By Josh Morris
They are the creatures that haunt our nightmares: zombies, serial killers, hideous mutants and evil leprechauns...well maybe not evil leprechauns, but each of these horrors have been brought to life by celebrities featured in Donruss Americana trading cards.
Donruss has been making non-sports trading cards since the 1960s. The set spans a wide range of genres like sci-fi, fantasy, action, classics and even horror.
Horror legends such as special effects guru Tom Savini, the man who made the crimes in Friday the 13th so graphically chilling and allowed the dead to walk in Day of the Dead, and Michael Berryman, a fan-favorite who has portrayed many a mutant with his role in The Hills Have Eyes being his most remembered performance, have been captured in Donruss Americana.
Notable Americana horror veterans include Twisted Sister lead vocalist, Dee Snider, who has done many horror projects including his own film, Strangeland. Warwick Davis played the murderous Leprechaun in six movies, a stark contrast from his lovable Ewok character in Return of the Jedi. Clint Howard, who has done many horror roles is in the set (as well as his brother, director Ron Howard).And even Star Trek icon William Shatner is well remembered for his guest appearance on an episode of The Twilight Zone where he was terrorized by visions of a monster ravaging his airplane.
Saw cast mates Dina Meyer and Shawnee Smith can be found on special Co-Star Signatures cards, which feature an autograph from both actresses on one card, as well as their own Private Signings and Stars Materials cards.