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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Horror TV Shows on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

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While horror has been conjuring up plenty of scares on the big screen in recent years, it's also been chilling and thrilling audiences in the comfort of their own living rooms. The genre has perhaps never been more prevalent on the small screen than it is right now, making this the perfect time for the Corpse Club to channel surf through some of their favorite scary TV series on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast.

This installment of Corpse Club is submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society... In episode 28 of Daily Dead's official podcast, co-hosts Patrick Bromley, Heather Wixson, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James gather around the warm glow of the tube to talk about some of the most memorable horror TV series from their childhoods. Spanning different generations bound together by their love of horror, the Corpse Club discuss a wide range of spooky series,
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10 Jason Voorhees Facts You Never Knew Until Now

10 Jason Voorhees Facts You Never Knew Until Now
Let's dispense with the easy ones the way Jason dispenses with hapless teenagers. Jason Voorhees isn't the killer in the original Friday the 13th, at least not until the very last scene. He didn't get his iconic hockey mask until Part III. (In the second one, he's wearing what looks like a pillowcase or a potato sack.) A ton of actors have played the machete wielding killing machine, but Kane Hodder has done it most, donning the mask in four different movies and Friday the 13th: The Game. Now let's take a deeper dive toward the bottom of Crystal Lake with this iconic killer, shall we? Today, we're rediscovering 10 things you probably never knew about Jason Voorhees.

Jason was almost named Josh.

In the pantheon of movie killers, he's achieved a status like Bono, Madonna, Sting, or Tupac. Like his onscreen nemesis Freddy, the killer of the Friday the 13th
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10 Things About Freddy Krueger You Never Knew

10 Things About Freddy Krueger You Never Knew
Make no mistake about it: the Springwood Slasher is one of the greatest horror villains of all time. Nothing gets fans going like A Nightmare on Elm Street. Hardcore fans who have watched every minute of the fantastic documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will probably be familiar with some of what we're about to tell you. Maybe it's a refresher course if you're a Fred Head. Perhaps you've just discovered the son of 100 maniacs. Either way, entering the boiler room, it's easy to get to know the man of many scary dreams just a little bit better. Today we look at 10 things you never knew about Freddy Krueger.

Freddy Barely shows up in his first movie.

Seven minutes in heaven is the teenage party game dating back to the 1950s. Seven minutes in hell, on the other hand, would be an appropriate description of the late Wes Craven's original masterpiece.
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10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw

10 Freddy Krueger Movies You Never Saw
Freddy Krueger is one of Halloween's most celebrated horror movie killers. A Nightmare on Elm Street, from the brilliant mind of the late fright master Wes Craven, is a stone cold classic. While the many sequels are a mixed bag, there's no disputing the greatness of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, or the bold adventurousness of Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which reimagined the entire franchise in a fascinating new way, years before "meta" became a trendy buzz word.

Jack Sholder put Freddy Krueger inside another dude, Renny Harlin put him in sunglasses, and Rachel Talalay nearly finished him off in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Though he once hosted his own TV show and finally faced off with the killer of the Friday the 13th franchise in Freddy vs. Jason, there are still multiple Freddy Krueger projects that were in some stage of development that simply never got made.
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Tobe Hooper Remembered: The Horror World Pays Tribute to a Trailblazer

Tobe Hooper Remembered: The Horror World Pays Tribute to a Trailblazer
Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74 and now members of the Hollywood and horror community are paying tribute to the iconic director. Those paying tribute to Hooper have included Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright and Sleepwalkers director, Mick Garris, who collaborated with Hooper on Showtime's Masters of Horror show as well as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. 2017 has been a sad year for horror fans with the passing of Hooper and another horror director George A. Romero.

Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He first became interested in filmmaking when he used his father's 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper eventually took Radio-Television-Film classes at the University of Texas at Austin and studied drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet
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Tobe Hooper Has Passed Away

Of all the visionary voices in 20th century horror, his was certainly one of the boldest, so it is with an especially deep sadness that we share the news that filmmaker Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74.

Multiple outlets are reporting the news of Hooper's passing, including Variety, although the cause of death has not been announced at this time. Hooper passed away on August 26th in Sherman Oaks, California.

Few filmmakers left such an indelible mark on the horror genre as Hooper, who pushed boundaries and captured fear on screen like never before in 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which introduced viewers to the cannibalistic Sawyer clan and their chainsaw-wielding human butcher, Leatherface. Over forty years later, few films have matched the raw power and primal fear of Hooper's audacious 1974 horror film.

Hooper followed up his genre game-changer with an immensely impressive run of films,
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Tobe Hooper Dies at 74, Director of Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist

Tobe Hooper Dies at 74, Director of Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist
Horror movie trailblazing director Tobe Hooper died at the age of 74 on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. The details of his death are unknown at this time.

Hooper was most recognized for his work in the horror genre with films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist. He directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974 and it has been argued that the movie is one of the most successful and influential horror films ever made. He took on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in 1986, but before that Hooper ghost-directed Poltergeist in 1982, which was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

2017 is sad year for horror fans, first with the loss of horror icon George A. Romero, and now Tobe Hooper.

Hooper's legacy and his influence will remain intact for generations to come as even current filmmakers like Hideo Nakata, Wes Craven, Rob Zombie,
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Broom-Hilda: Comic Strip Optioned for Feature Film

Broom Hilda has hit the big time, and we're not talking about her waistline. Deadline reports producers Gilbert Adler and Jason A. Rosenberg plan to adapt Russell Myers' witch of newspaper comics fame as a feature film and more. Broom Hilda was previously adapted for television. It first featured on Archie's TV Funnies, which aired on CBS for two seasons, before being cancelled in 1973.

In 1978, Broom Hilda was part of the Fabulous Funnies TV show, which aired for 13 episodes before being cancelled by NBC. Adler has produced TV series including Tales from the Crypt (1991-96), Freddy's Nightmares (1988-90), and Perversions of Science (1997). According the report, Broom Hilda could be returning to TV, too.

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Freddy Krueger Origin Story Explored in Awesome Fan Edit

Freddy Krueger Origin Story Explored in Awesome Fan Edit
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.
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TV News: Elm, Billions, Last, Crashing, Ranch

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Robert Englund will reprise his iconic role of Freddy Krueger to host El Rey's upcoming 45-hour "A Nightmare on Elm Street" marathon which kicks off the day before Valentine's Day. The run will include the first five films in the 'Elm Street' series along with several episodes of the "Freddy's Nightmares" anthology series.

"Freddy's Dead," "Wes Craven's New Nightmare," "Freddy vs. Jason" and the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake will not be a part of the rotation. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]

Billions

Showtime's new series "Billions" drew record numbers for Showtime on Sunday night, the drama pulling in 2.99 million viewers, both in premiere ratings and advance sampling, to make the best series debut ever for the cabler - topping the 2.91M that tuned in for the "Ray Donovan" series premiere.

The series follows two highly ambitious opposing figures - U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and billionaire
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Freddy Krueger Is Hosting El Rey's Valentine's Day Horror Marathon

Freddy Krueger Is Hosting El Rey's Valentine's Day Horror Marathon
Join El Rey Network and Freddy Krueger for the third annual "Rip Your Heart Out" Valentine's Day Marathon. This year will bring you and your Dream Warrior closer together with five of the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street films as well as episodes from the iconic 1988 series Freddy's Nightmares. The marathon will begin with the episode Black Tickets on Saturday, February 13th at 6Am Et/Pt and will conclude with A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child on Monday, February 15th at 2Am Et/Pt.

The entire weekend will be hosted by the star of the franchise - Robert Englund. Englund's portrayal of Freddy Krueger blasted him into the pop culture vernacular as heir apparent to the horror icons of the past, destined to stand alongside Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera and Boris Karloff's monster in Frankenstein.

After five years of success in regional theater Robert Englund.
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El Rey Network to Air Episodes of Freddy’S Nightmares, The Twilight Zone, Constantine & More

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Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network continues to cement itself as a go-to hub of genre entertainment. Today the channel announced that it has acquired the rights to air episodes of Freddy's Nightmares, The Twilight Zone, Night Visions, Constantine, and more:

Press Release: Austin, TX (October 1, 2015) - El Rey Network, the 24-hour English-language cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, has finalized an acquisition deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to license the exclusive off-network cable rights for all episodes of the popular series, "Constantine," and "Almost Human," which will make their basic cable debuts beginning November 2015. Also under this multi-year agreement, El Rey Network will acquire several additional high-profile properties rolling out in 2015 and 2016. This includes the basic cable premiere of "Human Target," plus "V: The Series," "Mortal Kombat: Conquest," "Freddy's Nightmares," "The Twilight Zone," "V Miniseries" and "Night Visions."

"We are proud to have these extremely popular
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El Rey Network Nabs ‘Constantine’, ‘Almost Human’, More In Deal With Warner Bros TV Distribution

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has acquired off-network cable rights for all episodes of series Constantine and Almost Human in a multiyear deal with Warner Bros Domestic TV Distribution. Both will roll out in November. The network also acquired V: The Series, the V miniseries, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, Freddy's Nightmares, The Twilight Zone (2002) and Night Visions. Freddy’s Nightmares and Mortal Kombat also will bow this year on El Rey, with the others premiering in…
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A Nightmare On Elm Street Reboot in the Works?

New Line Cinema—aka "The House that Freddy Built"—could be looking to bring the bladed boogeyman back in a potential A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.

According to The Tracking Board (via Bloody Disgusting), New Line is developing A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot that would disregard the 2010 remake. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Orphan, The Walking Dead) is reportedly attached to pen the screenplay, with Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter set as overseers for the project.

Plot details, casting information, and who would take the director's chair are currently unknown. The legendary Robert Englund played Freddy Krueger in eight A Nightmare on Elm Street films as well as the franchise's TV series, Freddy's Nightmares. Jackie Earle Haley was the last to wear the bladed glove onscreen, playing the dream haunter in the 2010 remake.

Should this reboot move forward, it would mark the
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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared

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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared
With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons
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Hannibal, Bates Motel and more: 7 horror films and their TV off-cuts

Hannibal, Bates Motel and more: 7 horror films and their TV off-cuts
Just in time for Halloween, MTV has ordered a TV show based on the Scream horror franchise - though the Ghostface killer who so memorably terrorised the victims of Wes Craven's film series will notably be absent.

It seems that horror cinema remains a rich vein for television producers to tap. On top of the Scream news, it was reported back in August that NBC is working on its own version of Satanic thriller The Devil's Advocate.

But translating big-screens scares for television can be a tricky process and only a few movie chillers have survived the move in one piece.

Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990)

This spooky show bore little resemblance to the familiar series of slasher films, with producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. taking the name and little else. Like Scream's Ghostface, the most memorable aspect of the Friday the 13th pictures - hulking hockey-mask-sporting
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Blu-ray Review: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Is A Must Own Horror Documentary

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will be available for the first time on Blu-ray this Tuesday (tomorrow, January 20). It is a comprehensive look at the history of the Nightmare on Elm Street horror franchise. From its genesis in the mind of creator Wes Craven, being bought by New Line Cinema, to the six sequels (reboot not included of course) and anthology television series Freddy's Nightmares, the history of the franchise is pretty well covered. Filmmakers Daniel Farranda and Andrew Kasch speak with pretty much everyone and anyone involved. Key figures like Craven, Robert Englund and New Line Cinema CEO Robert Shaye who bought the film when no one else would, to nearly every key actor in the film, directors, screenwriters, composers, and visual...

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Creepy 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Fan Film Delves Into the Early Years of Freddy Krueger

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Creepy 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Fan Film Delves Into the Early Years of Freddy Krueger
Our old pal Freddy Krueger has now appeared in a total of nine different films, and though we pretty much know the entire story of his life, death and fiery resurrection, there is one story that remains largely untold; the story of Freddy's life as the 'Springwood Slasher,' before he was targeted and burned alive by vengeful parents in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

True, Freddy's origins were delved into throughout the original franchise, and even in the premiere episode of Freddy's Nightmares as well as the 2010 remake, but the full story of Fred's days as the so-called Springwood Slasher has never been told - and if you're asking me, such a story would make for the perfect way to once again attempt to reboot the franchise, and bring something fresh and new to the table.

Filmmaker Chris R. Notarile feels the same way, and he just released the
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Genre Television We Want to See Resurrected

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Genre Television We Want to See Resurrected
Genre television is becoming a major presence in primetime TV. Shows like American Horror Story, Hannibal, True Blood and Grimm are dominating the air and doing big numbers for cable and network stations alike. Subsequently, there is a new trend of reviving series once thought to be dead. Netflix is resurrecting Arrested Development, Fox is bringing back 24, TBS rebooted Cougartown. FEARnet is even getting in on the game, bringing back Reaper with an all-new reunion special airing May 28th.

We at FEARnet, being die-hard horror fans, have some ideas as to what we would like to see rebooted, revived, retooled, or resurrected for another turn in the spotlight. There are plenty of factors that play in to the viability of revamping or resurrecting a series. There are concerns of continuity, scheduling, the aging of the cast, and more. We are not proclaiming that a revival of each of these series is necessarily logical.
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B-Sides: My Science Project Requires Tubes

A 1985 sci-fi comedy about a high school gearhead (Christine's John Stockwell) who passes off a crashed UFO engine he found in a junkyard as his science project, triggering an uncontrollable time warp in the school. My Science Project is as Eighties as Eighties gets, even more so its theme song by The Tubes.

The Tubes truly were the perfect band to perform the theme song to a film such as My Science Project given how frequently their music and live shows featured allusions to both mainstream and b-movies alike. They did a song titled “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman,” after all.

As for “My Science Project” the song, the closing credits of the film of the name looks to be the only place you’ll ever hear it, and even then the tune gets periodically interrupted for some outtakes and deleted scenes involving Fisher Stevens’ comic relief sidekick being, which,
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