Thursday, December 20, 2007

'HORROR BAGS' Bats TV advert

Well at long last I have managed to locate one of the Horror Bags Television adverts from the 1970's. I was almost beginning to doubt my mind that I had actually saw one when I was a child, but this here confirms that there were adverts for the Smith's snacks. I don't think this is the one I saw all those years ago, if it isn't then there are obviously more than one that were made; which I suppose is likely has Horror bags had been in production from 1974 up untill the early 1980's. This particular advert is as you can see from the screen shots one for the last of the range of horror bags 'Bats'. Frank Thornton who plays the vampire/Dracula is great fun whom has an assistant which I think is a Ygor/frankenstein monster character. Here we also see a shot of one of the actual Bat shaped corn snacks and the packet.

Untill I can work out how to put the advert here in The Cobwebbed room please enjoy these screen shots. I am hoping that some more will turn up sometime, I wonder how many more adverts of 'The snacks that go crunch in the night' there were?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


There have been a number of these shaped spagetti foods over the years, the most popular and well known being Alphabetti spagetti [I think thats right]. Quite a lot of the ones being made now are based on TV or films such as Scooby Doo, Teletubbies. The ones featured here 'Haunted house' first came out I think during the 1980's. The one of the left in the picture is from the 1980's, not sure the exact date, the other is from the 1990's. What I really like about them is not the shapes which were usually quite crude, but the actual artwork featured on the tins. I don't belive these are made anymore, certainly haven't seen them in quite awhile. Also in the picture is a Heinz Haunted house badge. I think I have a Haunted house Frieze too which has glow-in-the-dark removable stickers to stick on it, there may of been other promotional items over the years.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


The Horror colouring book I wrote about on the 8th November 2007 features on the cover images of Peter Cushing from Tales from the Crypt, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, Lon Chaney as The Wolfman, a female vampire from Scars of Dracula?, and a scene from House on haunted hill, unfortunatly none of these images appear in the colouring book. I have picked out a few pictures that seemed to be based on images from British horror films, other pictures in the book are either from American horror films or altered pictures from a film, or are made up pictures.

The ones I have included here that are based on British horror films are as follows:

From top to bottom
'Twins of evil' - Victim of Gustav Weil [Cushing] and his men
'The Vampire Lovers' - Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla
'The Skull' - Peter Cushing
'Dr.Phibes' - Vincent Price

Saturday, December 08, 2007

'BONE SHAKER' candy and coffin

The bone shaped sweets/candy that were contained in these little plastic coffins were hard and chalky with not much taste; the bone shaped peices could be fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to make a one armed, one legged skeleton [of which there is a diagram inside of the coffin lid]. Why on earth the skeleton only had one arm and one leg is a little strange. On top of the lid of the little coloured coffins was the name of the product 'BONE SHAKER' and underneath Candy BonBons. I think that most kids would of bought Bone Shakers essentially just for the coffin. These small shapely coffins came in a number of different colours, Red, orange, blue, green, and yellow [see pic, sorry its not very good] there may of been other colours, but I think these were the only ones. 'Bone Shaker' came out sometime during the 1980's and were made by Swizzels Matlow Ltd of Stockport. Anyone know of any magazine ads for Bone Shaker?

Thursday, December 06, 2007


Well seeing as its that time of year here is a couple of Fleetway covers for the Xmas period. 'Monster Fun' from 1975 featuring Frankie-Stein and Kid Kong, and the Whoopee issue featuring Frankie Stein as Father Christmas. I really love these covers, they are really vibrant.

Usually the stories inside would have a Christmas type storyline too.

Thanks to Rich for the Whoopee cover.

Monday, December 03, 2007

'Count Dracula's secret' Lolly - Trace - a - Face sticks

Here is the Trace-a-face lolly sticks that came with the Count Dracula's Secret ice-lolly from about 1976. These are the six that could be collected:

From top to bottom -







I am not sure how you traced the face in order because they don't seem to be any numbers or indication on what goes where.