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Graphic Nature: Mike Saputo Discusses His A Nightmare On Elm Street Franchise Artwork for Death Waltz & Mondo’s Box Of Souls Vinyl Set

From the mind of Wes Craven, the A Nightmare on Elm Street series was a caffeinated jolt to the heart of horror hounds worldwide. Not only giving birth to the son of 100 maniacs, the franchise also provided us with one of the most iconic movie themes in the history of cinema with composer Charles Bernstein’s "Prologue." Sitting on a gold mine of Krueger classics, Death Waltz records set out to make every A Nightmare on Elm Street fan’s dreams come true with the Box of Souls: A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection 8xLP set. Not only a choice collection of synthesized dreamscapes, the Box of Souls contains an assortment of original pieces from acclaimed artist Mike Saputo, whose highly detailed works showcase the Elm Street horror icon in a terrifying new light.

As with most horror franchises, it never gets better than that first, classic installment, and according to Saputo,
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Mondo & Death Waltz’s Box Of Souls Vinyl Box Set to Include Remastered Scores for First Seven A Nightmare On Elm Street Films

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Many great horror icons are accompanied by scores that are just as haunting (and perhaps just as recognizable) as the characters they accompany, and that's especially true with the eerie, dreamlike sounds of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Containing the scores for the first seven films in the franchise that Freddy built, Mondo and Death Waltz's newly revealed Box of Souls 8-vinyl set includes chilling tracks remastered by James Plotkin, killer new artwork by Mike Saputo, and a 12-page booklet with reflections on the franchise from composers and cast members. You may never sleep again after listening to it...

Coming out at Wednesday, October 25th at 12:00pm Ct on Mondo (priced at $250) the Box of Souls vinyl score collection is a true Halloween treat for fans of Freddy Krueger and the sounds from his sinister dreamscapes, and you can learn more about the anticipated release in the details
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A Prog-Rock Bonanza: Anthony Phillips Reissued

Anthony Phillips The Geese and the Ghost Wise After the Event Sides Private Parts & Pieces I-iv Harvest of the Heart (Esoteric/Cherry Red)   Anthony "Ant" Phillips, an original member of Genesis, left after their second album (Trespass, 1970) because of stage fright -- an especially problematic situation, one supposes, for the lead guitarist. He spent the ensuing years studying music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (which is to say classical music), along with occasionally recording demos of new material at home. It would be seven years before his first solo album would appear, but after that he would be fairly prolific. Though he never achieved mainstream success -- which sadly makes sense given that this progressive rock legend didn't issue anything in 1971-76, the peak prog years -- aficionados of the style have long admired his work. Cherry Red's Esoteric imprint is now in its third year of
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200 Greatest Horror Films (Top 10)

10. Alien

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by Dan O’Bannon

UK / USA, 1979

Genre: Sci-Fi Horror

Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-cd Box Set Available October 16

Making all of your nightmares come true … Varèse Sarabande will be releasing A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-cd box set (limited 2000 units) on October 16, 2015.

This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork has been commissioned for the set (by artist Shawn Conn, http://atomicdeadguy.com/), and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the packaging.

The set comes complete with the trademark knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box.

The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams.
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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ – a near masterpiece of independent genre filmmaking

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven

Written by Wes Craven

1984, USA

A Nightmare on Elm Street has a special place in my heart. It was not only the first horror film I had ever watched, but it was the first film in which I took notice of a film’s director and its stars. Prior to A Nightmare On Elm Street, perhaps the only director I was familiar with was George Lucas. A Nightmare On Elm street was my gateway into the world of cinema, and I owe Wes Craven for that. For those who dare dismiss it as trash, I give you 2060 words as to why you are so very, very wrong.

Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a
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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ – 30 Years Later

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven

Written by Wes Craven

2014, USA

Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a solid commercial genre entry for the dating crowd. Elm Street was New Line’s first genuine mainstream cinematic venture (after Alone In The Dark), and made the company a huge pile of money. The film was shot in 30 days at a cost of roughly $1.8 million, but it made back its figure and then some on opening weekend. New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed “the house that Freddy built.” Perhaps the most influential horror film of the ’80s, Craven’s 1984 slasher about a quartet of high school kids terrorized in their dreams
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More Cast and Crew Announcements for The Chair

The feature adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair is moving along nicely, and today we have another addition to the cast plus several new members of the crew that is being assembled for the film.

Tomas Boykin (Lazarus Rising, I Am) will portray Father Alexander, the priest who comes to read Richard Sullivan his last rites.

Joining the production team are stunt coordinator Paul Lacovara (Avengers, Godzilla, Thor), production designer Tim Eckel ("CSI," "Veronica Mars," Hellraiser 3), key grip Anthony Ragonese (Dead Man's Curve, "Desperate Housewives"), hair stylist Lisa Meyers (Gangster Squad, "Without a Trace," "Freaks and Geeks"), and iconic horror film composer Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street, Cujo).

Casting announcements for Mr. Bates (rumored to be Loren Lester but not yet official), Johnny the Janitor, and the Commanding Officer will be announced before the May 15th start date of the film's Kickstarter fundraiser. Producer, co-writer (with Erin Kohut), and
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Directors Dan Farrands and Andrew Kasch Talk Never Sleep Again

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is a four-hour documentary film that chronicles the entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, as well as chronicling the rise of New Line Cinema.

Co-directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch, it presents the kinds of in-depth yet light-hearted gems fans care about, not the paint-by-numbers stuff your average studio-produced Blu-ray extra disc typically regurgitates. It was made by genre fans who approach it from a place of love, but more importantly by filmmakers who understand that nothing is precious and nothing is off-limits. Heather Langenkamp, who played the ultimate final girl Nancy Thompson in three of the Nightmare films, serves as executive producer and narrator.

In exploring the Elm Street saga, the film presents photographs, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials, archival documents, and behind-the-scenes footage that have never been previously shared. it expands on Wes Craven's motivations in creating the first
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Icons Of Fright Presents Rob G.’S Top 5 Sdtks Of 2013!

Ya know what? I love soundtracks.

And one of the (many) things that sets our beloved horror genre apart from other genres of film is the ambitious and radical music that usually accompanies our fright filled movies. 2013 was a strong, strong year for horror, but more than anything, there was a huge resurgence in horror soundtracks, in particular on vinyl. Seriously… Huge. Thanks to companies like Death Waltz, Waxwork, Mondo and One Way Static, we’re got a healthy number of classic horror movie scores coming at us on a regular basis. But for this particular piece, I wanted to focus on modern soundtracks, in particular my 5 favorites of 2013. All of my selections were movies that I loved primarily because the tunes I heard in them elevated the material to the point where I can’t imagine any of these movies without their music. I’m sure I’ll be missing a few,
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:

Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.

Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos,
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A Sense Of Nostalgia for Freddy’S Nightmares

As I sit here and kick off the day with my normal morning routine – check email, drink coffee, crank film score music in iTunes on random, the theme for Freddy’s Nightmares came on and I got a sudden sense of nostalgia for this show I so fondly remember from my very early teenage years. My first inclination was to find the opening credit sequence on You Tube and post it to my Facebook page and ask, “hey, anyone remember this?” But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to revisit and write about this odd little footnote in horror history.

Freddy’s Nightmares was a television series that ran from October of 1988 through March of 1990 for a total of 44 episodes in a 2 season run and during the absolute peak of Freddy-Mania, which was around the time A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master hit theaters.
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Sos Staff’s Gateway Films: Ricky D – ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’

Throughout November, Sos staffers will be discussing the movies that made them into film fanatics.

A Nightmare on Elm Street has a special place in my heart. It was not only the first horror film I had ever watched but it was the first film in which I took notice of a film’s director and its stars. Prior to A Nightmare On Elm Street, perhaps the only director I was familiar with was George Lucas – after all Return Of The Jedi was the first film I had seen on the big screen. The difference between the two, and the reason why I decided to write about Nightmare, is because unlike Star Wars, a film that was pushed upon me by my older brother, Nightmare was something that I took interest in on my own. Perhaps it was the brim hat Freddy wore, and his sharp claws, or perhaps it
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Music in the movies: the finest horror scores

Halloween’s almost upon us, and to mark the occasion, Glen’s delved into the archives to find his favourite horror movie scores…

Good readers, it’s that time of year again. The time when it’s acceptable to wander the streets dressed like a psycho killer and not get arrested for it. It’s also the time of year when there’ll be all manner of Halloween parties, and while some will no doubt resort to lazily playing Monster Mash and Thriller on a loop, I can’t help but feel it would be better if people would dig into some great horror scores to add a suitably spooky atmosphere to proceedings.

A great score can make or break a horror film. With this in mind, here are some of my favourite horror movie scores, as well as some suggestions from some well-informed writers I converse with.

HellraiserChristopher Young
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Retro Review 1981: Inseminoid

Welcome to the first in what I'm planning will be a year-long series of weekly reviews for movies that were released in 1981. Before I begin with my review, I should note that while it is my intention to review each movie as close to the thirtieth anniversary of its release as possible, finding a reliable release date can be problematic. It can also be difficult to track down specific movies. From time to time I'll be a little off, but I'll do my best to make a note of it. Sometimes this will be accidental, and sometimes it will be by design. There will be occasions where two of the movies released one weekend are more interesting to me than anything released the next weekend. In cases such as those, I'll go with what looks the most interesting to me. I'll also be looking to the boards for the occasional suggestion.
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Collider’s Alternate Top 10 Christmas Films

With every favorites list – be it book, TV, or film – comes a bit of controversy. Several titles make the list that many feel shouldn’t have, while others are excluded that probably deserved mention. Last week we posted our Top 10 Christmas films, which more or less covered the films we felt reflected the spirit of the holidays. Due to the popularity (or lack thereof) of that list, we decided to put together an alternate Holiday Films collection without the constraints imposed upon the original list. In this instance we were free to include any and all films that took place within the holiday, whether they exuded a radiance of yuletide spirit or not. So, without further ado, hit the jump for Collider’s Alternate List of Christmas Films.

1.) Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990)

Nothing captures the spirit of the holidays quite like John McClane. The man doesn’t sing carols,
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A Nightmare On Elm Street Blu-ray Review

Freddy Krueger is defined in pop culture. He’s got the sweater, the hat, the glove, the burn victim scars, and the snark. He’s crossed over so far that people who have never seen his movies know who he is, so much so that children might dressed up as him for Halloween, or - baring that - made tape-based faux-knives on their fingers. If you’re an adult it’s hard not to have heard of the guy, unless you’re Amish or something. And because of his personality, he resonates on a level that even Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees cannot: They are defined by their masks, not their behavior (perhaps because both are usually played by stuntmen). With a remake about to be released, it’s always good to go back to the first film, the film that started it all. When Fred Krueger (Robert Englund) first
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