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|The pumpkins are carved, the apples are ready for bobbing and the clown mask has been retrieved from the loft.
Yes, Wikicollecting is fully prepared for Halloween.
And to help celebrate here is our Top 10 items of horror movie memorabilia.
1930’s Dracula movie poster - $33,460
A single sheet movie poster for Universal’s 1931 Dracula film sold for $33,460 at a Heritage Auctions event in 2008.
It features the green-hued Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi with an unnerving glint in his eye.
The film made its debut at New York’s Roxy Theatre, where several members of the audience were reported to have fainted from the shock of the experience.
Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter suit from Hannibal - $800
Just the sight of Anthony Hopkins is enough to make many people go cold.
The suit he wore during the Hannibal scene in which Lecter disembowels police officer Renaldo Pazzi sold for $800 at Profiles in History in 2008.
Night of the Living Dead shotgun - $3,500
The 1968 black-and-white zombie film is widely regarded as one of the scariest ever made.
The shotgun used to kill Ben, played by Duane Jones, sold for $3,500 at Profiles in History in 2010.
Chucky doll from Child’s Play 2 - $7,500
The tailor-made doll, dressed in striped shirt and blue overalls, succeeded in scaring a succession of movie goers in the early 90’s.
It sold for $7,500 at Profiles in History in 2006.
Creature from the Black Lagoon mask - $70,000
A mask used to portray the “Gill Man” from the 1955 Universal film Revenge of the Creature sold for $70,000 at a Profiles in History auction in 2009.
"Chest burster" model from Alien - £29,875
A metal model of a chest-bursting monster from the 1979 Alien film sold for £29,875 at Christie’s in 2004.
The model was bought by singer Chris de Burgh, who was popular in the 80's.
Bela Lugosi’s ring from 1948 Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein film - $40,000
The ring Bela Lugosi wore during the filming of the 1948 movie, in which he reprises his role of Dracula, sold for $40,000 at Profiles in History in 2009.
The ring had previously been worn by John Carradine in Universal’s House of Frankenstein in 1944 and House of Dracula in 1945.
Prop axe from The Shining - $25,000
It’s rarely good news when Jack Nicholson knocks at your door.
This fibreglass axe was used in the iconic scene in which Jack Torrance breaks his way in to a hotel room at the climax of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film.
His subsequent “Here’s Johnny” line is one of movie history’s greatest “ad-libs”.
Signed Freddy Krueger hat from A Nightmare on Elm Street - $4,500
A film-used hat from the 1984 picture, signed by Robert Englund, who played Krueger in the film, sold for
The hat is also signed by director of the film Wes Craven and actor John Saxon.
Jason Voorhees’s mother’s severed head from Friday the 13th - $4,250
The only model used in the gruesome beheading scene in the 1980 Paramount movie sold for $4,250 at Profiles in History in 2006.
The fibreglass head was cast to the same expression as that produced by actress Betsy Palmer.
The film has spawned 10 sequels at last count.
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