How many people remember the 1988 Topps Company's Fright Flicks trading card set?
While the set focused a lot on the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, it also contained images from Alien, Aliens, An American Werewolf in London, Day of the Dead, The Fly (1986), Fright Night, Ghostbusters, Poltergeist, Poltergeist II, Predator, Pumpkinhead, and the obscure Vengeance of the Demon. The set was sadly devoid of the Friday the 13th franchise, and with no surprise since the franchise completely missed the memorabilia market in the 1980s.
The cards themselves contained images from the movies, sometimes even gore scenes with witty captions and printed on the trademark 1980s Topps cardboard in a wax pack with a stick of stale chewing gum.
While horror movies get a lot of marketing attention these days, and even loads of memorabilia, nothing really can capture the nostalgia of 1980s era memorabilia. Everything seemed special in those days, and everything was super hard to find - especially for us who lived far from suburbia and shopping malls.