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 4 “The Devil Made Me Do It”

Welcome back to another edition of every nerd, geek, and horror collector’s wettest dream! (Yeah, I really just wrote that.) This week is a special edition that I’m going to “deadicate” to Twitter fiend Katie Garwood @moonrisesister for the direct inspiration for the theme of today’s fiendish flea market shopping spree, as well as Kitty @spwkitty for watching The Omen at the right time when Katie and I were in goofy moods and setting off this wing-ding whirlwind of wicked widgets that you might be interested in for your man cave, bat cave, or the old bat’s birthday rave! So step right up for this hellacious ride through demonic décor, tickets for a whole seat are free, but you’re only going to need the edge!


The Omen One Sheet Movie Poster

If you Google movie posters you will see such details listed like “one sheet, half sheet, etc”. This is a general description of exactly what it is. The “one sheet” is actually a “whole sized, one piece poster”. Again as I have stated in earlier articles, the original movie posters prior to the mid 80s measured 27 x 41 inches, slightly larger than the ones today. This accounted for the use of the white border around the artwork. This along with the name of the movie on the lower right border and production company at the lower left help collectors spot a fake. Finally, look for the fold lines. Again, prior to the mid 80s posters were shipped folded (about 95% were folded unless the theater owner picked them up directly from the printing company) with one vertical line and three horizontal lines. Stains, rips, and push pin holes lower the value. The Omen one sheet poster can go for about $50 and up in good condition.

Here is a fun fact that you don’t care about: The Omen opened to theaters two months prior to me being born. My mother half joked about naming me Damien, until I came out with three red birthmarks shaped in a triangle on my forehead, the same as the mark of the Beast according to the movie!


Vintage Ben Cooper Devil Halloween Costume

Now, I’m old enough to remember the shitty but had-to-have Ben Cooper Halloween costumes with a thin plastic mask that was held onto your head with a rubber band and an even thinner vinyl full body-short sleeve costume that ripped the first time you put it on. They were hotter than hell (temperature wise) and still are hotter than hell today (collectible wise). Many collectors buy these to bring them back to their childhood. THIS WAS AN AMERICAN STAPLE FOR HALLOWEEN! Anybody who was anybody went down to Kmart or the closest drug store and bought these for about only a couple of bucks (literally). The Ben Cooper Inc. Company held the market when it came to kids Halloween costumes from the 1930s -1980s when the company filed for bankruptcy and the factory burnt down mysteriously within the same year. (Things that make you go “Hmm”.) They had the licensing for most every fucking character from Darth Vader to Bozo, from Mickey Mouse to Frankenstein, from Wonder Woman to Snow White. If you could show it on either a large screen or small screen, this company made it. To think about it, the costumes from an adult perspective were rather stupid. It would have a picture of the character you were supposed to be on the chest rather than trying to make the costume look like the character.  Then with white Nikes and short plastic sleeves, that 4ft tall Incredible Hulk looked really freaking stupid walking around with a plastic jack-o-lantern begging for candy. Whatever, I’m still trying to find a Darth Vader one like I had when I was 5. (Side note – the clown mask that young Michael Myers wore in the Rob Zombie remake was made to look like a Ben Cooper design.) The masks are collectible if you can’t find the entire costume with box. The complete box will go for about $30 and up depending on the character.


Marvel Son of Satan Comic #1 1975

Well don’t think Marvel didn’t catch shit for this one.  Now that the Comic Code that censored comics had been lifted, Marvel set out to capture some curious deep pocketed kids with disposable money during the Satanic Panic of the 70s. Originally it was supposed to be called “Mark of Satan” but that was pushing the censors and Marvel settled for a kinder, gentler, demonic figure, Daimon Hellstrom. (Ah, aren’t “plague” on words great?) Anyway, this half-demon, half-human clings to his humanity side as opposed to his evil sister, Satana. (Again, with the “plague” on words.) Well I’m sure the hilarity ensues with this comic as it was canceled only a few years later being that no one gave two shits about a friendly son of Satan that is heaven bent on saving humanity. Snore. I wouldn’t pay much for it since it isn’t worth anything but a nap.


Faust Anheuser Busch Beer Tap Handle

We’ve all heard the German tale of Faust who sold his soul to the Devil in return for knowledge. Well in the late 1880s Busch (as it was known at the time) brewed Faust beer which by today’s standards would be a dark lager. I’m not entirely sure when the beer was discontinued, but it was revived for a short time in 1995 when this handle was released in limited number. This is possibly the coolest item on today’s list in my opinion…even if the beer is made by Anheuser Busch which is considered “piss beer”. I’ve seen these handles go for $125 and up.

By the way, speaking of Budweiser, do you know how Bud Light and making love in a canoe are similar? They are both fucking pretty close to water! (Yeah, I just wrote that too!)


So that is all for this week’s deliciously demonic doodads. Hope you enjoyed the theme this week which once again was brought to you by my’ friends @moonrisesiter and @spwkitty. They have been extremely supportive of us at HW and also all these stupid little rants I go on every week. Plus they haven’t put a restraining order out on me like Kate Upton or Kat Dennings, so there’s that. Give them some love and follow them on Twitter. Tell them I sent you, and that “The Devil made me do it”!

Until you call on the dark,

Renfield Rasputin


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