Welcome back to another round of rare VHS promos exploited unshamlessly here on Nightmare Nostalgia. If you’re new here, VHS promos are my kryptonite and I just can’t get enough like Depeche Mode. And this one here might be one of the more rare ones I’ve ever posted as it’s only ever been seen on the first run of VHS and Beta-Max tapes released in 1987!
Behold the sights I have to show: The Hellraiser “Watch and Wear” merch promo of 1987!
The informercial-like promo cuts into the end credits and opens with a crazy cat-lady and her, umm, beloved feline Percy leading us into a gorgeous amount of merchandise that would make any day in Hell a delight. With a variety that includes tee shirts, a thermos and mug set, duffle bags, and even a slick-as-shit SATAN, erm, I mean SATIN Hellraiser jacket. I’m pretty jealous of anyone who has any of these highly collectible horror items today.
With options to buy via phone or mail, that Hellraiser shirt is a damn steal at just $8! And I’m willing to bet it’s worth a few hundred at the very least today.
Check out the promo in its entirety uploaded by Youtube user, IntermissionSociety!
I must admit that I fully know that many of you reading this are going to say this is a far reach; however, I got you here didn’t I?! So you must be open somehow with listening to reason that Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, most certainly can be seen as a Halloween movie.
Pee Wee’s first big-time Hollywood debut is one that many audiences cherish from this nugget in time and one that I personally, have both fond, and nightmarish memories of. The 80s’ really had a knack for taking a family-friendly film and inserting horrific scenes in them, giving kids, and hell even some adults, nightmares for years to come. Great examples of such are Return To Oz, hell that whole movie is a horror show, and how about Atrax’s fate in The Neverending Story? It’s clear as day why anyone of us growing up in the 80s’ needed therapy.Pee Wee’s Big “Halloween” Adventure is no exception, as the movie is chock full of sketchy scenes that are horrific in nature, horror movie references, and plenty of Halloween decor to give us that good ol’ Halloween feeling that we’re watching a film dedicated to our all-time favorite holiday.
So let’s open with the fact that this Tim Burton’s first big directorial debut working alongside composer Danny Elfman. Who we all know when the pair are teamed together, make one hell of a kooky, gothic soundtrack that can only be described as well, Halloween-ish. Even in the light-hearted musical excerpts from the film have an underlying spook factor that you just can’t smooth over. And I absolutely love that shit.
Then, of course, there’s Pee Wee’s home. First, off there are Jack-O-Lanterns all over the house, skeleton cling decor, and a creepy Abe Lincoln with his minion animal dinosaur skeletons helping make Pee Wee breakfast. Pee Wee even sleeps with a cow skull attached to his headboard with Godzilla figures keeping a watchful eye over his slumbers. I think Doc Brown would approve of the breakfast contraption, while I wholeheartedly approve of the creepy representation.
Hell, there’s even a little Jack-O-Lantern set up in the front yard that is a part of his secret hiding spot for his bike!
Then there’s Marios Magic shop where it’s anything but. It just straight looks like a hole-in-the-wall Halloween store where horror fanatics are frequent flyers. Halloween masks and shrunken heads galore. Tell me this doesn’t scream Halloween mini-mart?
Not to mention the mistress of the dark herself, Elvira makes a cameo not only in the film as the badass biker chick, but on the wall of Mario’s at the entrance!
Now let’s talk about some of that nightmare-inducing imagery. Recurring scary clowns are all over this movie and every single one of them gives all the damn skeevies.
Then there’s a delightful appearance with Francis as the devil murdering Pee Wee’s precious bike. I gotta tell you this whole dream sequence was pretty anxiety-inducing as a kid. Softcore kid horror at its finest folks.
Oh and let’s not forget, there’s a Day of The Dead parade happening in the middle of the movie. Which of course, happens to be celebrated on the day after Halloween.
Last but certainly not least, who could forget the most iconic scene from Big Adventure- LARGE MARGE. Yes sir. It was the worst accident I’ve (never seen). And I’m still of the opinion that Marge needs her own stand-alone horror film where we dive into her death and her restless spirit scaring the shit out of hitchhikers. Thanks.
I’m not here to convince anyone that Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is definitively a Halloween film, but I sure do get those Halloween vibes every time I watch it and it hits those notes even higher and more profound around the October season. Whether you agree with me or not, let’s at least agree that the movie rules.
If you were lucky enough to attend Spirit Halloween’s Grand Opening of their New Jersey Superstore this weekend, you caught a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated trailer for the upcoming movie that centers around everyone’s favorite pop-up Halloween market. Alas, most of us weren’t that lucky but today is our day to see terrifying, over-the-top Halloween animatronics come to life!
Behold, Spirit Halloween: The Movie first teaser trailer!
The film’s synopsis is as follows: “When a new Spirit Halloween store appears in a deserted strip mall, three middle-school friends who think they’ve outgrown trick-or-treating make a dare to spend the night locked inside the store Halloween night. But they soon find out that the store is haunted by an angry evil spirit who has possessed the creepy animatronic characters. The kids embark on a thrilling and spooky adventure in order to survive the night and avoid becoming possessed themselves.”
Starring Christopher Lloyd, Rachael Leigh Cook, Donavan Colan, Dylan Frankel, Jaiden Smith, Marissa Reyes, and Marla Gibbs, Spirit Halloween: The Movie is slated to arrive on October 11, 2022, as an on-demand title.
Can we just petition Spirit to have special screenings at their stores for the Halloween season? Please and thanks.