11 Spooky Gifts for Horror Lovers

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Amazon

You don’t have to wait until the winter holidays to buy gifts for the special people in your life. If you know someone who can quote every line from The Exorcist, the season of giving starts in October, right in time for Halloween. From horror movie swag to creepy housewares, these gift ideas are perfect for any time of year.

1. Pennywise Funko Pop!; $11

Everyone’s least favorite clown is here to terrorize your desktop. This Funko Pop! doll from the It movies comes in a variety of styles, including one with Georgie’s ill-fated paper boat.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Universal Classic Monsters Blu-Ray Collection; $58

Universal monster movies Blu-Ray set.
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For the horror fan in your life that loves the classics, this Blu-ray set features six early Universal monster movies that defined a genre. Watching the original portrayals of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman on screen will give any cinephile a deeper appreciation for modern horror movies.

Buy It: Amazon (You can go even bigger with the 30-film set for $126 here.)

3. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film; $18

Cover of horror book.
Princeton Classics

Some horror fans love mindlessly consuming scary movies, while others spend hours thinking about them after the credits roll. The book Men, Women, and Chain Saws by Carol J. Clover is the perfect gift for the academic horror buff. It dissects the role gender plays in horror films, looking at everything from the slasher/victim dynamic to the final girl trope.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Jason Voorhees T-Shirt; $15

Sad Jason t-shirt.
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Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise seems a lot less terrifying in this “Friday the 12th” graphic tee.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Horror Villains Mug; $15.95

Horror icons mug.
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Do you know someone who has trouble waking up in the morning? Drinking coffee from this mug—which is features Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Michael Myers—should scare them awake.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Overlook Hotel Throw Rug; $29.47

Overlook Hotel throw rug.
Young Home

Measuring 48 inches long and 63 inches wide, this throw rug isn’t exactly big enough to ride your big wheel over it. But any fans of The Shining will immediately recognize it as the carpet pattern from the Overlook Hotel and be on the lookout for creepy twins lurking around the corner.

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7. The Exorcist Poster; $8.94

Poster for The Exorcist.
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The poster for The Exorcist, designed by legendary artist Bill Gold, is one of the most iconic movie images of all time. This 24-by-36 inch print makes whatever room it’s displayed in feel a little unsettling.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Handbook For The Recently Deceased Journal; $9

Cover of Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
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You don’t have to say its name three times to conjure this book into your life. The Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Beetlejuice is available for mortals to purchase. But you won’t find instructions for living your best afterlife inside—instead, it’s filled with blank notebook pages for your own writing.

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9. The Ring Enamel Pin ; $13.95

Samara enamel pin.
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The scene of Samara emerging from her well is burned into the brains of everyone who saw The Ring. Now, Ring fans can own that iconic image in the form of a cute enamel pin.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Slash Cards: The Horror Movie Trivia Game; $35

Horror trivia game.
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If you know someone who considers themselves a horror expert, challenge their knowledge with a game of trivia. This game divides questions into five spooky categories and is playable in two modes: Slasher and Survivor. With more than 400 movies featured, players need to know their stuff in order to be the last one standing in this game.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Creature From the Black Lagoon Film Cell Bookmark; $10

Creature From the Black Lagoon bookmark.
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The iconic promotional art from Creature From the Black Lagoon would be enough to make this bookmark appeal to horror lovers. But it also comes with a real cell from an original film reel, bumping its status up from novelty gift to collector’s item.

Buy It: Amazon

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Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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HBO Max: Everything You Need to Know About the New Streaming Service

What will you binge-watch first?
What will you binge-watch first?
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This week, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the long-awaited streaming platform that the company hopes can compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. But with HBO GO and HBO NOW already in existence, the addition of a third platform for HBO content has caused no small amount of confusion among both prospective customers and current HBO subscribers. Here are answers to all your burning questions about the buzzworthy new service.

What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that you can download as an app or access through your cable or internet provider. Just like Apple has Apple TV+ and Amazon has Prime Video, WarnerMedia now has HBO Max.

How is HBO Max different from HBO NOW and HBO GO?

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This user's viewing habits are eclectic, to say the least.
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Before HBO Max, WarnerMedia had two different apps with the same library of HBO series and certain Warner Bros. films. HBO GO is for viewers who already pay for HBO through their cable TV provider, which is why you have to log in through your TV provider. HBO NOW is for independent subscribers who pay $15 a month for access to the same content. In other words, HBO GO is for customers with cable, and HBO NOW is for those without it.

Like HBO NOW, HBO Max is an independent subscription service that you don’t need a TV provider in order to access. The main difference comes down to content: While HBO NOW and HBO GO only include HBO series and some films, HBO Max offers tons of additional shows and films licensed from other distributors—plus new, exclusive originals (more on that in a minute).

How much does HBO Max cost, and how do I get it?

You can sign up for HBO Max here. Your first seven days will be free, and it will cost you $15 per month after that.

Do I already have access to HBO Max?

If you’re already an HBO NOW subscriber, your app should have automatically updated to the HBO Max app (if you don’t have automatic updates enabled, make sure to update it manually), and you can log into HBO Max using your existing HBO NOW credentials. Your recurring monthly payment of $15 will also now automatically start applying to HBO Max instead of HBO NOW.

If you watch HBO through your TV or mobile provider, there’s a good chance you can access HBO Max at no additional cost, too. Apple TV channels, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, Hulu, Spectrum, Verizon FIOS, Xfinity, and many other providers are included—you can see the full list here.

Which platforms will HBO Max be on?

You can stream HBO Max on your desktop on HBOMax.com, or you can download the app through the Apple app store, Google Play, or Samsung TV. You can also access HBO Max content on your TV through any of the providers listed here.

What's playing on HBO Max?

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Elmo and James Dean in the same place, at last.
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HBO Max boasts 10,000 hours of content that includes all HBO shows, many Warner Bros. films from the past century, new Max Original series, and other programs from CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, TCM, Adult Swim, and more.

To name a few highlights, the service currently offers all eight Harry Potter films, all 10 seasons of Friends, an exclusive selection of Studio Ghibli classics like Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) and Spirited Away (2002), and 2019’s Joker. The first few episodes of some highly-anticipated Max Originals are also available, including Anna Kendrick’s rom-com series Love Life, the voguing house reality competition Legendary, and Sesame Workshop's The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo (featuring guests Kacey Musgraves, John Mulaney, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and more—so far).

Will I get to see the Friends Reunion?

Yes, the Friends reunion will definitely debut on HBO Max, but no air date has been confirmed yet. Production was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re tentatively hoping to film it sometime this summer. (But hey, at least you have access to all the other Friends episodes to help you pass the time.)