Speaking of unusual literary adaptations, the Great Old One Ghatanothoa appeared as the last enemy in the final episode of Ultraman Tiga, complete with the petrifying powers displayed in the short story it first appeared in. However, the Lovecraft reference went unnoticed by many American fans, as the distributor used the name “Gatanozoa” (which is the translation of “Ghatanothoa” into Japanese).
The band Coil once produced a soundtrack for the original Hellraiser in the 80’s. Although it was eventually rejected, their work was released as a separate album. On a similar note, here’s the original, unused concept art for Pinhead.
Remember the Zuni fetish doll from the Trilogy of Terror franchise? Well, he made a small cameo in a Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King episode called “Battleground.”
Despite what Shadow of the Vampire would have you think, Nosferatu star Max Schreck was not an actor using a stage name (much less a vampire). The fact that his last name is German for “fright” is just a coincidence.
Count von Count is even more awesome than previously realized.
Believe it or not, the man who directed Robot Holocaust, Mutant Hunt and Breeders apparently made quite a career for himself directing gay porn films under the name “Joe Gage.”
Rudy Ray Moore once revived the title character of Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil’s Son-In-Law for a song with Blowfly and Daniel Jordan.
Our Twitter friend Losthighway (from the website of the same name) noted that the Wikipedia article for The Wraith says it’s based on true events! As you’ve probably guessed, the actual events didn’t involve a vengeful racing ghost.
The Chill RPG once released a book of adventures “hosted” by Elvira. West End Games took things a step further by releasing a Tales from the Crypt RPG! I imagine that the idea came about after someone joked how such an RPG would have a game master called the “Crypt Keeper” and each one-off adventure would be referred to as a “tale.” Sadly, the game itself didn’t seem to work out as well as that joke would, seeing as how it failed miserably.
Vampire pumpkins and watermelons. No, seriously.
Finally, here’s a look at the most unfortunately named ghost-themed comic book character ever…