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Dial M For Monsters! The “Little Monsters” VHS Retailer Promo!

Regarding gateway horror, Little Monsters ranks right up there with the best of them introducing a slice of horror to a young generation in some subtle, and some not so subtle ways. I mean, if you’re gonna tell me BOY didn’t scare the piss out of your apple juice as a kid, you just might be a sociopath.

In August of 1989, Little Monsters was unleashed in limited capacity to select theaters due to the film’s financial distributer Vestron filing for bankruptcy. I can only assume because of this, many kids like myself, caught their first viewing of Fred Savage and Howie Mandal fucking with Ronnie’s lunch via a stint of showings on the new Disney channel (totally me), or by a rental via their local video store. And oh man, did the studios really sell this movie to mom and pop video retailers across the US as we were up to our horns in promos for this national nostalgic treasure!

The biggest promotion to coincide with the film’s release on VHS, was obviously the “Dial M For Monsters” campaign; which had consumers flocking to their rotary phones and potential ass-whoopings’ in an attempt to win a grand vacation to Hawaii, among other prizes like a sweet Little Monsters glow-in-the-dark t-shirt and a pin-ball machine. The visual promo, seen below, is a two-minute long rap that was featured on the VHS to get pumped up about the contest, along with spreads in several Teen- targeted magazines like SuperTeen and Loudmouth to get the word out. Not sure who, or if anyone actually won these things, but damn it would be nice to know who owns that Black Knight pinball machine now!

At only $89.95 per cassette purchased for a VHS store, the retailer kit included with said contract was pretty sweet, and clever for bringing kids into the store looking to win this contest as the Little Monsters stand-dees and displays provided much needed clues for the game. Mom and Pop shops themselves had a shot at winning the sweepstakes with a picture puzzle delivered directly to them along with their purchase, and if they solved it, were eligible for the grand-prize themselves.

While it was, a radical promotional hype for the movie indeed, the best promos for this movie at the end of the day were all the prank ideas we got from the film as kids. That being said, I absolutely stuck peanut butter to our rotary phone, and saran wrapped the top of our toilet bowl just to see if it would actually work. That being said, my dad hated that movie and still does to this day because he ended up being the victim in both of those scenarios.

Anyway, enjoy this extended VHS retailer VHS promo, and at this time, you can get the Blu-Ray from Amazon for only $7.50 if you wanna relive the fantastical world of monsters under your bed and cat-food sandwiches!

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!