World Market’s Frankenstein Collection

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The Universal Studios Monsters are invading Cost Plus World Market once again this year with some truly astounding additions to their home entertaining and decor collection.  The new offerings feature the Frankenstein family: the man, the monster, and the mate!  A brand new tote bag featuring the likeness of the great Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) on the front and Boris Karloff (The Monster) and Elsa Lanchester (The Bride) on the reverse is available in stores now.

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Universal Studios Monsters Home Decor at World Market

In addition to the new tote, a fang-tastic series of pillows is also on sale.  They feature Dr. Frankenstein, Fritz (his mad assistant portrayed by the amazing Dwight Frye), and the Glenn Strange Frankenstein Monster.

The pillows join several new trays, platters, and even coasters.  These designs are available online as well as at local World Market retailers.

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Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Decorations of 2015 II

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Big Scare spook spotter

Welcome, foolish mortals, to The Big Scare’s 2015 Countdown to Halloween.  Every other day, from now through October 31, we will be posting preposterously posthumous ponderings of the Halloween season.  We begin October with another installment of the Spook Spotter.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

World of Gods and Monsters

Last year, Cost Plus World Market debuted a line of officially licensed Universal Monsters dinnerware featuring The Frankenstein Monster and his Bride.  This year, they are expanding the line with all new platters, ceramic plates, and mugs.  World Market also carries vintage soda bottles featuring the creature and his mate, lollipops with The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as Bride of Frankenstein tote bags.  What’s really creepily cool is the fact that the ceramic plate of Frankenstein’s monster features an image of Glenn Strange in the role as opposed to Boris Karloff.  Glenn Strange as Frankenstein is more iconic and recognizable to Monster kids, as it was Strange, not Karloff, who was featured on the Monster Craze merchandise of the 1960s.  Hopefully we will see more Universal Monsters at World Market next year.  Perhaps they can cut a deal with Bela Lugosi, Jr. next year and do a Dracula line of dinnerware.  “I never drink…” wine glasses, anyone?

Bride of Frankenstein Plate (World Market)

Bride of Frankenstein Plate (World Market)

More of the Night He Came Home

HomeGoods (A TJX Company) has come through again this year with some amazingly haunting display pieces for your home of horrors.  Take a look at this skull pumpkin, very reminiscent of the jack-o’-lantern featured in the opening sequence of John Carpenter’s Halloween II.  This terrifying display piece features a dramatic display of color-changing illumination.  Perfect for any fan of Halloween or Halloween.  Other pieces for sale at the TJX stores include spooky busts, haunted miniature hearses, snow globes, and glass pumpkin candle holders (pictured in the gallery at the end of our post).

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Mind-Blowing Blow Molds

The final item featured in our Spook Spotter today is a mind-blowing find – a vintage blow mold cat and jack-o’-lantern being carried at…  Wait for it…  Walmart.

The king of big box stores is carrying mass-produced reproduction vintage blow molds.  The first of these is the famous Hobo Jack-O’-Lantern.  The next is the cat with the jack-o’-lantern on its back (pictured here).

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Vintage Reproduction Blow Mold (Walmart)

These blow molds have not been seen in dime stores in years, but now they are back.  Granted, they aren’t 10 cents anymore, but they are better than 99% of the other Halloween decorations out there and definitely worth the $9.00 price tag.

Now, check out other great finds from this season in our ghastly gallery…

Halloween Home Entertainment Preview: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

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 This week, we have a complete lineup of the “must-have” home entertainment releases of the season.

The News:

Every so often Universal re-releases the classic Monster movies on home video.  A decade ago, they released an “essential collection” on DVD.  Half a decade ago, they re-released the titles and added additional ones in the Legacy Series.  Now, for the first time, the studio is releasing the classic Universal Studios Monsters on Blu-Ray Disc.  The collection features 9 films and eight classic monsters.  The movies featured in this collection are Dracula (1931), Dracula – The Spanish Version (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man (1941), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Phantom of the Opera (1943) and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Bonus features are included. The eight disc set comes along with a 48 page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, and will be released on October 2.  This collection is unique because it features Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, a first for the Monsters on disc.  It should be interesting to see how that particular feature works when this set is released.  It can be pre-ordered here.

The Views:

So just how good are these movies anyway?

This collection contains nearly all of the greatest monster movies ever made.  From Bride of Frankenstein to Creature from the Black Lagoon, they are almost all here.  The only major ones missing are Phantom of the Opera (1925),  Son of Frankenstein (1939) and Meet Frankenstein (1948).   Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein Monster and Lon Chaney’s Wolf Man are all present; and whether this is your first time seeing them or your ninety-first time, we’re sure you will find yourself chilled to the bone .  We’re a little biased here, but we’re giving most of the films in this collection 5 Electrodes out of 5 Electrodes.  The major exception would be the version of The Phantom of the Opera included in this collection.  It is not the Lon Chaney original.  Rather, it is the remake starring Claude Rains.  And while Rains is fantastic, the rest of the movie is very humdrum — a little too much opera, not enough Phantom.  But the rest of the films are truly essential to the collection of any genre fan.

*The pictures on this page are of the 12″ Figures produced by Sideshow Collectibles and are not from any film.   They were taken by THE BIG SCARE.

Universal Monsters Week | New Monster Model Kits

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The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

This week on The Big Scare, we will be highlighting where you can track down some cool Halloween merchandise featuring our favorite fiends of Filmland.

There have been a number of exciting Monster Models released in recent years.  And the trend continues this fall with a slew of monsters and their mates making the ”scream scene!”  The Moebius Models Bride of Frankenstein kit is now available to purchase. The 1:8 scale Creature from the Black Lagoon kit with victim, sculpted by Adam Dougherty, will be debuting in the next few weeks.  The deluxe Bela Lugosi Dracula model kit with victim (based on the original stage play) is also set to debut in September.  So grab some glue and paints and get ready to create your own monster scenes this Halloween!  

Big News: Frankenstein and his Bride, Hitchcock and his Birds Return to Movie Theaters!

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For the first time in decades, some of the greatest Horror films of all time will return to movie theaters nationwide.  In celebration of Universal’s 100th Anniversary, Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Birds (1963) will be arriving at cinemas near you.

NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures have  teamed up to bring these exciting films to cities all across the country.  But the catch is they will only be shown one night!

A newly restored version of The Birds is the first to make its HD debut on the silver screen.  The Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece will be shown Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.  Not only will viewers be treated to a stunning print, but they will also have the opportunity to hear from the film’s star, Tippi Hedren, in an exclusive interview that will play right before the film.  You can see if The Birds will be arriving in your town by checking out this list.

Boris Karloff’s most memorable character, our favorite Monster, will be resurrected on Wednesday, October 24, also at 7:00 p.m .  Certain locations are also offering a matinee showing.  The original James Whale classic will be followed by the sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, making the Frankenstein event quite reminiscent of the Monster Movie Double Features of yesteryear.  Bela Lugosi, Jr. along with Sara Karloff and Rick Baker have all been interviewed, and those interviews will be showcased before the start of the first film.  To see if the Frankenstein double bill will “come to life” in your area, check out this list.

View the official site for more information.  (Note that listed talent is subject to change.)  Can’t wait to see you all at the movies!