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The horror, the horror – action figures and statues

Only 13 days to Halloween!

Première HS N°7. Octobre 2018. Cover.


Not long to go now vintage mates, and the TVTA office is well a-wailing with ghoulish goings on and spooky scanning shenanigans! Wooof just got back from le kiosque presse with our Halloween edition of Première featuring Jamie Lee Curtis on the cover, while I’ve been busy scanning images of horror-themed toys from Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, 2006. 

Cult Classics. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Gentle Giant Corpse Bride. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Sideshow Collectibles. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Diamond Select Toys Buffy and Angel. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Playmates King Kong. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.


Did we mention Halloween is one of TVTA’s favourite annual events?   

Look out for more special Halloween posts coming soon! 

The horror, the horror – Remembering Poltergeist’s Heather O’Rourke

They’re here!”

Only 27 days to Halloween!

As Halloween creeps closer, TVTA remembers the American child actress and star of Poltergeist movie trilogy Heather Michelle O’Rourke. O’Rourke (born 27 December, 1975) played the character Carol Anne Freeling, youngest child of the Freeling family who becomes the conduit for terrifying supernatural entities that haunt her family. Sadly O’Rourke died during the making of Poltergeist III of cardiac arrest caused by septic shock due to intestinal stenosis. She died on the first of February 1988 aged 12 years old. Poltergeist III was released posthumously and dedicated to her. As well as her role in the trilogy, O’Rourke appeared in the TV series Happy Days, Fantasy Island, CHiPs and others.

I’d rank the original Poltergeist high in my list of favourite horror films, with O’Rourke’s performance being a standout. Below are Japanese chirashi movie posters for Poltergeist and Poltergeist III.

Poltergeist. 1982.

Poltergeist. 1982. Japanese chirashi. Front.

Poltergeist. 1982. Japanese chirashi. Back.

Poltergeist III. 1988.

Poltergeist III. 1988. Japanese chirashi. Front.

Poltergeist III. 1988. Japanese chirashi. Back.


Did we mention Halloween is one of TVTA’s favourite annual events?   

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The horror, the horror – Phantasm 1 & 2

If this one doesn’t scare you… you’re already dead!”

Only 50 days to Halloween!

As Halloween creeps its way closer TVTA sneaks in two Japanese Chirashi movie posters for the cult classic horror franchise Phantasm. Enjoy!

Phantasm. 1979.

Front image. Phantasm. 1979. Directed by Don Coscarelli.

Rear image. Phantasm. 1979. Directed by Don Coscarelli.

Phantasm II. 1988.

Front image. Phantasm II. 1988. Directed by Don Coscarelli.

Rear image. Phantasm II. 1988. Directed by Don Coscarelli.


Did we mention Halloween is one of TVTA’s favourite annual events?   

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19th and 20th century lithographs + angels, art and advertising

American Crescent Cycles par Winthrop Ramsdell 1899

La Tournée du Chat Noir par Thoéphile Steinlen. 1896. Tin plate.


Cats That Come Back. At a poster store in Montmartre you spent your final few euros on cards depicting the lithographic advertising styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. You took photos of the outside of the poster store, and had one taken of yourself and your youngest son, a part of you indulging in some late-afternoon fantasy that you were the proprietors of said store. What fun, surrounded by art originally intended to part one from one’s cash – and a hundred years later it’s still doing the same, only selling itself this time around. What a sale, what a fine boutique did those Parisian streets make for you. For it’s easy to get lost in the culture, art and spirit of expression when it surrounds you in all its breath-taking vibrancy. There is a deep yearning. A searching back through history to find a part of yourself you may recognise. Print advertising is consumerism’s cocky high art. A brassy exhibition of wonders. A sly yet alluring gallery that invites you inside. It’s everything you love and loathe in the same moment. You pitch these paper testimonials to commercialism with all the integrity and enthusiasm of a loving archivist. But you are also an artist. Those Paris streets and galleries and windows and walls whispered to your heart. Hell, sometimes they yelled at you, told you they remembered, recalled your angels & fey (born from the snippets and slivers of glossy ads in magazines in case you didn’t know), the exhibitions, the foreign shores, the hours spent holding brushes and conjuring colours. You sold it well, they said. You made an impression. You left a mark. People were happy. Sometimes that’s the least you have to do. From: The Artist and the Four Hats




Job par Alfons Mucha 1896

Job done?

For a bit

Too busy writing

To try and score another hit

It’s a circle you see

A merry go round

You jump on and off at certain points

feet touch the ground

Back up again

Always looking for those special connections


Palooka N° 5


Words, Angel & Fey artwork by the editor.
Colour Angels & Fey scans taken from Palooka issue 5.
Lithograph adverts scanned from commercial postcards and tin plates are shown for illustrative purposes only. No infringement of copyright is intended.
Cat count: we spotted at least 26 images of cats in this blog post. A new TVTA record!

The horror, the horror – 100 pages of fresh meat!

Only 111 days to Halloween!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Mad Movies. France. 2017.

Staying with our theme of modern advertising, TVTA is pleased to bring you a bone-tingling and blood-curdling batch of horror adverts for comic books, film and video games.

Did we mention Halloween is one of our favourite annual events?   


Mad Movies. France. 2017.

Zombies in Cinema. Mad Movies. France. 2017.

Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street!. Mad Movies. France. 2017.

Impaler. Wizard. UK. 2008.

Silent Hill Homecoming. . Wizard. UK. 2008.

Ankama graphic novels. Mad Movies. France. 2017.

K Shop horror VOD. Mad Movies. France. 2017.


Our mascot Robologo thanks you for getting into the early spirit of Halloween with us 🙂


+ more horror news!! Look out for a ghoulish and ghastly selection of Japanese chirashi movie posters coming soon to TVTA!