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.
Exclusive: Arriving at retailers everywhere TODAY from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is the Blu-ray release of the five-disc, seven-film A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection.
The collection includes Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as its six sequels: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994). Every Elm Street film to date, except that is for producer Michael Bay and director Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake, and Freddy vs. Jason.
To get you guys excited, Warners has provided Bloody Disgusting with two exclusive interview clips to go beside a handful of super cool animated gifs featuring highlights from the several films, which all feature a DTS-HD Master Audio track and a number of special features. The clips are part of the A Nightmare on Elm Street extra features where Wes Craven Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund talk casting the iconic horror slasher.
The set’s fifth disc also includes a number of additional extras, which are listed at the bottom of the gifs. READ MORE
By The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards).
There’s yet to be a Webster’s Dictionary entry for the term “Final Girl” but, as you all know, the Final Girl is typically the last female to survive. She doesn’t have to live, she just has to be the last one. She’s the girl who refuses to be just another victim and actively fights back against whatever force is killing off everyone she knows. I’d say that out of all possible female roles in a horror film, it’s the role of Final Girl that’s most coveted.
Even though there are quite a few actresses famous for being a Final Girl, I’d like to point out that there’s a difference between a Final Girl and a “Scream Queen.” A Scream Queen is an actress who has gained fame and notoriety for her frequent appearances in horror. I wanted to make sure to add the distinction between a Final Girl and a Scream Queen because – spoiler alert – Jamie Lee Curtis will not be found on this list. The entries here are women who have fought back against whatever it was that was after them in hopes of vanquishing their foes. Jamie Lee Curtis is generally considered a Final Girl for surviving her encounters with Michael Myers in the original Halloween, but other than poking her brother in the eye with a coat hanger, what did she actually do to survive the night? Run around? Hide in a closet? Had it not been for Dr. Loomis shooting Michael, Laurie would be dead. Similarly, Marilyn Burns from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre also won’t be found below, sinceStill here? Good! all she did was run through the woods for what seemed like hours after her captors tied some horrible knots.
Still here? Good! Head inside for my Top 5 Final Girls!!! READ MORE
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.
“Welcome to prime time, bitch.” READ MORE
Jonathan Zarantonello’s The Butterfly Room has been a long time in the coming. They started principal photography over two years ago, but were only able to release a teaser earlier this year. Thankfully the project seems to be picking up steam on its way to the big screen, as today sees the unveiling of a new poster. It features star Barbara Steele who will be at the 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival with the film this weekend.
The film also stars Erica Leerhsen (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2), PJ Soles (Halloween), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Camille Keaton (Chop, Day of the Woman), James Karen (Piranha, Joy Ride) and even director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Piranha)!
Head inside to see the poster. READ MORE
Never Sleep Again steps out from behind the thrilling nightmare and explores the creation of Freddy Krueger and what it takes to bring the worst nightmares to life. There are over 100 interviews from cast and crew, including directors Wes Craven, Renny Harlin, and Ronny Yu, as well as talent John Saxon, rockstar Alice Cooper, Monica Keena (Freddy vs Jason), and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.
Freddy Kreuger, upset that he was killed off in the last “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie, attempts to murder his creators and actors from his previous films.
As Freddy Krueger continues his murdering, the kids, led by Freddie’s main opponent in the first film, prepare to fight back.
Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp “finger knives”. She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world.