Freddy Flashback: Village of Horror Classics
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In 2004, Hawthorne Village partnered with New Line Cinema to offer heirloom-quality sculptures of New Line’s horror properties under their new horror-inspired line, Village of Horror Classics. Each property—Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre—was represented by a handful of movie monster figurines and sculpted Hawthorne Village houses familiar to horror fans. Select vendors distributed order cards, so these frightening sculptures could be ordered in time for the 2005 Halloween season. The order card reads as follows:
Sheer terror comes in many forms. But the kind that grips you in the pit of your stomach comes only from these frightening masterpieces of cinematic mayhem—Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In tribute to these films that have been scaring us for over thirty years, Hawthorne is proud to bring you the Village of Horror Classics collection… frighteningly perfect for your Halloween decorating.
Begin with “Camp Crystal Lake Cabin” and FREE Jason figurines.
These heirloom quality sculptures—”Camp Crystal Lake Cabin” with its eerie glowing lights and FREE Jason figurines—can be yours for three easy payments of $19.98. Subsequent sculptures—at the same low price—will be sent to Charter Subscribers about every other month. The second issue will be the nightmarishly illuminated “842 Elm Street” and FREE Freddy Krueger (“Seven, eight, better stay awake. Nine , ten, he’s back again.) figurines. Strong demand is expected, so please don’t wait to order. Send no money now. Just mail the post paid card today.
Below is a high resolution scan of the original order card. As you can see, “842 Elm Street,” “Camp Crystal Lake Cabin,” and “The Hewitt House” are excellent representations of their cinematic counterparts. Each set was individually hand-crafted and painted, and came with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (Strangely, Hawthorne used “842” for Freddy’s house number instead of the correct one, 1428.)
Hawthorne later went on to develop houses based on other horror properties like Halloween and Dawn of the Dead. Unfortunately, the original Village of Horror Classics line is no longer being produced. Interested collectors and fans should check eBay for availability or other retail websites specializing in collectibles.
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