Horror movie history is filled with iconic villains that bring out the fear in viewers and the imagination from the creativity behind them.
With a cinematic horror world filled with hockey masks, razor clawed gloves, pin headed demons, and blood-stained chainsaws, the marketers of these films have taken full advantage and treated fans to a large collection of memorabilia.
My own horror movie DVD collection has been highly accessorized with a large collection of horror-based action figures and posters. They help extend beyond the experience of the movie and accurately recreate scenes and characters from those films.
The majority of my collection is based off of iconic slasher films. “Child’s Play’s” Chucky, “Friday the 13th’s” Jason, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street’s” Freddy Krueger are all key parts of this collection.
Collecting figures from the movie’s initial release is a great historical feature, but I prefer modern horror movie action figures because of the detail and technology advancement. Newer figures are realistically detailed and come with more accessories.
For example, my Tall Man “Phantasm” figure came packed with a small druid, collectible stand, and a mini replica of the silver sphere. The Tall Man was also made to scale, so his large height could be fully featured.
Two of my favorite figures from the collection are the two 12 inch Sideshow Collectibles figures. Freddy Krueger’s figure is a 2004 limited edition figure based off of “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.” Along with the rare five-fingered claw, the limited edition comes with a “Tongue Phone” from the infamous scene in the movie.
The other is a Jason Voorhees figure from “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.” The figure’s removable mask details Jason’s gruesome face and it also comes with a bloody machete, hacksaw and his mother’s tombstone.
Newer additions to the collection include a Jigsaw replica from “Saw”, Hannibal Lecter from “Silence of the Lambs”, and the Ghostface from “Scream”.
The majority of my collection remains in the original packaging because the packaging displays the figures without damage and often includes logos and screenshots from the actual movies. The Tall Man, Freddy Krueger, Chucky, and Jason Voorhees are the only ones opened for display purposes.
While collecting horror movie figures, I discovered a collection of rare horror movie posters at local comic book shops and have decided to include those in my collection.
A German “Friday the 13th” poster showcases a bloody machete slicing through a pillow and a rare “Nightmare on Elm Street” poster features Freddy Kruger in a James Bond spoof.
The posters and action figures help make a great DVD display as each piece of memorabilia complements on another and shows my love for those horror movies.
In the future I hope to expand my action figure collection with more Freddy Kruger replicas, “Scream” action figures, “Halloween” memorabilia, and hopefully new horror franchises that spark my interest. I like the horror movie action figures almost as much as I enjoy the movies and they help me express my fandom for the genre I love.
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