You bring the pizza, Fright-Rags will bring the horror movies! Slumber Party Massacre 1 & 2, Bela Lugosi, Vestron Video, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Edward Scissorhands, and American Horror Story merchandise is now being served fresh.
Whilst the 2010s are probably my least favourite decade for creature features, it got me thinking about my favourite monster movies. I’ve focused on the big two horror creatures – vampires and zombies – and then various other monsters…
“There are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark.”
I’m well into my 30’s now. That means I was lucky enough to be in my pre-teens when Fred Dekker was still directing films and TV. He may be known by most people as either the director of the entertaining Night of the Creeps or calamitous Robocop 3, but sandwiched in between these two totally dissimilar yarns was 1987’s The Monster Squad.
The titular “Monster Squad” is a small group of horror-loving kids, led by Sean, who run their affairs from a poster-adorned treehouse.
“You know who to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters?”
Universal Studios had delved into horror filmmaking with silent films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), but Dracula (1931) was Universal’s first “talking picture” in the horror genre. Directed by Tod Browning and an uncredited Karl Freund, Dracula was based on the 1924 stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston; adapted from the 1897 novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. After Carl Laemmle, Jr. was able to legally secure the novel’s film rights, screenwriter Garrett Fort began work on adapting Dracula for the movie theater.
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”
On the streets, he bestows crimson kisses no woman can resist, but in the sheets there exists a night monster… with the blood lust of a savage beast!
“The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!”
Universal Monsters Glow-in-the-Dark ReAction Figures: Glowing from the Grave! The classic movie monsters return to haunt Super7 as exclusive glow-in-the-dark versions!
“Weird Monster Escapes! Terror Seizes City! …a woman’s beauty the lure for his dangerous desires!”
Fright-Rags rings in Halloween with unique apparel from John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, plus spooky merchandise from the Universal Monsters, Fangoria, Starlog, Gorezone, and Joe Bob Briggs.
“Amazing! Startling! Shocking!”
Super7 is proud to present Wave 2 of their Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Figures assortment. From the classic horror films, Revenge of the Creature (1955), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Dracula (1931), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and The Invisible Man (1933)!
“It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive! It’s ALIVE!”
Half of what makes a good horror film is a good monster. Without a believable, and ultimately scary, antagonist there’s not much for the audience to latch onto. No film studio – not even the amazing Hammer Films – has ever been able to hold a candle to the classics, and probably wouldn’t have ever existed without the Universal monster movies of the 1930s and 40s.
“Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this!”
Warm, young bodies will feed Gutter Garbs hunger, and hot, fresh blood their awful thirst! Gutter Garbs have released collections for William Crain’s 1972 blaxploitation classic Blacula, and James Cameron’s nightmare that won’t end, 1984’s The Terminator.
“Rising from the echoing corridors of Hell, an awesome being of the supernatural – with satanic power of sheer dread.”
Fright-Rags has summoned all-new apparel from Hammer, The Omen, and Happy Death Day. Not recommended for people of nervous disposition! You have been warned.
“Those who foretold it are dead. Those who can stop it are in grave danger.”
“Blood is life!” To usher in the spooky happenings of Halloween 🎃 Comet TV, Charge! and Attack from Planet B are giving you the chance to win Nosferatu, Babylon 5 and CHiPs merchandise. Of course, it will cost you some effort… a little sweat and… perhaps… a little blood.