If you would have told me that in 2021 we would have a successful TV series based on Child’s Play, I definitely would have said that’s a great thought, but never gonna happen. And yet here we are and I couldn’t be more excited that the original creators and cast brought forth a truly fresh look, feel, and a fantastic story to the franchise many of us hold dear to our Damballa hearts. To boot, the series has been renewed over at SYFY/USA Network for a second season to premiere in 2022!
Across all platforms, “Chucky” has reached 9.5 million viewers in its first season, and is a monumental reach for the “Good Guy” himself conquering the small screen as opposed to dominating box offices.
“We’re thrilled to start pulling the strings on a second season of puppet mayhem with ‘Chucky,’” said executive producer Don Mancini. “Many thanks to our partners at USA, SYFY and UCP for their incredible support and guidance bringing ‘Chucky’ to the small screen, bigger than ever. And to the fans, Chucky sends his still-undying thanks and a message: ‘This isn’t over, not by a long shot. You better watch your backs in 2022!”
The season finale of “Chucky” airs Tuesday, Nov 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA and SYFY. Season 1 of “Chucky” is available to stream on Peacock starting Dec. 1, 2021.
Well, it’s that time of year where we move on from gawking at all the cool, nostalgic shit Halloween 4‘s Vincent Drugstore had buried within that film, and move on to some Christmas toy spotting in, of course, Ira’s Toys from Silent Night, Deadly Night!
Now, when I see a movie of any kind presently from the 80s and 90s and said scenes are in grocery stores, toy stores, or shopping malls, I can’t help my eyes from wandering into the background of scenes and looking for nostalgic treasures from our childhood. It’s a weird tick I have I guess, but nevertheless, actually a fun game for oneself when revisiting old classics and can make them new to you all over again when you watch with a new set of eyes.
Ira’s Toys set the stage for traumatized Billy Chapman to begin his murderous rampage against all the people he deemed as “naughty”; which was pretty much anyone doing anything remotely sinful to him. And the toy shop is undoubtedly, now an iconic image among horror movie fans across the board. So let’s get to some vintage toy shopping, shall we?!
Masters of the Universe: Castle Grayskull
Introduced by the Mattel toy line in 1982, the coveted Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe sold a whopping 3.5 million sets during its run in the 80s! The He-Man and Skeletor figures sold separately each came with half of a plastic sword which could be joined into one “complete” sword, corresponding to the storyline in the included mini-comic. Together, the combined sword was used as a key to open the jaw bridge to the Castle Grayskull playset. It was a pretty badass playset.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI JABBA THE HUT ACTION PLAYSET
Released in 1983 in conjunction with the great Return of the Jedi, Kenner spared no expense in its wildly successful Star Wars line. The toy version of the intergalactic gangster was kept strictly under wraps until the debut of Return of the Jedi in theaters, seeing as how the playset mimics a spoiler-y scene in the film complete with a “slave chain”. Pretty sure that wouldn’t go over too well with today’s audience.
Snoopy’s Dream Machine
Now, THIS is a rare find indeed for just about any toy scavenger- the 1979 Snoopy Dream Machine! This motorized contraption of Snoopy and his arch-nemesis the Red Baron required batteries and has a spinning propeller with flashing lights as Snoopy chases The Red Baron in his famous plane. It was hard to spot, but here’s a close-up picture of what the toy actually looks like.
Dick Smith’s Monster Makeup Kit
Oscar-winning Makeup Artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Taxi-Driver) released several how-to books and make-up kits back in the 70s and here we got one right here at Ira’s Toys! This particular set was first issued in 1976, came with 16 molds, a manual, flex flesh, and a bottle of blood. For eye candy purposes, here’s a set I found a google that gives us a better look at it.
And finally… Glorious 80s Halloween Plastic Costumes!
Ahh. The wonderful sounds and smells of a plastic garbage bag Halloween costume. Going to our local drugstore for the very latest, and greatest in noisy plastic wear was part of the Halloween tradition right along with grabbing a fun horror flick next door from Action Video, (my Mom and Pop rental store growing up). Of course, the Ben Cooper costumes were the heavyweight when it came to Halloween, but even the knockoff brands were just as good- well, I mean if they held up until the end of the night, you were in good shape- and most of the time they did. However, while they may look ridiculous, they are FAR more menacing than any kiddie costume you’ll see at the big chain stores today. I suppose Ira’s Toys here was no exception and stocked the noisy plastic wear all year long! What a great gal that Ira was.
Ira’s Toys, which is named after the film’s producer Ira Barmak, WAS an actual toy store at the time located in Herber, City, Utah, but has since been transformed into a Crossfit gym named The Mountain Gym. While you won’t be able to go there for any nostalgic toy-gazing horror movie style, you can always work on your sprints and jogging time with the spirit of Billy in the air. That outta get you going gon that treadmill a little bit faster!
Fun fact: I actually started writing this out to put on the website a year ago, but stopped short because my shitty committee told me that no one could possibly care about this. However, here and today, I know at least one person that cares: ME; and eh, maybe someone else looking for an easy and DELICIOUS soup recipe that my Grandmother (Nan) concocted and served for both Thanksgiving and Christmas as appetizers to our ridiculous ten-course Italian holiday feasts. Italians go overboard with the food almost all the time, but get REAL EXTRA during the festive time of year. I’m ok with it, as long it includes Nan’s Famous Italian Christmas Soup! Ok, and some Clams Oreganata to boot. Maybe if you guys are interested I’ll get the secret special recipe from my Dad, because no one, and I mean, NO ONE makes a meaner Oreganata than my Pops.
I’ve been eating this soup every holiday season since I’m able to remember and after my Nan passed away in 2017, I kept the tradition going with my own family and children to make a point to serve this dish at every holiday meal together. As a teen, I lived with my Grandma for a few years and during that time she gave me Italian cooking 101 lessons as this is what she basically lived for. Coming up on the five-year anniversary of her passing, I figured I’d take it a step further and honor her right here on Nightmare Nostalgia. Christmas meant the world to her, and so did this soup that pretty much ANYONE I serve to immediately asks for the recipe. So unless your taste buds are seriously malfunctioning, I can guarantee this will be a dish you’ll not only put into your holiday feast bracket but stick in rotation on a regular basis during the Winter season.
Ok, let’s get to it, I’ve rambled enough!
This is what you’ll need: Serves 4-5 People
Two boxes of (preferably) Swanson Chicken Broth
3/4 cups of Orzo pasta
2 tbsps of Better Than Boullion (You can use 2 Chicken Bouillon cubes as well but I think the BTB paste gives it more of a kick)
Shredded Parmesan and Romano cheese
Salt, Pepper, and Butter for cooking
Drop the broth and Better Than Bouillon into a large soup pot and bring slowly to a boil over medium-high heat.
While broth is heating up, grab a frying pan, throw in some butter and get those eggs ready for scrambling!
Midway through scrambling, add a heap of Parm/Romano cheese. I don’t really have any measurements for this. Add as much or as little as you like, but I always so the more the merrier! Mix and scramble together until done and set aside.
Once the broth is boiling, add the orzo pasta and cook over medium heat. Once the orzo pasta is almost done, add the eggs into the pot and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to separate the eggs in the broth so it looks all pretty and dispersed for portions. Add more cheese to the pot for taste.
Simmer all together for about 15 minutes and that’s it! Get ready to devour. As stated this is great as a starter course for the holidays or hell, all by itself. This dish can be very filling so keep that in mind when serving at a holiday dinner. Other than that, I like to make it on a cold, Winter night alongside the King of sammiches, the Grilled Cheese.
Enjoy and hey if you make it, let me know in the comments your thoughts! Happy Holidays!