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Funko Launching REAL Horror Cereal This June Featuring Freddy, Elvira, and He-Man!

Remember when you would pop a squat in your bean bag chair with a hefty bowl of whatever sugary preference of artificial flavors happened to line your parent’s wooden pantry? You’d sip on your Ecto-Cooler that sat promptly on your metal TMNT tray, and binged watched Saturday morning splendor like it was nobody’s business. The only thing that made this routine miles more glorious, was if said cereal box was brank-stinkin’ -new. Becuase this meant you had first dibs on the mystery toy inside powdered with cereal residue.

Yeah. Once upon time brands like General Mills, Post, and other various distributors gave us prizes in our boxes of Fruity Pebbles. This practice of the extra incentive seems to have been, for the most part, a dying trend. As we rarely see this at all these days. Kind of a bummer, yeah? Well, I bring today the news from atop the marshmallow mountain that will make all your Saturday morning cereal dreams of nostalgia flavored milk come true! Collectible toy company Funko is releasing REAL HORROR and POP CULTURE CEREALS THIS SUMMER. With mini-funkos encased in every box!

 

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 Yes, as cereal-loving nostalgic adults we can partake once again in the treasure hunt for our own little toys (that we actually want) courtesy of the popular Funko brand! In an exclusive yesterday with Coronado Eagle & JournalFunko founder Michael Becker laid out the news that these cereals’ will roll out June of 2018 and feature the likes of Freddy (which includes an all-new Freddy mini POP!), Beetlejuice, and the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira!

Per CEJ:

“One of the fun things is we are about to release our own line of cereal, with a mini-Pop inside. We got all the cool licenses like He-Man, Wonder Woman, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Krueger and our own Freddy Funko. We start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items. I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddie Kruger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetle Juice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime. The idea is to sell the cereal to retailers who carry collectibles. We can’t compete with Kellogg’s at Ralphs. We think people will buy one box to stock and one to rock. They’ll probably open one box and enjoy it and never touch the other one, because it’s a collectible.”

 

He hit the nail on the head there. I’ll most definitely be buying two of each. One to pig-out with, and the other to sit on my shelf decaying into cereal heaven of righteousness. Look for these at your local collectible retailers and online stores!

Tom Holland Announced He’s Writing “Fright Night 3” and Bringing Back the Comic Series!

You’re so cool Tom Holland.

In case you’re oblivious Brewster, (and that’s ok, nobody’s perfect) legendary cinematic horror writer Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night) announced today via social media that he is returning to Charley and Amy’s universe of vampire shenanigans with a return to the old comic series and new novel- Fright Night 3!

Now, if that doesn’t get your retro fuzzies tingling by Jove…

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The comic series published by NOW Comics spun off from the original 1985 film and had a respectable run beginning in October of 1988 all the way through the Summer of 1990. The series consisted of 22 issues total with a bonus of five very special issues along the way.

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In the comment section, Holland tells fans he’s writing Fright Night 3 as a novel, which is just as exciting as the comic announcement itself! For those of you who still have your comics tucked away in your closet or in your mom’s attic somewhere; dust them off damn you and get ready for another round of these truly goreious horror treasures from Holland’s world of horror!

Netflix Series “The Toys That Made Us” Season 2 Confirmed With Hints of Possible Lineup!

Ahhhh… Those sweet, sweet smells of plastic glory and nostalgia are coming back for another round of Netflix binge-worthy programming. The Toys That Made Us is officially confirmed for a second season!

My heart is so happy.

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Making its debut last December on the streaming giant, the short four-episode series that featured childhood relics’ such as G.I. JOE, Star Wars, Barbie, and He-Man/ Masters of the Universe was a Christmas gift beyond expectations for us retro toy geeks. The educational trip down memory lane was glorious indeed, it left people like yours truly over here, drooling for further episodes. While we still have the second-half of season one on the way featuring stories behind LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty and Star Trek, (coming within the next few months) the thought of another ringing of the Liberty Bell of Nostalgia with our favorite pieces of plastic playthings, just gives me all the fuzzies. And, thanks to an interview with Den of Geek, brainchild of the series Brian Volk-Weiss speaks on what HE wants to focus on for the anticipated second season.

*Mind you, these aren’t confirmed but if that’s the man in charge, I’d expect to see at least one, or all of these in upcoming episodes!

No release date has been announced as of now, but I’ll only assume another slot around Christmas 2018, might be a good guess. In the meantime, can we get a Rainbow Brite episode, please?

New “Karate Kid” Series Reverses Good/Bad Guy Roles With Daniel and Johnny

Daniel is showing Johnny no mercy with a load of trash talk in new Karate Kid series, Cobra Kai.  I guess some rivalries never really get squared away!

Recently, Youtube Red released a full-length trailer for the upcoming 10-episode series Cobra Kai. Which continues the story from the original 1984 Karate Kid film 34 years later starring the loveable Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and former Cobra Kai douchebag Johnny (William Zabka). As we’re all aware, time changes people, and from the looks of the trailer, it seems that we have a clear situation of role-reversal here setting the stage for what may be, the All Valley Karate Tournament rematch we’ve all been waiting for!

If you recall from the original film, Johnny was told to sweep the leg. Now sure, Johnny was a total dick throughout the whole movie. However, he clearly expressed hesitation in further harming Daniel, especially with an illegal move.

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But hey, a kick to the face is totally acceptable, right? In the film, the rules in the tournament state, “Everything above your waist is a point. You can hit the head, sternum, kidneys, ribs.” Ok, cool. But, if this were based on a real match, Daniel would have been disqualified himself for such a hard blow to Johnny’s mug. Not trying to start some shit here. Just stating science facts.

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Anyway, back to the series. The trailer opens with the kick heard around the world back in 1984. We then fast forward 34 years later (geez that makes me feel old) to a presumably down and out Johnny walking into a car dealership owned by none other than his former high-school punching bag, Daniel Larusso. And to be quite honest, Daniel is pretty much a total dick to him. Maybe he deserves a little ragging, maybe not. That’s not for to decide. Either way, it’s pretty hilarious in any regard. However, it’s clear without Mr. Miyagi around anymore, Daniel is struggling to find his balance in life.

Johnny, who is seeking some sort of redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo and mentors a bullied teen named Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), in pure Karate Kid formula.

Cobra Kai crane kicks onto Youtube Red May 2, 2018. Will you be watching this old rivalry come full circle? As long as there’s more trash talk, I’m all in!

 

 

Rebooted ATARIBOX Now Atari VCS, Revealed With New Details

Visions of nostalgic 8-bit asteroids are dancing in my head. The glorious wooden beast of retro gaming is back with a vengeance. Behold, the Atari VCS!

Growing up in the 80’s, chances are the Atari 2600 was the first gaming system to sit alongside your Sony STR-414L AM/FM Program Receiver and massive wooden console TV.  And even more probable was the fact it was a shared toy between you and your siblings, resulting in arguments over who had first play dibs on Haunted House. Which, in turn, may have resulted in you throwing that heavy as a bag-of-kitty-litter-lumpy shit joystick (at least it felt that way anyway) at your little brother’s head after he threw one of his obnoxious tantrums, thus winning the first round of 8-bit gameplay.

Or, maybe that was just me. Eh, I’m sure you guys have similar stories too.

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In any regard, the Atari console is the epitome of gaming nostalgia and with news coming last year on the half retro console, and half modern platform reboot of the system releasing for public consumption soon (or so we thought), all the sweet smells of that joystick rubber grip came flooding back like a waterfall of E.T. cartridges hitting the city dump. With a delay back in December of this anticipated console for retro gamers, earlier this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a proper name was given to Atari’s dive back into the gaming market. Behold, the Atari VCS!

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While most of the details surrounding the modern-looking childhood relic remain somewhat of a mystery, we did get a look at the two controllers that will be available with the system (seen above). While one resembles the original stick of turmoil with a modern twist, the other mocks an X-BOX feel. Which I would assume would make gameplay just a tad easier. Hey, it’s what we’re used to these days, am I right? In addition, Atari did say that the Atari VCS will be built around a custom Radeon GPU and will be capable of running Linux offering an array of classic Atari games along with a “new  video computer system to change the way you interact with your TV, just as the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System first did more than 40 years ago.” via Forbes.

Whatever that means…

Other than that vague explanation from Atari reps, an announcement will be made sometime in April on pre-order dates, and hopefully, some more details on this mysteriously modernized wooden-top piece of gamer fuzzies.

Stay tuned…

Rebooted ATARIBOX Now Atari VCS, Revealed With New Details

“Halloween 2018” Will Pay Homage to Every Other “Halloween” Movie

That means we’ll get a Silver Shamrock tribute, right?!

Here at Nightmare Nostalgia, we don’t really cover too many current events and films, with the exception of course to anything referencing throwbacks to classics. However, this is Halloween, and the return of the one and only Nick Castle as “The Shape”. So yeah, I don’t really think I need to give any further explanation.

 

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Anyway as you may, or hey may not have heard, Halloween 2018 is set to be a straight sequel to the 1978 immortal classic with John Carpenter producing and overseeing the ominous score. And of course, one of the most beloved scream queens of our generation Jaimie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. It doesn’t really get any better than that folks. That is until news coming exclusively from Flickering Myth this morning via an interview with co-writer Danny McBride who says the new film will hold references to the other Halloween films in the franchise.

 

“This picks up after the first one. The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there’s some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. It was nicer than knowing you’re working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, ‘we’re making Halloween 2‘. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there.”

 

With no official title yet other than Halloween, the film is helmed by David Gordon Green with a script by Green and Danny McBride. Along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle returning, the film stars Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes, Archer), Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black), Will Patton (Shots Fired), Virginia Gadner (Runaways), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound) and Drew Scheid (Stranger Things).

Hell unleashes on Haddonfield on October 19, 2018. Are you ready?! Stay tuned for further updates!

 

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In case you haven’t heard, Comet TV is a new television channel dedicated to sci-fi entertainment offering popular favorites, cult classics, and undiscovered gems, every day.  The retro lover’s station is available over the air, on cable, streaming for free online and now on ROKU and APPLE TV. This month, Comet is rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

Creature (1985) 
Gargoyles (1972) 
Jaws of Satan (1982) 
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) 
Monster Dog (1984) 
Reptilicus (1962) 
The Milpitas Monster (1976)
Vicious Lips (1986)

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES
Friday Primetime Movie 8/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8/7C

King Cobra (March 9) 
Monkey Shines (March 16) 
Code 46 (March 23
High Spirits (March 30)

Stargate Universe
Monday-Friday at 2/1C & 10/9C
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On top of all that glorious shredded cheese, Comet has added a sister network CHARGE!  An action network showing the most “kickin’” and “punchin’” films ever created, like let’s say oh… ALL THE KICKBOXER MOVIES! The classic Van Damme films highlight the March schedule, roundhousing into your living rooms with a five-film marathon on March 10th, 2018 along with the classic Avengers series!

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Saturday, March 10 at 10/9C
Monday, March 26 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
Saturday, March 10 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Tuesday, March 27 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
Saturday, March 17 at 10/9C
Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor
Saturday, March 17 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Thursday, March 29 at 6/5C

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SaturdayMarch 24 at 10/9C
Friday, March 30 at 6/5C

The Avengers

Revisit a classic. The British ultra suave spy series The Avengers is sleuthing its way onto CHARGE! with back to back episodes Monday through Friday at 1:30/12:30C.

Ranked by TV Guide as one of the top 20 cult TV series of all time, The Avengers is a spy-fi delight!
Weekdays at 1:30/12:30C

To celebrate the Comet and Charge March Mayhem of awfully awesome movies, the network is offering a super cool prize pack for one lucky Nightmare Nostalgia reader! Open to US residents only, simply click the link below via our set-up Rafflecopter and that’s it! Winner will be announced April 1st, 2018 (I promise, it’s not an April’s Fools joke) on our Facebook page!

Like Free Stuff? Enter Nightmare Nostalgia's COMET & CHARGE! March Giveaway!

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1- Kickboxer “Kickin’ It” Viewing Kit: When you’re working up a sweat either by saving the world or sitting on the couch, this viewing kit will aid you, in your quest. It has an official Kickboxer elastic headband as well as some popcorn and stickers.

2 – Exclusive COMET TV Film Cards: The best thing to celebrate the cult classic films arriving on COMET TV this month! A limited edition set only available here!

2 – Exclusive CHARGE! Film Cards: Get in the mood to check out CHARGE! with this card set showcasing some of the awesome movies showing on CHARGE! this month!

 

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Chest-Pounding Fury: “Fear” Remake Announced From Universal Pictures

Pound your chest in happiness or full-on rage. Either way, a Fear remake is in the works.

 

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According to an announcement yesterday over at Deadline, Universal Pictures is taking the ever-so-awesome 90’s film starring a post “Good Vibrations” Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon, and bringing it into the 21st century with a “reimagining”.  Oscar-nominated Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) is set to co-scribe the script.

Brian Grazer, who originally produced the 1996 thriller, is returning in one of the producer’s chairs for this modern take on vengeful chest-pounding and roller coaster shenanigans.

While most of the plot is being kept under wraps for now, the studios did say this time around that the story will be told from a “female perspective”. Although I’m pretty sure we already saw that in The Crush and Swimfan.

Personally, I’m more interested in the roller-coaster’s perspective, but what do I know…

 

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Original for eva? Or are you interested in a revamping of every 90’s kids’ go-to-teenage thriller? Let’s talk about this.

Stallone Reveals Epic “Creed 2” Poster With Ivan Drago and Son!

If you weren’t excited about Creed 2 yet (and who wouldn’t be?!), get ready to be more pumped than Rocky training like a beast in the Russian wilderness.

Busy as ever Sir Sylvester of Stallone has been working away on two sequels to a pair of the largest franchise films of his career- Expendables 4 and of course, Creed 2. Case in point, Stallone has been mighty generous keeping fans updated with the progress of both films using the wonderful world of social media. Via Sly’s official Instagram, the first (non-theatrical) poster for Creed II has been revealed and it is the most glorious thing you’ll see all day.

 

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Co-writer and co-star in the sequel from Ryan Coogler’s 2015 massive hit that follows the son of Apollo Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and his journey into the boxing world, Stallone has recruited long-time friend and one-time Rocky opponent Dolph Lundgren to return as the “Siberian Bull”, Ivan Drago. In the sequel, Adonis (Jordan) is looking to settle an old score with the man who killed his father in the ring. And it looks like that revenge might be taken out on Drago’s son, played by real-life Romanian boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu. Of course, Sly has hinted that Rocky himself, may get to lay a punch on good ole’ “Death From Above” as well.

I’m ok with every bit of this.

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Creed 2 is currently in pre-production with Steven Caple Jr. directing and on the way to be filming soon with a hopeful release date for November 2018.

“Child’s Play” TV Series Being Developed By Original Creators!

And here I thought it was just going to be another boring Friday afternoon. Amazing, breaking news coming in from Bloody Disgusting today as a legit Child’s Play television series is coming our way!

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Legit initial reaction there. 

 

On the heels of the beloved franchise turning the dirty 30 this year, original screenplay writer Don Mancini, who also directed the last three Chucky installments- Seed, Curse, and Cult, is bringing the Chuck to primetime alongside Child’s Play producer David Kirschner!

According to an interview with BD, the end result of Cult of Chucky is a direct set-up for an eight-part hour-long series to begin, and that the aim is to be darker than the films before:

“We plan to use Child’s Play in the title,” Mancini explained. “We want to definitely signal that we are going dark, darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy.”

Also, in case you’re asking yourself, the answer is YES: BRAD DOURIF WILL RETURN TO VOICE CHUCKY! In which case, thank you Play Pal Gods because we wouldn’t have it any other way! In regards to the series picking up after Cult, I have to wonder if that means we will see more of Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly?! Details are being kept under wraps for now so only time will tell.

In the meantime, let’s just celebrate the fact we’re getting more of our little friend to the end. 

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