When you love horror as much as we do you want it to permeate every part of your life, at home, at work, on the walls, on your clothes, everywhere!
That is where our new feature Little Shops of Horror comes in handy as we run through some seriously spooktastic stores and wicked websites ready to sell you truly terrifyingly awesome horror products.
When you love horror you want everyone to know about it and what better way than to wear you favourite horror films for all to see. That’s where Fright-Rags comes in providing you with the best in terror movie T-shirts from some of the best horror films ever made including Shaun of the Dead, Alien, Evil Dead, Jaws and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and many more.
“Technically, Fright-Rags started in 2003″ says founder Ben Scrivens “But the reality is, its beginnings go back even further… To October 31, 1981 in the back of a family-owned deli.
“I was four years old, and my parents picked me and my siblings up from trick-or-treating to go to their friends’ place for a small Halloween get-together. Our friends lived behind the store they owned, and we made our way through the deli, and into what was their living room. Their kids were much older than me, as were my siblings, so they all ran off together to play. I contentedly sat down and counted my evening haul. Once I was done, I was bored… So I approached my mom, tugged on her shirt and pleaded with her to go home. They were having a good time playing cards and definitely not ready to leave, so she just looked at me and said, ‘Go watch some tv, dear’.
“I walked over to the family tv set, turned it on, and sat down about 10 inches away from the screen. That’s when I heard it. The screen was black and the music came on… then the pumpkin. And that music. I couldn’t stop watching. Then the words…”John Carpenter’s Halloween“. There I sat for the next two hours, approximately 10 inches from the screen, and completely mesmerized. The funny thing is, I don’t remember being scared – just completely taken in by it all. Once it was done, I wanted more… Thus began my love affair with horror which continues to this day.”
“Fast forward to 2003; I had been at my graphic design job for a year and had some creative steam to let off. I spent a lot of my free time conversing with other horror fans on various forums (this was way before Facebook, and even MySpace), and I noticed this really cool community of fan made props and art. Some amazing things were being made; Freddy gloves, Michael Myers masks, Jason masks, etc. It sparked something in me that wants to create… But I didn’t have those kind of skills. I was, however, a graphic designer.
“Also, I’d had an affinity for interesting t-shirts since I was a kid; it was my souvenir of choice on vacations, and I’d always look for different ones that represented things I like such as skateboarding, BMX bikes, movie characters, etc. Then i got to thinking – I don’t really have any horror shirts. I combed the internet to see what kind of horror shirts were out there and while I found some, they weren’t my style. So, I started coming up with my own designs. Once I had a few done, I talked to a friend of mine – Justin Mabry who runs Nightowl Productions and is also co-founder of Trick or Treat Studios – and he encouraged me to share them on his forum, which I was an active member on. The feedback was not only instant, but overwhelmingly positive.
“So, over the course of Labor Day weekend in 2003, I came up with a name, basic logo, and website. Then, I plunked down $600 (way more money than I could afford) on my very first run of shirts and held my breath. That Friday, September 2, 2003, I received my first ever order. I was in business.
“Since then, our focus has always been on making the most kick-ass t-shirts, and backing them with the best possible service. To do that it takes a team effort, and I have been extremely fortunate to work with not only amazing artists, but the people who come to work here every day. Together, we put our heart and soul into everything we do, and are grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to do what we do. Thank you, and stay tuned… We have such shirts to show you…”
With a vast variety of t-shirt collections including multiple designs from the same films or franchise there are so many great designs its hard to pick. From classics like The Fly and An American Werewolf in London to modern movies like Happy Death Day and Three From Hell as well as Vestron, Bela Lugosi and Hammer collections featuring a selection of titles.
Fright-Rags also sells jackets, trading cards, enamel pins, hats and a ravishing range of sick socks featuring icons like Chucky, Leslie Vernon, Elvira and the Predator to keep your feet cosy and horrifying all at the same time.
Below Fright-Rags founder Ben Scrivens took time out from his amazing online store to answer some questions on the site and their love of horror:
1. How did you get into making a living selling such magnificent horror merchandise?
It basically started on a whim. I was looking for a creative outlet to occupy my spare time and, as a lifelong horror fan, I wanted it to be something involving the genre. I’ve always been attracted to different t-shirts, and thought it would be fun to make some horror themed ones for myself. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to wear them!
2. What is your bestselling product?
We’ve had many best sellers over the years, but probably the biggest seller over time was the KILL Destroyers shirt that riffed off the KISS Destroyer album. Jason Edmiston painted the perfect design and it sold well for many years. Gene Simmons himself liked it!
3. What inspires your selection when it comes to creepy creations?It always goes back to childhood. I think of the things I used to do and play with, and figure out how to put a horror spin on it. It’s about mining what we loved (and still do) about those films and trying to express them in different ways, either on shirts or as other types of products.
4. What is your favourite horror film and why?
John Carpenter’s Halloween. it will always be my favorite film – horror and non-horror. I saw it at the tender age of 4 years old and I was forever changed.
5. What scares you the most?
I think that changes throughout the years. As a parent, anything involving my kids is at the top of my list; seeing them go out into the world and hoping nothing bad happens to them. It’s those real world horrors that scare me more than any masked killer.
6. If you had to give a present to a famous horror movie character who would it be and what would you give them?
I would probably give Laurie Strode a landmine. When Michael Myers chases her at the end of Halloween, she could place it in the street so he explodes when he follows her back to the Doyle house.
Check out Fright-Rags for the full range of creepy clothes and take a look at there Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by clicking the links. You can also read the rest of our Little Shops of Horror by clicking on the link.