The Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit

Probably my new favourite print advert!

As regular readers know I’m a bit of a fan of Halloween, and I was going to save this beauty for the Big Day… however, the advert is simply too cool not to share right now!

Enjoy 🙂

The Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit

Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture. 1976 print advert. US.

Endorsed by horror legend Vincent Price (I love the line: ‘Look for Vincent Price’s pretty face on the cover’), the Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture was a kit enablng you to decorate and bake apples in the form of nightmarish shrunken heads! Accessories included a baking capsule (The Shrinker) which you heated using a 40 watt common household light bulb , hair, beads, templates for carving facial features, cord, a paint brush, and a carving tool.

The artwork for my 1976 print advert was created by Mort Drucker, a long time contributor to Mad Magazine. The Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture was produced by Crafts By Whiting, a Milton Bradley Company.

Detail from 1976 Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture print advert.


TVTA bonus trivia!

As well as the Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit, Vincent Price was hired by Milton Bradley to appear in advertising campaigns for two of their other popular products: the games Hangman and Stay Alive.

That’s all for now, vintage mates. Thank you for shrinking fruit with us 🙂

Ten misread internet instructions that prove I am a serial killer at heart

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. 2013. Japan.

Or so Wooof reckons… The cheeky office cat suggested I might have serial killer tendencies due to my occasional habit of misreading text, replacing innocent words with a terrifying synonym, and adding murderous instructions onto the end of online mission statements!

Pfft. Wooof’s a fine one to talk… he’s killed more than enough mice, birds, moths and garden frogs to put Ed Gein’s cat to shame, if Ed Gein ever had a cat, that is.

Dear readers, trust me when I tell you I don’t have serial killer tendencies – just poor eyesight and cheap reading glasses, and a fondness for Halloween.

Yippee!! Only 200 days to go till Halloween!

Image courtesy of days.to


You misheard it here first!

10 misread internet instructions that prove I am a serial killer at heart…

  1. eBay – Don’t forget to leave feedback for your victims.
  2. Email – You have twelve undead messages.
  3. Privacy – Your privacy is important to us, which is why we are recording you undressing.
  4. Tabs – You have multiple open stabs. Do you wish to create stab groups?
  5. Facebook – We know what you did last summer (even if you aren’t on Facebook).
  6. Blogging sites – Proudly prowled by WordPress.
  7. Virtual Assistants – You have severley disabled Alexa.
  8. Defunct Social Media – In MySpace no one can hear you scream.
  9. Twitter – Find people you know (drug them, blackmail them, kill them).
  10. YouTube – Create a personal chainsaw. Fill out the details to name your new chainsaw and verify your account.

As always, thanks for looking for innocent victims to chop up according to the voices in your head  🙂 

TVTA-BUSTER Halloween Movie Madness!

This Halloween TVTA has taken over an abandoned Blockbuster video store… Please make your video selections from the °TVTA-BUSTER HORROR SHELF° below. Choose 2 titles and get a 3rd free! Or why not take our Bloody Halloween Special: 7 titles in exchange for a litre of blood? C’mon, it’s only a teeny tiny litre of blood – the average human body contains nearly 5 litres of the stuff. It doesn’t even have to be your own blood!

Presenting: 24 Japanese horror movie posters. From originals to remakes to recently made. Many titles you’ll recognise, others perhaps not, some drift into genres like sci-fi and fantasy while retaining a suitable horror element.

Go ahead… pick your films wisely, lock the doors, close the curtains and enjoy! And don’t forget to rewind the tapes back to the beginning before returning them to the store!

°THE TVTA-BUSTER HORROR SHELF°

Oh oh, looks like someone slipped a copy of Toy Story into the Horror Section. Tut, tut, I hope that doesn’t mean some poor child somewhere is about to watch Hellraiser by mistake! Yikes, better get Wooof to go search the membership register pronto… 

Ecto-Plasma Saber – Inspired by the 1984 movie Ghostbusters

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Helloooooo Everybodies!!!!!!!! It is getting near to that time of the year where the Ghouls and Ghosts, Spectres and Spooks all come out to play. And to help protect you all I have joined forces with…

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?   

Look out for more special Halloween posts coming soon! 

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?   

Look out for our next special Halloween post!