a display rack of chainsaws. I just kind of zoned in on it… and I thought, ‘I know a way I could get through this crowd really quickly.’”

It is not a true story

Clever marketing at its best. Although the film was an interpretation Hooper loosely based on Gein’s crimes, the backstory of a chain-wielding maniac who killed youth in Texas was all just a fictional creation. In fact, the Texas Film Commission financed the project, which is how the word “Texas” came to be in the film title at all.

The original film was shot on a tight budget

With a budget of only $60,000, Hooper, his crew and a group of unknown actors ventured out into an area in Central Texas to make a terrifying movie on what they called a “shoestring budget”. The filming conditions were also not the most ideal, with incredibly high summer temperatures stewing the bones and rotting meat that were used as props. Gross!

Leatherface wears three masks throughout the original film

Hooper wanted his horrific killer to have a bit of emotion behind his slaughtering escapades. He gave the character three different masks — the killing mask, the grandpa mask and the makeup-covered mask. A bit strange for a character with the word “face”, a singular noun, displayed in his name.

The notorious chainsaw was indeed, REAL

It wouldn’t have been the same movie without the revving noise of the killer’s chainsaw blade chasing victims to their own demise. Although, the teeth were removed for particular scenes due to safety purposes, there were a few shots where Leatherface tripped and fell throwing his bladed weapon forward. Luckily no one was hurt badly in the making of the film!

What is your favorite scene from any of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies? Tell us in the comments section below.

Bring the darkness to your desk with these hair-raising horror must-haves

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horror desk decor

Your desk at home or work is your area to represent your personality. While most people enjoy decorating this space with colorful calendars and family photos, you are more unique than most people. Why not show off who you truly are and cloak your cubicle with dreadfully awesome horror desk decor?

The Walking Dead Blood-Splattered Heat-Change Coffee Mug

It takes the ultimate dead-ication to represent your love for all things horror. Showcase that infatuation as you sip your morning coffee in this Walking Dead coffee mug. All the ghouls at the office will be jealous once it heats up and changes to a bloodcurdling mess. So sit back, stare off into your computer screen and try not to take a megaBITE out of this fearsome mug. Seriously… it’s not edible.  

Horror Series 1 Pop! Pen

If you’re not the type of person that spends their days clicking away at a keyboard, then maybe a frightening pen topper would be better suited for your line of work. Choose from your favorite creepy characters — Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Chucky or Freddy Krueger — and slaughter your way through all your tiresome writing assignments.

Funko Pop! Disney: Nightmare Before Christmas – Sally

Who needs the pumpkin king when you can have patchwork Sally sitting on your desk? Relish in the details of Dr. Finklestein’s ragdoll creation and use your imagination to transport yourself to Halloween Town. If you fall asleep at work…don’t worry. Just blame it on Sally for slipping you some deadly nightshade.

Nightmare on Elm Street – Body Knocker – Freddy

Good thing summer is upon us. This gruesome Freddy body knocker is powered by solar energy! As the ultimate element to add to your horror desk decor, you can enjoy hours of spook-tacular shaking from side-to-side with your favorite nightmare lurking villain.

Which item will you be adding to your desk? Tell us about it in the comments section below.