Re-Animator

Fright-Rags Gives Life To Re-Animator Trading Cards

When it comes to 1985’s Re-Animator I can say humbly that I am a fanatic. Not only did it plant the seed that would make me a lifelong fan of H.P. Lovecraft. But it also happened to be one of my first two video rentals back in the day. Furthermore Re-Animator is easily one of my favorite horror films of all time.

Read: One of My Very First Posts Was a Review of Re-Animator

There is a lot to love about Re-Animator. From Stuart Gordon’s excellent directing to the gruesome practical gore effects that abound. I would have to say though in addition to all of that what truly elevates this film to classic status is the cast. From the likes of Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, and Robert Sampson. Each and every one shine brightly in their role but it is however Jeffrey Combs as the disturbed Herbert West that steals the show.

Re-Animator certainly earned it’s cult movie status and has through the years managed to grow beyond that. So much so that Stuart Gordon in 2011 was able to stage the very well received Re-Animator: The Musical.

Read: My Interview With Stuart Gordon And Members of the Cast of Re-Animator: The Musical

One thing that was lacking for us fans of Re-Animator back in 1985 was merchandise. While there was of course many magazines like Fangoria placing the movie on their covers – the offerings were slim. Thankfully there are more than a few companies over the past years that have decided to fix that mistake.

Read: Your Broken Toys Should Beware Monstarz’s “Re-Animator” Retro Action Figure!

Fright-Rags is another prime example. Having already offered fans of Re-Animator clothing items like socks and T-Shirts – they are now releasing trading cards and stickers!
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Not only that, friends. But beyond the the 60 base card, there will be an additional 23 chase cards. As well as an autographed card by none other than Barbara Crampton plus sketch cards by:

  • Brent Engstrom
  • Casey Booth
  • Christopher Franchi
  • Dan Curto
  • Jeff Zornow
  • Matt Tobin
  • Matthew Skiff
  • Nathan Milliner
  • Scarecrowoven

So hop on over to Fright-Rags and pre-order yourself these amazing cards. Heck, if you are feeling generous you might even remember your friends in the Retroist Vault when ordering.

Monster Squad

Fright-Rags’ The Monster Squad Poster Isn’t Bogus!

When The Monster Squad was released back in 1987, it kind of flew under a lot of radars. Now I was lucky enough to catch it in movie theaters. For the whole week it seemed to be playing in my neck of the woods. Growing up a Monster Kid of course meant this was right up my alley. I ask you how anyone could in fact pass up the movie with a poster as epic as this?

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

However the disappointing box office didn’t in fact sink the film. As it seemed to find that audience it needed when it was released on VHS. While it may not have been the success the filmmakers were hoping for – like creating a sequel. It on the other hand has enjoyed a second life as a veritable cult movie.

Which is why in this case that those mad geniuses over at Fright-Rags are now offering a poster forThe Monster Squad. The artwork is by the talented Abrar Amjal, used in fact on their sold out T-Shirt series!

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Images courtesy of Abrar Ajmal and Fright-Rags.

As you are a visitor to The Retroist I am positive that you’ll see the need to obtain this for yourself. On the other hand this is the Season of giving, right? You can click the link up above to visit the official ordering page.

While you are waiting to order The Monster Squad poster…why not listen to Rock Until You Drop by Michael Sembello?

[Via] Buckaroo Banzai

Still hungry for more about The Monster Squad? You are in luck as The Retroist covered the movie in his 70th podcast!

In addition I would like to thank the always awesome IMP Awards for the theatrical poster in this post. Furthermore if you want to really see some amazing collectibles and info for the movie – take a quick hop over to Shawn Robare’s Branded in the 80s!

You’ll Look Killer In These Monster Cereal Shirts!

I might think more about Monster Cereal than most. I’m talking about Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry of course. Those that General Mills produces…in limited quantites this time of year. Which is the excuse I am sticking to when that old lady grabbed the last box of Boo Berry.

I hear she is expected to make a full recovery.

A Monster Cereal fans knows deep down they have to stock up for those long dry months. Which is why my 32 boxes of Boo Berry and Frankenberry are locked up in the cabinets – away from those that might be tempted to treat themselves to that sugary treasure.

So I hope you can imagine my delight when the other day I found out that Fright-Rags is releasing a new collection. The General Mills Monster Collection. They are unleashing it this October 21st at 10am EST!

How many Monster Cereal T-Shirt and Masks Combos you want?


Before we get into all of the stuff that Fright-Rags is releasing…you should check out the combo pre-order first! These will only be offered from 10/21 to 10/24. Each comes with a ventilated mask and FREE color changing spoon. They include an exclusive T-Shirt and are limited to only 650 units each. All three are designed by Christopher Franchi.
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Do you like socks? How about Monster Ceral socks?


I think you will agree with me that this time of year it can get a little chilly. So when you sneak downstairs to enjoy some of that cereal why not wear your favorite icon? Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula socks will keep your toes happy and warm! Joe Guy Allard is the artist responsible for the designs on these socks!
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General Mills Baseball Tees
For the athlete that wants their opponents to know they have great taste.
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GENERAL MILLS MONSTER TRI-BLENDS
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Last but certainly not least is this charming T-Shirt by Abrar Ajmal. Showing the three icons enjoying the bat-filled night and full moon.
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If you would like more information on pricing and ordering – hop on over to Fright-Rags official site today!

Why not take a moment though and listen to Boo Berry, Frankenberry, and Count Chocula discussing going to the disco?

[via] The Monster Cereals

Jaws Will Drop When You Pick Up This Fright-Rags Box Set!

There is a very real possibility that you do not spend quite as much time thinking on the Halloween season as we do here at the Retroist. But the upside of us stressing over it almost daily is we can find the perfect item that will almost guarantee you are the hit of the party, like when you pick up the JAWS box set from Fright-Rags!

Just look at all of the awesome loot that $40 will net you!

All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.

All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.

Here is a closer look at that T-Shirt of Bruce by Christopher Lovell…
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…a prismatic sticker and most importantly the replica of the “Collegeville” Jaws mask and box! The only way you are going to get shown up at your Halloween party when wearing these is if someone comes dressed as a land shark!