Category Archives: Horror

This Weekend: Mad Monster Horror Convention in Phoenix

Mad Monster Convention

New Store Photos and Halloween/Horror Section! L@@K!

Our staff has been working diligently to restock and rearrange Toy Anxiety.  There’s lots of new items to be found all over the store.  Also, come check out our new Halloween/Horror section before the season ends!  Have a look at some of what has changed in these pictures, and hurry in if you find something you want.  Some things just don’t last too long! 

Thanks to all our Toy Anxiety friends!

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Top 108 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives (SDCC) for 2011 with Photos (I am done!)

So, I stopped the list this year at 108 items. I probably could have added another 25+ items, but I am tired. I started the list back in April, so I spent 4 months on it. I am already thinking of a different way to format it for next year (perhaps even offering a PDF you can print with photos).

So, as of today, we have 108 San Diego Comic Con 2011 Exclusives listed with Photos.

Thanks to all of you who visited our site during Comic Con.

Click Here for our Final SDCC 2011 Exclusives List

Top 100 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives (SDCC) 2011 with Photos

We finally did it!

As of today, we have 100 San Diego Comic Con 2011 Exclusives listed with Photos.

Click Here for our SDCC 2011 Exclusives List

Cyber-Monday Super Sale! Toy Anxiety Holiday Sale!

Cyber-Monday Super Sale!! 

Save 5%-20% Off Your Order!*

Take 5% off $25.00-$49.99, 10% off $50.00-$74.99, 15% off $75.00-$99.99 and 20% off $100.00 or more!* Monday, November 30th ONLY.

* $25.00/$50.00/$75.00/$100.00 minimum order is before shipping and/or taxes. Order must contain $25.00-$100.00 or more of product. Discount does not apply to trades. Discount will be automatically applied to your order once minimum amount has been reached. No coupon code required.

 

Sale is one day only – Monday, November 30th, 2009.

Subject 193: The Military BioChemical Engineer – Zombie Contest Entry

Subject 193

Here is Saintsyn’s entry into our Zombie Contest.

There are only 6 days left to submit your entry!

We want to see your best Zombies!

There are three categories in our contest. There will be a winner for each category, plus fame, fortune, and fans wanting to meet you worldwide. Here are the categories:

1. Original Concept: Zombies in this category are of a completely original design. You want to make a Dentist zombie, a Cowboy zombie, anything you can think of as long as it’s not based on any specific license.

2. Nazi Zombies: For all you Military enthusiasts and/or fans of Call of Duty World at War, we want to see your best Nazi Zombie. The closer to the look of the game, the more likely you’ll have a chance at winning.

3. Celebrity Zombie: Enter in this category if your Zombie is designed after a particular Celebrity or a character from a movie or TV show. What if Indiana Jones stumbled upon some zombie natives and got bitten? That’s the type of stuff we want to see here. No recreations of existing Zombie characters!

To enter, post your custom zombie images on one of our two sites:

Sideshow Forum site

OneSixthWarrior Forum site

 Be sure to mention which category your image is being entered in. Anyone wishing to participate in this contest may have 1 entry per category. Entries will be accepted through midnight, Saturday October 24th, 2009. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Winners will be chosen based on the concept behind the entry, and how much effort went into making it. Just know that popping a Sideshow’s The Dead zombie head on any particular body isn’t going to win you any prizes. We want to see some thought and creativity here. Use your BRAAAAINNNSS!

The prize, for the winner in each category, will receive a $50 Toy Anxiety eGift Certificate!

If you have any questions about the contest please email us at customerservice@toyanxiety.com. Thank you and good luck boils and ghouls!

‘Paranormal Activity’ Movie Becomes a Surprised Hit

Paranormal Activity Audience Reaction(CNN) — The new horror movie “Paranormal Activity” could be filling movie studio marketing departments with fear.

“Paranormal Activity” tells the story of a couple determined to discover if their house is haunted.

Using a campaign of limited showings, social media and word-of-mouth fan buzz, the film has managed to become a breakout hit without the aid of a glitzy marketing campaign — or even a traditional movie trailer.

According to Variety, the very low-budget film (it reportedly cost $11,000), which played in fewer than 200 theaters, raked in $7.1 million over the weekend — a record for a limited-release film. The film had an impressive $44,163 per-screen average and placement in the top five of the box office ratings over the weekend.

“We think it’s exciting that they are taking this grassroots approach to independent film because sometimes independent films do get lost in the shuffle,” said Kevin Carr, a writer/reviewer for the site Film School Rejects. “It’s a unique test to see if people can demand things outside of standard marketing campaigns.”

“Paranormal Activity” bills itself as “the first-ever major film release demanded by you.”

The movie, which was an audience favorite at the alternative Slamdance festival in early 2008, was acquired by Dreamworks (then a part of Paramount Pictures) two years ago.

The studio initially planned to remake it using better-known actors. But after studio executives, including Steven Spielberg, viewed it, they decided the film could stand more or less as it was (though director Oren Peli did shorten the film and shoot a new ending).

The movie gained buzz after Paramount began late-night screenings in college towns, and fans took to Twitter and other sites to hail the scary flick, which centers on a young couple who believe their house may be haunted.

Paramount increased the interest by urging fans to sign on to ParanormalMovie.com and demand theaters in their locations show the film.

Peli posted a video on YouTube expressing gratitude to the fans and urging them to continue rooting for the movie.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to speak directly to the fans and thank you all for the amazing support,” Peli said on the video. “It’s just been overwhelming especially considering the long road this film had for three years and the studio wanting to do a remake.”

More than a million people have heeded the call. The result has been a groundswell of interest rivaling that of big-budget films.

Megan Colligan, co-president of marketing for Paramount, said the studio had a limited budget for advertising the film, so its marketing had to be tightly targeted.

Moreover, condensing its atmosphere into a 30-second TV spot was a challenge, so executives opted to produce a trailer showing fans waiting in line for the movie and their reaction to the film, said Josh Greenstein, who also serves as co-president of marketing for Paramount.

“It was very important that we sold this as an experience and rather than just a movie,” he said. “When people saw the movie they loved it so much and there is such a slow build of terror that you have to sit through to experience the full effect of the movie, so we changed the marketing techniques in advertising and online to make it more experiential.”

The unique marketing campaign appears to have paid off.

“The fans have really made this their film and they are doing the bulk of the work [to market the film],” Colligan said.

“The film is selling itself,” Greenstein added.

Critics have also taken notice, and have showered the film with good reviews.

In giving the movie an A-minus grade, Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote “With its this-is-really-happening vibe, ‘Paranormal Activity’ scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clichés. The fear is real, all right, because the fear is really in you.”

Overall, the film has earned a strong 85 percent approval rating at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Moviegoers agree. Rajiim Gross, an iReporter who posted a review of the film, said he found “Paranormal Activity” to be much better than “Blair Witch Project,” another indie-horror film to which it is being compared. Check out Rajiim Gross’ iReport

“It actually scared the hell out of me,” Gross said. “I saw it during the day and I would hate to be someone who went home after seeing it late at night.”

Gross said he believed the studio was smart to leverage the Internet to spread the word. Video Watch Rajiim Gross’ review of ‘Paranormal Activity’ »

“The best advertising is word of mouth,” Gross said. “People tell 10 friends, they go see it and they tell 10 more friends and soon you have an entire community who wants to see it.”

Carr, whose Film School Rejects site has been following the frenzy, said the movie “gets inside of your head” and benefits from the traditional fan support that horror films often enjoy.

That, coupled with the big cinema thrills and chills, should add up to continued box office success, Carr said.

“Watching it with 250 strangers in a movie theater and getting everybody to jump at the same time definitely has an effect,” he said. “It’s the event film right now of the year, which is something that needs to be experienced.”

District 9 Fans: Enter our Halloween Custom 1:6 Figure Contest

Today, Dan and Ron announced our 1st Annual Toy Anxiety Halloween Custom 1:6 Figure Contest

Toy Anxiety Zombie ContestTo celebrate the upcoming Halloween season, we’d like to invite you to participate in our custom 1:6 scale figure contest.

We want to see your best Zombies!

There are going to be 3 Categories:

1. Original Concept: Zombies in this category are of a completely original design. You want to make a Dentist zombie, a Cowboy zombie, anything you can think of as long as it’s not based on any specific license.

2. Nazi Zombies: For all you Military enthusiasts and/or fans of Call of Duty World at War, we want to see your best Nazi Zombie. The closer to the look of the game, the more likely you’ll have a chance at winning.

3. Celebrity Zombie: Enter in this category if your Zombie is designed after a particular Celebrity or a character from a movie or TV show. What if Indiana Jones stumbled upon some zombie natives and got bitten? That’s the type of stuff we want to see here. No recreations of existing Zombie characters!

To enter, post your images on our Sideshow Forum site. Be sure to mention which category your image is being entered in. Anyone wishing to participate in this contest may have 1 entry per category. Entries will be accepted through midnight, Saturday October 24th, 2009. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Winners will be chosen based on the concept behind the entry, and how much effort went into making it. Just know that popping a Sideshow’s The Dead zombie head on any particular body isn’t going to win you any prizes. We want to see some thought and creativity here. Use your BRAAAAINNNSS!

The prize, for the winner in each category, will receive a $50 Toy Anxiety eGift Certificate!

If you have any questions about the contest please email us at customerservice@toyanxiety.com. Thank you and good luck boils and ghouls!

 

New Items in our Phoenix Store as of 09/19/09

disneynmbcgolDan just sent me a list of new items in our Phoenix store. If you are interested in any of these items, contact Dan at customerservice@toyanxiety.com.

Disney Gallery of Light Nightmare Before Christmas Winter Spiral Hill Scene

Halo Remote Control Warthog

McFarlane Halo 3 Wave 5 Figures

 Diamond Select

    MiniMates Marvel Series 27 Ultimates

    Marvel Select Marvel Girl Action Figure

 Hasbro

    Star Wars Clone Wars Figures Wave 8

    Star Wars Legacy Collection Figures Wave 8

 Mezco

    Cinema of Fear 3 3/4 Figure Collection

        Freddy Krueger

        Jason Voorhees

        Leatherface

 NECA

    Large Selection of Nightmare Before Christmas Items

newmoon    Twilight New Moon Action Figures

        Edward

        Bella

        Jacob

        Alice

 Collections

    Lord of the Rings Loose Figures

 

Comic Con 2009 Movie Previews – The Wolfman

The Wolfman

Benicio Del Toro in “The Wolfman”

(Universal Pictures)