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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

horror top trumps 1978


When the Top Trumps themed card games first came out in 1977, they were an instant hit in the playground, albeit better known for arguments about the apparent random scoring of the various cards rather than any sense of cunningly designed gameplay. 


The Horror two-pack series, headed by a Christopher Lee Dracula and a Devil Priest, made such arguments pretty puny when it came out a year later, what with trying to work out exactly what a Venusian Death Cell was or how big a maggot had to be to be that scary. 


Issued in 1978 they were highly sought-after then, and still go for about £50 on eBay (*mint* packs only), despite being reissued (the cards glow in the dark, no less). Top tip, kids: mix up the packs and get monsters battling Harry Potter characters, Top Gear presenters or Disney princesses. The monsters will win.












10 comments:

  1. These are great - you can picture the arguments in playgrounds and bedrooms across the country about whether The Living Skull is actually more deadly than a Lizard Man in real life.

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  2. Fascinating to see the classic felt-tip knock-off artwork in these. The 'Mad Magician' is obviously Lon Chaney's 'Fiend' from 'London After Midnight'; the 'Lord Of Death' is the Red Death from Corman's film; and the 'Venusian Death Cell' seems to be a Sea Devil from 'Dr Who' mixed with Igor.

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    1. i agree venusian death cell is a sea devil head.but lord of death is from phantom of the opera

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  3. Got to disagree Kevin, Lord of Death is surely again Chaney, from Phantom of the Opera as the Red Death at the masked ball

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  4. They were great fun.A friend of mine had them.

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  5. Loved them. Somewhere in the garage I think...

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  6. They are all different sizes, so I can't print them out myself unfortunately. I printed (I think, around) 52 of them from a website years ago (forgotten the name of it) and I printed them all in black and white at school and laminated them all (Without their backs picture) and had great fun playing with them. Lost them ages ago and won't get them back now, unless I restart them all over again (And I would if all the pics were exactly the same size as one another).

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  7. They pretty much all come from old horror movies. Probably laziness on Waddingtons behalf, but they definitely have a charm to them and I loved them as a kid. Would love to hear more thoughts on where the original pics come from. Especially Death, I saw it somewhere years ago and can't remember where for the life of me ...

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJoUhj8OW2A If you can help with some of the blanks then that would be cool!

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  8. I done the second pack as well but didn't publish it. I got stuck on the Zeitan Priest and a couple of others (Killer Rat).

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