I’m almost as big of a fan of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise as I am of Friday the 13th. It’s sort of strange, since I think NOES and Dream Warriors are easily better than any one F13 entry, but there’s something about the later installments of the franchise that keep me at arms length.
However, there’s no denying that Freddy got in some great, imaginative kills during his time. Many of them were genius, with great set-ups and payoffs that could only be achieved in the dream world that was the sandbox for the films. YouTube user TheSpringwoodSlasher has put together a compilation of Freddy’s kills that take us all the way from the first installment to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. It’s a cool supercut that actually achieves a decent rhythm despite its super short running time.
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While I’ve always been partial to everyone’s favorite machete-wielding mongoloid, New Line’s first bad-boy has a special place in my blackened heart for his efforts. Ignoring the remake and a couple of his sophomore efforts, Freddy Krueger is (literally) the stuff nightmares are made of since 1984. While we await the franchise’s eventual resurrection, New Line has brought the Springwood Slasher’s efforts to high-definition with the Blu-Ray release of A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection. The DVD boxset released way back when was great when it was released, but it was time for an upgrade. So just how does the Blu-Ray set stack up to the original boxset?
Note to fans: This is the same Blu-Ray boxset that was a Best Buy exclusive since October 2012, so don’t freak out.
Released in theaters February 27, 1987, Chuck Russell’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors arrived on home video later that year to great hype. The first two had sold over 300k units (at the time the VHS copies were $100 and up), and home video distributor Media Home Entertainment was ready to give the franchise a major push.
I believe this may have been hiding on the original A Nightmare on Elm Street DVD box set as an extra feature (the bonus disc was a maze and it took hours to find everything), but Mr. Barkan brought it to my attention that it was now online. What we’ve posted below is Media Home Entertainment’s video rental promo that features Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger telling retailers why they must score some A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors units. It’s super hokey and cheesy, but it’s really cool to see what it was like back in the 80′s when distributors were trying to convince the almighty Blockbusters of the world to take their product.
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Movie posters seem to be a dying art these days. One of the reasons we get so excited over a good one is because it’s almost as rare as seeing a unicorn. While boutique companies like Mondo regularly craft amazing and passionate one-sheets, it’s a business that the studios themselves rarely engage in anymore. I mean, Drew Struzan is still around, don’t you guys think he should be working more? As far as horror posters go, the 70′s and 80′s were obviously the halcyon days.
And that’s not only in the US! Earlier today Lonmonster stumbled across a ton of 80′s horror movie posters from Thailand (via Monster Brains)! And they’re amazing! They’re like the classic 80′s US posters but go the extra mile that takes them totally over the top! If you’ve ever wanted to see insane one-sheets for Evil Dead, Scanners, Total Recall, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead 2, The Amityville Horror, Return Of The Living Dead, Day Of The Dead, They Live and more… you’re in luck!
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“Remember This?” is a new feature that highlights cool anecdotes from the horror genre’s storied past. It’ll pop up from time to time, giving your brain a spark of an insane memory before you move on with your day.
A few weeks back I was feeling a little soul sick. Not in a hugely existential way, but the movies I was watching were getting me down. I had watched a bunch of screeners and, while I loved many of them on a critical level, an emotional level and even a visceral level, they just weren’t much fun. I’m not complaining, I know I’m immensely lucky and I wouldn’t trade a “bad” week of watching screeners for a “good” week anywhere else. But after watching a seemingly endless parade of movies that were either incredibly serious, post apocalyptic, or just brutally depressing – I needed a palate cleanser. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for bleak horror, but there are so many other colors to our gruesome tapestry that have increasingly gone unused.
I’m not sure what it is but I sometimes feel like a lot of modern horror filmmakers are trying to “out hardcore” each other in terms of sheer dourness. That’s an odd competition to me. I’d rather see more writers and directors try to top each other in inventiveness, scares, characters, plotting and good old fashioned splatter.
That Friday night, I happened upon Chuck Russell’s 1988 The Blob remake. Written by Frank Darabont (it’s Russell and Darabont’s followup to their success with A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and starring Shawnee Smith and Kevin Dillon – it was just what I needed. An amazingly fun 1st act, a 2nd act that flew by and a 3rd act that went absolutely apesh*t (with added conspiracy theory)! Lots of gore, interesting characters, a good sense of humor and near perfect pacing. It was such a breath of fresh air.
What about you? There’s all kinds of room for more serious fair, but what are some horror movies you think are truly fun? And are there enough of them?
As Freddy Krueger continues his murdering, the kids, led by Freddie’s main opponent in the first film, prepare to fight back.