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Humanoids from the Deep (1980, USA)

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Humanoids from the Deep, directed by Barbara Peeters (and an uncredited Jimmy T. Murakami), is an American science fiction monster movie produced by Roger Corman and New World Pictures.

Star Ann Turkel has stated that what began in pre-production as “an intelligent suspenseful science-fiction story” soon became an exploitative splatter movie. Roger Corman, disappointed with the rough cut, requested that further sex be shot and inserted into the final cut.

“They’re not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For mating.”

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Saturday the 14th (1981, USA)

Saturday the 14th (1981)

Released just one year after 1980’s Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th attempts to spoof the horror genre; taking reference from ‘haunted house’ tropes of films like The Changeling (1980), and classic Universal monster movies like Dracula (1931) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), rather than from the slasher sub-genre itself.

Unfortunately Saturday the 14th’s humour feels like it should be more zany, and more madcap than it actually is. Most jokes fall flat against deadpan performances and uninspired direction from Howard R. Cohen.

“Just when you thought it was safe to look at the calendar again.”

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HALLOWEEN II and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Merchandise from Fright-Rags

HALLOWEEN II and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Just when you thought that the boogeyman, Michael Myers, was your worst nightmare, Silver Shamrock Novelties unveils it’s sinister plan. Not long now… ’til Halloween; the night no one comes home! Why not treat yourself before the festival of Samhain, with Fright-Rags’ all new Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch merchandise.

“Just when you thought it was safe to go trick or treating…”

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Lloyd Kaufman Takes a Knee at New York Comic Con 2017… Literally!

Lloyd Kaufman Takes a Knee at New York Comic Con 2017...Literally!

Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, will be a special guest of honor at the New York Comic Con between the 5th-8th October 2017 at the Javits Center. Literally take a knee with Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team, only at NYCC Troma Booth #429.

“In this time of political outrage and SJW rhetoric, we need events like NYCC to bring us all together in civil discourse and sex and violence!”

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I’d buy that for a dollar! Celebrate 30 Years of ROBOCOP and EVIL DEAD 2 with Fright-Rags Apparel

Fright-Rags' RoboCop and Evil Dead 2 Collections

Fright-Rags are celebrating the 30th anniversaries of both Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, with new merchandise dedicated to these 80s cult classics.

“Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.”

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5 Quintessential Splatter Films

Braindead (1992)

Explicit gore was beginning to infiltrate the grindhouses of America, and ensured that employees of the British Board of Film Censors were working hard for their salaries. Strong reactions from the public, fuelled by politicians, tabloids and critics, set in motion outrage that would result in many splatter films being outright banned; especially in the United Kingdom.

“I created what no man’s mind nor woman’s womb could ever hope to achieve.”

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Fright-Rags Phone Home with E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Collection

Fright-Rags' E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Collection

It is hard to believe that it been 35 years since E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released. Today, the magic of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic still resonates with me, despite having first watched it over two and a half decades ago. So, what better way is there to commemorate one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, than with Fright-Rags’ E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial collection?

“He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.”

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Beyond Horror Design Trading Cards

The Beyond - Beyond Horror Design

Under the moniker of Beyond Horror Design, James Stewart has created these incredible, retro-stylised trading cards, based on exploitation cult classics such as The Beyond (1981).

“Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gateways to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world.”

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John Carpenter’s THE THING and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags' The Thing and Killer Klown from Outer Space Merchandise

Fright-Rags have released new merchandise relating to the ultimate in alien terror, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the Chiodo brothers’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Holy shit!

“Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone.”

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Lords of the Cosmos #1

Lords of the Cosmos #1

UGLI Studios out of State College, Pennsylvania has broken into the world of science fiction with the debut issue of Lords of the Cosmos.

Created by Jason Lenox, Jason Palmatier and Dennis Fallon, this first issue in what will be an ongoing series is a remarkable homage to the comics and cartoons of the 1980s. It vividly depicts that age of conflict between noble heroes and loathsome villains, aided and abetted by their truly repulsive henchmen.

“CY-CORN. The last unicorn. Now more machine than beast. The great betrayer of his fellow magical creatures…”

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Claudia Jennings: The Cult Icon Who Fell to Earth

Claudia Jennings

For Claudia, The Man Who Fell to Earth was a dream come true. She was working with a veteran, respected director on a major film. This is what she had been waiting for… While her role was unbilled and her screen time was very limited, her impact on the movie was much greater than her brief appearance would indicate.

“The tragedy of her death was quite shattering, but in a strange way perfection for the scene [in 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth] upon reflection.”

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Xenomorphs Live! ALIEN: COVENANT and THEY LIVE Apparel Now Available from Fright-Rags

Alien: Covenant + They Live Fright-Rags Apparel

Fright-Rags have teamed up with the Colonial Marines at 20th Century Fox to release a collection of apparel for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant; now in theaters nationwide.

They have also come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass with the release ofThey Live t-shirts… and they are all out of bubblegum.

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

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