Sunday, October 03, 2021

Smiths Horror Bags Apron.

 I had this photo kindly sent to me, I think they obtained it from another website. Well I have never seen one of these vinyl aprons before, never even knew one existed. I think it is certainly one of the best Horror Bags items I have seen before. I just love the artwork on this, sure is a stunning piece. I don't think it is one of the many promotional goodies that could be sent away for by sending off so many empty packets. What ever the story on this apron, it's just so nice to see. Still need to come across the Vampire/Dracula toothbrush, the T-shirt, I forget what others, would also love to see any store displays.

A Big thank you for the Apron photo.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

2 more Minecraft re-creation builds

 Here we have another 2 builds from Minecraft. The first 2 pictures show the Wicker Man, easy to  build, but can look quite effective when the Sun is going down behind the Wicker Man like in the film.

The other 2 pictures are an attempted recreation of the Haunted House book cover by Aidan Chambers, like I use for The Cobwebbed Room banner at the top of the page, I wanted to use blueish blocks to try and make it more like the colours of the book cover. Even if it doesn't much look like it, I did it because I just love the picture.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Minecraft interpretations of Dracula's Castle and Frankenstein's tower lab

I am not really a computer gamer, but I do sometimes like to go on Minecraft and get creative, either doing my own designs of buildings, parks etc. Other times I like to try and re-create buildings I like from real life or try and make buildings I remember from when I was younger, buildings that have changed or not there at all. I had a go at trying to do the castle from the Bela Lugosi Dracula film of 1931, the difficult I had with building the castle were that there just isn't enough images showing what the castle looks like on the outside and only part of the interiors were shown in the film, which is understandable as only certain rooms are needed for the film, so I concentrated on the famous staircase scene and the vault where the coffins were kept. The rest of the castle I just used what ever photos I could find to re-create the castle. The same goes for the tower Lab from the Boris Karloff Frankenstein film of 1931. Also it can be difficult getting a good scale for rooms etc because of the size of the Minecraft blocks. I am quite pleased with the results and it keeps me amused.

Dracula's Castle stairway


The Crypt

Entrance to Frankenstein's Lab

Saturday, September 18, 2021

'Haunted House' board game [2nd edition]

It's been quite awhile since I posted on here, I'm really sorry if you have been checking back and just end up seeing the newest post from ages ago.

 I did a post on this particular edition of the Haunted House game quite awhile ago, but this time I had some better photos of what looks to be the complete game. My box wasn't in the best of shape and I hadn't all the pieces.

So thank you Neil for the photos


Tuesday, February 02, 2021

More Palladium Cellars memorabilia

 Here we have a few more items from The Palladium Cellars:

2 different fold out leaflets, one featuring the various sections of the Cellars and what displays are in each section

A letter explaining what the Palladium Cellars is and what visitors to the cellars will experience

Lastly is a wonderful poster which would of been displayed at the entrance

Thanks to David for the photos


The copyright on the album is 1987, the copyright on the stickers is 1986 for the Starbears and 1985 for the Scarebears stickers, the album is in 2 sections, the first is the section on Starbears which goes from sticker 1 to 180, then you flip it over from the back and this section covers the Scarebears stickers 181 to 330. The Scarebears features are Count Ted, Quasibear, Bone Bear, Hero - Worship, What I did on my holidays count Ted in Cannes France, Frankie Bear, Were Bear, Things that go bump in the night, Boo Bear and Tuten Bear. The Star Bears section of the album has the Zodiac as it's theme.

Here are a few examples from the quite rare 'Scarebears' sticker album. 

Thanks to Richard for the scans and information

Saturday, November 09, 2019

'Trebor Mummies' Trade advertisement

Here we have another contribution of a fantastic trade ad for 1980s 'Trebor Mummies'. This is really superb, I love the graphics on the display boxes, would love to come across one of those.
The text at the bottom reveals the secret flavors, the haunting 'Tales from the tomb' on the inside of the labels and the advertising campaigns on TV and in comics.
Thank you Jason for a great ad, please check out his brilliant page on collecting candy, some really cool packaging on there.

Collecting Candy

'1970s Monster glow-in-the-dark stickers'

I featured one of these stickers quite awhile ago and I have always wondered what the others looked like, so now at last thanks to a reader of the Cobwebbed Room they have provided a picture of their full set. Great looking stickers, not sure or have forgot how these stickers were bought at the time, were they sold as a set or were they single stickers? Either way really good to see these.
Thank you to the kind person who provided the picture of them.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

'Curse of the Werewolf' - Ken Hill musical theatre programme

I came across this theatre programme for the Ken Hill musical 'The Curse of the Werewolf' quite recently. I had heard of Ken Hill before and I knew that he also did plays/musicals for 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'The Invisible Man'. When I looked him up and saw that he also did 'The Curse of the Werewolf' I was intrigued. I have no idea if it is based at all on the Hammer film starring Oliver Reed, but seeing this brochure with the wonderful drawing of Oliver Reed as Leon the Werewolf which I think is the same artwork from the adaptation of the film by John Bolton featured in 'House of Hammer' magazine, I just had to have a copy of the programme. I have only included a few pages here which are more relevant this blog. One nice little touch is the mention of selling Walls 'Monster' lollies during the interval. I wonder if these are the 'Magic Monster' ice lollies which came out about the time of this production in 1980, the ones in which the wrapper would reveal a monster on the front when the lolly was taken out the wrapper. See an ad below. Never actually seen a photo of them or remember them from that time.

'Monster glow in the dark stickers'

An artist friend of mine has started a Patreon page which supports him in his artistic projects. By donating a small amount each month he will create a glow-in-the-dark monster sticker as a thank you for donating and supporting his projects. There are 3 stickers produced at the moment of a 'Killer Shrew', 'Creature [from the black Lagoon]' and 'Creeping Terror', these are beautiful pieces. I have just received the 3 stickers from him today and can assure you they really are a worthy edition to any monster collection. Also by joining his patreon page you can also make suggestions for any future stickers. Another project he is hoping to get off the ground is a self published book which will feature 30 original paintings devoted to 1980s/90s monster/horror nostalgia. Please check out his page which also contains some of his youtube videos which shows him painting in time lapse, some great paintings here one of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and John Carradine together [House of Long Shadows], Frankenhooker, Joe Bob Briggs [Monster Vision] etc.

He is a great guy and I know he will be really happy with the support and appreciation of his talents. Thank you.