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Though it’s been 41 years since the cult daytime drama Dark Shadows originally left the airwaves, the coffin never really remained shut on vampire Barnabas Collins and the show’s cast of other creepy characters. Between spinoff movies, syndicated repeats on television, yearly fan conventions, a 1991 remake series, merchandise and numerous home video releases, interest in the gothic sudser has remained strong throughout the decades.
To celebrate the May issue of Rue Morgue and our coverage of both the original 1966-71 television classic and the soon-to-be released film version from Tim Burton (out this Friday, May 11), here is a look at some of the various Dark Shadows collectibles that have been produced over the past 46 years.
Okay, so you’ve seen The Raven when it opened this past weekend and were so impressed with John Cusack’s performance as Edgar Allan Poe that it made you feel like perhaps picking up a new item to add to your collection of Poe memorabilia. If so, might I suggest the new Edgar Allan Poe bobblehead from Funko.
If you’re in the Toronto area this weekend and want a chance to pick up a new (or vintage) horror collectible and see some of your favourite television, film, wrestling and comic book celebrities, you might want to head down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which runs tomorrow and Sunday.
“What is Shirt Punch?” you say?
Is that when someone jerseys you by flipping your T-shirt over your head, smashing you in the face and laughing manically as you stumble around?
Not quite. It’s actually a new site that offers pop-culture-themed T-shirts with the twist that a new design is offered daily and only available for 24 hours. Tomorrow’s design is aimed squarely at fans of The Walking Dead, as you can see, and we’ve got the exclusive sneak peek.
With The Walking Dead’s heart-rending mid-season finale having just aired Sunday night, I thought it the perfect time to let fans know (if they don’t already) about a fantastic line of TV series-inspired 6-inch figures that will soon be hitting stores. Series One will be comprised of four offerings: Deputy Rick Grimes, fan-favourite Daryl Dixon and two flesh-eaters: the Zombie Walker and Zombie Biter.
Zoinks, Scoob’! The folks behind the Year of the Dead calendar, featuring zombie babes in beachwear, are giving away five of their 2012 calendars, so you can tack one up at home or at work and get disapproving looks all year around. If this appeals to your sick bastard sensibilities, all you have to do is the following:
Send an email to email@example.com with the subject line Year of the Dead/Rue Morgue contest and tell ‘em your idea for a future Year of the Dead zombie babe photo shoot. For example: “I’d like to see an undead beach babe in a deck chair sipping brains out of some guy’s skull like it was a piña colada.” Or, “Show me a trio of zombie girls washing a hot rod with bloody water.”
I’ve long been a huge fan of the The Phantom of the Opera — or more precisely, the early filmic versions of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel. To me, Lon Chaney’s ghastly, skull-like visage and fantastically grand performance as mad composer Erik in the original 1925 version was as close to perfection as one could get, with Claude Rains’ elegantly malevolent portrayal of the Phantom in the 1945 remake and Herbert Lom’s melancholy characterization (this time named Professor Petrie) in Hammer’s 1962 version also being worthy of praise.
So, in recognition of this month’s Phantom of the Opera cover story, I thought I would take the opportunity to unmask some of the various Phantom collectibles I have hidden away in my collection. Enjoy!
Horror collectors are gonna wanna take note of what Old Town Auctions’ has on the block next Sunday, November 20. A well-known collector from the Baltimore area is liquidating his gruesome collection of horror movie-related toys, action figures, resin maquettes and ephemera, including autographs and personalized mementos from scream queens; not-released-to-the-public promotional items for many horror, suspense and sci-fi movies; original art pieces from the likes of Daniel Horne; Aurora monster model kits; and much more!
To view the entire sale and for more info, go to oldtownauctions.com For those with other ghoulish matters to attend to, absentee bids will be accepted up until tomorrow (Thursday, November 17).
After a bit of a hiatus, Cryptic Collectibles is up and running again – just in time for Halloween. While mulling over what to post, I serendipitously came into possession of a few vintage (30-year-old or more) issues of TV Guide – one of which covered Halloween of 1981. So, seeing that many horror fans (particularly if you’re of a certain age) were introduced to the genre through television, I thought it would be nice to celebrate our favourite holiday with a look at some the classic ads featured within the magazine.
With the U.S. political landscape being such as it is right now, I though it would be a good time to unleash some photos of a fun new line of figures that many horror fans may want for their collection: the Presidential Monsters.
Produced by new toy company Heroes in Action, this mash-up of presidential figures and classic movie monsters is comprised of seven offerings: Baracula (Barack Obama), Zom-Bush (George W. Bush), Wolf Bill (Bill Clinton), The Ronmy (Ronald Regan), Monster from the Watergate Lagoon (Richard Nixon), Phantom of the White House (John F. Kennedy) and Lincolnstein (Abraham Lincoln).