Renfield’s Re-Collections part 7 (Revenge of the Gothbilly)

Well it looks like I have to watch what I say and do because halfway around the world someone will get pissed and send me a cease and desist note, (not to mention that they will tattle to the social media giant that they found you on – insert spooky wiggling fingers here). I won’t go into any more detail of the event because I don’t want to be sued and have the Folger’s coffee can that is Horror-Writer’s bank broken. (Turns the Folger’s can upside down, nothing falls out.)

Since I’m still bitter about this and in the mood to be an asshole, I think the items I speak about this week will be ones that have been recalled for legal reasons. Certain ones were either cease and desist, or all out sued over. Remember that this makes them a rare find! Every other one might be worth a small fortune to the right buyer. Whatever the cost may be!

You can’t please everyone, and most of those people read my articles. Oh well, my lackadaisical attitude is kicking in and I’m becoming immune to the bullshit.  Usually this is what gets me in trouble.

Going forward I do want to stop and thank all the HW fans that spoke up and said really nice things to support us. (Thanks C.L.!)Remember that we do all this for you as we stand to make no profit off of it. Every writer here spends their free time de(ad)icating to this site and that is what keeps it going! Every article is carefully treated as their baby with time consuming edits and rewrites. Now that you know that, we hope you appreciate everything. Each time you read an article, drop that writer a quick tweet or follow on Twitter and tell them thank you (or if you are like my readers, that they suck). Remember that kindness goes a long way!

Once again the lawyers are making me say (sighs)…Neither myself nor Horror-Writers endorses the following listings and have no financial gain (unfortunately) associated with the sale of the items featured in this article. So don’t freakin’ sue us!


 F13 poster

Friday the 13th part 8 Advanced Poster – Recalled D/T Cease and Desist from the city of NY 1989

First up on the chopping block is the Friday the 13th part 8 (Jason Takes Manhattan) poster. Apparently no one asked the city of New York if they could borrow the “I heart NY” logo when they created this design. The design was replaced with a menacing Jason appearing over the NY skyline “KIlroy wuz here style”. The posters were recalled and destroyed but a few still remain hanging around if you can get your hands on them. Remember that this at the end of the 1980’s so posters were starting to become 40 x 27 as opposed to 41 x 27. This particular one is the former.

One of these without pin holes and creases can go for about $40. (Which is a steal if you are a F13 fan.)


 Twilight of the Dead


Twilight of the Dead Poster – Recalled D/T Cease and Desist from George Romero 1980

Yep, good ‘ole George Romero was trying to protect his “…Of the Dead” series and forced the filmmaker to change the name of this movie to what we know it as today,  “The Gates of Hell” after sending them a cease and desist. Too much “Dawn” imaging? Too much of the same font? How about too much “Of the Dead”?  I don’t really care. You be the judge. You know my rules about posters and their sizes, quality, fold lines, etc by now.

$135 and up if you can find one. Good luck with that. Let me know how that works out for you. On second thought, no don’t. I don’t really care.

the omen 


The Omen advance poster – Recalled due to pressure from Catholic Church 1976

I’m not bashing the Catholic Church here; I’m just stating the facts! The inverted cross that little Damien Thorn casts in his shadow was not seen as “Kosher”. Wait, no that’s the wrong religion. Oh, Blasphemous! That’s it. As always, they were recalled and destroyed whKing Diamondile a few leaked out. Later the cross inversion was replaced with the shadow of a wolf. I’m sure King Diamond is blowing their minds right about now. (Shall we talk about Gene Simmons suing King over the face paint in the middle 1990’s?)

I’ve seen these go easily for $300 and up.


Fresh Prince 


A Nightmare on My Street, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Single – Suit settled out of court

New Line Cinema sued the newly Fresh Prince when he released this song. Will Smith agreed to put this sticker on the cover “[This song] is not part of the soundtrack…and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films.” In the song he refers to Freddy as “Fred” and then goes on to describe his sweater, hat, and glove. Not to mention that he also rips the theme off as a hook throughout.

Pay whatever you want. Just don’t admit that you own this crap.


Sleepaway Camp


Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit Boxed DVD Set – Recalled Due to Cease and Desist by American Red Cross

Well as soon as the American Red Cross got a hold of these, they were gone for obvious reasons. I’m sure it sounded something like this in the meeting.

“And next up, we need to address the issue of…this.”

Hal reaches for the boxed set. “Well what’s wrong with an instructional DVD Hal?”

“Probably nothing if the instructional DVD taught decapitation, abdominal goring, and boob groping and didn’t have our logo on it, Frank! That’s a splatter gore horror movie.”

“What? We can’t have our logo on films about decapitations, and abdominal stabbings!”

“And boob groping, Frank.” Hal adds.

“Woah, slow down there Hal! Let’s not be picky. Who are we to judge?”

$40-$50 for the set.



With that, the court will recess until next week. I guess I will go and play Judas Priest’s Stained Class record backwards, (you can look up that joke below)

while snuggling up to a good John Grisham novel, (you can look up that joke below)

and sip a cold Star Bock beer, (you can look up that joke below)


Until then, remember what I always say, come on everyone and say it with me…

Screw you to you and you know who you are!

Renfield Rasputin

Renfield’s Re-Collections part 5 (Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Surf The Web!)

Hell-come to another chapter in Renfield’s Re-Collections. The only site on the ‘ole interweb that gives you an education at the same time as providing you with the coolest horror collectibles that would make you wanna slap yo momma! You crazy young kids just can’t get enough of this crap can you? I understand, it’s just like how I can’t get enough crap in my horror collectible collection. Well this week I’m coming back at ya at full Gothspeed! So crank up the Rot ‘N Roll music that your parents love hate and fasten your seat belts for this trip down this memory from hell! I’ve been in the shopping mood as of late and I’ve listed a few extra items for ya this week.

As always, nor I have anything to do with the sellers of these items nor do we make any money off of the sale or profit of these items. Unfortunately.

Psychomania on VHS

Psychomania VHS

First off, it was released in 1973, not 1971. Secondly it was released in the US under the title of “The Death Riders”. This fucked up British B-movie is about a satanic youth biker gang (called the Living Dead) on some pieces of shit bikes that look like the Honda Rebel and a Triumph had a bastard baby, that commits suicide so that they can come back to life (no zombie make up here) because they find the power of Satan through a mystical pet frog. (I said it was fucked up!) I remember walking into the living room when I was about five and caught a glimpse of this flick as my grandparents (of all people) were watching it. I guess I walked in at the wrong time (or right time depending on how you take it) and saw the image of one of the bikers committing suicide by taking a swan dive off a freeway overpass.  That screwed me up for weeks. The music was cheesy, (it was 1973), and the cinematography is…well it was 1973. But the thing that will stick with you is the badass skull helmets! It’s dumb fun and I’ve seen worse…But still, a fucking frog?  

Don’t spend more than $5 on a copy, I don’t care if it is comes with a magical frog!


Return of the Living Dead TarMan Figure


Was this the first time we heard a zombie actually say something other than “ZZZAAAHHHGGHTTTHH!” I remember seeing this thing come out of the barrel and scream “BRRRAAAAIIIINNNSSS” and “MOOORRRE BRRRAAAAIIIINNNSSS” I was out the door! This is a rare figure, (not exactly museum rare) and was released only a couple of years ago so it isn’t exactly vintage. But you have to admit that it is cooler than hell! Amok Time made toys that were focused on the adult crowd and not intended for anyone under 18. This item comes with Trioxin container and bitten brain; it has a beautiful diorama for display (if it were to be opened).  Send more paramedics!

A going price is $30 for a mint, carded figure.

Tales from the Crypt Animated Crypt Keeper


Damn, I really wanted one of these back in the late 90’s! I think I might put an offer down so if I find out that any of you dear readers outbid me…Clap and the old bastard shakes in his electric chair while laughing maniacally as the Tesla coils mounted above him light up. This toy was released around the time to celebrate the rerelease of Tales from the Crypt on video. Crypt Keeper shit was everywhere back then. Another toy released by the same maker at the time was a Crypt Keeper Candelabra, but the electric light bulb was a bitch to replace when it went out. This toy was not as popular but it held up longer. If you can find one grab it, because everyone needs a toy that electrocutes an old man chained to a chair.

I’ve seen most of these go for about $25-$30. This one comes with the original box so I would set the price higher.


Friday the 13th Jason and Victim Spitballs 1989 Entertech

F13 spitballs

So I was looking through my collection of stuff the other day and found these. I decided to include them in this Re-Collection because these are just too damn cool! And yes, I did get mine from Kmart as well! I haven’t seen many of these at all since then so they are a hard find. Here’s the deal. Slasher movies are at the top of their game at the time, and everyone from Nintendo to Mattel is trying to cash in on the merchandising. Enter Entertech. A now defunct electric water gun company who wanted a piece of the action, so they acquire the rights to not only Friday the 13th but Nightmare on Elm Street so that they can make Jason and Victim, as well as Freddy and Victim squirting water balls.  Just squeeze ole hockey head while under water and fill, and then squeeze him again to watch him spit water up to 18ft! (I never really measured but I’ll say it was probably true.) I loved the packaging. Here it was in 1989 and the main picture is Jason from part 3 (1982) and the back picture is Zombie Jason from part 7 (1988). Not only was that, but the “blood” across the face of the victim painted in pink rather than red. (Thanks, American Family Association for screwing something else up.)

I would suggest not paying more than $30 for a mint carded find, and $15 for loose.

Vintage Freddy Krueger Glove 1984


I have owned several replicas of “the glove” over the years but this is the first and the original still on the card! Many knock-offs have been made over the years but this one actually has the trademark stamped under the metacarpal shield. Again the parent groups had to over emphasize twice, two different ways that the blades were not sharp (see green sticker) as if it wasn’t obvious by the cheap and not-so-shiny plastic color of the blades. It is deemed “horribly” authentic but yet the ball at the end of the cinch wasn’t painted red (said in the most sardonic “gotcha” voice). That same year the first Freddy mask came out made of latex with a foam hat. Only problem was…no one made the sweater at this point. I get that someone would want to be Freddy for Halloween, but did they anyone actually think that they were really just going as a child molesting killer?  Your therapist called…he needs you to come in ASAP. 


My Pet Monster Plush Toy

My Pet Monster

Thank Goth I was too old for this shit when it came out. I thought it was a good idea that they were releasing monster plushes rather than stupid animals for kids to carry around but even still, I would have preferred something like a werewolf or creature to carry around. I mean, if you are going to look like you have problems, make it respectable.  This thing was released in 1986 by American Greetings Co. and was targeted to boys as well as girls, but you know who bought it mostly. I thought that the thing looked like a rejected Muppet if you ask me! Complete with handcuffs,…(WTF?) the maker found a way of putting the creature in every household by simultaneously running an animated series on Saturday mornings. The toy was popular for awhile but then retired, only to find it rejuvenated as a talking version 20 years later.  Mattel tried to release a competitive version but it was quickly discontinued. Apparently no one wanted to play with a plush Herpes Simplex virus.


Renfield Rasputin knows that he’s a horror celeb when Wednesday 13 impersonates him in his “Get Your Grave On” video.

Renfield’s Re-Collections

Grievings and salivations my fine festering freaks.

I’ve noticed that I am not the only one who collects horror toys, models, posters, etc. As you know Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has such an addiction to the same that he released a book last year “Too Much Horror Business” (cleaver, I wonder if he thought that up himself…) chronicling his efforts during his years of achieving his collection. Now, my collection of such is not nearly as spectacular as his, only because my band “Up Spook Hill”, “Old Kate Batts”, and “South Texas Deathride” have yet to achieve international status such as Metallica, but I’m not bitter.

On my many travels through flea markets, eBay, garage sales, grave robbings…(uh, nevermind that last one) I’ve encountered several badass horror items that overtime I’ve added to my collection just so that my maid has more crap to break every week. While this hobby (and my maid) is getting expensive, it is still fun to chase down these finds and bargain for the best prices.

I’ve considered myself sort of an amateur expert on most of the toys that I find since I have owned, drooled over, or studied the piece more times than I have the map to possible escape routes out of the Harris County Correctional Facility. Since the history of the item to me is just as fun as collecting, with this section I will share pictures and links to the site as well as a historical perspective about the item. 

So without further ado, I would like to introduce a new section that I call “Renfield’s Re-Collections”.

I would also like to point out that neither HW nor I are profiting in any way from the sale of this merchandise. This article is strictly for entertainment and educational purposes only.


Jaws 1, 2, and 3 Novelizations


One of my favorite things that I collect is novelizations of horror movies. This probably stems back to when my parents encouraged me to read rather than to going to the movies and watching “Those damn devil movies”. So I walked my little ass down to the used bookstore and bought the novelization. It wasn’t exactly the same as the movie but it was close enough. There is a large market for horror novelizations today and most all can be found rather cheap at Amazon, eBay, or your local used bookstore for a couple bucks each.


6 Foot Zacherley Poster Reproduction


Long before Elvira, Bob Wilkens, and Svengoolie, there was Zacherle. He was the host of Shock Theater, which was a television show during the 1950’s that premiered horror movies to the television viewing world on the weekend. Wearing an undertaker’s coat as the character “Roland,” who lived in a crypt with his wife “My Dear” and his lab assistant, Igor he provided comic relief to the horror viewers (a staple that is still reproduced today, although I can’t think of anyone personally. Insert cricket noises here.)  The posters such as these were sold in the back of comic books via mail order. You would send in your cash (yes, I said “cash” because back then no one stole it) and wait six week for this poster to show up. This is a reproduction of the one from long ago. I highly doubt any of the originals still exist. This poster was very popular in the 50’s with other such characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein, all of which are still available for nostalgia purposes online.


The Mummy “Soaky”


The “Monster kids” generation of the 50’s and 60’s grew up in a time where everything that was marketable to kids revolved around horror or sci-fi. This included personal hygiene. The Colgate-Palmolive Company received the license from the Universal Film Industry to create the “Soaky”, bubble bath filled sculptures in such characters as the Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, and Frankenstein (the most sought after). Children would hurry to use up the bubble bath so that they could play with the figures. The company never thought that they would become such a hit with collector’s years later. Other Soaky characters such as Bozo, and Pinochio will run about $10-$15, however the horror characters with resemble paint damage and cracks in the plastic could fetch around $100 any day.


Friday the 13th NES Game Cartridge


When Nintendo released the “Nintendo Entertainment System” game console in 1985, it turned the gaming world on its side. Up until the release of the 8 bit graphic system, kids had to deal with block shaped, slow moving graphics. In 1989 the LJN Company released Friday the 13th NES game. The game was released around the same time as Friday the 13th part 7 (the last of the original franchise to be set at Crystal Lake). As a camper at Camp Crystal Lake the player must move from cabin to cabin and achieve weapons to kill Jason Voorhees before he kills them. Jason is twice the size of the player and moves three times as fast. These games can still be found for a relatively cheap price.

 Well, that’s all that I have for today. Hope you enjoyed it and even more, I hope you learned something. So now that I have found a few things I want,  I have to go pawn a few rings that I…found. (Blood stains wash off silver and gold, right?)

Until next time we see each other I ask you, “Who will survive…and what will be left of them?”

Rev. Renfield Rasputin

Renfield Rasputin is the last of a dying breed…Thank God.