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Christmas gift ideas for action figure lovers

Funko popped up on my radar several years ago with their “Pop” vinyl collectibles. Over the past couple of years, they have added other styles to their repertoire, and I really love the DC “Primal Age” figures and Thundercats and horror icon “Savage World” collections. While I have seen some negative reviews on these MOTU-style figures, we did purchase some last year and did not have any issues with them. Read the reviews and proceed at your own risk.


DC “Primal Age”

Tygra Thundercats

Thundercats “Savage World”

Jason Friday the 13th

Horror Icons “Savage World”


The perfect Christmas gift for your horror-loving friend…

I wasn’t planning to post any Christmas gift ideas until at least November 1, but I don’t know how long this deal will be available so I’m posting now…

Universal Classic Monsters


Universal Classic Monsters

Those who have been long-time readers know that I love horror movies, especially the older stuff like this. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy…it’s all here. Even my favorite, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I cannot wait to have this set in my hands (Saturday) and start watching.

Universal Classic Monsters

Here is the almost full list of movies included…

Universal Classic Monsters

I say “almost full list” because there is a thirty-first film included as a bonus feature: the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula. In addition to all the movies, there are documentaries and commentaries and archival footage and theatrical trailers…it’s packed with extra features.

I’ve already ordered mine, and can’t wait to start binge-watching. I don’t know how long the price will stay this low (more than half-off the regular price); order now so you don’t miss out! Your horror-loving friends will love you to death!

Random Awesomeness (part 2019.7)

Random Awesomeness

What I’m Reading Right Now: The Message of Psalms 73-150 by Michael Wilcock.

Purchase Living The Dream by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators!

Vampire Legends: Christopher Lee (Countdown to Halloween)

Christopher Lee

No one could ever surpass Bela Lugosi as the quintessential Dracula, but Christopher Lee came close in the Hammer film, Horror of Dracula. He reprised the role several times, but the best and most memorable performance was in that initial 1958 movie.

Vampire Legends: Jonathan Frid and Johnny Depp (Countdown to Halloween)

Jonathan Frid

Dark Shadows first aired on ABC in June 1966, but Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins did not arrive until 1967. The gothic soap opera, which ran for six seasons and 1225 episodes, is still popular with horror fans today.

Johnny Depp

In 2012, Johnny Depp took on the role of Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows.

Vampire Legends: Rick Springfield and Geraint Wyn Davies (Countdown to Halloween)

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield is best known for his 1981 pop song “Jessie’s Girl,” but when he wasn’t coveting his best friend’s girlfriend, Springfield was working on his acting chops. He starred as the main character in Nick Knight, a 1989 television film that was intended to serve as a pilot for a series, but the network declined to pick it up. Nick was a centuries-old vampire who worked as a detective in Los Angeles.

Geraint Wyn Davies

A few years later, Forever Knight was developed into a series north of the border. Geraint Wyn Davies was now in the role of Nick Knight, and the setting was Toronto. The series lasted three seasons.

Vampire Legends: Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp (Countdown to Halloween)

Alice Cooper

A strong contender for the hard rock album of the year is the self-titled Hollywood Vampires record, released in September. It is mostly a covers album, featuring songs by bands who have lost members to death, such as the Who’s “My Generation,” Jimi Hendrix’ “Manic Depression,” and the Doors’ “Five to One/Break On Through (To the Other Side).” The best cover song on the album is Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” There are two new songs, “Raise the Dead” and “My Dead Drunk Friends,” as well as a voice-over track called “The Last Vampire” featuring the late Christopher Lee reciting a passage from Dracula.

Johnny Depp

Alice Cooper is the lead singer, while Johnny Depp and Joe Perry share guitar duties. The list of guest musicians is a who’s who of rock and roll: Dave Grohl, Brian Johnson, Robby Krieger, Slash, Joe Walsh, Kip Winger, and Perry Farrell are just a few of the huge names that contributed to the record. Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Tommy Henricksen joined the band for live performances in Los Angeles and Brazil.

Vampire Legends: Suzanne Charny (Countdown to Halloween)

Let the Right One In

Monsters were everywhere in the 1970s, and Carl Kolchak (portrayed by Darren McGavin) was always trying to investigate them. In the fourth episode of the 1974-1975 television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the titular character traveled to Los Angeles to track down a female vampire named Catherine Rawlins, played by Suzanne Charny.

Vampire Legends: Lina Leandersson (Countdown to Halloween)

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In is the “Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.” It said so on the cover when I bought in on my lunch break several years ago; my co-workers proceeded to laugh at me. We struggled through the movie, trying to follow the action even though the English dubbing didn’t match up with the actors’ lips as they spoke Swedish. It’s a slow-moving film, and I have come to appreciate it more over the years, and it is far better than the American remake Let Me In, but this movie is far from the “Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.”

Vampire Legends: William Marshall (Countdown to Halloween)

William Marshall

Blacula follows the adventures of the African prince Mamuwalde, who was turned by Dracula in the 18th century and locked in a coffin until two idiots from Los Angeles released him. It is one of the first blaxploitation horror films, spawned the sequel Scream Blacula Scream in 1973, and influenced films such as Blackenstein and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde. Blacula was the first film to receive as award for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards in 1972.

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