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We're at a crucial moment in horror history, where all the great franchises of the 70s and 80s are being rebooted...Again! And soon, we will see new versions of Jason, Leatherface, Pinhead and Freddy. While most of these classic monsters wear a mask, or are for the most part silent, Freddy Krueger stands out as a perennial jokester who was toned down in the original 2010 reboot, with Jackie Earle Haley taking on a much darker persona than the one portrayed by originator Robert Englund. While big name stars aren't particularly needed to bring the other slashers back to life on the big screen, Freddy definitely has the most wining personality. And it makes sense that in rebooting the franchise a second time, New Line would need a really great, perhaps even iconic, actor. Maybe someone with marquee value. So why not Kevin Bacon?
Yes. Kevin Bacon. The man is no stranger to genre movies, »
Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday August 2nd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.
First up is King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962)
Lets get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!! In the far corner of Tokyo, weighing in at 127 tons. 407 feet tall. Wearing a rubber lizard suit. He represents the island nation of Japan. He is the slayer of the shipping lanes! The smasher of cities! The self-proclaimed King of All Monsters! The one and only………Godzilla!!!!!! *Applause*. In the other corner wearing the world’s largest ape suit…..he represents the United States. »
- Tom Stockman
Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2016
Here are 5 great episodes of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season 3, with cake. What more explanation do you need?
I’ve already written two articles about watching the Nickelodeon TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and eating cake. You can find them here and here.
The idea is to eat a ridiculous amount of cake and talk about what makes my favourite TV show so brilliant. What links Ninja Turtles and cake? Nothing. Why does everything always have to make sense? Even looking for pictures that I can use in these articles highlights that no one ever eats cake on the show. What I do is buy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake and just get on with it, and you can either go with me or call me out on doing something so weird. But then what are we gonna do with all this cake?
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When it comes franchises, Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the most enduring, not only in the horror genre, but in the cinema landscape in general. What is interesting though is that, even after seven movies in the original run, an unsuccessful reboot and several other spinoffs, we never got a complete Freddy Krueger origin. There were moments here and there, but never a complete picture of how it all happened. That is, until now.
A new fan-made YouTube video that has been floating around has managed to finally deliver a complete origin story for Freddy Krueger. The video comes courtesy of the Playa TV YouTube channel and has taken bits and pieces from various films and even a decent chunk form the Freddy's Nightmares TV series in order to make the 18 minute video. Prior to this pretty impressive bit of work, the most complete version of the Freddy origin we had was in the pilot episode of Freddy's Nightmares, which first aired in October of 1988.
Robert Englund, who has of course played Freddy in most of the Nightmare On Elm Street cannon, was featured heavily in the first episode of the series but then oddly took on more of a hosting role for the rest of Freddy's Nightmares, sort of like the Crypt Keeper from Tales From the Crypt. The fan who made Freddy's Origins: The Beginning managed to make very good use of what Englund did in that first episode of the series though and by cleverly interweaving it with various bits of footage from some of Wes Craven's other Nightmare On Elm Street films, has put together something horror fans should really be able to get behind.
At the moment, Jason will be getting a new origin story in a Friday The 13th reboot that is finally getting off the ground, and Leatherface is finally getting a proper origin story later this year. Not only that, but John Carpenter has signed on to executive produce a new Halloween film. So it is a good time to be a legacy horror character, but outside of this fan video, Freddy is pretty much sitting idle. After the failed 2010 reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street, it seems like nobody really knows what to do with the property.
Englund isn't getting any younger, and is pretty sure he'll never don the sweater and the makeup again for another turn as the "Springwood Slasher." Though, he is opening to returning to the franchise sans make-up for a cameo or secondary character in whatever the reboot turns out to be. With Craven unfortunately no longer with us, it may be a bit more difficult to get a new Elm Street off the ground that really resonates with fans. In the meantime, this fan made origin video will have to do. Be sure to watch Freddy's Origins - The Beginning for yourself below. »
Director: Andy Palmer. Writers: Ben Begley and Renee Dorian. Cast: Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Matt Angel and Chasty Ballesteros. The Funhouse Massacre is an indie horror feature from director Andy Palmer (Badlands of Kain). Written by Ben Begley and Renee Dorian, this title blends a lot of blood with some comedy, on Halloween night. Serial killers haunt an amusement park. And, a family reunion, created in Hell, offers a decent climax. Meanwhile, a theme involving impersonation is appropriate for the film's Halloween setting, while The Funhouse Massacre manages to create an entertaining horror world. In the story, actor Robert Englund appears as a blood-thirsty warden. He allows a journalist to tour his psychiatric hospital. The hospital pens several serial killers in its walls. While the journalist and warden become better acquainted, six murderers escape their confines. The taxidermist (Clint Howard), the cannibal (E. E. Bell), the dentist charmer, a killing...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Jordan Peele, one half of the great comedy duo Key and Peele, has unexpectedly entered a new arena: the horror genre. In addition to his forthcoming fright flick Get Out -- a "satirical" horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener and Alison Williams that Peele wrote and directed for Blumhouse -- he's now been added to the cast of Abruptio, a horror effort in which the characters are "performed entirely with lifelike puppets," according to the film's official Facebook page. Abruptio comes from the mind of writer-director Evan Marlowe, whose resume literally includes a short film entitled Brests of the Southern Wild (he's also helmed a couple features). It will also feature the talents of horror icons Robert Englund and Sid Haig, among others. Here's the logline: A man discovers a sinister race of beings is manipulating mankind to cause chaos. He must uncover their plan before the explosive they've implanted in his neck detonates. Peele has opened up about this love for the horror genre in previous interviews, telling Rotten Tomatoes last year: "I’m obsessed with the link between horror and comedy. I think they’re very close. They’re both about getting a very physical kind of reaction. It’s about tension and it’s about the release of tension." Abruptio is expected for release sometime in 2018. (via Bloody Disgusting) »
- Chris Eggertsen
June’s home entertainment releases are kicking off in grand fashion this week, as horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to look forward to with the new arrivals on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Scream Factory is keeping busy with a double dose of terror with their releases of The Abandoned (in conjunction with IFC Midnight) and The Funhouse Massacre, and for those of you who may have missed the supernatural thriller in theaters earlier this year, The Other Side of the Door is making its way to both Blu and DVD courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
If you consider yourself something of a Star Trek fan, Paramount is distributing the Director’s Cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Blu-ray this week as well as the complete run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which arrives on Blu for the first time ever this Tuesday. »
- Heather Wixson
When you think of iconic horror franchise, it.s safe to say that one of the first ones that claw its way into your head is A Nightmare on Elm Street. It.s spawned seven sequels, a TV series, and a crossover with Jason Voorhees that no one needs to talk about. The film was remade back in 2010 to less than favorable reviews, and it notably recast the role of nightmare machine Freddy Krueger. Robert Englund, who played Krueger in almost every version of the character, may not have been in that movie, but it doesn.t mean he can.t share his opinion on it. According to The A.V. Club, Robert Englund was attending Belfast Comic-Con, promoting his latest movies The Midnight Man and Nightworld. Of course, the conversation inevitably turned toward A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Englund was asked what he thought about the remake. The »
Halloween night takes a twisted turn in The Funhouse Massacre, the new horror film from Andy Palmer that co-stars the legendary Robert Englund. With The Funhouse Massacre hitting home media on June 7th courtesy of Scream Factory, we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Funhouse Massacre.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “The Funhouse Massacre Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on June 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the Press Release: “Murder is all part of the show. On June 7th, 2016, Scream Factory presents »
- Derek Anderson
Will we ever see Robert Englund slather on the Freddy Krueger make-up and strap on that razor glove for one more ride around Elm Street? Probably not. But that doesn't mean we won't ever see the actor show up in a future A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot or sequel. The actor recently talked about returning to the franchise, and he sounds rather game. Though, he has his own ideas about how it should play out.
The slasher game just isn't what it was back in the 80s. Robert Englund became a superstar in the genre playing the iconic dream demon Freddy Krueger. And to this day, he remains, perhaps, the most recognizable name in horror. For a very long time, he's made it very clear that he won't ever climb back into the make-up chair to play Freddy again. But now he insists he'd love to do a cameo. »
Samuel Bayer's 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was widely reviled by both critics and fans, with a 15% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.2/10 user rating on IMDb (by comparison, Wes Craven's original boasts a 7.5/10). Now, Robert Englund -- whose iconic performance as Freddy Krueger was reinterpreted by a cat-faced Jackie Earle Haley in the remake -- is diagnosing what went wrong with the updated version. In a nutshell: the film's nubile victims weren't carefree enough at the beginning of the film for audiences to invest in their eventual downfall. “You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted,” said Englund during an appearance at the Film & Comic Con in Belfast, Ireland (via Bloody Disgusting). “You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted »
- Chris Eggertsen
Andy Palmer’s The Funhouse Massacre is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 7th, and to celebrate, Scream Factory released three Blu-ray clips plus the official trailer for the film that tease Halloween night as a dangerous day to go to a funhouse.
The Funhouse Massacre Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Murder is all part of the show. On June 7th, 2016, Scream Factory presents the home entertainment debut of The Funhouse Massacre on Blu-ray and DVD, complete with extras including commentary with director Andy Palmer, producer Warner Davis and actors Clint Howard and Courtney Gains. The Funhouse Massacre premiered at the Horrorhound Weekend Convention Film Festival and won Best Film and Best Special Effects.
On Halloween night, a group of the United States’ most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The »
- Tamika Jones
Scream Factory Presents The Funhouse Massacre On Blu-ray & DVD June 7, 2016 Starring Jere Burns and Scottie Thompson, with Special Guest Star Robert Englund Murder is all part of the show. On June 7, 2016, Scream Factory presents the home entertainment debut of The Funhouse Massacre on Blu-ray and DVD, complete with extras including …
Los Bastardz Productions and Retro Rad present the star-studded Underground Entertainment: The Movie, featuring Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), William Forsythe (The Devil’S Rejects, Raising Arizona), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz), Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet 2), Jim O’Rear (The Hospital, Don’T Look In The Basement 2), Bryan Wilson (Robodoc, Resurrection), Tony Todd (Candyman, 24), …
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The gang over at Scream Factory are sending The Funhouse Massacre your way, when the crazy carnival-like bloodfest hits DVD/Bluray on June 7th. I’ve been pretty anxious to see this one myself, having seen countless postcards for the film, every time I find myself in Burbank’s countless horror-themed Magnolia shops (Dark Delicacies, Halloween Town, Creature Features and Blast From The Past, all up and down one wonderful street). With cameos and supporting roles by Clint Howard (Evilspeak, The Lords of Salem), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, The ’Burbs) and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, I’m more than willing to give this one a shot. What do you fright fanatics think?
On Halloween night, a group of the United States’ most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting »
- Jerry Smith
On June 7th, the funhouse will be open for business nationwide… from the safety of your own home via the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Funhouse Massacre, starring Robert Englund, Ben Begley, Jere Burns, Clint Howard, and Courtney Gains. Also: cover art and release details for Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama and Harrow County #12.
The Funhouse Massacre Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Murder is all part of the show. On June 7th, 2016, Scream Factory presents the home entertainment debut of The Funhouse Massacre on Blu-ray and DVD, complete with extras including commentary with director Andy Palmer, producer Warner Davis and actors Clint Howard and Courtney Gains. The Funhouse Massacred premiered at the Horrorhound Weekend Convention Film Festival and won Best Film and Best Special Effects.
On Halloween night, a group of the United States’ most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse »
- Tamika Jones
Last month we brought you word on the Expendables-style horror movie Death House from director Harrison Smith (Camp Dread), and with production set to get underway this month we now have news on more additions to the cast in Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Cody Longo (Piranha 3D), Cortney Palm (Zombeavers), Stelio Savante (The Making Of The Mob: New York) and Richard Speight Jr. (Supernatural).
The trio join a cast that reportedly features the likes of Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Bill Moseley (House of 1,000 Corpses), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes), Barbara Crampton (Chopping Mall), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Don Shanks (Halloween 5), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave) and Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn).
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. »
- Gary Collinson
The Silver Scream Fest was in high gear Saturday, March 5, with a screening of Heather Langenkamp’s documentary I Am Nancy, focusing on her life post A Nightmare On Elm Street; a conversation with Bela Lugosi Jr. about his father’s legacy and the Golden Age of Hollywood; screenings of four of Lugosi Sr.’s classic films; a tribute to the late great Wes Craven by his Elm Street stars Langenkamp and Robert Englund and producer Marianne Maddalena and a screening of New Nightmare; a reunion of An American Werewolf In London’s director John Landis, special effects guru Rick Baker, and star David Naughton; screenings of the fantastic fest films; and so much more. Check out the magic below! And check out Friday’s gallery here!
All photos courtesy the Film Squad.
- Harker Jones
Day 1 of the Silver Scream Fest was a screaming success. From Robert Englund cutting the ribbon with his Freddy glove to artist Rob Prior creating a Freddy portrait in the theater lobby to a screening of A Nightmare On Elm Street to a tribute to the late, great Wes Craven, there was something for every fan and fiend. Take a look at the gallery to relive the magic. Galleries of Days 2 and 3 are coming with photos from the American Werewolf In London reunion, Bela Lugosi Jr., and much more!
All photos courtesy the Film Squad.
- Harker Jones
Robert Englund may be turning 69 this year, but the Freddy Krueger actor and one of the most recognisable faces in horror is showing no signs of slowing down, with his next film, Havana Darkness, going into production early next… Continue Reading →
The post Robert Englund to Play a Blind Man for the First Time in Havana Darkness appeared first on Dread Central. »
- David Gelmini
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