Horror is one of those genres where merchandise and tie-in products always seem to run to the weird side of things. Whether it’s because they’re unexpected or because the idea may have not been completely thought out, here are a few of the strangest tie-in products to have ever hit the market.
Multiple Horror Movie Slots
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One of the most curious has to be the slot games that take their theme from horror movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien. They play like regular slots, they have bonuses and pay-lines, but everything’s seen through the lens of a slasher or sci-fi movie. Probably the least strange entry on the list, but it’s a bit of a jump from Freddy Kreuger to Jackpot.
Blair Witch Album
Soundtracks to horror films aren’t that odd. John Carpenter’s Halloween theme is still a classic that holds up to this day, and the Blair Witch Project was a revolutionary horror movie that launched a genre. However, if there is one thing the Blair Witch movie won’t be remembered for it’s the soundtrack which (pretty simply) the movie doesn’t have. The tie-in album was almost entirely spooky goth and metal music which (allegedly) was found in the car of the missing film-makers. It seems like a bizarre choice for a tie-in given the movie had so many other features that could have been focused on.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Novelisation
This one feels like an exercise in redundancy, Francis Ford Copolla’s 1992 movie was based quite clearly on Bram Stoker’s novel. Enough so that they opted to include his name in the film title. But as with any adaption, there were some changes (ironically, this version is perhaps less faithful than others that don’t reference Stoker) and the finished product was a little different from the original book. But the truly baffling decision to create a novelization of a movie that was already based on a book only serves to re-enforce that. The novelisation uses James V. Hart’s script as its base so it does read differently to Stoker’s, but it’s difficult to know who it’s intended to be for.
Macabre’s Life Insurance
William Castle was an interesting fellow – throughout the 50’s and 60’s he was renowned as the “King of Gimmicks” as he would promote his movies by offering merchandise as an incentive to go see his (usually low budget) movies. It was usually something fairly innocuous, a ‘magic coin’ similar to the amulet in the movie Zotz!, holographic glasses for 13 Ghosts, it was an interesting attempt at viral marketing before viral marketing was really a channel.
But the most amazing probably has to be the life insurance documents, which were offered before his thriller Macabre in case they die of fright. He really committed to this tie-in with nurses and a hearse at most of the movie premieres to really sell the idea it was that