Franchises. As much as we like our smaller, more artistic, horror films we keep returning to the well of the familiar. There’s nothing wrong with that really, time has shown us that there’s plenty of space for more unique horror films to thrive (and perhaps become franchises themselves) alongside the old profitable standbys.
But what makes a good franchise? A great first film helps, and a lot of these have GREAT first films. But that’s not all it takes. For a franchise’s legacy to endure it requires an unholy (and sometimes contradictory) mix of consistency, variety and history. It’s entirely possible to have a flat-out classic as your first film but then taper off into highly unremarkable territory.
Head inside to see how your favorite franchises stack up and to vote in our poll! Needless to say, my list is highly subjective and I welcome differing opinions. Also – please note I stuck to franchises with 5 or more entries (including remakes)! READ MORE
I have been wanting it to be Friday since…well, since, like most of you, Monday. Yeah, I didn’t have anything clever for that last bit. However, that isn’t stopping me from being excited about another Twisted Music Video Of The Week. This week brings The Sewing Circle‘s “Ride With Me”, which is very gentle and pleasant musically but quite intense visually. Directed by J Buckner and Zach Shildwachter, and taking inspiration from The Strangers, Scanners, and, if you stretch it a bit, Freddy’s Dead, the video shows three people take their vengeance out on a man who abuses his dog. I could tell you how things end, but where’s the fun in that? Head on down to check it out! READ MORE
After last week’s Dream Warriors Script To Scream I found that I had a lot of leftover thoughts racing in my head regarding the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise in general. Was Part 3 better than Part 1? How did they fail so badly with the remake? Is scary Freddy better than funny Freddy? Why does Freddy’s Dead even exist?
Of course, some of these answers are self evident. Nevertheless, with all of these thoughts about the series cluttering my brain, I decided to embark on my own personal ranking of the films in the franchise (including Freddy Vs. Jason). So here they are, ranked in the simple order of which ones I’d prefer to watch over the others.
Hit the jump to check it out. I expect plenty of you guys to disagree, so feel free to include your own ranking in the comments! READ MORE
Overseeing the sixth and supposedly final chapter of the world’s second highest grossing horror franchise of all time is a hell of a role to fill – just ask Rachel Talalay, the woman charged with hanging up the old fedora hat and glove (at least until three years later when Wes Craven would return to the franchise with New Nightmare). Before Talay directed Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare for New Line, she produced two of the franchise-best sequels, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
This Elm Street fan boy was lucky enough to have a quick chat with her on her problems with the recent remake, how the Dream Warriors production nearly killed her, on Englund vs. Haley, while she also reflects on how the all important “final” Nightmare could have gone a lot differently… READ MORE