We at LoveHorror quite understandably and undeniably love horror! So as soon as we heard about Horror Block, a site dedicated to bringing special edition horror T-shirt’s and toys to horror nerds across the globe, we had to get in on the action.
Made by the amazing people behind Nerd Block, Horror Block is the first subscription service to bring a monthly box of bloody brilliant horror related booty straight to your door. And the most wonderful part is that the contents of each Horror Bloc is a surprise right up until you open it.
The way it works is simple. You sign up online at www.horrorblock.com and for $19.99 (that’s only £13.27!) a month, plus postage you get a box of gory joy shipped out to you on the 25th of the month. Each is filled with pop-horror apparel, toys, and collectables from your favourite brands including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, Aliens, Halloween, and many more.
Every Horror Block is guaranteed to come with a custom t-shirt (in your size of course) so you can wear your horror obsession out and about, making you spookily stylish and scarily superior when attending the next horror film festival, Halloween party or midnight madness screening.
As well as doing Horror Block the company provide other fans with Nerd Block and Nerd Block Jr Girls and Boys for all your Nerd needs young and old as well as Arcade Block which offers up a Gamers paradise full of coin-op characters and arcade awesomeness.
Although the items are mainly American, Horror Block ships across Europe and as far as Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand meaning that many countries (including the UK) receive exclusive products either unavailable or extremely expensive to buy at home.
At first you may think the mystery element would make the waiting frustrating. But in fact the anticipation of what I would receive was deeply enjoyable, with the countdown to shipping ticking away on the Horror Block website like an abominable advent calendar.
Leaking out little clues to the contents every so often on their Facebook and Twitter the Horror Block team kept me hungry like a vampire in a blood bank for more and every knock on my front door from my zombiefied postman was greeted with extreme eagerness unseen since my childhood birthdays until the black box of horror fun arrived.
Unlike Halloween however you don’t have to wait a whole year to the next Horror Block as it’s every month and you can start and stop your subscription anytime you like, meaning there’s no commitment at all, although after my first experience I have to say I am addicted.
So onto the most important part of this article and as Brad Pitt wails at the end of Seven “What’s it the box?” Well let me tell you.
Arriving stylish and swish I instantly set about ripping the seal with my sharpest slasher knife to reveal the ‘Don’t Open Dead Inside’ inner box opening it up all the way to revel in the goodies inside. Carefully packed I made sure to take out each piece patiently including the contents card with LeeAnna’s Vamp Stamp of approval telling me exactly what I had got.
First up where two MadBalls a retro toy back once again which are reminiscent of gross-out Garbage Pail Kids from the 80’s when they were first created. With a series of MadBalls plus figures, a comic and a cartoon I instantly remembered the MadBalls from my childhood and although the new series may not be as big yet they are most definitely just as collectibles and still as sick looking.
The third toy was a gorgeous Living Dead Doll Figurine called Pink Posey, rich with detail and in a twisted way very cute. Much smaller than the real Living Dead dolls which are hugely popular its ghostly face a single flower came straight from the tortured souls who created the originals making it all the more collectable.
Next up was some reading material in the form of a copy of the latest Rue Morge the excellent horror magazine and more excitingly a Twilight Zone Comic from the team at Dynamite. The first issue of a new series it was a blast from the past and a great addition showing that it’s not only toys and figures that come in the surprise Horror Blocks.
Lastly I unpacker two, that’s right two! T-shirts and these where most definitely the best items in the box. The first was an American Horror Show Freak Show top with the outlines of the characters standing in front of a fang faced tent and the words ‘Normal People Scare Me’ emblazoned across it a perfect top for my next family gathering methinks.
The other shirt was a wonderful Chucky tee with the killer Childs Play toy himself on the front and the Good Guy logo underneath most definitely my choice of attire for the next few days at LoveHorror offices so I can show off to the rest of the writers on the site who I am sure will be green eyed with envy.
Altogether the experience of my first Horror Block was as immensely enjoyable as the contents of the box and for under £15 (plus P&P of course) it is a brilliant service perfect for any and all fans of horror.
Right I am off to sit by the door as there are only 25 days till my next Horror Block fix and frankly I can’t wait!