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.

 

Death House: Are You Ready?

THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!

Thats right folks, the trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Death House’ has landed.

Amazing right?

deathhouse_2The trailer delivers on so many levels. Harrison Smith, and his production team, have been very clever, and put some real thought and effort, into putting this trailer together. It lays everything out perfectly. I felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt for a long time.
Something that really got me, was that, although it delivers everything you would want from a trailer, it doesn’t give up the secrets of the film.

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Cortney Palm (Agent Toria Boon), & Cody Longo (Agent Jae Novak)

The synopsis of the film, sees Agents Boon and Novak, getting an exclusive tour of the ‘Death House’ facility. A prison that houses the most dangerous criminals in the world. A power breakdown, sets the inmates free, and sends the two agents into a fight for survival, as they navigate their way to the depths of the prison, where a supernatural evil may be their only chance of survival.

After seeing the trailer, it has left me with questions. Left me wanting to know, the background of the FBI graduates, the backgrounds of doctors, the nazi style experiments, on human subjects, the backgrounds of the inmates. Also, what will be the agenda of the inmates, now that they’re free of their restraints? How are the agents going to escape? What, are the 5 evils?
It’s left me craving more, and that’s what a proper trailer should do. It reminds of trailers of a bygone era.

At the start of the Q&A session at the ‘Days Of The Dead’
the panel took no prisoners, and gave the world of horror, what I think, is a wake up call.

A point that was made clear, was that there is no CGI in this film, except for the editing and putting the filmed scenes together. Everything else, is all practical effects. The set, the blood, guts, gore, the lot, all practical.

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That is making a statement. It proves that you don’t need a film full of CGI, and added in effects. With this, everything is being stripped back, and going right back to the blood roots of what makes a horror film, a horror film, and it’s so refreshing.CoVaIdcXgAAlLrx

Harrison and Sid Haig also spoke about the horror genre in general and the state of things at the moment. Some of the subjects discussed were, What the hell is PG-13 horror? Why was Massacre left out of the recent Texas Chainsaw Remake?
I completely agree with Harrison Smith, in that we, as fans, supporters, even lovers of the horror genre, should demand more from the films we are getting. I’m so tired of films that feature the word Paranormal. Where is the next ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’? or ‘Hellraiser’? And I dont just mean remaking the classics.
I truly believe, that this film and any subsequent sequels, will be the start of bringing horror back, and starting a revolution in the horror genre.
I will continue to report any Death House news as it comes available. Please check out the Twitter and Facebook pages for the film.

 

 

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.

SCREAM QUEENS RETURNS

Thats right, you read it correctly. Scream Queens will be returning on September 20th, for Season 2 of the show.

Scream Queens, is part of the group of television shows put together, by show runners, and producers, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

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Left: Ryan Murphy, Right: Brad Falchuk

Their partnership has proved fruitful. Over the years, they are responsible for bringing us, some quality television. With such shows as Nip/Tuck (2003-2010), Glee (2009-2015), and going into its 6th season, American Horror Story, which will air on FOX, on September 14th.

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From Left to Right: Chanel#3 (Billie Lourd), Chanel#2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel#1 (Emma Roberts) & Chanel#5 (Abigail Breslin)

The above is the official trailer for Scream Queens, Season 1. Introducing the 4 Chanels.(There was 5, but Chanel#4 was killed off in the pilot episode, and is uncredited).

. Season 1 of Scream Queens was set on a college campus, and focused mainly on the Kappa Sorority house. It featured, lots of murder, blood and gore.  Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), sees herself, as being the head girl of the Kappa house, with her group of minions, who are numbered Chanel 1-5. Throughout season 1, there is a constant battle of wills between Chanel and the headmistress of the college, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis)

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Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Munsch

Season 2 however, is set 3 years after the delightfully dark, and hilariously gruesome capers of season 1, and is set in a hospital, run by their former college head. Returning to the show, will be,3 Chanel Oberlin and her minions, Chanel#3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel#5 (Abigail Breslin) and more of the favourites from season 1, such as:

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Death House: Hell Isn’t A Word… It’s A Sentance

Death House is fast approaching, and it’s got the whole horror community, literally salivating at the prospect of what’s to come. There is so much ‘buzz’ and excitement surrounding this film, and this is for a multitude of reasons.

Plot: Two secret agents, are sent for an exclusive tour, inside a secret prison, known as ‘The Death House’, which houses the baddest, meanest, most villainous and dangerous criminals in the world. Whilst on their walk through of the prison, there is a complete power outage, that releases the ruthless army of inmates. For the two agents, the fight is on to get out, and get out alive. They’re pushed further down into the lower depths of the facility, where they learn of the worst of the housed in the ‘Death House’. They are a group of supernatural beings known as ‘The Five Evils’, and they are the only chance they have of survival.

Sounds awesome right? You don’t even know the half of it yet.

The first aspect we will look at in detail, is the whole background surrounding the lead up to making the film.

 


The original concept, and script for Death House, was written by ‘Gunnar Hansen’, who played the part of the legendary ‘Leatherface’, in the gore-fest, that is, of course, the original, and best, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. Gunnar sadly passed away in 2015 after a long fight with cancer, but would leave us, with a whopper of a going away present. Prior to his passing, Gunnar had been working with Writer/Director ‘Harrison Smith’, who ultimately, would be charged with taking on the role of re-writing the script, and directing the movie ‘Death House’, in honour of the great Gunnar Hansen.

With a completed script, the set, and location had to be right, to bring this spectacular idea to life. The location that was chosen, for a large majority of the filming, was an abandoned prison in Philidelphia called Holmesberg Prison.


The massive facility in Holmesberg, was opened in 1896, and was in continuous use until its closure in 1995. It was the subject of controversy for many years due to wild experiments performed on inmates, which began in 1951, and ran for 20 years. The experiments on the inmates ranged from such things as dermatological and pharmaceutical tests, to biochemical weaponry. This link is to an article released in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper in 1998, and is a very well written, and detailed report, recounting the views and memories, of one man who worked closely with the prisoners. Please click and read to find out more.

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Part of the plot of the film, (and this isnt a spoiler) is about experiments and tests performed on the inmates, so you would have to agree, that location that has been picked, is the right one, for the spirit of the occasion.

Having Gunnar Hansen in the movie, is a stroke of genius, and a wonderful tribute, to a great man.

Next we’ll look at the cast of the film. This is where ‘Know Your Horror-101’ comes in handy. Think of the stars of every relevant horror film ever made, and they’re in this film. Here is the cast list:

I’m sure you’ll agree, that there is a fine blend of legends, fresh faces, and lovely ladies, that together, will make this movie incredible.

In a recent ‘Facebook Live’ Q&A session, with directer, Harrison Smith, listening to him talk about the film, elevated the excitement to a whole new level. His enthusiasm is infectious. It feels so good, that a movie like this, is being made by someone who really loves everything about the horror genre. There is so much respect for horror.

You can view the recent Q&A session right here:

The hugely anticipated trailer for Death House will get its first viewing at ‘Days Of The Dead’ convention at 3pm, on September 3rd.

Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

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One night last week, my wife and I, watched the 1984 release , of the Wes Craven directed, Nightmare On Elm Street. It was airing on ‘TCM’ in HD, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

We had only ever seen the reboot once. That was on the very first night, of its cinematic release. Due to the literal heartache, we felt after seeing it, we couldn’t bare the thought of ever watching it again. BUT… the night after watching the original, we took a deep breath, opened our minds, and dived into the world of turd, that is the Samuel Bayer directed, 2010 reboot, of Nightmare On Elm Street.

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I want to start by saying that the film on a whole is not actually that bad, if you were to class it, as a stand alone slasher film. It doesn’t work as an Elm Street film.                             There are many, many reasons, that this reboot didn’t work. Let’s have a look as to why.

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It’s easy to blame the leading man, but contrary to popular opinion, where the movie is lacking, is nothing to do with Jackie-Earle Hayley’s portrayal, of the man of your dreams. He is a fine actor, and his performance is fantastic. He hasn’t tried to copy Robert Englund, which is great. It shows, that as an actor, and a professional, he has put some thought, research and effort, into his role as Freddy Krueger. The first problem with the reboot, is that you don’t feel outright fear. It is sorely lacking. But that’s not Hayley’s fault. He can only read the lines that he’s given, and do, as he’s directed.

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The second reason, that the movie doesn’t fill you with outright fear, is the make up. I understand it’s a reboot, and they wanted to go their own way with it, but it looks like absolute garbage. You don’t look at Hayley’s make up, like you did Englund’s, and automatically feel fear and dread, before he’s even slashed someone, or opened his mouth. That’s not to say, they should have copied Englund’s make up, but at least, use it as a point of reference, and build from there. This just isn’t good enough.

Thirdly, is the plot. This was supposed to be a reboot, but for the most part, the sequence of events, is lifted straight from Wes Craven’s original. It shows a major lack of creativity, on the part of either the writer, the director, or both. Though in saying this, it has to be said, that in a couple of the death scenes, they do let Freddy out the box, and there is that element, of ‘playing with his food’ so to speak… For example, the first kill on Dean in the café, and the 3rd kill on Jesse when he’s in prison, and the line from Freddy “we still have 6 more minutes to play”.

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Jesse’s Death Scene

To talk a some more about the problems with the plot, far too much of Freddy’s back story is revealed. Yes, the reboot should try it’s best to be different from the original, but I think completely changing the origin story, was a big mistake. Less is more. Yes, make it different, but let our brains picture the horrible things he did… That provides fear.

Problems with the plot? Lets look at the writing of the script and screenplay. Hired for the job, was a feature-length film novice, in Eric Heisserer. Now don’t get me wrong, in all credit to the guy, he has gone on to write such films, as Final Destination 5, and the new delightfully dark and terrifying, Lights Out. The problems with the writing, is that, like most films these days, there was too much studio involvement. Heisserer, didn’t really have room to work with. He was only given 1 month to have everything ready, and with strict guidelines from New Line, to bring in their target audience.

Next, the director used for this film, was Samuel Bayer. This is a man who has only ever directed music videos. And the majority of, in my opinion, not very good ones. This was a huge mistake. Bayer, up to this point, had never directed a feature-length film before, never even mind, a horror film. I have to ask the question… Why didnt you use the alternative ending? It is 100 country miles, better than the ending that was used for the theatrical release.

The reasons for me preferring the alternative ending, will be evident when you watch it. .

 

Its rumoured that there is going to be another reboot, coming at some point, the writer who did ‘Orphan’, is rumoured to have taken on the responsibility. Lord only knows who will be cast as Freddy Krueger.

 

Clay-Work Horror Art

Have you ever wondered what your favourite horror film posters would look like, if they were made from Clay?

These wonderful creations, have been made by a British company, called Clay Disarray and they’re just brilliant.

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We’re sure you’ll agree they’re impressive, and also gave a bit of a chuckle as well, and that can’t be a bad thing.

And it’s not only the Horror genre, that is catered for. There is lots of Sci-Fi, Comedy, and more.

Check out their website at: http://www.claydisarray.co.uk/

Horror Icons vs. Scooby Doo

Gathered here, are a collection of pictures, from  around the Internet, featuring what happens, when those loveable, mystery solvers, from the Scooby Doo cartoons, run into some of ultimate horror film icons.

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(The Scream Source takes no credit for any of these images)