Well it looks like I have to watch what I say and do because halfway around the world someone will get pissed and send me a cease and desist note, (not to mention that they will tattle to the social media giant that they found you on – insert spooky wiggling fingers here). I won’t go into any more detail of the event because I don’t want to be sued and have the Folger’s coffee can that is Horror-Writer’s bank broken. (Turns the Folger’s can upside down, nothing falls out.)
Since I’m still bitter about this and in the mood to be an asshole, I think the items I speak about this week will be ones that have been recalled for legal reasons. Certain ones were either cease and desist, or all out sued over. Remember that this makes them a rare find! Every other one might be worth a small fortune to the right buyer. Whatever the cost may be!
You can’t please everyone, and most of those people read my articles. Oh well, my lackadaisical attitude is kicking in and I’m becoming immune to the bullshit. Usually this is what gets me in trouble.
Going forward I do want to stop and thank all the HW fans that spoke up and said really nice things to support us. (Thanks C.L.!)Remember that we do all this for you as we stand to make no profit off of it. Every writer here spends their free time de(ad)icating to this site and that is what keeps it going! Every article is carefully treated as their baby with time consuming edits and rewrites. Now that you know that, we hope you appreciate everything. Each time you read an article, drop that writer a quick tweet or follow on Twitter and tell them thank you (or if you are like my readers, that they suck). Remember that kindness goes a long way!
Once again the lawyers are making me say (sighs)…Neither myself nor Horror-Writers endorses the following listings and have no financial gain (unfortunately) associated with the sale of the items featured in this article. So don’t freakin’ sue us!
Friday the 13th part 8 Advanced Poster – Recalled D/T Cease and Desist from the city of NY 1989
First up on the chopping block is the Friday the 13th part 8 (Jason Takes Manhattan) poster. Apparently no one asked the city of New York if they could borrow the “I heart NY” logo when they created this design. The design was replaced with a menacing Jason appearing over the NY skyline “KIlroy wuz here style”. The posters were recalled and destroyed but a few still remain hanging around if you can get your hands on them. Remember that this at the end of the 1980’s so posters were starting to become 40 x 27 as opposed to 41 x 27. This particular one is the former.
One of these without pin holes and creases can go for about $40. (Which is a steal if you are a F13 fan.)
Twilight of the Dead Poster – Recalled D/T Cease and Desist from George Romero 1980
Yep, good ‘ole George Romero was trying to protect his “…Of the Dead” series and forced the filmmaker to change the name of this movie to what we know it as today, “The Gates of Hell” after sending them a cease and desist. Too much “Dawn” imaging? Too much of the same font? How about too much “Of the Dead”? I don’t really care. You be the judge. You know my rules about posters and their sizes, quality, fold lines, etc by now.
$135 and up if you can find one. Good luck with that. Let me know how that works out for you. On second thought, no don’t. I don’t really care.
The Omen advance poster – Recalled due to pressure from Catholic Church 1976
I’m not bashing the Catholic Church here; I’m just stating the facts! The inverted cross that little Damien Thorn casts in his shadow was not seen as “Kosher”. Wait, no that’s the wrong religion. Oh, Blasphemous! That’s it. As always, they were recalled and destroyed while a few leaked out. Later the cross inversion was replaced with the shadow of a wolf. I’m sure King Diamond is blowing their minds right about now. (Shall we talk about Gene Simmons suing King over the face paint in the middle 1990’s?)
I’ve seen these go easily for $300 and up.
A Nightmare on My Street, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Single – Suit settled out of court
New Line Cinema sued the newly Fresh Prince when he released this song. Will Smith agreed to put this sticker on the cover “[This song] is not part of the soundtrack…and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films.” In the song he refers to Freddy as “Fred” and then goes on to describe his sweater, hat, and glove. Not to mention that he also rips the theme off as a hook throughout.
Pay whatever you want. Just don’t admit that you own this crap.
Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit Boxed DVD Set – Recalled Due to Cease and Desist by American Red Cross
Well as soon as the American Red Cross got a hold of these, they were gone for obvious reasons. I’m sure it sounded something like this in the meeting.
“And next up, we need to address the issue of…this.”
Hal reaches for the boxed set. “Well what’s wrong with an instructional DVD Hal?”
“Probably nothing if the instructional DVD taught decapitation, abdominal goring, and boob groping and didn’t have our logo on it, Frank! That’s a splatter gore horror movie.”
“What? We can’t have our logo on films about decapitations, and abdominal stabbings!”
“And boob groping, Frank.” Hal adds.
“Woah, slow down there Hal! Let’s not be picky. Who are we to judge?”
$40-$50 for the set.
With that, the court will recess until next week. I guess I will go and play Judas Priest’s Stained Class record backwards, (you can look up that joke below)
while snuggling up to a good John Grisham novel, (you can look up that joke below)
and sip a cold Star Bock beer, (you can look up that joke below)
Until then, remember what I always say, come on everyone and say it with me…
Screw you to you and you know who you are!