Happy Thursday! Today is day four of Daily Dead’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide and for today’s picks, we have more slasher goodies, some kicks that would make Pinhead proud, a couple of one-of-a-kind Walking Dead nutcrackers and a recent board game that looks to be perfect for almost any age (even if it is for kids).
For the next few weeks in December, we’re going to be bringing you some of our very favorite gift ideas perfect for any horror or sci-fi fan, so read on to check out more killer genre-themed gift choices below and be sure to head back to Daily Dead tomorrow for more awesome stuff in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve found tons of badass gifts, picked with you guys in mind, so you’ll definitely want to keep checking back each day for all sorts of nifty items sure to tickle any horror fans’ fancy.
Movie: Even though it’s a title we’ve talked about quite a bit here lately, I still thought that Edgar Wright’s The World’s End Blu-ray is absolutely worth including. Yes, the movie totally rules, but what really seals the deal making this release a must-own is the amazing special features offered. As someone who loves pouring through behind-the-scenes featurettes, The World’s End is a goldmine for both fans of Wright and aspiring filmmakers as well. It’s a fitting ending to the “Cornetto Trilogy” and if you’ve been on the fence as to whether or not you wanted to snag yourself a copy, do it. It's absolutely worth the money and then some. Buy it HERE.
Apparel: For today’s apparel choices, I happened to find some really badass Hellraiser Nikes over at HorrorMerch.com. They are a little pricey, but hell, they’re Nikes and they’re way more awesome than the usual sneakers everyone is usually rocking. There’s also a great attention to detail too- the “I am in Hell- Help Me” blood scribbling is a nice touch as well as the Swoosh Puzzlebox design. You can check them out more HERE.
I also found some really different Freddy and Jason-inspired t-shirts over at Monster Merchandise. Their Friday the 13th design pretty much says it all with one word and the Surfing Freddy Kruger shirt gave off a horror-fied Point Break vibe that I totally dug. There's some really fun alternative designs you don’t see very often either.
Books: Hands down, one of my favorite interviews ever was the time that I spent 45 minutes chatting one-on-one with iconic filmmaker William Friedkin- the words compelling and incredible don’t even come close, to be honest. That’s why I put his recent novel, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir” on my Christmas list because the man has some amazing stories to share and you’re getting it straight from Friedkin himself. Known as one of the most polarizing directors of his or any generation, Friedkin has been behind some of the most influential films of all time, including The Exorcist.
Friedkin, now one of the most celebrated directors of the last five decades, openly admits some of many of his career regrets, like tossing away a piece of art from Jean-Michel Basquiat, dismissing the chance to do a music video for some up-and-coming musician in the early 80’s named Prince, and even turning down the chance to produce Star Wars. Mindblowing. And that’s just the prologue. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Buy it HERE.
Collectibles: First up in our collectibles choices are a trio of NECA horror ornaments featuring Leatherface, Freddy and Jason. NECA always does our genre proud and these ornaments are just awesome. You can buy the set HERE.
Okay, so I will wholly admit to discovering my next choice while watching Cartoon Network (I like to start my mornings with either “Teen Titans Go” or “Adventure Time”- don’t judge me). During a commercial break, an ad for this “ghostbusting”-type game came on called “Johnny the Skull” and I soon realized THIS IS THE TOY I WISHED I OWNED BACK IN 1984. Seriously this thing is so cool- it has a crazy skull that shoots ghost images all over the room and you have to shoot them down. Awesome. Usually “Johnny the Skull” runs about $30 but right now Toys R Us has it on sale for $17.99 right now. Definitely perfect for the youngsters, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind owning this myself. Buy it HERE.
The last two items I found while scouring Etsy for some fun horror gifts. They seem really cool for anyone who happens to be a Walking Dead fan and wants to show off their love of walkers at Christmas too with these one-of-a-kind nutcrackers. There’s a fun sheriff designed to look like Rick Grimes and for all you Daryl lovers out there, there’s even a nutcracker designed as an homage to everyone’s favorite Dixon brother. Very cool.