Tag Archives: horror

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  🙂 

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! 

Top Seven Scariest Whistles!

We’re not talking about scary whistles like this …

Pinterest.

… Or even these …

Ghoul-head whistles by Bung Art Studios.

… We’re talking about scary whistles expelled from the pursed lips of the most callous, evil, monstrous, devious, or just downright ingenious characters from film and TV.

So, whet your whistles, take a deep breath, and join us as we count down from seven to one…

SEVEN The Shadmock’s whistle. The Monster Club. 1981.

Vincent Price Priceless Advice: “Vampires sup, werewolves hunt, ghouls tear, Shaddies lick, maddies yawn, mocks blow, but shadmocks only whistle.”

SIX Billy The Kid’s whistle. Young Guns. 1988.

Don’t let that smile fool you. And if the smile turns to a whistle then you’re in serious trouble!

FIVE Yondu’s whistle. Guardians of the Galaxy. 2014.

Whistle while you work? Don’t be messing about when Yondu purses his lips. You might get arrowed. Devastating!

FOUR Negan’s whistle. The walking Dead.

Not a very tuneful whistle from everyone’s favourite baseball-wielding pyscho, but there’s no way I’m telling Negan that! And just try imitating this whistle yourself. Not as easy as you might think.

THREE Hans Beckert’s whistle. M. 1931.

The jolly classic In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg expelled from the lips of serial child killer Hans Beckert in Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic crime drama.

TWO Omar’s whistle. The Wire.

Chain-smoking, shotgun-toting Omar swaggers into your neigbourhood whistling nursery rhymes. Time to be very worried.

ONE Elle Driver’s whistle. Kill Bill: Volume 1. 2003.

Classic Tarantino scene of the whistling Californian Mountain Snake arriving to kill the Bride. The tune is Twisted Nerve by Bernard Herrman from the 1968 film of the same name. I’ve included the original whistle by ‘Georgie’ as well as Elle Driver’s whistle.

Pheeeeeep! There goes the full-time whistle!

Thank you for sucking in your cheeks and blowing with us 🙂

Can you think of any other scary whistlers in cinema or TV?

Ghoul-head whistle pic courtesy of Bung Art Studios

Whistling Dracula Teeth pic found on Pinterest

Halloween countdown: 3

Question: When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Answer: When he’s a werelok!

Part 3 of 5. Introducing a selection of panels and the cover of Doctor Who Weekly, 7th May, 1980, Dogs of Doom by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons.


1980 advert for the story The Dogs of Doom.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

Thanks for time travelling with us! Look out for Halloween countdown number 2 coming soon…

Halloween countdown: 4

Part 2 of 5. I want my 80s horror!

Greg Hildebrandt poster. Starlog. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

US. Swamp Thing. 1989.

Little Shop of Horrors. Colan and Hunt. 1986.

UK. Starburst. 1987.

Starburst. 1988.

Zeira Urshurak starlog 37 1980

Thanks for 80s doom dancing with us! Look out for countdown number 3 coming soon…

Halloween countdown: 5

TVTA has been busy preparing for this year’s Halloween. Costumes are ready, the pumpkin tools have been sharpened, the scanning room has been dimly lit, and Wooof has been busily reading his new pop-up book: Hey cats, how to turn into bats and back again in five easy steps!

Five. Fine. Let’s use that number to begin our Halloween countdown as TVTA presents five spooky posts oozing scare-tastic scans of the frightful and fiendish all the way up to October 31!

ZOMBIES

We begin our creepy countdown with scans from a 1982 issue of UK magazine Starburst which paid homage to zombies in cinema and TV.

Starburst 48, 1982. Cover. This special issue was devoted to screen zombies, and featured interviews with George A Romero, Lucio Fulci and Jean Rollin.

Starburst 48, 1982. Le lac des morts vivants (Zombie Lake). Jean Rollin pictured top right.

Thank you for walking with us! Look out for countdown number 4 coming soon…

V is for Vigilance…

Yesterday, when I walked in the park, I met this lady. She wore shades of purple paisley, and appeared to me to be splendiferously dandy. And her accent was French and clipped with American, as she asked me if I recognised her. I said no – for she was the perfect stranger to my eyes. And then she laughed, and replied: Excellent! So my disguise is working after all (for certain, she’d had her doubts about this). Please tell me, who are you? I asked her. Shhh… she said. Now that would be telling wouldn’t it?

Masks and Costumes. Volume I

Suggested listening:



Pause transmision. Vigilance.