There's quite a bit of savage news out of Funko lately, and the latest is seasonally-perfect. On the heels of their Savage World Thundercats announcement comes an assortment of action figures that reimagines some of the biggest icons of horror in an unexpected way - buffed-up and ready for battle! The Horror Savage World collection will launch with Freddy Krueger from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, Jason Voorhees from ‘Friday the 13th’, Leatherface from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', Michael Myers from 'Halloween' and Pinhead from 'Hellraiser' - each presented in the muscular 5.5" action figure style that was made famous by Mattel's Masters of the Universe line back in the 1980s. As Funko points out, these horror villains are "ready to haunt your dreams and chase you down." If you want these in time for this Halloween, get your pre-orders in via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth!
When it comes to the true horror icons, few are in the same league as Freddy Krueger. Today's entry is actually the second time we've seen Robert Englund's signature character in this year's 31 Days of Halloween (see: PPW Toys' PopTaters), but this time we're focusing on the music of the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. This week, Varèse Sarabande released the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8-CD box set, limited to just 2000 units. This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork by Shawn Conn was commissioned for the set, and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Not to mess with history, the original artwork by Matthew Joseph Peak is still included in the packaging, with the entire set paying fitting tribute to the late Wes Craven, who died this past August. As a finishing touch, Freddy's trademark knitted sweater encases the entire collection.
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are hands-down two of the horror genre's true cinematic icons. From the adventures that began in Sean S. Cunningham's FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) and Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984), these two titans of terror quickly achieved legendary status, moving far beyond their "slasher" roots, and into a realm of superheroic Gods. It was in 2003 that the duo would come face-to-face in FREDDY VS. JASON, and that's where I'm drawing inspiration for today's entry into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine... in sort of a spudly form. My friends at PPW Toys have recently issued the first horror additions to their ever-growing PopTaters collection of officially-licensed Mr. Potato Head characters (created under license from Hasbro). So which one of these PopTaters is going to get mashed first?
As we enter the home stretch of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER, we're also in the biggest week for spooktacular viewing for the whole family. As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, once a month I highlight some hand-picked selections, chosen for you right here at Rock Father HQ. From television terror to sinful cinema, there's plenty of devilish delights for this pun-fully eerie time of year. So pour the kids some hot apple cider, crack open a pumpkin beer for yourself, and sit back for these terrifying tricks and terrific treats!
By 1988, the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise was a household name. Well on it's way to becoming more "camp" than "scares," the saga of the razor-gloved FREDDY KRUEGER had come a long way since being birthed by director WES CRAVEN back in 1984. With merchandising tie-ins, a 1-900 hotline number, and millions at the box office, it was only a matter of time before the series had a proper musical tie-in by established artists (unlike 1987's horrible FREDDY'S GREATEST HITS by "The Elm Street Group").