Image Entertainment releases the amazing A Nightmare on Elm Street doc, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (read the review), on Blu-ray tomorrow, January 21st 2014.
Featuring exclusive interviews with over 100 key cast and crew from every Nightmare, including creator Wes Craven and Robert Englund (“Freddy Krueger”), Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will be available as a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.
I recently spoke with Elm Street creator Wes Craven along with Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch and Thommy Hutson (the directors/producers and writer of Never Sleep Again) about the epic doc. Check it out below! READ MORE
The resurgence of classic horror soundtracks arriving to beautiful vinyl is still going strong! Our friends over at One Way Static Records have unveiled a pre-order for the upcoming vinyl/cassette re-issue of The Hills Have Eyes, which was composed and performed by Don Peake. The vinyl will come in limited edition variants of amber/glow in the dark split vinyl and clear/solid amber splatter vinyl, each limited to 300 copies. There will also be a limited deluxe cassette edition, also only 300 copies. The black vinyl edition will be slightly easier to get your hands on with 1,400 copies being released. Pre-orders are being taken now through the official website.
Liner notes will include comments from actors Dee Wallace and Michael Barryman and more as well as comments from composer Peake himself.
Head on below to listen to some tracks and to see the official cover. READ MORE
On January 21, 2014 you can own the legendary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (read our review) on Blu-ray, courtesy of Image Entertainment!
“Murderer. Dream demon. The bastard son of a hundred maniacs. Any way you slice it, there can only be one man – one monster – who epitomizes those words: Freddy Krueger. For decades, he has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters and shows no signs of ever resting in peace.
A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp is your dream guide in this thrilling “shockumentary” that takes you deeper into Freddy’s realm than ever before, featuring exciting clips, never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes footage, conceptual art, publicity materials, and exclusive new interviews with over 100 key cast and crew from every Nightmare, including Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Jack Sholder, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Chuck Russell, Jennifer Rubin, Renny Harlin, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Stephen Hopkins, Kelly Jo Minter, Rachel Talalay, Lisa Zane, Alice Cooper, Patrick Lussier, Miko Hughes, Monica Keena, Brendan Fletcher, Ronny Yu, and many more.
So get ready for Freddy in the definitive account of modern cinema’s eternal bogeyman and what has been called the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!” READ MORE
Creepshow (Second Sight – Region 2)
Before Dick Tracy and Sin City thrilled audiences with its faithful recreation of the comic book aesthetic came Creepshow, a horror anthology in the tradition of EC Comics. This brainchild of horror icons Director George A. Romero and Writer Stephen King is a giddy tribute to the likes of Tales From the Crypt which ran from 1950-1955. These bloody morality plays had a profound influence on them while growing up. It is especially apparent in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead which features comic-style violence and social commentary that wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of EC.
Creepshow is a collection four short stories not including a wraparound tale revolving a strict father and his horror-loving son. This simple set-up is instantly relatable to many genre fans that grew up under similar circumstances (thankfully my parents were super-cool with this obsession of mine). It’s a smart way to draw us in from the get-go. I love how each story is compelling, uniquely different yet still follows the template that runs throughout EC Comics’ books. This includes a tongue-in-cheek, darkly comedic tone and an allegorical pay-off in which the characters usually get their come-upping’s. At the same time it never trickles too far into camp territory that would undermine the spook factor. This is achieved with the assistance of an outstanding ensemble with the likes of Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen and Ed Harris, most generally not known for doing genre. They give each segment the gravity required. The ground-breaking, hyper-stylized cinematography is another key component. It captures the look of the comics flawlessly. Special Make-up Effects god Tom Savini does some of his finest work here. The zombies and creatures are beautifully realized. Special acknowledgement needs to be made to John Harrison’s exceptional score. If you’ve somehow gone through life not seeing this classic, you’ll recognize the cues from Eli Roth’s brilliant Thanksgiving faux-trailer found in GrindhouseCreepshow. Its charm still hits that sweet spot to this day. READ MORE
The past two weeks have been absolutely ripe with announcements for horror sequels and remakes, or at least suggestions of them. None of the projects are actually in production (a few are in development and we’re taking the word of creatives for the others), but they seem to be on the way! While the natural laws of Hollywood guarantee that at least one of these projects will die before cameras roll, I thought it would be fun to talk about the potential upsides (and downsides) of each film.
Note that I’m keeping this list only to projects we’ve gotten news about during the past month or so. So while the new Friday The 13th is very much on the way – we haven’t gotten an update on it in October so you won’t see it on this list. We’re going to be focussing on the titles you’ve seen splashed on this front page during this hallowed month.
Head below to see what they are and what our hopes are for them! READ MORE
One Way Static Records has teamed up with Exclaim.ca to stream the entire soundtrack for the upcoming remastered re-issue of Wes Craven’s 1972 classic rape-revenge thriller Last House On The Left. The music was composed by David Hess, who portrayed the villainous Krug in the film, and can be heard below.
One Way Static comments, “David’s work here contains some truly beautiful songs, the discovery of which, for some, may be in stark contrast to the brutal displays of sadism and violence for which he was known to purvey onscreen. The fact that Hess could perform as both the poet, and the monster, is a testament to his skill as an artist. The soundtrack to Last House on the Left is a brilliantly unique and diverse mixture of farcical comedy, poignant, reflective folk music and instrumental experimentalism. Hess constructed a wonderful counterbalancing entity, which serves only to accentuate the impact of the movie.”
Make sure to head to Exclaim for more information and pre-order links. READ MORE
While I really liked Platinum Dunes’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th remakes (especially the latter), it’s no secret that their 2010 version of A Nightmare On Elm Street was a frustrating experience for most fans. They seem to know it too, I’ve seen video interviews where partner Brad Fuller hints at misgivings he has with the film. And with a $63 million domestic haul and a $115 million worldwide take at the box office (before making some additional coin on home video) that puts it at least on the precipice of breaking even – I’d say that fan and critical reception is one of the reasons why we haven’t heard talk of a sequel.
I imagine it’s a very tricky franchise to get right and even if those glaring script issues from the 2010 version had been fixed I think the producers would have still been facing an uphill battle. Freddy is a complex villain, and the fact the films deal with a visual representation of the dream world makes them even more complex. It’s gotta be difficult striking the right tonal balance between fantastical and frightening, which is probably why not many films in the original Elm Street franchise were able to do it either.
While I’m not sure exactly how the rights issues tangle out on this one, it would be nice to see Freddy on the big screen again. Here are a few ideas to help that along. READ MORE
One Way Static Records has announced that their reissue of the Last House On The Left soundtrack, which was composed by David Hess (who played the murderous rapist Krug Stillo in the film), is now available through their site (for UK and European customers) as well as through their partner Light In The Attic (for US and Canadian customers). In total there will be 5 editions of the OST, a limited edition vinyl, a regular vinyl, a CD, a digital version, and a Cassette Store Day exclusive cassette version.
The Wes Craven film, which was released in 1972 (and subsequently remade in 2009), follows the story of Mari Collingwood and Phyllis Stone who wish to go to a concert. While trying to score some weed, the two run into the murderous team of Krug, Junior, Sadie, and Weasel. From there, their night of horror only begins. You can watch the trailer for the film below. READ MORE
Reviewed by Michael Ferraro
After creating some of the most memorable genre pictures of the late 70s (The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes), director Wes Craven turned his attention to a DC comic staple – Swamp Thing. It certainly seems a stretch as far as his established talents go, but it is understandable why someone would want to take a step in a different direction. Regardless of his choice, Swamp Thing might be the campiest film of 1982. READ MORE
Variety is reporting that Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (who both wrote for ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Revenge’, and ‘The Event’) will be penning the MTV Scream series. There is no official air date for the series but we’ll be keeping a close eye on things to keep you all in the loop.
Earlier this year, when director Wes Craven was asked about the status of Scream 5, he stated, “There is some talk about a television series, but I don’t think anything has moved forward on that yet. That’s what I’m hearing more than anything else from the guys at Dimension. It would be them picking up the phone and asking me if I wanted to play with them, so…”
Alright Scream fans, are you into the idea of a Scream TV series? Let me know in the comments! READ MORE
Last year I wrote a piece called 5 Horror Films With Amazing Endings. You guys wound up digging it so I did 5 MORE Horror Movies With Amazing Endings, along with 5 Horror Movies With Horrible Endings and 5 MORE Horror Movies With Horrible Endings!
So, having pretty much tapped out the ENDING thing for now, I figured I’d take a look at some BEGINNINGS. Some of these movies start strong and end strong but others, more often than not, never fully achieve on the promise of their initial 15 or so minutes.
Head below to check ‘em out! READ MORE
A few weeks back we were all pretty surprised when it was announced that MTV had given the greenlight to the “Scream” pilot. I mean, development talk is one thing – but a go-ahead to start production is a much bigger commitment. It was also announced that Wes Craven was in discussions to come back to direct the hour-long pilot, which Craven himself confirmed today. Although he won’t commit unless he approves of the script (which seems like a logical ask on his part).
He tweeted the following, “A lot of you have asked about the Scream TV series. It’s true I’ve been approached. My response was, it would depend on the script… If they have a great script/concept, it could be fun. If not, not.”
So do a good job, whoever you are writing it. You’re probably not Kevin Williamson, or else we would know. Dimension Films will co-produce. If “Scream” receives a series order it will hit in late summer 2014. READ MORE
New has just hit that MTV is moving forward with an official pilot order for “Scream”, per THR. This comes after nearly a year of speculation, but now it seems all but pre-determined that this thing will actually be shot. Will we ever see it? IE, will it make it to series? My guess is yes – it’s too well known of a property for MTV to not test the waters on it (unless they find the pilot to be atrocious, but I’m guessing they won’t).
Wes Craven is in discussions to come back to direct the pilot, which will be an hour-long. It appears as though Kevin Williamson will not be returning since MTV is currently taking meetings with other writers. This also probably means the death of Scream 5.
There’s no word on if any of the original cast will be back. My guess is they certainly wouldn’t star, but we might see a cameo here and there.
Dimension Films will co-produce. If “Scream” receives a series order it will hit in late summer 2014.
When I think about the career of Wes Craven, Swamp Thing never really even comes to mind. Just not my cup of tea (and I almost – gaps – prefer the sequel). But still, fans of the film should be excited that it will finally be getting a Scream Factory Blu-ray release! The film. starring Adrienne Barbeau, will be arriving this summer on Blu-ray for the first time.
It might not be your preferred cut though. “As always, we are planning to provide as many bells and whistles as we can on this release, but we felt it was important to tell you early on that we will only be able to present the 91 minute U.S. cut of the film (the same version MGM has released on DVD since ’05) and not the 93 minute “unrated” international version as we had originally hoped for. This is due to legal issues that are out of our control and we hope you understand. ”
Specs and release date will be revealed in the coming months. READ MORE
Wes Craven shares another update on Scream 5, which continues to be less likely than the already announced potential television series.
“So far I have not heard anything about Scream 5 from Bob Weinstein,” franchise director Wes Craven tells AITH.
“There is some talk about a television series, but I don’t think anything has moved forward on that yet. That’s what I’m hearing more than anything else from the guys at Dimension. It would be them picking up the phone and asking me if I wanted to play with them, so…”
Thanks to “The Walking Dead,” small screen horror is all the rage, and thus the idea of a Scream television series makes a whole lotta sense. Until that changes, don’t expect any major developments on Scream 5 (shit, they haven’t even gotten a new Halloween off the ground yet).
And honestly, even though I’d be the first in line for a fifth Scream, I’m not jonesing for it…
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.
I know that Scream 3 is sort of a divisive entry in that franchise. A lot of you guys dig the “Scooby gang goes to Hollywood” angle, some not so much. I actually kind of liked the movie when I first saw it in 2000, but now I can’t really get through it. Something about Kevin Smith appearing in this film – and then spoofing the series a year later in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back – links the two films so closely in my mind that remembering either one of them activates the same pain center.
Of course there’s a ton of other stuff wrong with it too. Aside from “he was making a movie called ‘Stab’. He was stabbed.” Incoming screenwriter Ehren Kruger didn’t fully understand the franchise. The screenwriter who did understand the franchise, Kevin Williamson, was too busy to take a pass at a draft. But now, speaking to ET about his upcoming show “The Following”, he’s revealed his original concept for Part 3. One that takes a page from April Fool’s Day.
More inside… READ MORE
December 20, 1996.
That was the day Wes Craven’s groundbreaking Scream grabbed the attention of every teen across the Nation. By the end of its 19-week theatrical run, and an eventually re-release, Dimension Films’ slasher raked in a disgusting $100 million (it also made an estimates $70 million internationally).
Penned by Kevin Williamson, Scream featured the young, hip cast of David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Lisa Beach, David Booth, W. Earl Brown, Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy. It has since swamped three sequels and a forthcoming rumored television series.
In the film that supposedly used 50 gallons of blood, “A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the “Rules” of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.”
The script was originally titled “Scary Movie,” which provided the jump point for the Wayans’ spoof franchise.
Tell us your Scream memories! READ MORE
I’m in a fairly severe minority when I say that I liked Scream 4. It’s better than Scream 3 and, even if it can’t hold a candle to the first two films in the franchise, I didn’t find it boring. Of course, the hospital sequence is insanely stupid and the whole film feels out of touch, but I appreciated the point it was trying to make (even if that point got fumbled badly in places).
That being said, I really don’t need to see a Scream 5. I have no idea where they’d go with it and I really don’t see the series getting anywhere near back to the relevancy it once held. It had its time and place, and I’m fine moving on from it. And Wes Craven seems sort of shocked that some if you even want one. Earlier tonight he wrote on his Twitter, “No news on ‘Scream 5′ yet. You guys really want another one?”
When I spoke to Craven last year he seemed a bit more up on the prospect of a sequel, saying that he assumed Bob Weinstein was looking for writers, but it doesn’t seem like there’s been any movement since then. Perhaps Dimension was scared off by Part 4′s paltry domestic take? It’s $38M North American gross was way lower than the $90-100M bar the franchise had grown accustomed to. Sure, it made $97M worldwide, but even that is a significant dive from its predecessors.
Personally, I don’t think the franchise can recover. What about you?
The New York City Horror Film festival is the most looked forward to horror festival in the New York City area, and with good reason. Its for the fans, not very commercialized, and mega fun. That’s how founder Michael J. Hein had always wanted his festival to be. When Mike passed away unexpectedly, it left a crater in the NYC based horror community. 2011′s festival was cancelled out of respect. Now its 2012, and the NYCHFF is roaring back to life.
Festival features slated for competition showings at Tribeca Cinemas this year are: Nailbiter, Spider, Nightscape, Game of Werewolves, It’s In the Blood, Gut, Mimesis, Devoured, and Gallery of Fear. READ MORE
Relativity Media releases director Mark Tonderai’s House at the End of the Street this Friday, September 21st. The PG-13 thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Max Thieriot (My Soul To Take).
Myself and a few other journalists sat down with Thieriot today and spoke to him at length about the film, his preparation for the role and whether he brought any lessons from Wes Craven to set with him. We also talk about his new role on “Bates Motel”.
In the film, “Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.” READ MORE
Horror legend Wes Craven (The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) have teamed for the graphic novel “Coming Of Rage” and a possible movie adaptation too, reports DL.
Craven created the upcoming comic, and Niles, who wrote the graphic novels “30 Days Of Night” and “Wake The Dead,” wrote it. Live Free Or Die Hard producer Arnold Rifkin and Liquid Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan are developing a feature film version of Rage with Craven.
Unfortunately, there are no details are available on the comic or the film (so stupid, how about you announce it when you have something to say?).
“Coming Of Rage” is the first publication in Craven and Rifkin’s partnership with Liquid Comics, announced in 2010. It will be released by Liquid in 2013 as both a five-issue comic series and a graphic novel. Liquid Comics plans to have additional digital elements for iPads and iPhones to compliment the publication. READ MORE
The unfortunate truth is that most remakes are pre-destined to be awful. I’m not saying they’re all bad, there are some I rather like, but most of the recent ones never really had a chance to be good. Even if a passionate writer, director and cast are brought onboard they’re still essentially fighting an uphill battle against the reason they were hired in the first place. Money. If a studio owns a certain piece of recognizable property, when they opt to remake it they do so because they feel like it’s a secure financial decision (even if many recent ones have tanked). This means it’s already a film by committee even before the creative team is added. That’s an unhealthy, and usually unfixable, power dynamic for any production.
But what if that wasn’t the case? I mean, we can dream right? I know John Carpenter’s The Thing is always cited as one of the times they “got it right” – but the climate has changed a lot since 1982. I need only to point you in the general direction the 2011 version The Thing to illustrate how much. I suppose one of the recent ones that almost got it right was Dennis Iliadis’ 2009 remake of The Last House On The Left. It had the right idea in that most successful remakes update films that had interesting ideas, but weren’t necessarily great to begin with. Wes Craven’s 1972 TLHOTL is one of those films. It’s a totally incompetent mess (Craven got better later). But while Iliadis’ film is far superior in many ways, it bungles the themes and crosses the line. It allows the daughter to survive, which turns it from a revenge film into a survival film. And it also lingers on the rape scene for far too long. It’s a scene that’s even less necessary than it was before because the audience no longer needs to be sold on the revenge motif.
But at least it got close! It took an unwatchable film and made it watchable (again – except for the inexcusable context for that 5 minute assault)! What if we lived in a world where remakes were even better than this and actually hit their marks creatively? What are some of the famous properties that could use a good dusting off? Let’s indulge in the fantasy of a universe where remakes actually happen for semi-decent reasons!
If you can get onboard with that, head inside to check out which remakes we’d like to see! Then let us know yours in the comments! READ MORE
I’m not sure how this is going to work. The original entries in the Scream series skewered the horror tropes of their time – along with the tropes of sequels and trilogies in general – with varying degrees of success. Now we’re getting word that there will indeed be a “Scream” TV series. It’ll be on MTV, which seems like a good fit, but what exactly will they be deconstructing? Scream 4 kind of left a lot on the table but I’m not sure any of the pieces that could be picked up are especially well suited for television. Who knows though? I could be wrong.
Per TV Line, “MTV is developing a weekly series based on the Scream film franchise, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively. Former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who are shepherding the project under their DiGa production shingle, are on the hunt for a writer to pen the pilot. It’s unclear what role, if any, Scream auteurs Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven will have in the potential series.”
In regard to that last sentence, I’m not sure either Williamson or Craven will be back. Of course I could be wrong, but I get the picture that Williamson has been burned by this franchise quite a bit.
What about you? Would you watch a “Scream” TV series? And what does this mean for Scream 5?