Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What I've Been Watching: October Edition

THE ENTITY:



Official Synopsis: After single mother Carla Moran (Academy Award® nominee Barbara Hershey, Beaches) is violated and attacked by a seemingly invisible force she seeks the help of therapist Dr. Phil Sneiderman (Ron Silver, Timecop). Convinced Carla's traumatic past is more akin to self-harm than anything supernatural, Sneiderman dismisses the wild claim. However, an insistent Carla invites two college students with an interest in the paranormal to visit her house in order to help her foil another visit from her terrifying invisible attacker.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie (Iron Eagle) and based on the novel by Frank De Felitta, The Entity is an intensely eerie supernatural suspense tale, in the creepy vein of Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Omen.


Ahhhh...here's a fun movie for Halloween! Often thrown away as a Poltergeist rip off, I'm of the mindset that this is even more frightening.

Umbrella gave this classic the release it deserves! Entity was released in the US in 2012, but not a lot of effort was put into a transfer or even giving extra features. Leave it to Umbrella to pick up the pieces and put together a great release! With a great transfer and sound, fans of this movie will be very happy with what they receive. Great cast, great scares, awesome soundtrack, you're not gonna lose with this movie!
Extras:
  • Finding a Voice: A Conversation with composer Charles Bernstein
  • Robert McNaughton Remembers The Entity
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Poster and Stills gallery
  • Reversible Blu-ray sleeve





Official Synopsis: A classic tale of terror from the golden age of Aussie exploitation, Dark Age features outback stalwart John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) as Northern Territory wildlife ranger Steve Harris, a stoic survivor charged with conserving the ever diminishing crocodile population from encroaching hunters, hell-bent on destruction of the species. Faced with formidable opposition from gung-ho hunter John Besser (Max Phipps, Mad Max 2), Steve is joined by girlfriend Cathy (Nikki Coghill, The Time Guardian) and sets out to relocate a giant crocodile to a breeding ground sanctuary, well out of harm's way. Aided by expert tracker Oondabund (Burnam Burnam, Ground Zero) and Adjaral (David Gulpilil, The Tracker) the intrepid foursome risk life and limb in a terrifying journey that will test their nerves and transform the tranquil Territory waters into a raging red torrent of death.
A very popular Ozploitation movie that finally gets the release it truly deserves. What Jaws did for sharks, this movie did for Alligators.If you want a good look at what makes an Ozploitation so great, this is a nice selection to place on your shelf. It makes for a fun triple feature with Jaws and Orca (Orca has also been announced as an upcoming release from Umbrella in the near future!). 

If you've been surviving on an old vhs, worry not, the picture and sound are absolutely crisp and clean. The horror of a killer alligator has never looked so good!


Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Actor John Jarratt and Executive Producer Antony I. Ginnane-A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting “Dark Age”- Panel discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie-Uncut Not Quite Hollywood Interviews with John Jarratt and Antony I. Ginnane
  • Living With Crocodiles: 1986 documentary with Grahame Webb, author of 'Numunwari', the book which inspired DARK AGE- Trailer and original
  • US release Home Video trailers
  • Image Gallery including rare press and promotional material

 KOJAK MOVIE COLLECTION:



Official Synopsis: 
Telly Savalas stars as the tough, lollipop-toting Detective Theo Kojak in these gritty and unforgettable mystery movies. This 3 disc set includes the pilot movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which started it all and earned Abby Mann an Emmy(r) for Outstanding Writing, along with The Belarus File and The Pride of Justice.
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) 
Homicide detective Lt. Theo Kojak suspects that a black youth who confesses to a murder of two white women was coerced by the police and is actually innocent of the crime. 
The Belarus File (1985)
The murders of several elderly Russian men lead Kojak to a group of Nazi war criminal who are living in America with the full knowledge and approval of the U.S. government. 
The Pride of Justice (1987) 
When the bodies of two young boys are discovered in the Harlem River, their mother is the obvious suspect, particularly with her scandalous past. But Kojak believes that she is innocent.


Oh come on, everyone loved Telly Savalas as Kojak! The lovable yet gruff detective came back for some prime time movies even after the show left the air and this collection provides you some fun crime fighting action. Who loves ya baby? Now sit back, brag some popcorn and your favorite lollypop and enjoy!


From Mill Creek:


Coach The Complete Series:

While talk of a reboot died down a few years ago, you can still enjoy the greatness of Coach in this complete set. Never has this show looked so great. For fans of the 90s classic who missed out on the previous dvds have the opportunity to make up and pick up all 9 seasons in one set! A perfect holiday gift!


Vice Versa:


A perfect 80s comedy featuring two of the most beloeved 80s actors: Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold in an almost Freaky Friday like roles, Charlie (Savage) trades place with his dad, a busy vice president of a very successful store. Ok, I know, you've seen this movie a thousand times, but how are you going to turn down a comedy where Fred Savage plays an executive? I mean, he practically played old souls anyway, so this just suits him. For anyone who wants a fun 80s comedy to watch on a rainy afternoon, this is a perfect selection.


TRICK OR TREAT SPOOKTACULAR COLLECTION:
A great release featuring family friendly and memorable Halloween classics! For those looking for something to play on the tv while you're handing out candy this year, why not pick this?

Featuring:


The Storybook Series - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ghost in the Shed, Noises in the Night, Misunderstood Monsters, Three Golden Hairs, The Boy Who Couldn't Shiver

Casper - There's Good Boos Tonight , The Friendly Ghost, Boo Moon, A Haunting We Will Go

Fleischer Studio Classics - The Cobweb Hotel, The Fresh Vegetable Mystery, Magic Mummy


-Chad







The Goosebumps Fan Club Kit!

I don't think there's a horror fan my age, or maybe even a bit older, that wasn't glued to a Goosebumps book in their younger years. RL Stine helped create a world of humor and horror in a kid friendly environment, which isn't always the easiest task. But he did it, and an entire generation still gets all warm and fuzzy whenever they think of these classic books. It's nostalgia, sure, but it's also just a lot of fun, carefree escapism which is kind of hard to find these days.



As Goosebumps rose to popularity the insane amount of merchandise followed. School supplies, Halloween costumes, toys, fast food premiums, pajamas and so much more. If you were a diehard Slappy fan, I'm sure you slept in a room featuring a poster of your favorite dummy. Not creepy at all, but hey, I had a poster of the Stone Temple Pilots on my wall, so I'm not judging you.

So how can you truly prove your love of Goosebumps? Where's the glass ceiling? Does owning a pair of Goosebumps sunglasses shoot you to the top of the rung of fans? Eh, impressive indeed, but not quite as impressive as what I'm going to share with you today. As revealed in my most recent article, I revealed I picked up a beautiful piece at the McDonald House Sale...I give you...THE GOOSEBUMPS FAN CLUB KIT.


 In an eye catching green and black box, everything a Goosebumps fan could ever ask for is right here. My research tells me this isn't the first edition, as 2 earlier editions version came out in 1994 and 1995, packaged in a coffin box! I like it! While the box I picked up isn't as clever as the casket, I'm still a big fan of the design! I can't help it, I love neon green!


You open the box and you're pretty much overwhelmed by the contents. I was expecting a lot of cool stuff, but not this. A treasure trove of beautiful green and black colored goodies all for me! Now it looks like a few items are missing such as a newsletter, welcome letter, note pad, a pencil topper and maybe a story tape (can someone confirm that for me, please?) so what you see is going to be a bit incomplete, but make no bones about it, this is still a fine, fine piece.



First piece in the box is a short story written by the man himself, RL Stine. The first page is stamped with the face of terror and a fake signature. While not his real autograph, it's still pretty cool. And the short story is a nice addition. Just think. If you're a Goosebumps fan and have a new story made only for the fan club, you are essentially in a level of fandom all to yourself. You can say to your fellow Goosebros and say "Hey did you read 'Don't Make Me Laugh'? Oh you didn't? Oh..." and be justified. It's ok, no one will blame you for putting your nose up at those who haven't read it. Heck, I may head to a local country club and start snubbing those in attendance all because they haven't read this. Fools!



 Next up is an item to be expected. No fan club is complete without a bookmark, and if you expected a fan club based on a book series wasn't gonna give you one, brother...you're insane. A lenticular rectangle to hold your spot, with that glorious logo and the Killer Mask? Oh my gosh, this could very well be the greatest bookmark ever!

Also included, which I assume was a part of the newsletter, is a checklist of all the Goosebumps releases up to that point. Now, you can be the most organized person in the world, but a checklist will always help anyone hoarding these books.



POGS! Of course! It makes perfect sense!!!! One of the greatest 90s relics, next to Yak Backs and Hammer pants! In 1996, POGs were still a very popular item. I had a giant bucket filled with these and still collected them. the bigger the collection, the better the chances you had at beating people. I...think? I don't know, but I do know that if you had these milk caps, you'd be scaring the competition. Your opponents caps would be as a good as yours!


Oh and worry not! If you left your Slammer at your friends house last time, you get a Christmas Curly Slammer in this pack. No one stands a chance when going up against a skeleton in a Santa Hat and sunglasses. In fact, just take your buddies caps and go home now. You won the second you picked up that Slammer. Your goofball friends will never be able to compete with their lamewad 8-Ball Slammer.

Some nice postcards featuring some fan favorite covers. What better way to write Aunt Zelda and update her on your wild prep school days than with a "Say Cheese and Die!" postcard? She'll never see it coming and probably will disown you but it'll be worth it.


Well, heck son. You gotta write on those postcards with something! The Club has your back though. 6 pencils and a glow in the dark pen. I was downright amazed to find these pencils remained unsharpened. If I were the original owner, I would've definitely used all of them up by now. And I can promise that pen would be completely out of ink as well.


Along with the previously mentioned bookmark, you simply can NOT walk around saying you're a fan club member and not own a club card. Oh the egg on your face if you dare brag about being a member and going through your wallet only to find you left the card at home. You're on your own there, brah. Besides, this card declares you to be the "#1 Fan"! How could you leave it behind? The fact that you're not being buried with this is baffling.





So you don't have a wallet for your card? You do now! A velcro neon green wallet is YOURS! Not a bad idea, considering you left your membership card, sillypants! Now if you DO have your card and someone doubts your loyalty, all they need to do is see that wallet as well and they'll nod their head in acceptance.

Also include are a button and a vinyl keychain. Nice items for your backpack. I bet you'll be able to part the entire hallway at school like the Ref Sea with these hanging off your bag. Show those "cool kids" who's really in charge! They may have dad's credit card and a really good lawyer, but they don't have these! You're going places, kid!



Looking for some fun activities outside of reading a book? Well, sure! We all need to give our eyes a rest. Thankfully with these items, you'll be ok! A mini floppy frisbee and mini playing cards. If you're gonna hang out with your friends on a hot summer day and have an Ecto Cooler or two, you need some fun throwing the old frisbee around. Plus, those mini cards are great for a road trip and you got tired of hearing your friend brag about hooking up with that girl at the bar. Don't worry, Curly's got your back. He won't judge you like your goofy friends did when you wore that Kriss Kross Looney Tunes shirt.




A giant sticker, the size of a frickin' dinner plate! I gotta tell you guys, as a sticker fan and someone who likes to cover everything in stickers, it's VERY tempting to put this on my fridge or my car. Look at it! It's huge! Now a days, huge stickers are very popular but back then? Eh. This is one of my favorite pieces and the most tempting to use. You'll forgive me right?

No? Fine, I'll stick to the wallet.





Whoa dude. I'm not going anywhere near that folder! If I'm looking to cheat off my friend in class, I better think this through. He may have better grades, but his papers are cursed! I imagine it would be like in Prom Night 3 where if the teacher tried to give you an F, Curly would magically erase it and make sure you got an A, despite you totally deserving an F. You know what you did.



So thar she blows. A great fan club kit and fun items for only the most hardcore fans.Pretty sure I would've beaten up my own grandmother for this if I had to. Thankfully I didn't have to. I just had to find it laying in a pile of forgotten Halloween goodness.

-Chad

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saying Goodbye The Tech Park McDonalds House Sale

Well, Tuesday was the final day for the legendary McDonald House Sale, a second hand sale in which people from all over come to find that one sweet item they can either use in the house or if you're like me, put on eBay and pay off those pesky bills. Normally, I get very excited and get hyped but I'm a little sad just as much I am happy with my findings. Now, you're asking yourself "Chad, you always find such cool stuff. Why would you be sad?".

The answer is simple: The Sale has grown so large, that it's outgrown it's current and longtime location of Tech Park (normally a giant warehouse). I've been going to the Sale since 2014, and I've explored every nook and cranny of that place. I've become so acclimated to this event that I know the first spots to hit all the way to what departments to only hit on the last days during the "75% off sales". It took a while to get turn this into a routine, which resulted in me losing great finds, but hey I like the familiarity of this place.


So it was time to take one last time down that hallway and enter the house of bargains...



Well, I must confess, I probably should've hit the infamous Halloween Room first, but last time I found a vhs copy of Rad, so my instincts took me to the movie room instead.


Sadly, nothing to be found this time. No Rad, nothing rare at all.  I took this as a sign of things to come. Now, it sounds like defeatism but I started to get a bad feeling in my gut that this last show just wouldn't have been the trip that previous shows were. Thankfully, I was able to pick up the second season of the Upright Citizens Brigade to consider this particular visit to the room a success. So I started to wander around and look at other things. Nothing was popping out at me to buy, but some cool stuff nonetheless.








I was in danger of being late for work so my usual routine of hitting the departments would have to be shortened. Now, walking around, I found some nice things but nothing cool enough to bring with me. And then I hit "The Boutique", a name the Sale gives for an area featuring more collectible and sought after items. I sometimes find a cool item or two, but for the most part I rarely find anything incredible. That is until today:




MUPPET MOVIE LUNCHBOX!!!!!


Being the hug Muppets fan I am, I refused to leave this sweet piece behind. It's not in the finest shape, plenty of rust spots and it's missing the thermos, but as a showpiece, it's a nice piece to have. And for only $5? Yeah, that's not going to be left for the last day by anyone.

So looks my gut was wrong? Sure, I've been wrong before but never have I been so happy to be wrong like I was now. And then IT happened.

STAY PUFT:


Ok, so if the lunchbox made me giddy, this find made me flip out. Funny enough, the night before, the official page for the Sale posted preview photos and in one of them was a gigantic Stay Puft plush toy in the toy section. Well, after not being available, I was a little crushed. But finding the original Kenner Real Ghostbusters figure? All is forgiven. No way I'd be sad after finding my favorite GB character!  I had written about the most recent Mattel figure and how great it was, but there's something about owning the original that makes me want to forget all about that one.

Funny enough, the woman who labeled and bagged this referred to him as a "rare Michelin Man doll". After I jokingly corrected her on who he really was, she proceeded to get a little upset and just walked away. Hey, you can't say the wrong name about to someone who has been a Stay Puft fan since about age 4. Sounds like your problem, Miss Price Lady.


Time was winding down and I decided to hit one more section and oh boy was I glad that I did...


A GOOSEBUMPS FAN CLUB KIT.


Great Caesars Ghost! It's beautiful! This would be the second time I've found a fan club kit at the Sale, last time being one from the Mickey Mouse Club , but I'd say this blows that one out of the water BIG time. I didn't even think twice about buying this. It had to be MINE. I drop all my other stuff and immediately go through everything in there and sure enough, it's a complete set. Oh you might be asking, what's in there? Come back tomorrow and we'll take a quick look!


Sadly it was time to head to work. I'm kind of ok with this being my last run. I mean, sure I hit the 90% off day later, but honestly, I didn't find anything as cool as I did this day. But that's ok, I'm ready to let go and just move on. I'm really looking forward to what we have ahead of us. Maybe we'll finally get air conditioning and indoor bathrooms.Although, I'm kind of scared. The talk was they hadn't found a new spot for the Sale just yet but I hope it's even bigger and better.

Hopefully, I'll see you again in the Spring!



-Chad

For more fun adventures and finds at the Sale, check out my previous entries:

Spring 2016
Spring 2017



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Cult of Chucky




Official Synopsis:  Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic "tool" to facilitate his patients' group sessions — an all-too-familiar "Good Guy" doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child's Play, races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.


When I heard that Cult of Chucky, I was a little apprehensive. I merely liked the last installment in the Chucky series, Curse of Chucky but thought it fell a little flat but had potential to continue the series and could be taken seriously again, which is something I've wished for the pint sized doll for sometime now.

Then I sat down to watch it.

Any fears walking into it, were tossed aside. While Cult of Chucky retains a lot of the humor this series is known for, the violence and horror elements were turned up to a level like never before. The kills by Chucky were a bit more methodical on his part, including one very memorable "death by sunroof" scene that is sure to be the most memorable and a fan favorite. This movie definitely takes it's reputation serious.

As compared to her performance in the first movie, Fiona Dourif also has improved as an actress. She was a fine and talented leading actress and certainly inherited the creepy factor from her father (voice of Chucky and costar, Brad Dourif) and proved that she is a bankable actress for future installments as well as other movies. I can't wait to see where her road takes her! Also returning was Alex Vincent, Andy from the original movies, who has had his own battles with Chucky over the years. Now, I like Alex's involvement, but didn't really think he was crucial to the story. It was nice to see him battle with Chucky and trade barbs but that could've been any other character.


If I do have any advice for you, it's to watch the unrated edition, not just for the kills and fun, but the after credits scene. Fans of the series will definitely appreciate this. In fact, my jaw is still on the ground!

The bonus features are always a highlight and it was a real treat to see the inside story of this movie and hearing the perspectives of those involved:


R-rated/Unrated Versions: the viewer may choose either version to watch from the menu, both running 90 minutes.
Audio Commentary: Featuring director Don Mancini and head puppeteer/associate producer Tony Gardner
Deleted Scenes
Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky Featuring director-writer Don Mancini, head puppeteer Tony Gardner, production designer Craig Sandells, and actors Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, and Michael Therriault.
Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky ): Featuring director Don Mancini and puppeteer Tony Gardner discuss the ever changing look of Chucky.
The Dollhouse : A chat with fathers and daughters Brad and Fiona Dourif and puppeteers Tony and Kyra Gardner.

Last Thoughts: I saw this as a mixture between Curse of Chucky and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. A lot of elements such as the backdrop of the creepy psych ward, suicide, and possession that would've been taken seriously in other movies, were given a little more of a lighter take but it didn't hurt the tone of the movie. I found this to be the most entertaining movie of the series in years and quickly became my favorite since part 2. I feel like Chucky was given a new life here and I get the sense the future of the series will be a-ok.

Definitely do yourself a favor and pick this one up.I couldn't be any happier with this movie and believe anyone who's a fan of the series will be more than satisfied.

-Chad

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Wonder Woman




Official Synopsis: "Gal Gadot stars as the title character in the epic action-adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.



Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny."






I've been waiting for this movie well over 25 years. I've been a Wonder Woman fan my entire life, and while her Justice League teammates got their movies (heck, even Jonah Hex and Constantine got movies first!) the first thing I'd always ask was "WHERE'S MY WONDER WOMAN MOVIE!!!" I mean, I'm a fan of Jonah Hex and Catwoman and all but if they get a movie, surely Diana isn't too far behind? Well, it took a very long time coming anf st times frustrating, but ya know what they say "good things come to those who wait". And in our case, this was true. After years of hearing rumors of directors coming and going,t he rumors of Chyna, Sandra Bullock, Lucy Lawless and even Mariah Carey, we finally got confirmation in 2014: Gal Gadot will be our Wonder Woman. It's happening. We'll finally get our wish and hopefully it will be done right.

When it finally came out, I was elated. I was over the moon. I, much like so many others had waited so long for this and was absolutely not going to consider to be let down. Sure, I went in with an open mind, but I was more excited than I was even for Batman vs Superman. And you guys know how excited and happy I was to see that and how happier I was when I walked out. But a year later, would Patty Jenkins big blockbuster leave me with the same fanboy-ish glee? Would I be let down?


Walking out after the movie, clutching my Wonder Woman promo cup, I almost burst into tears. After all these years of naysaying, dead ends, "she won't be a good blockbuster", and other doubts from higher ups, Wonder Woman fans like myself were saying what we've been saying for years: The Amazon is here to stay. In my opinion, this was a perfect movie in every way. The cast was terrific, the story was great, the action was unbelievable and the light humor interjected was necessary at times. It made for a very pleasant viewing experience and I wish I saw it more times on the big screen.

A lot of people were worried about Gal Gadot taking on the mantle of Wonder Woman. Silly qualms too. She was too skinny, she wasn't muscular enough, she was Israeli, she can't speak English properly. A bunch of stupid, presumptuous arguments that held very little weight and it turned out all that work in her favor. No she wasn't Lynda Carter. She wasn't even Ronda Rousey, who had called her out for her appearance, she wasn't anyone else. She was her own actress who brought her own strengths to the role. She had empathy, love, sympathy, bravery, boldness, and warrior spirit made her the most believable Wonder Woman to date, in my opinion. That's no disrespect to anyone who played her before. Lynda did a phenomenal job and made us all believe in the character, but Gal opened up and embraced the character and all the characteristics and morals she believes in. Any doubt anyone had beforehand was quickly squashed. If you have any of these worries walking in, you'll be turned around very quickly. This franchise is on the shoulders of great women and I'm very excited to see it's future.


I sincerely can't suggest this movie enough. This is the movie I had almost waited a lifetime for and it was well worth it. Buying this bluray is a great investment, as you'll be getting a lot of repeat watching value and the bonus features, including a great documentary on the history of making this project happen, is well worth your time. You can pick it up at the WBShop.com

I can't wait for the next movie and hope it's even bigger and better!


-Chad

Monday, September 18, 2017

Graham And Chad Talk Rasslin: 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam 1992

Yessir, another episode of Graham and Chad Talk Rasslin' is live! In today's fun episode we discuss the event and spectacle of SummerSlam 1992, an event that left quite the impression as fans on both Graham and I.
Heck, if it wasn't for this event, TheHistoryOfWWE.com may never have been born!

Other than Rick Martel's awesome tennis outfit, what else do we discuss?

-Graham's love of one of the HBK fangirls in the opening video.
-Why wouldn't Bulldog want to win the match?
-TIME TRAVELING SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
-George Michael Sports Machine-wrestling connection.
-Wow, it's Virgil again.
-Sweaty Big Bossman.

These are just some of the fun topics we touch on! We also reveal what our next episode will be...


Enjoy!

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-Chad


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Target's Monsterous Halloween Shop!

Ohhhh, Target...you're one of the best providers of Halloween feels. And I'm all about the Halloween Feels. This is nothing new. I've written about how much I love Target's Halloween offerings before. And the feeling of happiness always washes over me whenever I first lock eyes on their amazing Halloween setups every year. So this year, Target has completely lost their minds. First off, the theme of this years tremendous event is "Trickus Treatus". Now, I haven't seen anything related to the Roman Empire other than Roman Reigns figures in the toy aisle, but I'm pretty sure I dig the name and the theme anyway.

As soon as you see the entrance, you know things are gonna be insane this year..."BOOPORIUM"? Whoa. Hit the brakes there, Target. I gotta take all this in. This is amazing! Look at that! A cemetary gate, straight out of...well, I'd say Stephen King, but it's more or less along the lines of Monster High. Gotta keep it appropriate for the kids, amirite?

So we've come into our proverbial treasure chest. But what goodies await our discovery?

Ok, so a good warmup. The annual offerings of home and party goods. For some, Halloween is all about the party, and Target is hooking you up with the essentials for that party in spades, brah. Plates, napkins, decorations, and more! Pretty sweet deal. I know a couple people who love Halloween so much, they'd probably keep these up all year round. Do I blame them? Nope. I can't fault anyone for keeping up those sweet pumpkins and a Trick or Treat sign out in March!


For those into lawn decorating, you're in luck. There's some new pieces for your display! This adorable ghost and his buddy the equally adorable Creature Fromt he Black Lagoon are here to light up your day. Now seriously, how can I truly worry about anything else in this world knowing these two are in such a good mood celebrating Halloween?


Hungry? Some of the year round snacks have been given the temporary Halloween facelift. Colors, themes, and even new shapes and flavors for your favorite treats. My favorite? Well, duh. The black and orange Annie's graham bunnies! Although, I can't help but fall in love with Halloween Goldfish.

Ok, I want them all now.




Got a pet? Target doesn't discriminate. Good! They want to ensure your pet will have a delightful season as well as us. Although, I must confess to wanting a squeaky Dracula for myself. Especially when it looks like he's stuffed in a sleeping bag. My gosh, how do they expect me not to want that?!?! They know the demographic for pets and humans and they have no problem exploiting it!



It would be silly of me not to mention the yearly tradition of my fiance becoming overjoyed by the Halloween Pyrex. This year, the favorite seems to be adorable monsters. In previous years, it's been sugar skulls, cats, and ghosts. We have stacks of these bowls and usually use them for our bunnies to drink water out of. In fact, I spy a Christmas themed bowl in their pen right now.

Also, I'm in love the green lid. I like green, what can I say?


On a budget this Halloween? Are you a teacher looking to plan a Halloween party? Target's no fool. They know their shoppers are going to need some items that are more affordable and these items are absolutely perfect for kids of all ages!


Plastic fangs, maze games,  buckets of slime, pencils, pens, coloring books and more. Man, these send me back to a first grade Halloween party. All that's missing is scratch and sniff stickers and a Entenmanns Halloween cupcake to nibble on while watching that Halloween short with the dancing skeletons in the cemetery on a film projector. I love that companies still offer these. Just packs an extra nostalgic Halloween punch!



Well of course it wouldn't be Halloween without the big props! A tv that features a head bulging out, a spooky phone, a microphone and this year, we seem to be getting a projection set! I always love seeing these items. I can't always afford those big items at Spirit Halloween, but these are more affordable and much easier to store than a gigantic Exorcist dummy on a swing. Plus, I'd totally keep that microphone out all year round!



The main event, in my opinion. All roads lead here. Universal Monsters have taken over Target and I'm ok with that. When I was a kid, the Monsters were everywhere. In fact, my all time favorite food promotion was the Pepsi/Doritos promotions, which I wrote about years ago. The Universal Monsters are always a perfect fallback for Halloween. I mean what's more Halloween than a Frankenstein costume?  Now, in the most recent years, it seemed that they were being used sparingly by companies and only brought back when they couldn't get the rights for Freddy or Jason. I always loved seeing these characters in stores, especially around this time. I love the more contemporary horror icons, but we gotta still show some love for those who brought us to the dance.  Masks, costumes, makeup kits (that is definitely welcome throwback!) and fun accessory packs to ensure a great Halloween had by all. The highlight though is the beautiful plastic masks.


 For only $5 each, you too can become a 6 year old kid again and become a trick or treating Frakenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and my favorite of the three, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. These masks are pretty fantastic and a metric ton of fun to wear. I can also envision using these as decorations on my wall in the spare room. They're so great and brings out the kid in all of us!








Target has brought the Halloween goods and my confidence in celebrating Halloween is at an all time high. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings us. If you're like me, you're constantly checking every store for more goodies, and this is your best starting point!


-Chad