11 Spooky Gifts for Horror Lovers

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Amazon

You don’t have to wait until the winter holidays to buy gifts for the special people in your life. If you know someone who can quote every line from The Exorcist, the season of giving starts in October, right in time for Halloween. From horror movie swag to creepy housewares, these gift ideas are perfect for any time of year.

1. Pennywise Funko Pop!; $11

Everyone’s least favorite clown is here to terrorize your desktop. This Funko Pop! doll from the It movies comes in a variety of styles, including one with Georgie’s ill-fated paper boat.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Universal Classic Monsters Blu-Ray Collection; $58

Universal monster movies Blu-Ray set.
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For the horror fan in your life that loves the classics, this Blu-ray set features six early Universal monster movies that defined a genre. Watching the original portrayals of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman on screen will give any cinephile a deeper appreciation for modern horror movies.

Buy It: Amazon (You can go even bigger with the 30-film set for $126 here.)

3. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film; $18

Cover of horror book.
Princeton Classics

Some horror fans love mindlessly consuming scary movies, while others spend hours thinking about them after the credits roll. The book Men, Women, and Chain Saws by Carol J. Clover is the perfect gift for the academic horror buff. It dissects the role gender plays in horror films, looking at everything from the slasher/victim dynamic to the final girl trope.

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4. Jason Voorhees T-Shirt; $15

Sad Jason t-shirt.
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Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise seems a lot less terrifying in this “Friday the 12th” graphic tee.

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5. Horror Villains Mug; $15.95

Horror icons mug.
Funny Gift Family

Do you know someone who has trouble waking up in the morning? Drinking coffee from this mug—which is features Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Michael Myers—should scare them awake.

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6. Overlook Hotel Throw Rug; $29.47

Overlook Hotel throw rug.
Young Home

Measuring 48 inches long and 63 inches wide, this throw rug isn’t exactly big enough to ride your big wheel over it. But any fans of The Shining will immediately recognize it as the carpet pattern from the Overlook Hotel and be on the lookout for creepy twins lurking around the corner.

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7. The Exorcist Poster; $8.94

Poster for The Exorcist.
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The poster for The Exorcist, designed by legendary artist Bill Gold, is one of the most iconic movie images of all time. This 24-by-36 inch print makes whatever room it’s displayed in feel a little unsettling.

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8. Handbook For The Recently Deceased Journal; $9

Cover of Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
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You don’t have to say its name three times to conjure this book into your life. The Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Beetlejuice is available for mortals to purchase. But you won’t find instructions for living your best afterlife inside—instead, it’s filled with blank notebook pages for your own writing.

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9. The Ring Enamel Pin ; $13.95

Samara enamel pin.
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The scene of Samara emerging from her well is burned into the brains of everyone who saw The Ring. Now, Ring fans can own that iconic image in the form of a cute enamel pin.

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10. Slash Cards: The Horror Movie Trivia Game; $35

Horror trivia game.
Slash Cards/Amazon

If you know someone who considers themselves a horror expert, challenge their knowledge with a game of trivia. This game divides questions into five spooky categories and is playable in two modes: Slasher and Survivor. With more than 400 movies featured, players need to know their stuff in order to be the last one standing in this game.

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11. Creature From the Black Lagoon Film Cell Bookmark; $10

Creature From the Black Lagoon bookmark.
Filmcells Ltd

The iconic promotional art from Creature From the Black Lagoon would be enough to make this bookmark appeal to horror lovers. But it also comes with a real cell from an original film reel, bumping its status up from novelty gift to collector’s item.

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The First Full Trailer for The Crown Season 3 Is Here

Des Willie, Netflix
Des Willie, Netflix

Star Wars obsessives aren't the only people in for a trailer treat today: Nearly two years after the second season of The Crown debuted, the award-winning series about the early days of Queen Elizabeth II's reign is just weeks away from its return. And on Monday morning, Netflix released the first full trailer for The Crown's new season.

While we've known some of the basic details about the new season—like the time frame in which it takes place and that Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies would be taking over the roles of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip—this is the first in-depth glimpse we've gotten at what's in store for season 3.

The role duty plays in the lives of the British royal family appears to be an overarching theme, with the trailer showing the country in distress but each of the characters putting on a smiling face for the public. While Elizabeth and Philip's relationship will continue to take center stage in the pricey period drama, Princess Margaret (now played by Helena Bonham Carter) will struggle with her role of being the Queen's sister. And Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) will have to choose between his love for Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell) and his duty as the heir apparent to the throne.

Netflix will debut The Crown season 3 on November 17, 2019.

10 Facts About the Beastie Boys's 'Sabotage' Video

Beastie Boys via YouTube
Beastie Boys via YouTube

With their raucous mix of rock and hip-hop, the Beastie Boys were a band everyone could love. They also made killer music videos, and their 1994 video for “Sabotage” is arguably one of the greatest in the history of the medium. Directed by Spike Jonze and inspired by ‘70s cop shows, “Sabotage” finds the Beasties in cheesy suits, wigs, and mustaches, cavorting around L.A. like a bunch of bootleg Starskys and Hutches. If you were alive in the ‘90s, you’ve seen “Sabotage” a million times, but there’s a lot you might not know about this iconic video.

1. It all began with a photo shoot.

Spike Jonze met the Beastie Boys when he photographed them for Dirt magazine in the early 1990s. The band showed up with its own concept. “For years, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz had been talking about doing a photo session as undercover cops—wearing ties and fake mustaches and sitting in a car like we were on a stakeout,” Adam “MCA” Yauch told New York Magazine. Jonze loved the idea so much he tagged along when the Beasties went wig shopping. “Then, while he was taking the pictures, he was wearing this blond wig and mustache the whole time,” Yauch said. “For no apparent reason.” So was born a friendship that begat “Sabotage.”

2. Spike Jonze filmed “Sabotage” without permits.

The Beasties weren’t big fans of high-budget music videos with tons of people on the set. So they asked Jonze to hire a couple of assistants and run the whole production out of a van. “Then we just ran around L.A. without any permits and made everything up as we went along,” MCA told New York. They’re lucky the real cops never showed up.

3. The Beastie Boys did all their own stunt driving.

After binge-watching VHS tapes of The Streets of San Francisco and other ‘70s cop shows, the Beasties knew they needed some sweet chase scenes. “We bought a car that was about to die,” Mike D told Vanity Fair. “We just drove the car ourselves. We almost killed the car a couple of times, but we definitely didn’t come close to killing ourselves.”

4. “Sabotage” inspired the opening sequence of Trainspotting.

Danny Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting famously opens with Ewan McGregor and his buddies running through the streets of Edinburgh to the tune of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life.” In the DVD commentary, Boyle revealed that the scene was inspired by “Sabotage.”

5. Two cameras were harmed in the making of “Sabotage.”

“Sabotage” was supposed to be a low-budget affair—and it would’ve been, had Jonze been a little more careful with his rented cameras. He destroyed a Canon Scoopic when the Ziploc bag he used to protect the camera during an underwater shot proved less than airtight. He apparently told the rental agency the camera stopped working on its own, but he wasn’t as lucky when an Arriflex SR3 fell out of a van window. That cost $84,000, effectively tripling the cost of the video.

6. MCA crashed the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards to protest “Sabotage” being shut out.

At the 1994 MTV VMAs, “Sabotage” was nominated for five awards, including Video of the Year. In one of the great injustices of all time, it lost in all five categories. When R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” won Best Direction, MCA invaded the stage dressed as Nathanial Hörnblowér, his Swiss uncle/filmmaker alter-ego. “Since I was a small boy, I had dreamed that Spike would win this,” MCA said as a confused Michael Stipe looked on. “Now this has happened, and I want to tell everyone this is a farce, and I had the ideas for Star Wars and everything.”

7. There’s a “Sabotage” comic book you can download for free.

After MCA’s death in 2012, artist Derek Langille created a seven-page “Sabotage” comic book in tribute to the fallen musician and filmmaker. You can download it for free here.

8. There’s also a “Sabotage” novel.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Sabotage,” Oakland-based author and Beasties super-fan Jeff Gomez wrote a five-act novel inspired by the video. He spent months researching cop movies and real-life police lingo, and he watched “Sabotage” about 100 times, keeping a detailed spreadsheet of all the action unfolding onscreen. “They created a really great universe, and I just wanted to play around in it for a little bit,” Gomez told PBS.

9. There’s a “Sabotage”/Sesame Street mashup on YouTube.

In 2017, YouTuber Is This How You Go Viral, a.k.a. Adam Schleichkorn, created the video “Sesametage,” a reimagining of “Sabotage” made with edited bits of Sesame Street. It stars Big Bird as himself, The Count as Cochese, and Oscar the Grouch as Bobby, “The Rookie.” Super Grover, Telly, Cookie Monster, and Bert and Ernie also turn up in this hilarious spoof of a spoof.

10. “Sabotage” nearly became a movie—kind of.

Jonze and the Beasties had such a blast making “Sabotage” that they wrote a script for a feature film called We Can Do This. The movie, which they later abandoned, was set to feature MCA in two roles: Sir Stuart Wallace, one of his “Sabotage” characters, and Nathaniel Hörnblowér (whom he portrayed during that 1994 VMAs protest). Jonze told IndieWire the film would’ve been “ridiculous and fun,” which sounds like the understatement of the century. “There were no 1970s cops in it, but it was definitely in the same spirit,” he said.

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