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Winner – Funko Pop Leatherface Autographed by John “Grandpa” Dugan

Winner – Funko Pop Leatherface Autographed by John “Grandpa” Dugan

We Have A Winner!

House of Tortured Souls would like to congratulate YouTube subscriber JackChap1, the lucky winner of our contest. Up for grabs was a Leatherface Funko Pop autographed by Grandpa himself, John Dugan, who was kind enough to record this contest announcement for us:

Watch the winning announcement below:

House of Tortured Souls wants to thank all of our subscribers. Keep spreading the good horror word, and keep your eyes out for more fun contests and awesome videos.

JackChap1 - Winner Funko Pop Leatherface Autographed by John "Grandpa" Dugan

Congratulations, JackChap1!


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ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

By John Roisland

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

It's hard to believe it has been 35 years since a lovely redheaded woman entered the entertainment world and changed everything as we knew it - especially the horror industry - by introducing to us her character better known as Elvira Mistress of the Dark!
Elvira has been loved, seen, and adored by millions for over three decades now. From low-budget horror flicks to starring in her own films, Elvira's character brings to the world a bubbly bombshell whose quirky one liners and curvaceous body sky rocketed her to instant notoriety in the horror realm and later in the entertainment industry as a whole. She been photographed more times than anyone probably even knows. Day and night, 12 months a year, blood sweat and tears Cassandra worked her character to the point where she became an icon. I think it is safe to say she has graced us with a character who has become the Queen of Horror.

And with that being said, I can't think of any better time of year than the autumn or Halloween season for Funko Pop to announce their Elvira doll. The doll will stand 3-3/4 inches tall and will be displayed in a window box that matches the other Funko Pop vinyl dolls. This is a must for any serious collector of either Elvira or the horror genre. I, for one, am a collector, and I'll definitely be adding this one whether it goes on my shelf, my desk, or even glued to the dashboard of my car... I will have it!!

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

And the fun doesn't stop there, Elvira is also releasing a photo album containing over 300 pictures, many of which have never even been seen by the public eye yet. Having seen some images that are included in the book, I was very pleased to say that there was actually a picture of Cassandra. A very lovely, beautifully smiled ,sparkling blue eyed Cassandra Peterson. I thought there was a nice touch to include her in Elvira's world... after all, without one where would the other one be. The book, entitled Elvira Mistress of the Dark, was released October 5th. I would definitely say grab it quickly as I have a feeling this one's going to be moving fast.

Cassandra and Elvira, you’ve earned it!

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

Having had the opportunity to have met both Cassandra Peterson and Elvira at Spooky Empire Horror Convention in Orlando, FL, some few years ago, I can honestly say that yes, i would be happy to give her my money. Both ladies were a true pleasure to meet, some have said opposite. I say when the lady has worked so hard for so long (and has dealt with certain types because of her appearance), she has the right to a bad day.

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR HEROES, HORROR NEWS, PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 2 comments
My 3 Months with Horror Block

My 3 Months with Horror Block

By Kevin Belyski

Let me first start by saying that this is in no way a sponsored review. I did not receive a free subscription for the purpose of giving a biased opinion on Nerd Block or Horror Block. I was not, and have not been in contact with them in regards to this review, and this and all of my reviews are impartial. I did not contact them in hopes of getting free stuff for a favorable or prejudiced opinion of this service… So this is my honest opinion. With all that being said, if they wanted to send me free stuff in the future (hint hint) they have my info.

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This is a relatively new concept (launched in 2013), but a lotta companies are doing these subscription boxes, and it was my birthday so I got myself a little something. According to the Nerd Block web site it works like this: "Horror Block contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, Internet, and more! Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectibility, and most important – fun factor. Working with some of the biggest brands in the business, Horror Block not only delivers on value but also rewards members with exclusive items found nowhere else! At Horror Block we live by our motto: geek tested, nerd approved.."

It’s a great little monthly box of surprises, and they tease you with a hint at what is in next month’s box to add to the anticipation. You can suspend your subscription and reactivate when you want, to skip a month. They send you emails to let you know when it’s on the way. It’s 20 bucks a month plus 5 for shipping, and if you do some looking around you can get coupon codes to save 15 or 20 percent off the total. You get an exclusive t-shirt and some cool collectibles, which they say is a $60 value.

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My only real concern was that I’m not the kind of guy who will just wear a shirt with something I don’t know about or like. I was really hoping I wasn’t going to get an It Follows or “Annabelle” t-shirt. Maybe it was luck, but the first month’s shirt was a classic, Bella Lugosi as Dracula. Along with that I got an issue of Rue Morgue magazine, a Twilight Zone mystic seer for the car’s dashboard, and a white cleaning cloth splattered with blood (I use as a burp rag for my baby daughter). Also in the box was an autographed print of Addy Miller from her role as little girl zombie from the first episode of The Walking Dead, and a David Hasselhoff bobble head from Sharknado.

I thought, not bad… I wouldn’t have bought half of this dust collecting crap, but if you consider a shirt for $25, the rest is sorta free crap, and something new to put on my desk at work.

The second month’s box was better than the first, but when I first opened it, I had mixed feelings. I see the shirt, and it’s red (not my favorite, but I’ve been told I do look good in red) and then I realize it’s a Wes Craven tribute shirt. Freddy and Ghostface, Hess from Last House, Serpent and the Rainbow, Shocker and People Under the Stairs all represented… F’n awesome! Another issue of Rue Morgue magazine, a Daryl Dixon Funko Pop keychain, and a zombie hula girl dashboard ornament (on the work desk). And a cute little Freddy Kruger plush doll (it seems my daughter gets something every month too). To top it off there is an awesome print of Godzilla Vs. Cthulhu by artist Paul Hanley. Very cool.

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The last of my three month subscription boxes had the hint that it would have merchandise from Stephen King’s classic Carrie. I was hoping it wasn’t the shirt, and it turned out to be a bookmark featuring a film cell of Sissy Spacek covered in blood. The shirt was John Carpenter’s They Live! F’n awesome again! A neat little meat cleaver key chain, a book from Rue Morgue on the history of horror comics, a baby dolls head, and a gravestone phone holder (for the desk).

So, all in all, I think it was worth it and I would highly recommend the Horror Block for anyone with money to burn and who wants more knick knacks taking up space at home. I found it was a good bargain considering I needed some new shirts and each one came with some toys and fun little surprises. Like I said, if I had gotten a M. Night Shyamalan t-shirt I probably would have been less enthused, if not flat out mad. But if you saw my face when I opened that box, unfolded the shirt and read OBEY or laid my eyes on the Craven tribute shirt, you would know the joy of the Horror Block! Yes, some of it is junk I never would have spent money on, but the shirts more than made up for that.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Funko POP

By John Roisland

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Funko, created in 1998 by Mike Becker, was an idea conceived to bring nostalgic themed toys back to an era of never ending electronics! My focus in this review is the Fukno POP line. It seems if you walk into any toy store, book/magazine shop - and especially a comic book store - you are bound to find these little guys! From Disney to Marvel and Dragonball Z to Jay and Silent Bob, Funko POP figures are everywhere! The list is endless - hell, there are characters I've never even heard of!

For our beloved HORROR...I must say it's a pretty impressive display. Ranging from classic horror, such as Nosferatu, The Wolfman and The Munsters just to name a few, to more mainstream horror icons, such as Captain Spaulding, Michael Myers, and (let us not forget my favorite) Leatherface! And again the lists goes on....and on, and they seem to add new ones every time you turn around.

Each character comes in a nice window box that stands about 7 inches tall. The figures alone, stand about 5 inches tall and are adorable! Yes, I said adorable! The reason I say this is because I can picture any young girl playing with any of these little characters at her tea party. They are not scary, nor are the meant to be. The detail of the characters, while they may not be as realistic as a da Vinci, is such that you know exactly who they are as soon as you see them. Without a doubt. They all have short bodies and large heads, and they almost have a cartoonish feel too them.

These figures have been a huge success with fans and toy collectors of all ages and lovers of all genres. Personally speaking, we have 11 in our collection, with about 75 more on our wish list. My personal favorites are The Bride of Frankenstein and Jason Voorhees! And what's on the top of my wish list? The new Pinhead of course! With an average price of $11.99 - $14.99, how can anyone pass it by!?

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Posted by John Roisland in PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments