Thursday, February 28, 2013

Giveaway Time! Win A Pillow Of Your Choosing, From Horror Decor!!

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Horror Decor is a company I've been a fan of for many years now, both through the internet as well as the convention scene.  Their mission is to "make every day a living nightmare", and they do this by offering up handmade horror inspired housewares, ranging from candles to clocks, pot holders to pillows.

It's those pillows that I've always been the most drawn to, and which have become the company's bread and butter.  Horror Decor has been absolutely killing it in the pillow department lately, with pillows inspired by personal favorite movies of mine like The Stuff, Halloween 3 and even Ice Cream Man(!!).  So when they offered up a few prizes of my choosing, for a giveaway, it was a no brainer for me; we're giving away pillows!
 
So, which pillows are we giving away?  Well, that is entirely up to those of you who will be entering this particular giveaway.  Horror Decor has generously donated three pillows for the giveaway, and which three pillows they send out to each of the three winners will be chosen by those winners themselves.  You browse through Horror Decor's website, choose the pillow you want, and leave me a comment letting me know which one you picked.  If you win, you get that pillow.  Simple as that.
 
Just to give you an idea of the awesomeness that Horror Decor is dishing out, in the pillow department, here's just a small selection of my favorites! 
 
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I could keep going with these all night, and it's because there are so many that I love that I decided to let you guys pick, because I simply couldn't narrow it down to only three.  You'll find plenty more where these came from over on Horror Decor, so be sure to head over and check out all the pillows they've got for sale, all of which are eligible for you to win!

I do want to say that not only do these pillows look really cool, but the quality on them is exceptional.  I can 100% vouch for their quality thanks to a little sample package Horror Decor sent my way, earlier this week.  They measure around 11"x11", and I can guarantee you'll be quite impressed with them, when you see one in person.
 
So.  If you want in on this awesome giveaway, all you've gotta do is leave me a comment below, telling me which Horror Decor pillow you want to be sent, in the event that you win.  And remember, there will be three winners, so your chances are better than ever, with this particular giveaway.  Also be sure to include your e-mail address with your comment, so I have a way to contact you.  
 
Deadline for entries is next Thursday, March 7th, so make sure to get your comment in before the end of the day, on that day!

Good luck to all and a huge thanks to Horror Decor for offering up the goodies.  Be sure to 'LIKE' their page over on Facebook, to keep up to date with all their new offerings!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

12 MORE Awesome Model Kits!

*More?  What do you mean, more?  In case you weren't hanging around Freddy In Space at the time, head back to March 27th, 2011 to check out the post 11 Awesome Horror Model Kits!*

As I mentioned in that post, I'm a big fan of the whole model kit thing, being that it brings into the toy world action figures based on movies/characters that have never, and in many cases will never, get the true action figure treatment.  I can't paint for the life of me, so I'm not the kinda guy who sits around assembling and customizing these things, but I sure do like to look at them.  And believe me, if I had any painting skills whatsoever, I would be that guy!

Here are 12 more awesome horror movie model kits, that I only wish I could build myself!

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NEAR DARK

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CREEPSHOW

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MANIAC COP

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AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

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IT
 
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DAY OF THE DEAD

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EVIL DEAD 2
 
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ALIEN
 
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THE FOG
 
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THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977)
 
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THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)

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SCANNERS

As much as I hate to post art and not credit the artist, I simply do not know who sculpted or painted any of these.  If anyone who did either should stumble upon this post, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, and I will gladly edit the post, and give the proper credit where it's due!

Trailer Thoughts : The Conjuring

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The above poster and below trailer for The Conjuring hit the net earlier today, James Wan's upcoming foray back into the world of haunted houses.  Well, actually, I guess Insidious was about a haunted person, rather than a haunted house, but still.  And this one stars Patrick Wilson too, which I'm certainly not complaining about.  Love that dude.

Check out the fresh from the oven trailer below, and then let's talk about it!


In The Conjuring, Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren, two real life ghost hunters, and it's an actual case they were involved in, that the film is based on.  The Warrens are hired by a family experiencing what they believe to be paranormal activity in their farmhouse, and soon they're all thrust into a life and death battle with a demonic entity.
 
Ever since James Wan burst onto the scene with Saw in 2003, he's consistently proven himself to be one of the most exciting horror filmmakers we've got, and he even showed that he can make a pretty damn fine non-horror film (Death Sentence), too.  But lately, it seems that Wan has really found his niche in the haunted house tale, and I for one was highly impressed by InsidiousThe Conjuring looks to be a good old fashioned ghost story, very much in the same vein as Insidious, and if that film serves as any indication of what we can expect from this, then I'm expecting that it will be popping up on my end of the year best of list, come next January.

A little too early to say something like that?  Yea, perhaps.  But I've got complete faith in James Wan as a filmmaker, and it doesn't hurt that The Conjuring has gotten incredibly high praise in the test screening department.  In fact, the film was initially set for release this past January, but it was those high test screening scores that prompted Warner Bros. to move it to July, which says a whole lot about how much faith they have in the film.

Though we don't see much in this trailer, I absolutely love the fact that they chose to create a palpable sense of tension with it, rather than hammer us over the head with a bunch of jump scares, like 99.9% of all trailers for ghost movies do.  Certainly a good sign when even a trailer manages to be rife with tension!  I've heard that Wan stayed away from CGI and stuck with old school style means of telling this ghost story, so there's even more reason to be excited about the movie.

My only hope is that it doesn't fall apart towards the end, like I personally felt both Insidious and Sinister did.  We shall see!

The Conjuring hits theaters on July 19th.  After that, Wan returns for Insidious : Chapter 2, which is currently filming!

Vote For The Winner Of The Beyonce Challenge, Over On The Freddy In Space Facebook Page!

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Last Tuesday, I kicked off a fun little challenge where the prize was a copy of Sinister on either DVD or Blu-ray, and the task to use some clever Photoshop skills to make your own version of the unflattering Beyonce meme, inserting the above image into some sort of horror scenario.

I ended up getting a whole bunch of hilarious entries, and since I'm kinda having trouble picking a favorite, I turn to you guys.  Over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page, I uploaded all of the entries into an album, and it is going to be your votes that decide the winner.  Take a look through all the pictures, 'LIKE' whichever ones make ya chuckle, and whoever has the most likes by this time tomorrow will be crowned the winner ... simple as that. 
 
Head over to the Freddy In Space Facebook page to see them all, and to vote for your favorites!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Awesome Packaging : Sadako's Cursed Box!

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On October 31st of last year, the second sequel to the Japanese Ring(u) franchise, titled Sadako 3D, was released onto home video, in Japan.  In addition to regular versions of the DVD & Blu-ray, there was also a special edition Blu-ray gift set titled Sadako's Cursed Box, which was limited to 4,444 copies.
 
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What makes this set so awesome?  Well, when you opened up the so called 'Cursed Box', a clump of Sadako's trademark black hair was contained inside.  As seen in the image above, the idea was that when you opened it, the hair was supposed to flow out and scare the dickens out of you.  Along with the hair was an oddball little photo book called Sadako's Holiday, full of pictures of Sadako going about her day to day life, such as reading a magazine and lounging on the grass.  Ya know, the things she does when she's not emerging from TVs, and fucking shit up.

As a weird little promotion for the Cursed Box, three different commercials were released, to show the various stages of the box's production, including Sadako having her hair cut off, and helping package up the sets in the factory.  Check those out below!




You can snatch up one of these limited edition Cursed Boxes for around $150, over on eBay Sadako 3D has yet to be released in America, though I'm sure once it is, we won't get anything nearly as cool as this!

Over in Japan, the marketing all around for Sadako 3D was pretty brilliant, with a standout for me being a hilarious video of Sadako throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game.  There was also a march of Sadakos through Tokyo, and a massive 3D Sadako on the back of a truck, which was particularly impressive.  
 
Making us look real damn lazy with our promotional skills here in the USA, that's for sure!

Fun With Fiverr : What If ... Christopher Walken Played Dr. Loomis?!

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I recently discovered a website called Fiverr, where people essentially offer up different (non-sexual) services, for a mere five bucks.  Whether you're looking for a banner for your website, a singer to sing a song you wrote or a fat dude to walk around all day with your product advertised on his belly, you can pretty much find someone on Fiverr to complete any given task you want, for a small $5 fee.  Pretty brilliant, I must say.

Obviously, there is endless potential for fun with this service, and that's why I've decided to start up a new feature here on Freddy In Space, called Fun With Fiverr (probably should've used the service to generate a less shiteous banner for this feature, eh?).  Basically, I'm gonna pay people five bucks to create some really fun and totally unique content here on Freddy In Space, and I expect that my five spots are going to earn me some pretty interesting blog posts, the likes of which I never could've pulled off on my own.
 
For tonight's very first installment of Fun With Fiverr, which should give you an idea of the kind of content I'm looking to draw from this service, I dropped a virtual $5 bill into the account of Fiverr user 'CHRISWALKEN'.  As you probably guessed, this dude provides custom Christopher Walken impressions, and he will say anything you want him to say, as Walken.  He's not the only guy on Fiverr doing it, given how popular the Walken impression is, but he's nevertheless the one I chose, mostly because his impression is pretty spot on, and because he has no limit to the amount of words he'll say.
 
I wanted to hear what it'd be like if Christopher Walken were hired to play Dr. Loomis, instead of Donald Pleasence, so I tasked this Walken impersonator to recite Loomis' iconic speech from Halloween, about his history with Michael Myers.  Because come on, who the hell hasn't at least once in their lifetime sat awake in bed, and thought about Christopher Walken battling Michael Myers.  Lord knows I have.
 
So if you've ever wondered how that speech would sound, coming out of Christopher Walken's mouth, click the play button below, and wonder never again!!
 

If you want your very own custom Christopher Walken voice recording, it's only gonna cost ya five bucks.  Hit up 'CHRISWALKEN' over on Fiverr, and he'll hook ya up!

Fiverr, I've got a feeling this is but the beginning of a beautiful relationship between you and I!

Freddy In Space Is Up For A Rondo Award!

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So this is pretty exciting.  Every year, since 2002, an internet awards ceremony called The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has taken place, named after genre icon Rondo Hatton, and celebrating all things horror; movies, toys, websites, you name it.  It wouldn't be out of line to call the Rondos the horror genre's equivalent of the Academy Awards, as they're certainly the closest thing we've got to anything like that.  Winners even receive an actual physical award, a mini bust of Rondo Hatton, so that's pretty legit, eh?

One of the Rondo categories is for Best Horror Blog of the year, and I'm incredibly thrilled to report that the nominations for this year were just announced last night, and Freddy In Space was nominated in that category.  This is my very first Rondo Award nomination, and though I don't much care for awards or need them to validate that I'm doing alright at what I'm doing, I can't lie; it's pretty awesome, and it's pretty exciting.
 
The nominees for the Rondos are apparently chosen by fan suggestions throughout the year, so it makes me feel pretty happy knowing that I got enough of those suggestions, even if I'm nominated alongside several blogs that were barely even updated last year (hell, one of them was updated A SINGLE TIME, in 2012).  Guess it's not that impressive of a feat, but I'll quit raining on my own parade and I'll choose to just be excited about this. 
 
The deadline for voting on these is April 7th, at midnight, and they make it one hell of a pain in the ass to actually vote on them.  What you've gotta do is head over to THIS LINK, and then copy and paste the ballot into an e-mail to TARACO@AOL.COM, with your choices for each category.  Totally archaic, I'm aware.  I should mention that you don't have to place a vote in each category, so even if you only wanted to vote for Freddy In Space as Best Horror Blog, for example, you could do that.  Not that I'm suggesting you do that or anything, but you could.  Be sure to include your name in the e-mail, and only vote once.

Congratulations to all my fellow nominees!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Remaining Walking Dead Survivors ... As Zombies!!

An app was recently launched on the official Walking Dead Facebook page called 'Dead Yourself', where you upload a picture of your face, and use various eye, mouth and scenery settings to turn yourself into a walker.  It's actually one of the cooler movie/TV show tie-in Facebook apps I've seen, and the results are pretty impressive, if you tinker around with it a bit.
 
After turning myself into a zombie, several times over, I decided tonight to turn my attention to the remaining survivors on the show, and see what they'd look like, as walkers.  In the world they're living in, it's quite frankly only a matter of time before they all start losing flesh and feasting on brains and bodily organs.  Sorry, guys and gals, but them's the facts!

So then, what would Rick, Daryl and the gang look like, as zombies?  Here are my artist renderings of each of the remaining survivors, which should give you some idea of what we can possibly expect in the future of the show!
 
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RICK
 
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CARL
 
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DARYL
 
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MERLE
 
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MICHONNE
 
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THE GOVERNOR
 
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 HERSHEL
 
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MAGGIE
 
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BETH
 
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GLENN
 
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CAROL
 
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ANDREA
 
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THE LITTLE ASS KICKER
 
Dead Yourself over on the Walking Dead Facebook page!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Vintage Video Of The Week : Horror Hall Of Fame's Tribute To Freddy Krueger!

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The 85th annual Academy Awards air tonight on ABC, and I for one am pulling for Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained, my three favorite nominated films, out of the ones I've actually seen (five out of the nine, thus far).  If I had to choose a Best Picture winner out of those three, I think I'm going with Beasts, though I expect Argo to take home the little golden dude.

But anyway, I digress.
 
Since tonight's the biggest night of the year for awards, it seems only fitting that this week's Vintage Video be somehow, in some way, connected to awards ceremonies.  That's what I was getting at.

So tonight, we head back to 1991 for the second of only three Horror Hall of Fame ceremonies, the horror genre's version of the Academy Awards, which were hosted all three years by Robert Englund, and filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood.

At the 1991 ceremony, Englund was ambushed on stage by the late Sam Kinison, who surprised Englund with a loving tribute to Freddy Krueger, who at the time was supposed to have been killed off for good, in Freddy's Dead : The Final Nightmare.  Of course, the irony of all this is that Freddy lived on, and Kinison was the one whose candle was snuffed out, just one year later.

So before you watch the Academy Awards tonight, step into the Freddy In Space Time Machine and travel back to 1991, for the Horror Hall of Fame tribute to the man, the myth, the burnt faced pussy; Freddy Krueger!!


The film chosen as best of the year, at the 1991 Horror Hall of Fame awards?  Silence of the Lambs, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Fun Fact : 2/22/13

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Did you know...

Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy Thompson in Nightmare On Elm Street, is now a special effects make-up artist?!

Yep, it's true.  Heather and her Academy Award winner husband David Leroy Anderson own and operate the special make-up FX company AFX Studio, out of Van Nuys, California.  They met through their mutual work on Wes Craven films (David did special effects make-up on Serpent and the Rainbow and Shocker), and have been married for 18 years, with two children.

Now here's where things get real interesting.  Since AFX did the effects for both films, Heather did prosthetics and make-up work on both the Dawn of the Dead remake and Cabin In The Woods, under the name Heather L. Anderson!!

You go, Nancy!

*Thanks to reader Mike J, for reminding me of this fun fact!*

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Freddy In Space Ice Cream Man Retrospective : Coming Soon!!

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I wouldn't normally make a blog post in promotion of an upcoming blog post, but in the case of one I've currently got in the works, I feel compelled.  Besides, I've got a really awesome sneak peek to share, so I think by the end of this post, you'll be glad I made it.  So there!
 
I think by now I've more than established that I'm the biggest fan of 1995's Ice Cream Man on the planet, probably a bigger fan even than the people who made the movie, so I don't think I need to reiterate that again.  But what I recently discovered was that a buddy of mine, John Campopiano, is as big of a fan of the movie as I am, a shared love of an oddball little gem that we've been bonding over for the last couple weeks.
 
Not only do we both love the movie, but we also both have a strong desire to learn as much about the behind the scenes making of it as possible.  Unfortunately, a movie like Ice Cream Man is the kind of movie that you won't find much information about, no matter how many hours you spend searching for it on the net.  It's the kind of movie that a lot of people have written about, but nobody has ever bothered to dig deep into.  Hell, even the DVD is totally bare bones, in the special features department.
 
Long story short, what John and I have decided to do is work together on a massive retrospective piece about the film, to be posted here on Freddy In Space.  Over the course of this week we have both been hard at work tracking down cast and crew members, many of whom we've spoken with, and our goal is to dig up as many behind the scenes photos and behind the scenes stories as we can, to make this retrospective as thorough and tasty as possible.  We're talking exclusive photos, exclusive interviews, never before told stories, you name it.  All that information that you can't find out there on the net ... we aim to provide it for fellow fans.  Plain and simple.
 
Oh and by the way, I must mention that John is quite the ally on this mission.  Why, you ask?  Because he's one half of the team who will soon be bringing you Unearthed & Untold : The Path To Pet Sematary, a documentary about the making of Pet Sematary.  Needless to say, he's a good dude to have on your side, when you're dealing with tracking people down and uncovering behind the scenes dirt!

I honestly have no idea how we're going to present all this information, or when the post is actually going to be up, we're basically just working on gathering as much information as we can, and taking it from there.  It could end up being presented in one massive post, or it could be split up into a few parts.  Time will tell on that.  All I know for sure is, it's going to be the biggest and perhaps most exciting (at least for me) post I've ever made, certainly the one that will take the most time and work to compile!

I will say that we have thus far been in contact with the film's special effects artist, Mark Garbarino, as well as stars Olivia Hussey (Nurse Wharton) and Anndi McAfee (Heather Langley), and we've already, in just a few days, uncovered some awesome behind the scenes shots and learned some stuff we never before knew.  So we're very excited to see where this goes, and we can only hope that there are people out there who are as big of fans as we are of Ice Cream Man, who will be as excited to read/see all this stuff, as we are to uncover it.
 
Now that I've gotten you to read all my rambling, I think it's time I reward you with a little sneak peek treat, that I didn't plan on showing until the retrospective was posted.  But why the hell not, am I right?!

I was talking to Mark Garbarino the other day, and it turns out he is still in possession of several of the props he made for the film (which he referred to as "taxidermy remains of memorable pets"), including the one of David Naughton's severed head, atop a giant waffle cone (as seen at the top of this post).

Well Mark sent me over a picture of what that prop looks like today, nearly two decades after the movie was filmed.  Check it out!!

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How awesome is that?!  So happy to see that Mark has preserved this thing.  18 years later, and the prop still looks brand spankin' new!

So yea.  That's just a small taste of what's to come...
 
The Freddy In Space Ice Cream Man Retrospective is COMING SOON!!!

Non-Horror Movie Toys Of Horror Movie Stars!

We've talked many times in the past here on Freddy In Space about action figures based on horror movies, and will surely continue to do so right until the day I hang up the keyboard and do something else with my life.  But tonight, we're going to talk about something a little different.
 
Over the years, many stars who are most known (by us, at least) for their roles in horror movies have tackled roles in non-horror movies/TV shows, and have found enough success with those roles that they ended up getting the action figure treatment.  Since I'm a total weirdo toy geek, I've always been kinda fascinated by the fact that there exists a Bruce Campbell action figure, from the Xena TV series, for example.  It's the little things in life that amuse me.

Here are 17 non-horror movie toys, of beloved horror movie stars!!

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Hey, speak of the devil!  From 1995 through 1999, the man with the golden chin played the mustachioed thief Autolycus on both Hercules : The Legendary Journeys and its hit spin-off, Xena : Warrior Princess.  In the horror world, Campbell has of course been given many action figures, from the Evil Dead films and Bubba Ho-Tep.

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Brad Dourif is certainly no stranger to the world of toys.  Countless Chucky dolls and action figures have been released over the years, but it wasn't until his role as Grima Wormtongue in The Lord Of The Rings : The Two Towers that Dourif's likeness was actually immortalized in plastic.  Pretty dead on likeness, might I add!
 
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Speaking of Lord Of The Rings, several different action figures of Saruman have been released, a character which was of course played by legendary horror icon Christopher Lee.  Lee also played Count Dooku in Star Wars episodes 2 and 3, which also led to a slew of action figure releases.  On the horror side of things, Lee's role as the Hammer Films incarnation of Dracula spawned a 12" figure as well as a bust.
 
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The late Roy Scheider was of course known for a vast catalog of films, not just in the horror genre, but his role as police chief Martin Brody alone forever solidified him as a horror icon.  A Brody figure has yet to be made, but his character Captain Nathan Hale Bridger was included in Playmates' line of toys based on the '90s sci-fi show seaQuest DSV.
 
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seaQuest DSV also gave birth to the first ever Ted Raimi toy, who is of course the younger brother of Sam.  Ted has appeared in countless horror films over the years, including Intruder, Candyman and The Midnight Meat Train, and he recently received his second action figure, in the form of the demon Henrietta, from Evil Dead 2.  Yep, that was Ted, under the fat woman suit!

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Everyone's favorite Re-Animator, Jeffrey Combs, has portrayed many different characters on various different incarnations of Star Trek, from Deep Space Nine to Enterprise.  It was his 11 episode run as the blue skinned Shran the Andorian, on Enterprise, that led to Combs' first and only action figure.  Despite two Herbert West toys being planned to the point that prototypes were whipped up, West has yet to be immortalized on the toy shelf.
 
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Also no stranger to the Star Trek universe, Tony "Candyman" Todd played Captain Kurn for a few episodes on Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, a role which landed him on toy shelves in the '90s.  McFarlane released a Candyman figure in their Movie Maniacs line, as part of Series 4.

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Before he became the epitome of a sleazy psychopath as Frank Zito, in 1980's Maniac, the late Joe Spinell portrayed loan shark Tony Gazzo, in both Rocky and Rocky 2.  Back in 2006, Jakks Pacific picked up the rights to the franchise and turned pretty much every character from the Rocky films, including the iconic slab of meat (I shit you not!), into an action figure.  Thus, we've now got ourselves a Joe Spinell toy.  I don't know about you, but that makes me pretty damn happy.

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Anthony Perkins played Dr. Alex Durant in 1979's Disney adventure film The Black Hole, a character that was immortalized in both 12" (above) and 3 3/4" plastic.  It would be many years before Perkins' most iconic role, Norman Bates, was given the action figure treatment, in McFarlane's Movie Maniacs line.
 
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It's pretty surprising that a Laurie Strode action figure has never been made, especially considering how many companies have released Halloween toys over the years.  Ironically enough, it was 1999's sci-fi flick Virus that gave uber scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis her only action figure to date, the one film on her resume that Curtis has spoken most outwardly against.  Go figure!
 
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Former pro wrestler Tyler Mane became an instant horror icon when Rob Zombie chose him to play Michael Myers in both the Halloween remake and its sequel, both of which spawned action figures.  Nearly a decade prior, Mane played Sabretooth in X-Men, a role that earned him his first toy.

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Though Tom Noonan perhaps isn't a household name amongst horror fans, he damn well should be.  Noonan most famously portrayed Frankenstein in The Monster Squad, and also had memorable roles in Manhunter and most recently, in Ti West's throwback House of the Devil.  In 1993, he played the super creepy axe wielding villain "The Ripper" in the way ahead of its time and totally awesome Last Action Hero, which landed him in my childhood toy collection.

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Corey Feldman was a God among children in the 1980's, bringing to life a slew of characters that horror fans will forever love, including Tommy Jarvis, Edgar Frog and Pete Fountaine.  But believe it or not, none of those characters have to date been given the toy treatment.  Thankfully, Mezco did release a set of Goonies toys a few years back, including our very own mini plastic Corey Feldman.  With a little clever customization, methinks this one could be modified into any one of the other aforementioned horror movie characters Feldman played, as a youth!
 
God I wish he never grew up.

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Though a planned Leprechaun bust and action figure were both shelved before they ever made it to the market, Warwick Davis fortunately had better luck back in the '80s, seeing action figure release as both a Star Wars Ewok and of course, Willow Ufgood.  Tonka released these miniature 3" toys, back in 1988.

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One of Clint Howard's very first roles was the creepy alien Balok on the original Star Trek series, when he was just 7 years old.  Funny enough, that role was also the only role in his career that resulted in an action figure, put out by Playmates in 1997.  Balok was included in a box set with Kirk, and the Balok puppet.  
 
The first person to use that head to make me an Ice Cream Man custom gets a $100 reward.  And I'm not even joking.

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After his roles in The Devil's Rejects, Dear Mr. Gacy and Rob Zombie's Halloween, I trust that no one will question me including William Forsythe in a list of horror movie stars.  OK, so I admit that the lower we go down on this list the more leeway I'm allowing when it comes to who is and isn't a "horror star", but we're having fun here, and I don't want to stop.  So lay off me.

Many years before those aforementioned movies, Forsythe underwent a heavy make-up job to play Flattop, in the live action Dick Tracy movie.  Have many fond memories of this toy from my childhood, and it was definitely a shocker when I realized the character was played by Sheriff Wydell!

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Speaking of the Wydell family, actor Tom Towles, who played Sheriff Wydell's brother (in both House of 1000 Corpses & Devil's Rejects), has also got his very own toy.  And it's not from Henry : Portrait of a Serial Killer.  Or Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead remake.  Or Zombie's Halloween.  Nope.  It was Ronny Yu's 1997 fantasy film Warriors of Virtue that ushered Towles into action figure land.  Don't worry, I've never seen it either.
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And that about does it.  If anyone can think of anymore instances of action figures based on non-horror movie roles of horror movie stars, please do leave me a comment and let me know.
 
Huge thanks to my friend Tony Carroll, without whom this post would quite simply have never been possible.  I thank you, and I owe you!