Loot Crate’s October 2016 Horror core subscription box unearthed graves, the nightmare world of Nightmare on Elm Street, and Leatherface’s cannibal larder to provide subscribers with the most horrific gobbets and shreds, and chopsticks to consume them. As I’ve mentioned in the Dystopia review, dark isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I can get in the spirit of things with the best of ghosts, so consider me your horror host for the duration of this review. But what shall my horror host name be? Crypt Keeper, Cain, Abel, Elvira, and Destiny have all been taken. As I’ve been a Superman fan for as long as I can remember, how about Kill-El, Keeper of the Kryptonian house of the undead?
The first thing out of the crate has almost as much a resounding impact as The Walking Dead premiere’s reveal of who Negan killed will have on social media this week. It’s an awesome charcoal gray exclusive AMC’s The Walking Dead Negan Sluggers t-shirt, made by Loot Crate. “Who did Negan kill?” almost captured the national imagination on the level that “Who shot J.R.?” did in 1980, and an image showcasing Negan raising his nail-studded baseball bat, Lucille, on this great looking tee, will be a memorable reminder of the iconic comic book and television moment for years to come.
This isn’t the only The Walking Dead merch this month either; the Horror crate itself is a licensed product, as not only is the interior an ad for this season of The Walking Dead, but the perforated bottom of the subscription box has an official Walker mask. Loot Crate included a length of nylon string to attach the mask, so as you sit on your porch with a bowl of candy this Trick or Treat, you can give out bad dreams with those Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Rolls.
Next up, we have an exclusive Leatherface Phunny Plush made by Kidrobot; Looters had a 50% chance of getting either the happy Leatherface or the sad one, which we received, and is pictured above. I imagine that plush toys from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are hard to come by, and this will make horror fans extremely happy.
Also an extremely unique item that will be fascinating to both horror fans and collectors of nerd-themed culinary utensils are the exclusive Freddy Kreuger glove chopsticks made by Icup. I’m betting that, no matter how many licensed lunchboxes, thermoses, and bottle openers that the readers of this article have, 99.999% of you do not have any chopsticks with licensed characters on them (even subscribers to the Back to School Loot Anime can’t say this, as the Revolutonary Girl Utena bento box included unadorned chopsticks). This is an amazing item that for most will arrive just in time to add a touch of authenticity to that Halloween stir fry party you were planning.
The exclusive Camp Crystal Lake pennant made by The Coop is a great piece of horror movie memorabilia for fans of the Friday the 13th film franchise.
Comic book collectors will love the next enclosure, an exclusive hardcover book: Jon Morris’s The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains, which surveys the most memorable sideshow supervillains of all time, with such weirdos as The Balloon Maker, Brickbat, The Horrible Hand, Lepus the Fiend, Reefer King, Seaweed Queen, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, and Generalissimo Brainstorm. This book has great paper and color quality, and how awesome was it to get the intoxicating new book smell from opening a subscription box? This is the companion book to Jon Morris’s The League of Regrettable Superheroes, which was an exclusive in the July 2015 Heroes 2 crate.
This month’s Loot Pin is a licensed piece representing John Carpenter’s Halloween, and it is paired with the Steam version of the Skybound tabletop game Superfight.
The Horror issue of Loot Crate Magazine has an interesting inverview with Wynonna Earp‘s Emily Andras and Tim Bozon, and there’s also an ad that reveals the theme of the November Loot Anime x Crunchyroll crate to keen eyed readers: Blade, which will feature “exclusive items from Berserk, Bleach, Gintama, and more.” Loot Anime hasn’t even revealed this on their Twitter account yet, folks, so you may have heard it here on NerdSpan first.
Loot Crate sent the review copy.