Film Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world. REVIEW: In 1985, hot off the tail off the successful release of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” came the rather odd follow up “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge“. That notion wasn’t too big of surprise with horror maven Wes Craven “not” helming the rig this round. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: As Freddy Krueger is reborn for a new generation, it’s time to return to where it all began. Join star Heather Langenkamp for a rare journey down Elm Street, with film clips, rare photos, storyboards, and more treasures from the entire series. Cast and crew discuss their deepest nightmares, making the series and its impact on pop culture. Among the interviewees is Wes Craven himself, who reveals his inspiration for Freddy and the original … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. REVIEW: Wade Davis, a Harvard-educated anthropologist, traveled to Haiti in the early eighties to research the Vodou religion and its practices.  His specific focus was concentrated on zombies, and the assortment of ingredients utilized in creating the poisonous powder that transforms a person into the “living dead.”  His findings were detailed in the nonfiction novel “The Serpent … Continue reading

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Film Review: Invitation to Hell (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club. REVIEW: Less than five minutes into Invitation to Hell, we see a distracted limousine driver cruising through the parking lot of a posh country club where he accidentally runs over a glamorously attired and dramatically coiffed woman. Has she been killed? Hardly. Director Wes Craven (yes, that Wes Craven) isn’t going to kill off his Special Guest Star … Continue reading

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SCREAM Television Series Gets Some Scribes

A little movement on the SCREAM television series I told you all about a few months back. A duo of writers has been hired and it’s Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin whose previous work has been filmed on CRIMINAL MINDS, THE EVENT and REVENGE. Not much of a horror background but that don’t mean they can’t write so, congrats to those two. You should recall that it is MTV that will be airing the show … Continue reading

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Film Review: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they’re out to get each other, too. REVIEW: I remember the idea sounding a bit like a “cinematic con” to gather a few franchise ticket sales. However I was curious like the rest of us and threw dough some dough for P-corn and the film to see how the 2 Mega icons battled it out. It was in some ways … Continue reading

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Film Review: Swamp Thing (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: Deep in Florida’s darkest everglades, a brilliant scientist and a sexy government agent have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger and change civilization forever. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping the agent, the madman douses the scientist with the secret chemicals and leaves him for dead in the swamp. Mutated by his … Continue reading

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SCREAM – THE SERIES Heading To MTV

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The horror on TV train just keeps on rolling and this time it’s the mega-hit film series SCREAM that’s getting the TV treatment. Very little is known at this point, just the fact that it has in fact been given the green light. Reportedly some of the folks involved with TEEN WOLF and involved but at this point there is no developed story idea or even any writers on board. This has been in development … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cursed (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too. REVIEW: Wes Craven & Kevin Williamson had themselves a great time from the years 1996-2000. That’s when the duo created (& sadly ran into the ground) a new horror icon, that icon being Ghostface, who was … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shocker (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: When a vicious serial killer named Horace (really guys? Horace?!? Were all the good names taken?) is sentenced to die in the electric chair he instead becomes a supernatural being capable of controlling electricity and possessing the bodies of others. He uses his newfound powers to continue his killing spree and becomes obsessed with trying to kill Jonathan, the son of the detective who arrested him. As the bodies continue to pile up Jonathan … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hills Have Eyes II (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of dirt bike racers set off on a bus trip to enter a race across the notorious desert of all the legendary folklore murders. The bus breaks down off the beaten path. While searching for help they split up and end up in the clutches of the desert mutants’ traps. REVIEW: Directed by: Wes Craven Starring: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Colleen Riley, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe Wes Craven … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deadly Blessing (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman’s husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor! REVIEW: Directed by the legendary Wes Craven, “Deadly Blessing” is much tamer fare after making the now classics, “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Last House On the Left.”Perhaps the pressures of making his first seven figure budget movie (the budget was higher than “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) weighed down the … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1980s

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How things have changed. In the forties, for instance, one would find it difficult to name twenty good genre films of the decade but, since the late seventies, Hollywood has learned that their baby-booming audiences could not only handle strong horror and science fiction concepts, they craved them. Filmmakers everywhere went into overdrive. Like television today, there wasn’t a production house around that didn’t have at least one genre project in the making. The first … Continue reading

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‘Scream Deconstructed’ invades e-book and international marketplace

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The first book about all four ‘Scream’ films enjoys wider distribution on Kindle, Nook, Barnes & Noble, and international Amazon stores after successful initial release. Americans who like their slasher films with a side order of introspection have made the book ‘Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis’ by Scott Kessinger an unlikely hit, and now fans abroad can join in: in both print and electronic form. Independent publishing imprint Stinger Books announced this week that ‘Scream … Continue reading

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Freddy’s Nightmares (1988-1990) – TV Show Episodes List

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Freddy, the dream serial-killer, hosts this anthology of stories set on Elm Street. TV.com cites “Based on the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street the Series is an anthology show hosted by Freddy Krueger. Krueger sometimes appeared in the episodes, but often he just hosted the strange, Twilight Zone-like stories about the… More residents of Springwood’s nightmares. Episodes consist of two stories, usually with a small character from … Continue reading

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New Book on Scream Series to Cut

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Fans of Ghostface have a new book to scream about. New independent publishing imprint Stinger Books announced ‘Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis’ is set for an October 25, 2011 online release through Amazon. ‘Scream Deconstructed’ is the first book about all four ‘Scream’ films. The 160-page nonfiction book is already available for pre-order ahead of its release, for a price of US$9.99. According to the publisher, ‘Scream Deconstructed’ aims to critically review and analyze the … Continue reading

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Feminism in the Hills of Wes Craven

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More and more I’m forgetting the past… Webb Pierce’s lyrics open the remake to Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, and upon watching the remakes that have littered the wasteland of the horror landscape over the past decade, few songs seem more befitting to a remake of one of Craven’s most feminist works. It’s not that I entirely dislike Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, it’s simply that I don’t care for … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack. REVIEW: Wes Craven was in his prime on this 1977 release. This 2nd Craven film digs right into the heart of brutality and the paranoia of encountering savage crazy mountain folks. Since its inception, there have been so many like films involving broken … Continue reading

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Classic ‘Hills Have Eyes’ brings its nightmare to Blu-ray

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TIME TO FEAST AGAIN ON WES CRAVEN’S CULT CLASSIC – IN HIGH DEFINITION! THE HILLS HAVE EYES Blu-ray™ AND DVD Blu-ray™ Edition includes audio commentary by Craven, featurettes, still galleries and an alternate ending! Image Entertainment proudly announces the high-definition debut of a genuine cult gem with the September 6th Blu-ray™ premiere of Wes Craven’s 1977 horror classic The Hills Have Eyes. Featuring digitally restored 1080p video, DTS-ES 6.1 Master Audio sound, and over three … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Am Nancy (2010)

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  SYNOPSIS: In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: “Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?” After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in … Continue reading

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SCREAM Blu-ray box set – Artwork – Specs!

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Even if you picked up the stand alone Blu-ray releases earlier this year, you’re going to want this box set as well. I’m liking the looks of this – no doubt about it. Nice art, huh? Check out what all this box set is going to throw at you: Horror fans will scream like never before as Lionsgate debuts Miramax’s Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 3 in 1080P High Definition and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. … Continue reading

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