Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blast from the Past, 1988

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.


  1. I have the full set of these. I must be wrong but i thought they had a few images from A new Beginning. Vengeance the Demon is an alternate title for Pumpkinhead.

  2. You may be right, I do not have the full set. However, looking through the titles I did not notice ANB.

  3. Such a cool find my friend ;-) Also agree'd with you on that sadly the Friday franchise missed a lot of the '80s mainstream marketing/nostalgic market, however, Jason Voorhee's Part 3-D/Richard Brooker image WAS on the "Horror Squirters" now too, though.

    Supposedly Twister Sister's Dee Snider had a hard in marketing them & creating him in his own words in a back issue of Fangoria.