If you’re like me and grew up on 80’s horror, then maybe you remember a little weekly running event on the USA Network called Saturday Nightmares? Every Saturday night, you could stay up and watch your favorite horror movies with the nudity edited, but usually the gore staying primarily intact. It would usually be a double feature, and in between those features you could sometimes catch a little horror short to pass the time before diving into movie number two.
Thanks to Youtube this morning, I stumbled upon one of those aforementioned horror shorts called The Dummy. I haven’t seen this since my days of convincing my parents to stay up to partake in Saturday Nightmares, and it was definitely a nice trip down memory lane. Now before you watch, just know that this was a student film and it’s from 1982, so the quality is a bit sketchy. The music is great though and it’s got a creepy killer ventriloquist, so you really can’t go wrong there, right? On top of all of that, it’s been confirmed that this short inspired the story of Chucky from the Child’s Play franchise. Keep that in mind when you’re watching!
Antique stores hold a bevy of wondrous treasures that can fill your heart with joy and excitement. Antique stores also can smell like a musty old lady who sucks on Halls cough drops for 24 hours straight. But the bevy of wondrous treasures trumps an old lady smell here, and I’ve been on a mission to scour these vintage shops for some great horror-related finds.
A few years back while visiting family in my small Indiana hometown, I stopped in a little antique store with my wife and stumbled upon quite possibly the creepiest doll I had ever seen. It had a porcelain cracked face, a modest $30 price tag, and could have easily been the star of it’s own horror movie. I procrastinated though, didn’t purchase it, and have been depressed ever since for passing it up. Fate was on my side though my friends, because just last week I went back to the same small Indiana town and came across a smaller, but equally creepy doll that was a steal at only $10.
After disturbing the saleslady with my purchase, I felt like my life was now complete because I had a new edition to my horror family. She’s a little shy, so please bear with her because she’s not used to all of this attention. So without further adieu, I present to you: Rosemary (I just gave her that name)
I know what you’re saying……I really need to be nice to this guy now or else he will unleash the evil that is Rosemary upon me. And you would be right. That’s what I call leverage, and Rosemary is now a part of me and a part of anyone around me. Hmmmm….think I just noticed some people distance themselves. I am eternally grateful for the chance to discover my newfound friend here and support the little local antique store at the same time. So keep an eye out if you’re ever in a resale shop for that rare creepy doll that can bring joy into your horror heart. And please let me know if you find one. Rosemary needs a friend to play with after all.