Halloween is almost upon us – so we've rounded up some chillingly cheap bargains for you.
Dare you enter… The Weekend Spend?
Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (£15)
John Carpenter's iconic horror film defined the slasher genre: implacable killer Michael Myers slaughters his way through a neighbourhood's worth of teenagers until only Jamie Lee Curtis is left to stop him. Its eerie Panaglide shots, haunting theme and unforgettable opening sequence have lost none of their power 35 years on.
For this anniversary Blu-ray, cinematographer Dean Cundey worked on the transfer, while an additional 7.1 audio mix supplements the original mono soundtrack.
Shun the inferior remakes and sequels, and let Halloween terrify you all over again.
Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman (£10)
In the Anno Dracula series, Kim Newman imagines a world in which Dracula won – instead of being undone by the "unlikely pursuit of the wife of a provincial solicitor." In this, the long-awaited fourth volume, Dracula himself is long gone – but his undead son-in-darkness Johnny Alucard is on a mission to inherit his throne.
Set across the 1970s and 1980s, Johnny Alucard deftly weaves real history into his alternate universe – taking in everything from Studio 54 to Live Aid. A regular in the pages of Empire and Sight & Sound, Newman also freely pilfers (vampirically) from literature and the cinema, riffing on Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Boogie Nights, among others. A bloody good read.
Kong Tower Kitchen Roll Holder (£15)
"Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World." He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilisation merely a plastic novelty figure. This towering effort features the ample ape atop your kitchen roll holder, where he can swat at tiny biplanes to his heart's content.
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Damned (PC, £12)
This multiplayer game, available on Steam Early Access, puts up to four players in the shoes of a luckless victim in a horror story – with one player taking on the role of the monster that's hunting them.
The monster can switch between an invisible form, in which it can't harm or see the other players, and a corporeal body – which it can only maintain for a short time. It's basically an extended, spooky take on hide and seek – and it's set in randomly-generated maps, so you get a different experience every time you play.
The Wicker Man 40th Anniversary Edition 3-disc Blu-ray (£30)
Forget the laughable Nicolas Cage remake – the original version of The Wicker Man is one of the most genuinely eerie horror films ever made. As stuffy, uptight policeman Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) investigates the disappearance of a young girl on the remote Summer Isle, he soon discovers that its pagan inhabitants are not all they seem.
To say any more would spoil it, but horror veteran Christopher Lee – who stars as Lord Summerisle – cites it as his favourite film out of all the ones he's worked on. And if you can't trust Dracula, who can you trust?
The film was chopped up by its distributors, but the new Blu-ray release uses material sourced from the Harvard University archive to restore it to its original (hand of) glory. Check out horror expert David Miller's overview of the film, and its impact, here.
Zombies!!! board game (£22)
Having a spooky night in? This classic board game is a no-brainer. It tasks you and up to four other players with surviving the zombie apocalypse and reaching the helipad (or killing 25 zombies); get caught by one of the shuffling undead and you're booted back to the starting square and lose half your zombie kills.
Once you reach the later stages of the game, you need to keep an eye on fellow survivors – betrayals are as commonplace as in a George Romero movie. Don't fancy faffing about with a physical board? You can also pick the game up as an iOS app.