11 items from 2015
If there are few things less interesting than hearing other people talk about their dreams, then director Rodney Ascher has pulled off something uniquely impressive, if still somewhat overstretched, in “The Nightmare,” an intriguing documentary-horror hybrid centered around the experiences of eight individuals who have suffered from the mysterious phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Mixing talking heads, surreal bedtime re-creations and shamelessly assaultive scare tactics, Ascher’s playful, visually inventive sophomore feature isn’t at the same level as “Room 237,” his brilliant 2012 inquiry into the mystique of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” But it shares with its predecessor a warped affection for eccentric storytellers and a desire to give vivid cinematic form to their darkest imaginings, if that is indeed what they are.
World premiered as a midnight entry at Sundance, “The Nightmare” won’t be any independent distributor’s idea of a commercial dream, but could amass a following »
- Justin Chang
Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Crystal Moselle’s documentary “The Wolfpack,” which follows a group of movie-loving brothers in New York City who live isolated from the rest of society, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.
Known as “the Wolfpack,” the mostly-teenage Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through Hollywood movies like “Reservoir Dogs” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” They transcribe a film’s dialogue and pare down the script to re-enact the movies in their apartment. Things change when one of the brothers escapes into the real world.
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- Jeff Sneider
Lisa Webber’s pool party had a fun, carefree vibe until Freddy Krueger crashed it and said, “You are all my children now.” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge features the dream stalker in frightening fashion, particularly during his pool party slaughter and off-road bus driving, and Neca is celebrating the first Nightmare sequel with a new Freddy figure that’s displayed in freshly unveiled photos.
Neca’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 8-inch tall Freddy figure comes with additional articulation (compared to previous Freddy figures), a snugger striped sweater, two interchangeable heads, a removable hat, and both a gloved hand and a bladed hand.
This collectible will be released in March, but Freddy fans living in the New York City area can see it firsthand at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers for their special screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. To learn more about the screening, »
- Derek Anderson
Before he was a 3-time Oscar nominee or People's "Sexiest Man Alive," Johnny Depp was a young teen idol trying to navigate his newfound fame. Et first met Depp in 1988, just a year after he debuted his smoldering looks as Office Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street, as screaming girls lined up to meet the star.
"It's very exciting. It's also very strange because you don't expect that kind of response," the then 24-year-old told Et. "It's very new to me."
Photos: Johnny Depp’s 10 Greatest Roles
"I'm dealing with it the best way I know how which is I try to meet as many people as I can," he said. "I try to sign as many things as I can. I dont want to hurt anybody's feelings or make them feel like I dont have time."
Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career. After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.” With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since.
This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found). As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold.
- Rachel West
One of the coolest toys released last year was Neca’s “Ultimate” Freddy Krueger action figure, which was put out in celebration of A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s 30th anniversary. Want one? Because we just so happen to have one, and… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Shock Pop Comic Con (running Feb. 13-15) already has a killer lineup for the convention, with everyone from Elvira, John Waters, Ralph Macchio, Fangoria Eic Chris Alexander and Friday The 13th director Sean Cunningham, to what is (in my opinion) going to be the highlight for horror fans attending the event: the first ever official reunion for A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’S Revenge. Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Marshall Bell, Clu, Jack Sholder, Davis Chaskin (writer), and JoAnn Willette are all appearing, making the event one not to miss, if you’re in the vicinity and can attend.
Freddy’S Revenge has always been my 2nd favorite film in the Elm St. series (second only to the first film), and how often do you get to see most of the cast and crew all together? You don’t, that’s the answer, »
- Jerry Smith
"Now that you're in Tinseltown, what are you gonna do?" Everyone has their own idea of the glamor in Hollywood, but David Cronenberg's version of the home of movies in Maps to the Stars is anything but wonderful. Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson star in this ensemble of four people who seem to just be wandering through life in Hollywood. This trailer paints a pretty intense picture, almost like a thriller, which is exactly what we would expect from Cronenberg. The performances seem to be the driving force behind the odd drama, but here's hoping the story is just as good. Here's the Us trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars from Focus Features: Check out the previous Canadian trailer right here and a UK trailer right here. Maps to the Stars is directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises, »
- Ethan Anderton
A Nightmare on Elm Street was a game-changing horror movie that breathed new life into the slasher genre. It introduced us to a new horror icon that would become one of the most sinister and recognised figures in the world. But how did Freddy Krueger go from terrifying to terrible? We take a look at some of the more memorable quotes from Freddy's career so far. Feared by an entire generation of narcoleptics the once truly nightmarish star of .A Nightmare on Elm Street., and no less than seven sequels and a TV spin-off, slowly began a steady decline from one of the most feared and famed psycho.s in the movie world to the most jeered. »
by Grace Fontaine
You know what? I liked it. No, it has absolutely no bearing in the classic or on the better sequels produced, but I enjoyed it.
I Said, I Enjoyed This Movie!!! *beats chest*
Before I get pelted with criticism and "How Dar U!1!" messages, please indulge me.
I saw the original Elm Street when I was 24 years old, and by then, I had just about seen it all in terms of horror/gore/suspense. I got a buzz (tee hee) from the first 'Saw' and my perceptions about what was real and what was not changed when I watched the magnificent 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'. So when I slapped Craven's seminal classic into the DVD player, I wasn't scared or shocked. Now please don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I thought that Robert Englund is revered by horror lovers quite rightly. »
As Above/So Below
The first Dowdle brothers collaboration to hit theaters since the 2008 [Rec] remake Quarantine, As Above/So Below is well worth the wait. Following a group of explorers in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, As Above/So Below was largely shot on location in the Catacombs beneath Paris, and the film’s found footage shooting style convincingly places viewers inside the skull-lined tunnels where shadows threaten to consume you at every turn.
Claustrophobic jump scares, the psychological horror of having your past literally come back to haunt (and potentially kill) you, and the creepily crafted screenplay from John Erick and Drew Dowdle had me anxiously tugging at my shirt collar throughout most of the film’s 93-minute runtime. The scariest part for me? The mysterious wide-eyed woman that Edwin Hodge’s camera-holding character Benji keeps seeing. Her lingering looks into the lens still give me chills.
- Derek Anderson
11 items from 2015
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