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FRIGHT-RAGS Celebrates Ben Cooper Fandom With New Mini-Mask Launching This Alien Day!

I, and I’m willing to bet most of you reading this, can fondly recall some of our favorite childhood memories walking around a dimly lit neighborhood on Halloween night collecting an assortment of sugar-crack in our mom’s pillowcases. And if you were a little hellion, (hey, we were all kids once) you took full advantage of the spirit of Samhain and pulled the ever so important Halloween pranks on friends, family, and annoyed neighbors. Of course, some of these mischievous shenanigans required some stealth and if you were donning a Ben Cooper mask complete with a plastic garbage-bag-like costume, ninja-ing that prank became one HELL of a challenge. Walking around in those costumes were about as a loud as Freddy‘s razors on a chalkboard.

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In any regard, Ben Cooper masks were and remain a nostalgic staple inside our fuzzy memory banks. So I couldn’t be more excited to see that horror merch extraordinaire FRIGHT-RAGS announced a new line of mini-masks that replicate those glorious days of when Cooper was King of the haunted holiday! The first up in the series is a 1979 mini replica of the Ben Cooper Alien mask to be released on, of course, Alien Day, April 26, 2018!

Per Ben Scrivens-FRIGHT-RAGS:

“As part of our Alien Day (4.26) line up this year, I am proud to announce a brand new addition to our mask line up – MINI MASKS! For the past several years we’ve been reproducing vintage-style Ben Cooper and Collegeville vacuform masks, selling them with t-shirts as a box set. These were full size masks in full size boxes, meant to replicate the costumes from our childhood.However, with the more masks we released it became apparent that…these take up some serious space! I have stacks of them on my office shelf and as much as I love looking at them, they take up a lot of collectible real estate. We wanted to be able to enjoy the warm nostalgic fuzzies these sets gave us, but without cluttering up people’s display cases. So we went back to the drawing board and tried to think of a different way to showcase our love for these vintage collectibles, but also stay true to them as well. Enter the MINI-MASK. We captured all the details (the eye/mouth holes, rubber band, etc) from the originals, but in a package roughly half the size of an original mask/costume set so it can be displayed much easier. In fact, the box is about the same height/width of a Blu-Ray case. Our first MINI-MASK release will be a replica of the 1979 ALIEN mask produced by Ben Cooper. We recreated the mask and box, but on a smaller scale. The mask itself measures approximately 4.25” x 6” and boxed it is approximately 5.5” x 6.75”. You can see its scale when compared to a VHS tape in this image (sorry, didn’t have the original ALIEN VHS tape handy, lol). This mask is limited to 426, and will be released on Thursday, April 26 at 10am EST. It will be sold on its own (no shirt), and retail for $17. We are stoked about this release, and have several other MINI-MASKS in the works, for new and old characters. Stay tuned!”

FRIGHT-RAGS Celebrates Ben Cooper Fandom With New Mini-Mask Launching This Alien Day!

In addition, an all-new shirt and enamel pin will be released in honor of the day Sigourney Weaver became the baddest bitch in Sci-Fy-Horror history! Make sure to set your alarms and head on over to FRIGHT-RAGS for this nostalgic little diddy next week!

Trick Or Treat Studios Is Making An Officially Licensed Child’s Play 2 Good Guy Doll! Here’s How To Grab One!

Andy is gonna be pissed.

Over the years, we’ve seen many variants of everyone’s favorite Good Guy in toy and collectible form come and go- but never something like this! Trick or Treat Studios recently launched a Kickstarter dedicated to the making of the most LEGIT looking Good Guy doll to date! The campaign has already passed it’s $100,000 goal in the past 48 hours, which means this is definitely happening. Which is fantastic news for fans of the little plastic hellion and the Child’s Play series, because hell, we’ve been asking for this for YEARS!

The full-size replica is made entirely of used screen molds from Child’s Play 2, so it’ll be like you just nabbed one off one that factory shelf from the film!

The Officially Licensed One-To-One Scale Child’s Play 2 Chucky Doll is the most screen accurate Child’s Play Product ever produced. Every detail of this doll is made from actual screen used molds, including the clothing which was replicated using actual screen used swatches.The body of the doll has a wire frame surrounded by a soft flexible foam to allow you to pose your doll anyway you’d like.

The Kickstarter began with two main pledge levels, but the higher of the two, which included an exclusive certificate signed by the voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, Trick or Treat Studios VP of Art Direction, Justin Mabry and Trick or Treat Studios President, Chris Zephro, have sold out at the time of this article. However, you can still grab your Good Guy for $500, which will come along with any little goodies that coincide with stretch goals.

 

Silence of the Beets: Dummy Skin-Wearing Dwight Schrute is Now an Action Figure!

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Oh, and the mutilated rubber skin from a dummy of course. It was only a matter of time before the master of the almighty beta vegetable became a legit action figure. And today is that day ladies and gents.

Chances are if you’re a fan of The Office (and who the Hell isn’t) you might just remember  Season 5 two-parter “Stress Relief”, in where Dwight is directly responsible for inducing a heart-attack upon Stanley with a false fire drill. Thus, bringing about a mandatory safety meeting and CPR training for the Dunder Mifflin employees. And well…

 

Anyway, via the rad as hell website Super Secret Fan Club, you can now own a mini Hannibal Schrute with some super cool bonus features!

Behold, Silence of the Beets!

 

Silence of the Beets: Dummy Skin-Wearing Dwight Schrute is Now an Action Figure!

 

Skin-mask Dwight Schrute is 8″ tall and sits on an 8×10 card and comes with the infamous now faceless dummy from the CPR segment. As an added treat, on the back of the packaging is a cut-out dummy mask just like the one Dwight is wearing. Although, I highly doubt if you’re going to drop $100 (yep, that’s the price tag), you’re probably not going to want to massacre that packaging.

 

 

Clarice…

Fright Crate Brings the Retro Horror Fuzzies in March!

We’ve all seen those mystery boxes offered up by various companies on the interwebs. You know, the ones that cater to a specific genre that you pay an x amount of dollars for a month to either end up super pumped on this month’s purchase or completely disappointed. More than half the time, it’s a hit or miss situation. I myself have fallen into that mystery box rabbit hole, and while I don’t regret the money I’ve spent, I also feel like sometimes- it just wasn’t worth it. That is until I came across Fright Crate via social media. They offered no bullshit, looks at previous months loot (which blew me away mind you), and honest and open communication.

Here’s the deal: I pick and choose what I would like to cover and help spread the word about. I get zero kickbacks, and I don’t ask for any. I do this purely out of geeked-out passion. That’s pretty much what we’re all about here at Nightmare Nostalgia! Much like this little, albeit growing company that oozes with fierce zealousness for the genre, I HAVE to let you guys know about because well, that’s what these guys are all about. Also holy snopes do they offer a KILLER DEAL on these blind horror boxes. Let’s talk with co-owner Jay Stephens about the fantastic Fright Crate.

NNOk, so the Fright Crate looks like it’s made by horror fans, for horror fans. Looking at previous crates, every treasure inside just looks like a winner. How long has Fright Crate been live and what inspired you to begin it?

JS: We’ve existed for a little while (laughs). We’ve been around since September 2016. We sent promo boxes to a few Youtubers to get our name out there. We are and always have been self-funded, we are not a conglomerate or part of any corporate entity. That’s why we feature lesser known films in our service as well as popular ones.

What inspired us is our love for the horror genre and everything that spawned it. There isn’t really a lot of merchandise out there for horror fans compared to let’s say, sci-fi or comic book characters. A lot of what we do are exclusive products that you can’t find anywhere else. Typically, what we specialize in are figures, shirts, and pins. We also feature celebrity autographs most months along with prop replicas, crafts, customs, and prints. We work with indie companies that provide content for the box along with quite a few companies that produce exclusive products for us. For only $30 a month plus shipping, we deliver 4-6 items mailed straight to your door.

Fright Crate is for all types of horror fans. From the casual to more serious ones. Also, everyone involved in Fright Crate is a horror fan.

NN: It seems you have a particular fondness for the ’80s genre, which I can totally appreciate! Will we see any more genre boxes like that in the future?

JS: My opinion, as far as films are concerned, there hasn’t been a more exciting decade for horror since the 1980’s. We’ve seen the birth of many horror icons along with many cult classics and the full-on mastery of practical effects shots. As far as themed boxes are concerned, we’ve kind of danced around with the idea of doing a strictly ’90s box which I believe is everyone’s second favorite decade for horror (myself included).

NN: What is the estimated shipping time on each crate, (So new customers know what to expect)?

JS: Fright Crate is a monthly service, we take orders from the 1st-20th of each month on Frightcrate.net and we ship at the very end of each month. We welcome everyone to have fun with us and at least try us out. I know there are other horror boxes out there but we are one of the highest rated ones, we don’t attempt to hide our ratings like some of the others do or give anyone a bad service each month to increase our profit margins, we are a very transparent company. Our service costs $30. Value wise, you can’t get any better than Fright Crate, our figures sell for $30 in itself, custom figures usually run around $50 on Instagram and Etsy. We do fan sculpted figures as well as public domain licenses (Night of the Living Dead and Little Shop of Horrors which we used the 1960 license but made the figure looking closer to its 1986 counterpart).

We have the best shirts of any subscription box out there, usually digital paintings similar to the ones you can get from high-end horror shops for $30. Our pins go for $10, if there’s an autograph, they are usually $20 or more and we put other goodies in the box as well. You’ll get at least double on what you paid for. If you look at the fair market value and the quality speaks for itself.

NN: And lastly, anything else in the works you’d like to promote or announcements you’d want to add?

JS: There are several things in the works but nothing really to announce at this time, we are just glad to get featured on your site and would love to have the opportunity again in the future.  Also for anyone that would like to follow us on social media, we would love to hear from you and we are usually very prompt in getting back to everyone!

 

 

As an obvious horror and geeky retro fan, I don’t think I could be any happier than what subscription box company Fright Crate is offering beginning March 1st- an I Love the 80’s Horror Box!

Good God, just look (below) at the glorious, nostalgic films themed out in this mysterious soon-to-be-declared national treasure! Featuring themed loot from Tales From the Crypt, Little Monsters, Cujo, and The Lost Boys, this sure as shit to go quick retro horror box will be available to order directly from FrightCrate.Net March 1st! Also, be sure to keep up with future announcements with the company by giving them a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Be sure to follow Fright Crate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

Gather ’round kids. The clock is ticking. Fright Rags has a big sale THIS Friday at 10 am EST for both a new AND old favorite going up for sale! You’re not gonna want to miss this!

18 days till Paddy’s Day, Paddy’s Day, Paddy’s Day… 18 days till Paddy’s Day, Silver Shamrock!

 

Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

 

That’s right kids! The top-of-the-line horror merch shop is being invaded by Santa Mira’s infamously own Silver Shamrock Novelties by resurrecting the beloved Silver Shamrock tee offered last year! Of course, with the expected demand for Season of the Witch lovers to be high come launch time, Fright Rags is also releasing an all-new baseball raglan tee! Officially licensed and exclusively made for the online one-stop horror tee shop, both shirts will be available in sizes S-5x!

These bad boys are expected to go quick. So come release time this Friday, March 2, 2018, at 10 am EST, set your alarm, tell your boss you have explosive diarrhea at work and run to the bathroom with the best WiFi… Do what you gotta do.  Don’t miss it. And don’t forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It’s almost time…

 

Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

Horror Decor Reveals New Interchangeable VHS Wall Art and OMG

As both a fan and consumer of Horror Decor (the online site that has continued to suck me in with buying endless Pennywise pillows for my head), the website has struck retro brilliance once again with the addition of new interchangeable VHS wall art for your humble abode!

 

Horror Decor Reveals New Interchangeable VHS Wall Art and OMG

Image via Facebook HorrorDecor

 

The announcement of the most glorious compliment to their line of VHS pillows came today via the website’s Facebook and Twitter that these bad boys are now up for sale on the site.  Each canvas is handmade with special care and measures 17″ long x 9″ high with a 0.75″ thin edge. The cassette label center features a large velcro strip (the soft side), so that you can change out a label with a variety of different movie choices. With a blank cassette or a rental VHS to choose from, along with literally dozens of fun labels to choose from (that run for $5 or under), it’s seriously a must-have for any fan of the VHS era.

 

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Pick one up for $25 by heading over to Horrordecor.net!

 

Call the Rose Bearers! Coming To America Funko Pops On the Way!

Call the Rose Bearers for this royal reveal over at New York’s Toy Fair this weekend! It looks like Funko Pop! is bringing the Royal Prince of Zamunda and friends to its vast collection of pop culture figures line!

Straight off the Funko blog, spankin’ new Coming To America POP figures are on the way in the form of double packs, and Target exclusives according to the release announcement.

A Queens-bound Prince Akeem along with his smart-ass sidekick Semmi will be available for purchase as a double pack.

 

Fittingly so, a gold version of the Prince of Zamunda and the humble (when you think of garbage- think of Akeem) MacDowell’s Akeem will be Target Exclusives.

 

And OH MAN, last but certainly not least, you know him as Joe the policeman on the ‘What’s goin’ down’ episode of That’s My Mama. Put your hands together for Jackson Heights own! Mr. Randy Watson! Which will be available on the Funko Shop site at a date TBA.

 

Release dates have yet to be stated for these soon to be declared national treasures. We will update this article with release dates as they’re announced!

Valentine’s Day Poetic Justice with Peter Cushing

Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovelies!

We here at Nightmare Nostalgia truly hope you have a bloody good one today! But we know why you’re here. Wherever you find yourself right now: out to eat, on your way home (or tonight’s big date) or whether you’re a single heart with a party of one you have still found yourself here with us in our happy little private asylum of dark wonders.  So huddle up close and join the Nightmare cast on the most romantic day of the year! And oh boy, does your ol’ buddy Manic have a sticky good treat for you all tonight!

Firstly, holiday horror movies are all the rage during the festive times. We have so many to choose from, and although it sometimes feels as if both Halloween (obviously) and Christmas hog all the spotlight we do in fact have some dark little delicacies to pick from every February 14th! Oh I know many will naturally go to the timeless classic My Bloody Valentine – as rightly you should – but today I want to focus on a little lesser known Valentine’s Day atrocity brought to us by the one and the only, the late great Peter Cushing!

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He and Christopher Lee are my two favorite actors of all time! More than once this dastardly duo starred in some of the greatest horror classics of the ages. Anytime the two appeared in a monster classic you could bet it was going to be grander than life itself!

Today Peter Cushing is best known by modern audiences as the cold-blooded Grand Moff Tarkin of Star Wars, a man who gives orders to annihilate entire planets, snuffing out life, erasing cultures and extinguishing entire histories.

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To me, he will always be revered as Baron Frankenstein, who was not above murder to obtain specimens to further his heinous crimes against Life. However, when he wasn’t building monster he was fighting them as the heroic Dr. Van Helsing, a man who was a superhero long before Marvel pooped out their products over-abundantly nearly every month – and his Van Helsing was more kick-ass than the Avengers combined. Dracula ran from him!

A long while ago there was a Tales From the Crypt movie that worked as an anthology horror film, much like Creepshow. This film featured several segments of the comeuppance of some very unpleasant fellows who get to revisit their ungodly crimes right before they are dropped into the flaming horrors of Hell.

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One such segment is Poetic Justice. In it, we see our dear Peter Cushing who is a loving man who behaves like the local Santa of sorts. The noble widower finds discarded things among the rubble and makes toys out of their otherwise abandoned parts, giving new life and plenty of joy to the neighboring children. However, hateful eyes are turned against the dear old man and spitefully he is attacked and bullied until he no longer can take it.

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It’s interesting because I first saw this movie back when I was a kid and had no earthly business watching such gruesome spectacles at such an early age – but I’d not trade it for the world! I couldn’t have been older than five, and this episode of the movie always stood out to me. So much so that I thought it was a nightmare I had dreamt up because anytime I inquired about it, no one knew what I was talking about. Then last year I picked up a VHS copy of Tales From the Crypt and to my surprise HERE IT WAS! Exactly as I remembered it.

So here you go, lovelies! From Manic with Love! Awwww.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and remember it NEVER pays to be heartless to others.

Hehehehe……

Tales From The Crypt / Vault Of Horror [Blu-ray]

The Conjuring Nun Doll Added to Living Dead Doll Series

Infamous toy and collector company Mezco Toyz announced today that the Living Dead Doll series is adding a little companion to their Annabelle doll to the collection- The Conjuring Nun, Valak. And holy snopes, is it ever so glorious.

The spankin’ new ten-inch tall piece of pure nightmare fuel is up for pre-order now through Mezco Toyz. With a price of $46.00, the doll is dressed in her trademark nun getup and comes beautifully packaged, as per the company’s tradition, in a die-cut window box.

Per Mezco:

The cinematic universe of The Conjuring has earned over $1 billion dollars at the box office, and introduced theatergoers to the horrific rouge’s gallery of supernatural villains who tormented paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Nun was introduced in The Conjuring 2 and quickly became a terrifying fan favorite, earning herself a post-credit sequence in Annabelle: Creation. This summer, The Nun stars in her own self-titled film exploring the unholy origin and dark secrets in her past.

 

Images via Mezco

Pre-orders will ship June-August 2018.

Fright Rags Offering Nostalgic Fuzzies With New Plastic Fang Collection!

Fairly certain Fright Rags wants me in debt.

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Iconic horror and pop culture tee company Fright Rags is making my dark, black heart warm up with all the nostalgic fuzzies with this week’s release of the coveted Plastic Fang collection! Designs featuring golden retro favorites such as Little Monsters, The Wizard, and The Running Man, are now available for you to show your nostalgic love towards the cult-classics.

 

Fright Rags Offering Nostalgic Fuzzies With New Plastic Fang Collection!

 

On top of this great series of shirts, Fright Rags is also celebrating 15 glorious years of delivering quality horror merch with the announcement of the CLAS-SICK line. Throughout the course of 2018, the company will be re-releasing 15 out-of-print designs on a special limited basis. Each release will be accompanied by a special “behind-the-scenes” video (make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel) with more information about the design, and never before told stories about the design. The first shirt to be released was Jeff Zornow’s infamous ZOMBIE VS SHARK tee on January 20th, which you have seen in the hilarious movie, This Is The End. So make sure to be on the lookout for those beasts, as it may be your last chance to snag those up!