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Crimson (Yule) Tide: NECA Dolls Up Misfits’ Fiend for Xmas

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NECA’s newest Misfits mascot includes a face sculpt inspired by artist Basil Gogos’ seasonal interpretation of The Crimson Ghost (Photo courtesy of NECA)

Slay Riding…

While no one should be sitting on Santa’s lap this year, we think kids would avoid this particular St. Nick surrogate under any circumstances. Next to The Grinch, he’s the least desirable creature you’d want dropping down your chimney and sniffing around for your cookies.

Even so, there are those of us who have a taste for “Alt Xmas” decorating and NECA Collectibles obliges with this manageable manifestation of villainy, a seasonal version of The Fiend.

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Inspired by The Crimson Ghost, a serialized 1946 Republic Films adventure movie, the unique cloaked skull with skeleton bone gloves became familiar to boomer kids in the pulpy pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and was eventually immortalized as the icon to the horror punk band The Misfits.

In scale with their other rock band mascots, The NECA Fiend figure stands 8 inches tall and comes outfitted with a removable cap, a green toy back, and extra set of hands – the better to grip you with.

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Photos Courtesy of NECA Toys

Two Faces Have I…

Also included in the window display box is a second face sculpt based on artist Basil Gogos‘ Santa Fiend painting. Gogo’s work emblazoned the covers of Famous Monsters magazine in its formative and most influential years, as well as the cover of The Misfits’ American Psycho album. His color-filled imagery has been emulated by a multitude of artists for horror related publications ever since.

Other Gogos inspired merchandise, including Santa Fiend lapel pins and air fresheners, can be found on the Misfits website.

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Artist Basil Gogos’ depiction of the Fiend for the Misfits’ American Psycho album.

Devil in the Details: Little Shoppe of Horrors Documents Final Hammer Film

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Artist Belle Dee illustrates “To the Devil…A Daughter” for the cover of Little Shoppe of Horrors #39.


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The Shadow of Your Smile: Criterion’s “Vampyr” Box

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The 2008 “Vampyr” Criterion Box Set. Loaded with historical goodies.

SkeletonPete Says…
Though I normally end a post with the “SkeletonPete Says” section I think it appropriate to preface this particular blog entry with some introduction to its genesis.

This piece is only one small part of the Criterion Blog-A-Thon that officially began yesterday. The Criterion Collection is noted for its restoration of aging film elements, and attention to detail in its bonus features, often producing what most consider definitive DVD and BluRay releases.

Thanks and kudos to Aaron (Criterion Blues) Ruth (Silver Screenings) and Kristina (Speakeasy) who created and are administering this massive, 200 plus post, Blog-a-geddon. It is unlikely I would have endeavored to revisit Vampyr or Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ethos had it not been for the impetus of this online event. Film buffs who trawl the Criterion Blog-A-Thon should have enough to read until December 2020. Please send the blog posts you like some social media (#CriterionBlogathon) and comment love, and follow the ones that you think will float your boat in the long run.
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