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What goes into the making of a family-owned haunted attraction? You can find out this fall when the documentary Spookers makes its Us premiere at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, which will also host the world theatrical premiere of Night Creep, a movie filmed in 2002 that co-stars the late, great Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead).
Press Release: Philadelphia, Pa, September 6th, 2017, Set to haunt the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Thursday, September 28th, to Sunday, October 1st, the second annual edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (“Puff”) is excited to announce the latest and final additions to their 2017 line-up. In addition to such acclaimed genre fare as “Tragedy Girls,” “Terrifier,” and “Ruin Me,” as well as the World Premiere of the highly-anticipated “100 Acres of Hell,” Puff is proud to add two extremely unique films to their roster, including a shot-on-video horror »
- Derek Anderson
With the worst August in twenty years and worst summer in over ten years now behind us, this weekend will turn up the heat as Fall 2017 gets underway. Debuting in over 4,100 theaters, Warner Bros. and New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It is looking to break more than just a few records while Open Road's Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon will quietly target a much smaller audience as a counter-programming option. Before it even hits theaters, WB and New Line's It has already broken records as its 4,103 theaters is the largest opening for an R-rated film ever, topping the 4,071 theaters Logan opened in earlier this year. Obviously, that also makes it the largest opening for an R-rated horror movie, improving on the 3,761 theaters Alien: Covenant debuted in earlier this year when it opened with $36 million. This, of course, begs the question So how much is it going to open with? »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From August 4th through August 6th, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con took over the Windy City, and Daily Dead was on hand for all the horror-fied festivities. Throughout all three days, this writer served as one of Flashback’s co-hosts, and brought back some highlights from several of the panels held over the course of the convention.
Next up are these panel highlights from the Freddy vs. Jason reunion, which featured Katharine Isabelle, Ken Kirzinger, Paula Shaw, and Jesse Hutch. They chatted about their respective characters, the pressures of living up to the fan expectations, working with Ronny Yu, and both Isabelle and Hutch discussed their death scenes in Freddy vs. Jason as well.
For Katharine and Jesse, I would love to hear from you about what it was you saw in these characters, because they’re kind of the worst couple ever, but I say that lovingly. But initially, »
- Heather Wixson
Movies that pit two famous characters against each other tend to have a problem: No one truly wins or loses. “Aliens vs. Predator,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Batman v. Superman,” and their ilk all tend to result in draws, leaving viewers wondering what the point of it all was (other than to set up a sequel, of course). According to director Adam Wingard, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be an exception to the rule.
“I do want there to be a winner,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner. »
- Michael Nordine
The Child's Play franchise has been around for nearly 30 years and it is still going strong. Maybe not super strong, but it's viable. Creator Don Mancini is currently promoting the latest sequel in the franchise, Cult of Chucky, which is set to arrive on October 3. During his promotional tour, he has talked a bit about some pretty crazy but possibly awesome ideas he has for the franchise. The coolest one? He wants to see a Chucky vs Freddy Krueger movie, and he has a great pitch for it.
Don Mancini, who wrote the original Child's Play movie and has been directing the more recent entries, appeared on the Necromanicast podcast in order to promote Cult of Chucky. During the conversation, he talked a bit about his Chucky vs. Freddy idea, which he calls Child's Play on Elm Street. Basically, it would be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but with a whole bunch of teenagers being murdered. »
In 2003, Freddy vs. Jason arrived in cinemas, a film that I’d credit for kicking off the versus-style motif of Hollywood crossovers. In the time since, we’ve received other mashups such as Alien vs. Predator, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and, perhaps the biggest movie to be produced within our lifetime, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
Like any of us, those seated in prestigious positions can also dream. As it so happens, Don Mancini, director of the upcoming Cult of Chucky and the man responsible for bringing the Child’s Play film franchise back to its roots, has a cool idea for a crossover. And when you really think about it, it kind of makes sense.
Granted, pitting Freddy against Jason was a no-brainer because they’re both titans in the horror genre, but Mancini would like to see something he calls “Child’s Play on Elm Street.” When »
- Eric Joseph
Following the release of the long-awaited slasher crossover Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, fans were left salivating over the possibility of potential sequels adding ever more horror icons into the mix.
Sadly, this never materialised, but Bloody Disgusting has got its hands on an internal memo from 2003 which shows that while New Line did consider the likes of Michael Myers, Pinhead, Leprechaun and Chucky, executives felt that they “flat out [don’t] fit in the Freddy and Jason worlds”.
However, there was one character who New Line did feel would fit perfectly into the world: Evil Dead hero Ashley J. Williams. And that’s not all, as the plan for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash would have seen Bruce Campbell’s Ash bringing an end to Freddy Krueger’s reign of terror for good.
“Per our conversations with him [Englund] in the past, he agrees that the fans will embrace and accept the idea »
- Gary Collinson
When Freddy vs. Jason stormed theaters in 2003, it not only gave moviegoers the death match they’d been waiting what felt like an eternity to see, but it also marked the end of a decade-long journey of making the film a reality. Despite it being a reasonable box office success for New Line though, it was never granted a cinematic sequel (more on that later) as both individual franchises had become accustomed to.
Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t plans to do such a thing. In fact, you’re probably well aware that studios love to up the ante in followups, and in this case, the intention was to go with what pro wrestling fans would know as a “triple threat match” in the form of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The folks over at Bloody Disgusting recently got their hands »
- Eric Joseph
Although it drew the biggest box office for both characters, many fans felt let down by 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason directed by Ronnie Yu. There’s been a lot said about the long and troubled production history of the movie – spanning nearly two decades – but yesterday saw a fantastic treasure unearthed: A teaser trailer made for the 1998 version of the movie, which was set to be directed by Rob Bottin. Check out the trailer here, which uses footage from all Nightmare on Elm Street movies and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
See No Evil, Speak No Evil
- Luke Owen
New Line Cinema's Freddy vs. Jason was a huge crossover success for Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as New Line Studios. It grossed $114 million, making it the highest grossing Friday the 13th movie in the series and was the second highest grossing movie in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Freddy vs. Jason was Robert Englund's final performance as Freddy Krueger, but a brand new in-house memo reveals that Freddy was to be killed off for good by The Evil Dead's Ashley J. Williams (Bruce Campbell) in the proposed sequel that never made it to the big screen.
The shocking news comes to us via Bloody Disgusting who obtained an internal memo from New Line's Creative Executive Jeff Katz. The memo was written by Katz and VP Stokely Chaffin and sent to President and COO Tobey Emmerich in an effort to »
After years in development hell, New Line Cinema’s Freddy vs. Jason finally hit theaters on August 13, 2003. It was a monster success for New Line, whose identity was built around Robert Englund‘s Freddy Krueger and the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. The film ended with a wink to fans, lending credence that this was only the […] »
- Brad Miska
After teasing audiences in the final shot of 1993’s Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, audiences would have to wait a decade before the two horror icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees traded blows in Freddy vs. Jason.
However, the slasher crossover almost happened five years earlier, with Rob Bottin attached to direct an unrealised version of the project for release in 1998. It never materialised, but a sales teaser trailer was produced for the ShoWest Trade Convention in 1997, and it has now surfaced online; check it out here…
Via ScreenGeek »
- Gary Collinson
The showdown of the millennium. It didn’t actually come to fruition until 2003, but most fans of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises know that New Line had been trying to get Freddy vs. Jason off the ground for many years by that point. As teased at the end of Jason […] »
- John Squires
It’s hard for me to believe that another Flashback Weekend is nearly upon us, but in just a few short days, genre fans will descend upon the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il) for three days of horror-filled shenanigans. Beginning Friday, August 4th and running through Sunday, August 6th, Flashback is pulling out all the stops for their 15th anniversary, with their massive Nightmare on Elm Street reunion bringing together casts from nearly all of the films, including the legendary Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakley, Joann Willette, Brooke Bundy, Tuesday Knight, Danny Hassel, Toy Newkirk, Kelly Jo Minter, Brooke Theiss, Andras Jones, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Ken Kirzinger, Paula Shaw, and Jesse Hutch.
- Heather Wixson
Adam Wingard is directing the most recent "vs." film to come up in recent years (after such classics as Freddy Vs. Jason, Alien Vs. Predator, and Batman V Superman) with Godzilla Vs. Kong. This is exciting for me, as I've loved Wingard's films you're Next and The Guest (and while I haven't seen Blair Witch yet, Death Note looks pretty good too), so I'm... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
In late 2007, WildStory and Dynamite Entertainment released a limited series six-issue comic for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, which was based on the original Freddy vs. Jason film treatment by Jeff Katz. Written by James Kuhoric and illustrated by… Continue Reading →
The post A Box of First Edition Freddy vs Jason vs Ash Comics Has Been Found and Will Go On Sale Soon appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
The Child’s Play franchise is an unusual and wonderful creature. In its run, it has boasted directing work from Fright Night’s Tom Holland, Lost’s Jack Bender, and Freddy vs. Jason’s Ronny Yu. It brought us familiar faces like Chris Sarandon, Grace Zabriskie, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, and Katherine Heigl. But there are two names that […] »
- Chris Vander Kaay
A lost part of Elm Street history has finally been unearthed. What you may not know about the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is that it *almost* spawned a reality competition series in the wake of Freddy vs. Jason. Titled “A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares,” the show was designed to force contestants to face […] »
- John Squires
The world’s darkest heroes… fight to the death. It’s always fun when iconic characters either collide or join forces, isn’t it? Films like Freddy vs. Jason and Alien vs. Predator are bonkers fan service of the highest order; even if you don’t like the movies themselves, you have to admit that the actual battles were […] »
- John Squires
It’s hard to believe that the Flashback Weekend horror convention in Chicago is already turning 15 years old, but Mike and Mia Kerz, the founders behind the long-running event, are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year’s show is a great experience for attendees, especially if you’re a fan of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series (and who isn’t, really?).
Horror legend Robert Englund headlines Flashback Weekend 2017, which runs from August 4th through the 6th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il, 60018), and during the convention he’ll be joined by numerous cast members from a handful of sequels and the original Nightmare, including Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Brooke Theiss, Joann Willette, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Toy Newkirk, Danny Hassel, Kelly Jo Minter, and many more.
Other notable guests for this year’s Flashback include genre icon Lance Henriksen, as well as Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca from The Boondock Saints, both Curtis Armstrong and Donald Gibb of Revenge of the Nerds fame, Lew Temple, and horror host extraordinaire, Svengoolie, will also be back to host the annual Sinister Visions costume contest like only Berwyn’s finest can.
For the entire lowdown on the 2017 Flashback Weekend guests and events announced so far, read on for more information from the official press release below. And for details on how to get your tickets and attend this year’s Nightmare on Elm Street blowout, check out the Fbw site Here.
series reunion at the 15th Anniversary of Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con on August 4-6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Il.
In addition to Robert Englund, the “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise reunion will feature celebrity guests from each of the eight Elm Street films including Heather Langenkamp (Elm Street 1, 3, & 7), Amanda Wyss and Ronee Blakley (Elm Street 1), Joann Willette (Elm Street 2), Lisa Wilcox (Elm Street 4 & 5), Brooke Bundy ( Elm St 3 & 4), Tuesday Knight (Elm St 4), Danny Hassel (Elm St 4 & 5), Brooke Theiss (Elm St 4), Andras Jones ( Elm St 4), Toy Newkirk (Elm St 4), Kelly Jo Minter (Elm St 5), Ricky Dean Logan (Elm St 6), Ken Kirzinger (Jason from Freddy Vs. Jason), Katharine Isabelle (Freddy Vs. Jason), and Jesse Hutch (Freddy Vs. Jason).
Other major guests include the legendary Lance Henriksen (“Aliens”, “Near Dark”) and pop culture icons Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca (“The Boondock Saints”), Curtis Armstrong (“Booger”) and Don Gibb (“Ogre”) from “Revenge Of The Nerds”, Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, “The Devil’S Rejects”), with more guests to be announced.
Special events include a giant screen outdoor movie showing of “Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” (1988) introduced by Robert Englund and the Elm Street 4 cast. Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie (Rich Koz) will host the annual Sinister Visions Costume contest. Special parties each evening including a Costume Contest with prizes and celebrity guest appearances, and a wild party featuring illusionist Ron Fitzgerald and Burlesque.
Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con also features a huge vendor’s room, celebrity guest panels, and screenings throughout the weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For additional details, visit www.flashbackweekend.com
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- Heather Wixson
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