“Tales of Halloween” filmmaker Mike Mendez’s thoroughly impressive toy collection has recently been seeing the light of day thanks to the new binge-worthy weekly web series Collection Complete, and it’s got us a bit nostalgic for some of the long-lost toys of our youth, particularly those Mad Monsters action figures from the early 70’s – which we’ve found have gotten quite pricey.
In the latest episode of Gemr’s Collection Complete (which is an in-depth look into the lives of filmmakers and artists and the collections that fuel their work, which you can see below), Mendez opines the loss of his Mego toys from his childhood which he wishes were still in his possession, namely the rare 8” 1973 action figures “The Human Wolfman” and “The Dreadful Dracula.
Collection Complete episode
Collection Complete Ep.6 - Mike Mendez, Indiana Jones, and Comic-Con Exclusives - YouTube
Mego, who put themselves on the map in the early 1970’s with their 8” superhero action figure line (comprised of Batman, Superman and more), and who wanted to capitalize on that early success by expanding into the horror realm, was unwilling however to pay the hefty licensing fees rights holder Universal was at the time asking for their classic intellectual properties (rival toy company AHI didn’t balk at the number, and did enter into business with them), so instead Mego created a line of monster figures based on the literary public domain iterations of the same.
Born from this were Mego’s previously mentioned lycanthrope and vampire 8” action figures, and also versions of The Mummy (dubbed “The Horrible Mummy”) and Frankenstein’s Monster (released under the name “The Monster Frankenstein”), all of which featured glow-in-the-dark hands and eyes, in order to further appeal to their youthful audience.
And appeal they did.
Originally released in solid cardboard boxes with eye-popping art by comic artist Gray Morrow (who did poster art for such films as 1971’s “Dracula vs. Frankenstein”), the Mad Monster series would also later be released with window packaging, and then in Kresge style cards (see photos below). All are now exceedingly hard to find, and command prices of $500.00 and up on the secondary market for individual releases in good condition (certainly an appreciation, as the original MSRP was only $3.19 at their time of release in 1973).
And while several different companies have offered affordable reproductions over the years (making the Mad Monster series available now to almost anyone), we here at Terror Time remember with fondness that initial run… and wish we’d taken better care of them, as well as the Mad Monster Castle play set which after much wear and tear dad tossed in the trash.
Life altering sins of the past revisit lost souls in a small town… 40 years later!
PhilaDreams Films releases the Official Trailer for ROOM 9 starring KANE HODDER (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th franchise), SCOUT TAYLOR COMPTON (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, The Runaways) and MICHAEL BERRYMAN (Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science).
ROOM 9 TEASER TRAILER - YouTube
Scout Taylor Compton
Brian Anthony Wilson as Zion Miller
Michael Emery as Jason Brooks
Tony Devon as Detective Michael Dakota
Greg Painter as Officer Christian Battista
David Raine as Walter Miller
Steve Nappe as Bobby D
Michael Grasso as Johnny Lawson
Written & Directed by: Thomas Walton Produced/Executive Produced by: PhilaDreams Films & Thomas Walton.
Imprezario Entertainment, an augmented reality (AR) mobile entertainment company, announced the release of its new horror mobile experience, “Night Terrors presents Bloody Mary: Queen of the Damned.”
Film director, producer and screenwriter Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) serves as the executive producer of “Night Terrors: Bloody Mary,” which will be available on both Android and iOS on October 12th.
“Night Terrors” pioneers state-of-the-art technology to immerse users into a survival horror game. The player’s environment is filled with terrifying creatures – demons, souls and other petrifying entities. The phone’s camera, LED light, 360 audio, and other system features create customized scares by using unique AR captured content in order to truly immerse players in an experience unlike anything else.
Night Terrors: Bloody Mary - Official Teaser Trailer - YouTube
“Throughout my career, I’ve prided myself on storytelling and exploring innovative perspectives to deliver some of the most electrifying moments in film. ‘Night Terrors: Bloody Mary’ is enabling me to work with a new creative medium that will bring the narrative to users in their own homes, this time through their mobile device. I can think of nothing more horrifying, so I could not be more thrilled to be at the forefront of this emerging entertainment technology,” said Oren Peli, Executive Producer.
Oren Peli executive produces the new app, along with Jordan Rambis (Global Esport Resources) and Imprezario co-founders, Bryce Katz and Brett Tomberlin. White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair (The Woman In Black, Let Me In) and Nicholas Ferrall, and Tobin Armbrust (The Woman in Black, Let Me In) are also serving as Executive Producers.
“‘Night Terrors: Bloody Mary’ will be the first of two new AR app experiences developed by Imprezario Entertainment over the next several months, and we plan to continue increasing our AR gaming presence each year moving forward,” said Bryce Katz, Imprezario co-founder. “Our goal is to create a vast array of new adventures in a variety of genres incorporating high quality characters and immersive storylines for all ages.”
The new “Night Terrors” experience brings to life the urban legend of Bloody Mary and the terrible fate she inflicts on those foolish enough to summon her. The horrifying tale has been shared for hundreds of years. Unwanted at birth, Mary Tudor was the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII, who beheaded any queen that failed to give him a male heir.
Sustained by her vanity and the mirror that was never far from her side, she rose above all rivals to become England’s first reigning queen. Answering to no man, she ruled alone and the tyranny of Queen Mary’s reign matched her father’s as did her obsessions which lead to hundreds dead by her command. It was this bloodshed that earned her the moniker that would last forever – Bloody Mary.
Watch your pets people. Something wicked comes this way.
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
Pet Sematary (2019)- Official Trailer- Paramount Pictures - YouTube
Sometimes dead is better. Watch the official trailer for #PetSematary, based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel. In theatres April 5, 2019.
With the recent news that Gemr’s new docuseries “Collection Complete” is set to premiere tonight online and in Los Angeles at Screamfest Horror Film Festival (we first reported on that here), the fast-growing online collector community and marketplace is also celebrating seasonal spookiness with a giveaway of 10 solid horror titles on Blu-ray. Wanna’ win them?
Curated by “Collection Complete” creators Carlee Baker and Sean Decker and inspired by the new “Halloween” arriving in theaters on October 19th from Universal Pictures, the ten pack of Blu-rays similarly celebrates the evolution of horror, featuring five respected remakes/reboots/sequels and the classic films which spawned them.
Comprised of director John Carpenter’s 1982 retool of the 1951 sc-fi classic “The Thing” and its direct prequel, director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s 2011 film “The Thing”, Kurt Neumann’s 1958 Vincent Price-starring feature “The Fly” and David Cronenberg’s astounding 1986 remake of the same name, filmmaker Takashi Shimizu’s 2002 J-horror flick “Ju-on: The Grudge” and his own Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring 2004 American remake “The Grudge”, and director Tobe Hooper’s infamous 1974 film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and 2006’s reimagining “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning”, Gemr’s Horrifying Hair-Raising Reboot Giveaway is sure to please the most discerning of genre fans.
How to win? Simply go “here” to join Gemr’s Movie & TV Memorabilia Club (and geek out with like-minded horror fans and collectors in the process). The contest is open until 10/31.
And make sure to check out Gemr’s “Collection Complete”, with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 8 PM EST/ 5 PM PST starting tonight, October 9th
Hybrid Entertainment’s upcoming original movie, Cucuy: The Boogeyman, scheduled to premiere on SyFy on Saturday, October 13th (7p/6p CT) is a timely twist on the indelible legend young children were told by their mothers about a boogeyman who, in Latin culture, is known as El Cuco (or El Cucuy) who would come at night to snatch misbehaving children and take them back to his cave to be eaten. Directed and written by Peter Sullivan (who helmed Stan Lee’s “The Sandman,” SyFy’s runaway hit last October), this highly anticipated seasonal gem is set in fictional Glimmer Peak, the kind of small town where nothing ever happens. The original seasonal movie has a diverse cast with depth comprised of seasoned stars and breakout actors alike including Marisol Nichols (Riverdale), Brian Krause (Charmed), Jearnest Corchado (left), Pedro Correa, Madison Rojas, Jossara Jinaro and more. (As an aside: the producers made certain that 50% of the talent hired for this high-profile October special programming had Hispanic heritage to comport with our diverse culture and the inspiration for the tv movie.)
EL CUCUY TEASER FINAL - YouTube
Cucuy: The Boogeyman begins when the local police department finds itself off guard as the town is hit by a series of unexplainable child abductions. With no witnesses, no evidence, and no discernible connection between the missing children, the local Sheriff (“Charmed’s” Brian Krause) has reached a dead end. “Riverdale’ star Marisol Nichols is cast as beleaguered, widowed mother, ‘Rebecca,’ who is monitoring daughter ‘Sofia,’ portrayed by sensational Jearnest Corchado, who with her younger sister, ‘Amelia’ (Bella Stine) is stuck under house arrest. With plenty of free time on her hands and nothing else better to do, Sofia begins a daily ritual of spying on her immediate neighbors, including Murphy (Pedro Correa), her former classmate and crush; and her mysterious new neighbor Boyd (Jack Erdie).
‘Sofia’ finds that her bedroom window provides the perfect place from which to investigate the mysterious disappearances . Her touching relationship with her younger, hearing-impaired sister provides much of the film’s heart, especially when the latter finds herself targeted by the supernatural terror. Suddenly their mother (Nichols), already working double shifts to keep a roof over their heads, has to confront a very different type of challenge.
Is it possible that the Cucuy has come to Glimmer Peak?!?