Renfield’s Re-Collections part 8

Alright all you little tombstone trash rejects, listen up!  After 6 hours in surgery, the insertion of two cadaver bones, six screws, two plates and one overdose in postop, I’m back! That’s right, the boogeyman always returns in part 2! It’s good to be back with you freaks and creeps. I want to send a shout out to all… three people that sent warm wishes to me while I was in the hospital. (Insert cricket chirps here.) I also want to ask, who in the hell was the person that cut the nurse call button, forged the order for a Drain-O enema, and hired “Mongo the stripping clown” to visit me post-op? Asshole.

As always, if I don’t give my speech before I start someone will get pissed and write another “you suck” letter and I will probably be forced to give a long, drawn out, “Fuck you!” So that I don’t have to do that again…(sigh)

“The following items listed below are the property of individual sellers and are of no relation to the great and magnificent (and ever so charming) Renfield Rasputin or .  Also, they do not profit off of the sale of said items or receive any compensation from the seller for the mention of the item.”

Happy now? Good. Now settle down.


Uncle Fester Remco 5” figure 1964

Uncle Fester

Charles Addams was a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine in the late 1930s when he created the loveable Addams Family. Uncle Fester was a pudgy, bald, individual with bug eyes that found every day jobs easier to do when they involve dynamite (fishing trips especially). Unfortunately the mold for the face of this Uncle Fester looks a little more like it was the precursor to “Billy” from Saw. Remco was a toy company that for two decades held the chains for making horror character toys.  In the 1960s it was not uncommon to find your favorite characters in hard plastic (which was considered a cool medium in those days). This toy was like all the others, it did nothing, said nothing, and just stood there. Thank Goth for Bobble Heads. 

A rare find, one in good shape can chase $150-$200.


Barnabus Collins Cane and Ring Set

Barnabus Collins caneBarnabus Collins Ring

America’s favorite vampire started haunting Dark Shadows television show during the second season. Carrying a wolf head cane and brandishing a onyx ring, neither of which had a distinctive origin, he posed as a long lost family member to the Collins family. Adding to his distinguished appearance, the items carried over to Johnny Depp’s version of the character on the movie remake. These are cheap replicas and not actually licensed by the Addams Family. 

An actual licensed cane can run $50-$75 while a licensed ring with real Onyx and 14k gold can go up to $250.  For an unlicensed set, I wouldn’t pay more than $30.


1980 Topps Creature Feature Wax Packs

Topps Creature

in the 1980s and most of the 1990s Topps dominated the baseball card world and often ventured into other genres such as movie stills (pertaining to kids such as Indiana Jones and Goonies) as well as classic horror film characters. 12 photos, 1 sticker, (88 cards and 22 stickers total) and a piece of gum that tasted oddly like my baseball glove. Released in the 80s, they featured monsters ranging from Metaluna to the Mole People and had terrible jokes captioned beneath each picture (example: Metaluna has a caption that says “I’m the brains of the family”) One can find loose cards as well as the complete set on ebay. Side note- the set is in no way connected to the “Creature Feature” that was hosted by Bob Wilkens.

An unopened pack can go for $2, while $30 is fair for the complete set.


Chilling Thrilling Sounds from the Haunted House Vinyl from Disneyland Records

Disney Haunted

One of my prize possessions that I have asked to be buried with is my near mint copy from 1979! Released in three prints (1964, 1973, 1979) this record was not intended for young children and should have come with a warning label. (For those of you too young, a record was a vinyl disc that spun on a “record player” at 33 ½ rpms…Never mind. Just Google it.) Side A consisted of short scary stories while Side B played scary sound effects.  While several covers exist, the 1979 is the most popular with artistic work of the Disney Haunted Mansion.

Near good condition to near mint goes for $10-$20.


Monster Cereal Promo Watch by the Lafayette Watch Co.

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Fuck yeah! Monster Cereals rule, and I stock the hell up on these every October when they come out. Now I have to admit, I have been collecting horror memorabilia for a long time but even this one stumped me. However I have gathered some of the back story after having to do research on “vintage Lafayette watches”.  First off, Lafayette Watch Co, was a Swedish watch maker (so that jumps up the price right there) in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s (another price increase). They specialized in “advertising watches” which meant they profited from companies paying them to make their logos into watches. General Mills, in this case, used Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and BooBerry as each of the clocks arms. The cool part about this one is what happens to the watch’s face. The haunted castle will disappear and reappear depending on the AM or PM hours!

I have only found two of these watches online and they ranged from $500 -$1000!


Well that is all the cool trinkets that I’ve dug up for this week. I’ve got three screenplays to finish writing, four short stories, three songs to record, a film editing program to upload and figure out how to work, a graphics program to do the same to, and a partridge in a pear tree. On top of all that, stick around as Dusty and I put the last few things together for a Horror-Writers podcast. Much more wicked things to come my little grave secrets!

Until you call on the dark,

Renfield Rasputin

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Renfield Rasputin works at break neck speed! (Break neck? Get it? See what I did right there?)

Renfield’s Re-Collections part 2…the Revenge!!!

Hell-o and hellcome to another issue of Renfield’s Re-Collections.

 I’m back from the dead this week and digging through the dirt and bring you the coolest crap on the dark side of the net! I’ve always collected the weird, the odd, and the horrific, and I try to pass on the knowledge of the same to you. You’ve heard that “truth is stranger than fiction”? Yeah, well the stories behind each of these items will back that statement up. This week I’ve found three more ghoulish goodies for my maid to break while “cleaning” my mauseleum.

Again, I reemphasize that neither HW nor I profit from the sales of these items. This article is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Original Movie Poster

movie poster

There is a huge market for original movie posters and I can’t say that I don’t own my share! Real original posters measured 27 x 41 inches before the late 1980’s. Also, before the same time, all theater posters had a white frame around the artwork that allowed for the name of the release, date, and production company to be listed at the bottom. After 1988, (give or take a year depending on the company) the frame was eliminated for a full 27 x 40 release with the picture from edge to edge. Finally, the sign of a true original is the fold. Before 1988, “one sheets” as they were called, were sent to theaters folded as opposed to the rolled versions today. Today, if you are collecting any film’s poster prior to mid 80’s, YOU WANT TO SEE THE FOLD, it is not a defect! The only way that a poster was released and not folded was if the theater owner picked up the poster in person from the production company; such as to say that there is maybe one or two originals that were not folded by machine, but again, buying be warned, they are rare!

Secondly, the coolest part about this poster is the tagline “In 1946 this man killed five people…today he still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.” Based on actual events that occurred, the murderer was never caught and the town feared that the tagline was bad publicity for their city.  The tagline was removed from the movie by order of the town of Texarkana, but not from the movie poster.


Dark Shadows Milton Bradley Game

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I used to own this damn thing when I was younger and I wished to hell that I remember where it is today. In 1968, the first Dark Shadows board game came out with relatively decent sales. As the popularity of the television show increased, the following year Milton Bradley introduced a board game based on the popular children’s game of Hangman. The game was simple; each player gets a “scaffold”. On their turn, they spin the wheel and either gains a piece of the glow in the dark skeleton from the “coffin” to assemble in order from the skull down. If any other bone comes up from the spin, the turn is lost. If the player lands on a wooden spike three times, he must give a bone back. Plastic teeth were included to be worn by the designated “Barnabus” during each game.  Today it is difficult to find a complete set with box, fangs, and all bones. However a relatively good shape set will run someone between $60 – $85 on eBay.


Remco Universal Monsters Dracula on Card


One of my coolest and most prized possessions is my collections of 1980 Remco Universal Monsters and the Mini-Monster haunted house play case! I WILL BE BURIED WITH THESE THINGS! 1980 Remco toys released 3 ¾ inch figures of the Karloff Mummy, Lugosi Dracula, Karloff Frankenstein, Chaney Sr’s Phantom of the Opera, the Chaney Jr. Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. They were also released in glow in the dark versions which only added to the cool factor and made kids beg their parents for more toys since you had to have both! Remco also released a Mini-Monster haunted house play case that glowed in the dark and included a revolving science table for Frank, a sarcophagus to keep your Mummy in, a cage for the Creature, and the rest of the cast were on their own. Today, most figures are off their cards, scratched paint on the noses, and their capes are easily torn. A loose figure will run around $10 – $20 depending on the condition, a carded one will go for about $50, and the case will spot anywhere from $35 – $50.

Well that is all for this week freaks. Hope you’ve enjoyed the dangerous toys as much as I have. Feel free to Tweet me pictures of the items that you have or find.  

Until next time, ”Who will survive,…and what will be left of them?”

Rev. Renfield Rasputin


Renfield, not popular for his opinions, thinks Dracula sucks and Frankenstein is a head case.