Baddington Bear

We all remember Paddington bear from our childhoods. The lovable cuddly bear, in the blue rain coat, red hat and suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches.

Now, get ready to see the teddy, in a new, darker way. Some clever person, very creatively may I add, has put Paddington in to scenes from our favourite horror movies.

Take a look at some of these: 

The Best Of Freddy Krueger

It’s no secret, that my favourite horror franchise, is Nightmare On Elm Street.
The man in the dirty red and green sweater, is the villain that keeps on tickin…
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Throughout the Elm Street films, Freddy has had so many brilliant moments… classic moments… and dare I say it… Epic moments (I hate that word).
Whether it be something he’s said, or a really inventive, imaginative kill… which of these are his best?
I have taken on the mammoth task, of going through video, after video of Freddy’s banter, and the slaughter of the teenagers on Elm Street… and picked my favourite Freddy moments.

1. Nightmare On Elm Street 5 : Dream Child
…Freddy’s Re-Birth…

…”It’s A Boy”…

2. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
…Jennifer’s Big Break In TV…

“…Cut The Prime Time Bitch…”

3. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors…
…A Puppet Called Philip…

Freddy Krueger: The Puppet Master

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4. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
…Julie’s Death… 

…”Ever Played Skin The Cat?”…

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The glove worn in this film, was the only glove to feature a 5 blades, instead of the normal 4, with the extra blade being on the thumb. ‘Robert Englund’, the actor who plays the role of Freddy Krueger, hated the re-designed glove, and found it very ‘clunky’ and difficult to use and operate.

5. Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
…Jesse’s Transformation…

…Bye Bye Grady…

6. Nightmare On Elm Street
…Tina’s Death…

…”This Is God”…

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7. Nightmare On Elm Street 4: …Dream Master
…Roach Motel…

…”You Can Check In, But You Can’t Check Out”…

8. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
…Wizard Master Death…

…”Its Back In The Saddle Again”…

9. Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
…”You’ve Got The Body”…

…”And I’ve Got The Brain”…

10. Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
…Jesse’s Death…

…”We’ve Still Got 6 More Minutes To Play”…

Honorable Mention
…Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)…
…Alternate Ending…

This gets an honorable mention, because this is a gem, that should have been used in the original, but for some odd reason was left out. The reboot, for all its misgivings, would have, in my opinion, been elevated with this ending. The whole “Welcome To My World” speech in the theatrical ending, just feels like such a cop out, and a total let down. I hope you enjoy the alternate ending as much as me.

 

My Favourite Villains-Part 1: Freddy Krueger

When I was 12, the glorious day I waited so long for, had finally arrived.
I was about to watch, a horror movie, for the first time.
The film, was the ‘Wes Craven’ directed, ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’.
I had only ever seen posters & cardboard cutouts of Freddy Krueger so I had no idea what was in store.

It was a life changing experience.
I sat and watched the first 4 films in one sitting.
Then the next day after breakfast, I watched the 5th film, Freddy’s Dead
and New Nightmare.
I was hooked.
I went to bed scared, for 2 years. But quite simply, I loved the
films, and what’s more, it was this group of films, that introduced me to the world
of other horror films, and the horror genre as a whole.

For those of you, who don’t know about the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ films, or have only seen the 2010 reboot and thought… This is complete nonsense… here is a closer look at the character, known as Freddy Krueger, and why, he is one of my favourite horror villains.

The Background: Freddy Krueger

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In the Nightmare On Elm Street films, The part of Freddy Krueger is performed by Robert Englund.

Frederick Charles Krueger, more commonly known as ‘Freddy’ is the illegitimate
son of 100 maniacs. A nun, called Amanda Krueger, worked at
‘Our Lady Of Sorrows’ Asylum for the criminally insane, in the town of Springwood.
In 1941, over the holiday season, fate it seemed, would take its course, and
Amanda would accidentally, be locked in.
She was repeatedly attacked, and raped, which resulted in the unholy conception.
When she was found, she was barely alive, but pregnant.
Subsequently, that wing of the hospital was closed.
Frederick Charles Krueger, was born in February, of 1942, and given up for adoption.
Freddy’s new legal guardian, was a drunk, and would dish out daily beatings.
Throughout his childhood, on top of the beatings, Fred was badly bullied, and
exhibited strange behaviour, taking his anger out, on small animals.
As Fred grew older, he learned to endure the pain of the beatings… Even liking it,
telling himself, the secret of pain, is stop feeling it, and to start using it.
In his late teens, Freddy would kill the man who adopted him.
After a time of living rough, he got a job working working as a janitor at a
power plant, and living in the boiler room.
It was around about then that the murders began.
Fred was abducting children from Elm Street, taking them to the boiler room,
and torturing, raping and killing them.
The mutilated bodies of the children began to turn up and the spree of murders
started a media frenzy, earning Freddy the nickname, of ‘The Springfield Slasher’.
The police needed to act and act they did. They caught, after a lengthy manhunt,
the Springwood police, arrested Freddy at his boiler room.
The trial of Freddy Krueger should have been a clear case, with the amount
of evidence against him.
The case was dismissed after the defence attorney, produced
a piece of evidence, showing that the search warrant to apprehend Freddy, was not
signed correctly at the time of arrest, and Freddy was set free.
The parents of Springwood felt cheated, and wanted justice, no matter the cost.
They followed Freddy back to the boiler room, covered it petrol, set it on fire, and watched him burn.

The video below, is Nancy’s Mum, telling the origin story, of Freddy Krueger,
and how he met his fiery end.

He was a monster before he died, but then he became something so much worse.
He was able to invade the dreams, of the teenage kids on Elm Street, so he could take his revenge on the parents that killed him, by killing their kids in their dreams, where they’re defenceless.

What makes him so scary, firstly, are the physical elements, his burnt face, the dirty red and green sweater, the brown hat, and most of all, his glove, manufactured by the man himself, with 4 razor sharp knives for fingers.

The worst element of all, is  fear. He feeds on your fear.

When you sleep, he invades your dreams, and there is nothing you can do to stop him.
He will terrorise, and torture you for fun. Then only once he’s had his fill, will he kill you.
That is what makes him so scary, compared to other horror movie villains.
He doesn’t just kill you. He breaks his victims down mentally. He knows your
fears and will use them against you.

For me, there is one reason I watch horror films, and that is, to be frightened out of my mind, by what I have just seen. Freddy Krueger does that on every level.
Many have tried, but you can not kill him.
Freddy Krueger is pure evil.
And pure evil can never die.

Secret Blair Witch Sequel Revealed

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I remember being 15 years old when ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was released, and the idea of a found footage film, in mainstream cinema, was at this time, unheard of.  ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was released in 1999, and it was a complete game changer. For the longest time, it was believed by the majority, to be completely true.                Due to a massive PR stunt by the producers of the movie ‘Lionsgate’ the majority of viewers, actually thought the actors and actress in the film, had really gone missing, and some even sent sympathy cards, to the mother of the actress ‘Heather Donahue’. The PR stunt they pulled, really was that believeable. It really did have everybody fooled.

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For those who want to see the trailer, of where The Blair Witch saga, and found footage phenomenon began, then check out the video below.

So a few months back, we were told that on September 16th, that we were getting a release, that would be a new, truly terrifying, experience in horror.

The Film was called ‘The Woods’ and the trailer was truly a haunting one, that has always stuck in my mind since I first saw it. Especially the soundtrack of ‘Every Breath You Take’. The sole, echoed, female voice, singing a song about someone stalking you, works so well. This is that trailer.

At Comic-Con there was a massive reveal! We found out that ‘The Woods’, is actually to be called ‘Blair Witch’, and will be a direct sequel, to the 1999 found footage release,  ‘The Blair Witch Project’.

This is an incredibly exciting development, and now that there is a NEW TRAILER, especially for the new ‘Blair Witch’. So without further delay, we’ll show that to you now.

This film looks like it’s going to be pretty epic. The only things I have doubts about, are how they’re going to tie this all together. It’s been 17 years since the original, so that will be interesting.

Roll on September 16th.

Horror Movies: Alternate Endings – Part 1

WARNING: SPOILERS

Often when movies are made, the director can be undecided, at what to do with the ending, and will go ahead and film a few different scenarios, to end the film with. We’re now going to delve into the world of ‘The Alternate Ending’, and see the ‘what could have been’ endings, to some of your favourite horror films.

1. Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

The theatrical ending of the reboot, is dull, lazy, borrowed from other films of the franchise, and completely predictable. The alternate ending is a far better experience. When Freddy restrains Nancy, and turns his face back to his living face, before he was burr ed, the first time Nancy sees it, you can see the fear and terror on her face, as she looks and quickly turns away and starts to scream, after looking at the face, and looking into the eyes of the man, who had abused and tormented her, as a young girl. When it comes time for Nancy to exact her vengeance, this ending allows you to see the full extent of her rage and anger, as she finally gets her long awaited revenge.

2. Orphan

In this alternate ending, we see the ‘Final Battle’ come to an end, and then mother and daughter escaping. As good as the original ending is, the outcome is predictable. What you get with the alternative ending, is something different, and rather chilling. I can understand it not being used, as it could pave the way for pointless sequels, where we already know the big twist.

3. Friday The 13th: Part 9 – Jason Goes To Hell

Part 9, and supposed end for the Jason Voorheea saga, was a little bit of a let down, with very little of Jason being shown in the film, apart from at the very beginning, and at the very end. The alternative ending, is different mainly in the part where Jason is being dragged to hell, in this case by hands shooting from the ground, and also, little demons. The parts with one of the 2 remaining protagonists, being dragged down to hell is different as well. I can understand why they didn’t use this. The demons look like absolute garbage. They would maybe work in a film like ‘Ghoulies’, but most certainly not for a franchise such as this. The theatrical ending though, was the part of the film that provided us all, with a real gem, that 10 years later, would give us the fans, the long awaited, Freddy vs Jason in 2003.

 

Saw 8: IT’S HAPPENING!!!

You read that correctly…

Lions Gate Pictures, have confirmed that Saw 8, will be returning to cinemas, on October 27th, 2017. Just in time for Halloween. The 8th film of the franchise will be called Saw: Legacy, and the filming will begin to shoot, at the start of the September, through to the end of October 2016, in Ontario, Canada.

The Saw franchise, is big money, and as well know, Lionsgate proudly boast, that it was honoured by the Guinness book of records, as being the highest grossing horror franchise of all time, with profits of $847,000,000. So it’s no wonder, they’re keen on making a new film.

There is no casting, or plot information at this moment, but as it becomes available, we’ll keep you up to date.

And as far as plot goes, ‘complex’ have reported, that the production house lions gate, may want to make the film a reboot. Personally, I think that would be terrible. It hasn’t been long enough since the first film, or even that long since the last film in 2010. I don’t think we’re ready or willing to accept someone else playing the Jigsaw character. It hasn’t been long enough. Look at the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot. The world wasn’t ready, to accept a new Freddy Krueger, and it wbe the same scenario with Jigsaw.

If a direct sequel was to be made, what could happen next, with characters Detective Hoffman, and Doctor Gordon after Saw 3D? (The 7th, and at that point in time, final film of the franchise). And what part will Jigsaw play? With the film being called ‘Legacy’… Jigsaw, from the 2nd or 3rd film, would pound on, with his legacy mantra, so I would envisage, part 8, being the continuation of his legacy, via whatever games he designed  and people he chose to play them before he died.

I’m a huge fan of the Saw franchise. The first 6, I thought were incredible, in so many ways. I completely fell in love, with the intricacy of the various plots in each film, and how they twist and turn, and link faultlessly between films. The complexity of the characters, their personalities and back stories. The creativity, and imagination, that goes into the brutal traps, for jigsaws victims. And of course… No Saw film is complete without the truck loads, of blood, and gore, that gets thrown at you in mass. When filming the scenes with the traps, you see everything the victim is experiencing. The camera does not shy away, from showing you ripping flesh, breaking bone or crushing and dismemberment of limbs. You get the lot… From characters cutting off their feet and crawling through pits of needles, to getting mercilessly injected with acid, and getting your arms and legs completely twisted off.

Saw 3D is where I have problems. After the amazing, job that director Kevin Greutert, did with Saw 6, I was thrilled to hear they had been hired again for Saw 3D, and waited with anticipation, for its release.

Upon seeing the 7th installment, I was shocked and upset at what I had seen… Not the gore and violence, that I could handle that… I just couldn’t comprehend, how the same writing and directing team from Saw 6, managed to get 7 so wrong!!! The film had so much potential, and what we got, was something that was just rubbish, and completely predictable. Some of the traps are quite good, but the storyline that goes with it, was just absolute nonsense. Although… with the success of the first 6 films, it’s not too sour a pill to swallow.

So we can remind of ourselves of some of the better moments from the Saw Franchise, here is a short video, of the top 10 Saw traps, by ‘Watch Mojo’.

Being a big fan of the series, I’m very excited, at the announcement of Saw: Legacy. James Wan, and Leigh Whannell, the director and writer of the original saw film, are going to be involved at the level, of executive producers.

But as excited as I am… at the same time, I’m very concerned. The writers brought in, to continue the Saw franchise, are Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stohlbert.

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The above mentioned ‘dynamic duo’, of Goldfinger and Stohlbert, have limited horror film experience.

What experience they do have, is being credited, with working together, on writing the horror films, Sorority Row in 2009, Piranha 3D in 2010, and Piranha 3DD in 2012. The rest of their writing/directing experience, is on animated cartoons for children.

In the same concerned breath, there is double trouble in the directors chairs, in the form of Michael and Peter Stierig. Two brothers from Germany, who have less experience in horror than the writing team. They are credited with working together on the horror films, Undead in 2003, and Daybreakers in 2009.

I’m not particularly convinced, that the writing team and directing team are up to the challenge, or… are they of the caliber needed, to make a super gory, and ultra violent, but also, very intelligent, and well thought out storyline, that will rejuvenate the Saw franchise, after Saw 3D, being so rubbish. When I first read, who was writing the film, I thought it was a joke. And as far as the directors go, their big moment, is that they made Daybreakers… Possibly, the most boring vampire film, I have ever seen.

And this is my fear… Would it be possible to make a really boring Saw film? With all the flashbacks that already exist in the films, we’re already very familiar with Jigsaw/John Kramers past, and his origins, so let’s hope they don’t try and make a prequel, or Saw in space, or something equally as ridiculous. With the amount of paranormal and zombie films out at the moment, let’s hope nobody pulls out a ouija bored, or that the dead start walking.

I am rooting for this film, and really hope my fears are dumbfounded. I would love for this to be the start of a new series of Saw films. Keeping all my fingers crossed.

Iconic Movie Scenes In Horror

JAWS: We Need A Bigger Boat

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In 1979, Steven Spielberg released the epic, and completely brilliant, creature feature, called ‘Jaws’. A horror film featuring a killer Great White Shark, with an insatiable hunger. The beast finds itself a feeding ground in the shallows of amityville beach on 4th of July weekend. 3 brave men, made up of The Amityville sheriff, a Great White Shark expert, and a local fisherman, go out on a trawler, to try and kill the monster shark. While at sea, they come upon a rather big problem…

Check out the video below to see why…