Stranger Things were happening this past weekend for those who sampled and wound up bingeing all eight episodes of Netflix’s new drama series.
(Basic plotline/mild spoilers follow, until I announce otherwise. And I will announce otherwise.)
Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (who cowrote a few episodes of Wayward Pines) and set in a small Indiana town circa 1983, Stranger Things revolves around the vanishing of a young boy, Will Byers , which comes on the heels of something escaping from a local, “secret” government lab lorded over by Dr. »
Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016
Read our spoiler-free Stranger Things review here.
Stranger Things, Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series is made by and for our kind of people. Movie nerds Matt and Ross Duffer have translated their love of classic Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Stephen King pictures into an eight-part drama that feels as comfortable as sinking into your favourite chair.
Set in 1983 Indiana, Stranger Things is the story of a boy’s disappearance, odd goings-on at a local government facility and the mystery arrival of a peculiar little girl. With a very likeable young cast (think Freaks & Geeks if Sam, Bill and Neil had to deal with real monsters, not just the high school variety) and Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Matthew Modine capably leading the grown-ups, »
We now have a full image gallery for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s Lights Out (read our review) adds an imaginary demon friend to the lightswitch-theme. In theaters July 22, David F. Sandberg directed from a screenplay by Eric A. Heisserer’s (The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Final Destination 5), which was based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film. […] »
The upcoming horror film Bed of the Dead features two young couples out for night of debauchery at the city’s oldest sex club find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where getting off means suffering a gruesome fate. Upon calling the police they are connected with a skeptical detective who informs them that he is currently investigating the death of four young people at the same sex club in the same antique bed! Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are picked off one by one.
Produced by Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment, the movie is something of a throwback to the 70s and 80s era of the horror genre. Jeff Maher, who also wrote the script for the movie, has worked extensively as a cinematographer for several of Black Fawns’ movies, »
- Ricky Church
Channeling Hellraiser and A Nightmare On Elm Street comes Bed of the Dead, from the minds behind Bite. In the film, which is set to screen at the upcoming Fantasia Film Festival, “Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before […] »
Louisa Mellor Jun 30, 2016
Netflix's Amblin-inspired sci-fi series Stranger Things arrives on Friday the 15th of July. Here's an exclusive new trailer...
A. Stranger Things, a terrific tribute to 80s screen sci-fi horror, created by the Duffer Twins.
Arriving on Netflix on Friday the 15th of July, Stranger Things pays homage to the age of The Thing, E.T. and A Nightmare On Elm Street in its story of a small town disappearance, a shady government facility and a mysterious little girl.
Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine star alongside a tremendous young cast of newcomers in the eight-part series. See the first trailer here, and check out a new poster, new trailer and the official bumf below:
An innocent night playing Dungeons & Dragons takes a tragic turn for »
If you missed out on their three-disc, limited edition Steelbook release of Tenebrae back in February, then you're in luck, because Synapse Films has announced a September 13th single-disc Blu-ray / DVD release of the 1982 Dario Argento film, complete with many of the special features included on the Steelbook:
Italian terror master Dario Argento elevates the Giallo genre to new heights with 1982’s Tenebrae, a darkly humorous, futuristic and notoriously grisly horror film many consider to be one of his finest works.
American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, Tenebrae. Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, »
- Derek Anderson
I wasn’t always a fan of horror movies. In fact, for most of my childhood I was terrified of stepping into the scary movie section of my local video store. Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play; the VHS covers alone were enough to give me nightmares. It took family friendly fare like The Monster Squad or Gremlins to ease […] »
- Chris Webster
When cinema-goers queued up to see Aliens in 1986, seven years had already passed since its predecessor, Alien. While a follow-up to the 79 hit had been discussed at Fox for years, it took James Cameron to finally bring it to fruition - and it’s fair to say that he created something far more than a typical sequel of the era.
Where franchises like Halloween, Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street largely followed the template established by the first film, Cameron attempted something vastly more ambitious: a continuation and expansion of Ridley Scott’s classic, a second chapter in its resourceful heroine Ripley’s story - one where she’s transformed from traumatised survivor to avenging warrior.
Much has been written about the brilliance of Aliens, »
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. »
Our friends at MorbidStix make some seriously awesome gaming accessories, but they’ve outdone themselves with these custom A Nightmare on Elm Street themed Xbox One and PS4 controllers. Every square inch has been meticulously customized on each. From the paint and graphics to the red LEDs, hand carved slash marks, leather accents and even a […] »
- Tom Owen
The scariest thing about the trailer for Stranger Things, Netflix’s upcoming horror show set in the 80s, isn’t the panelled walls, the period wardrobe atrocities, or even Winona Ryder’s frightfully messy wig. No, it’s the font. Those bold red blocks are reminiscent of the scariest Stephen King novels, titles like Pet Sematary that used to stare out from bookshelves like they could put a curse on you.
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- Brian Moylan
Every horror icon has a weapon that they call their own, and two of the most creative in the genre’s history were wielded by A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger and Phantasm‘s so-called Tall Man. Freddy, of course, wears… Continue Reading →
The post Fan Combines Freddy Glove and Phantasm Sphere into Ultimate Horror Weapon appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
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.
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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 »
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