Happy Holidays and welcome to the Christmas edition of Horror Hunting! In this festive installment we’ll fill the horror stockings with enough ghoulish goodies to make Santa himself blush with excitement. The Christmas season is normally a big time of year for horror fans and the industry alike (trailing only Halloween, for obvious reasons); through the years, toy companies have made sure to provide enough collectibles, props and general toys to satiate the sadistic appetites of the masses. Remember….if your father shows up on Christmas Eve after an excursion to Chinatown with a small, furry new pet, run the other way (especially if you forget things easily). We at Horror News Network would like nothing more than to make this a December to dismember, so without further delay away we go……
“We have such sights to show you!” – Pinhead
SILENT NIGHT EVIL NIGHT/BLACK CHRISTMAS VINTAGE ORIGINAL HORROR MOVIE POSTER (Amazon)
Widely regarded as not only one of the first Christmas horror flicks, but also (perhaps) the first true slasher movie, 1974’s Silent Night Evil Night (also known as Black Christmas) rocked the movie-going public in the early ’70s who were still reeling from both the Halloween season and the throngs of holiday shoppers. Olivia Hussey, John Saxon and a young and sexy Margot Kidder combine to tell the tale of a long forgotten killer picking off co-eds from within a sorority house while the other inhabitants are none the wiser. Of course there are a few twists and turns, and the whole thing revolves around the Christmas holiday, but you get the idea. The iconic image of the very first victim sitting in a rocking chair sporting an oh-so-sweet plastic bag is burned into many people’s memories, and now you can own an original movie poster from the theatrical run of Black Christmas for the low (relatively) price of $795 plus shipping. If you collect vintage movie posters, then this is a must-have. If you’re a casual fan, then you’ll have to do a little more convincing (particularly if you’re married) that the cost is justified. But in the end, it is. Trust me.
Nightmare Before Christmas Oogie Boogie (EBay)
For over 20 years, Tim Burton has been supplying us with a perfectly fun, ghoulish and seasonally-appropriate animated film with the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas. Successfully straddling two separate holidays isn’t easy, but Jack Skellington and the gang pull it off with ease and create a movie that bridges the gap between arguably America’s two most favorite days (sorry, Thanksgiving). So when Mr. Burton made a pact with Disney to finally have his dream realized, it wasn’t long before the Mouse’s mega-marketing machine exploded into action. Toys, games, posters, and basically everything that can have a price tag affixed was pushed out to market branded with the Nightmare logo and characters. But despite flooding stores, the original action figures and dolls from the movie are still considered to be highly collectible and, therefore, valuable. Sally, Dr. Finkelstein, Lock/Shock/Barrel….these ’93 gems from Hasbro all catch a pretty penny on the secondary market. Who’s the greatest of them all? That would be the main baddy (as it usually is), Oogie Boogie. The cloth doll version can go for hundreds of dollars, so to find him for around $150 is a pretty good deal. And of course, it’ll make the perfect Christmas gift for that horror toy collector in your life…..
Merry Christmas, and HAPPY HUNTING!!! See you all in 2016.