Trick ‘r Treat
Ernest Scared Stupid
WNUF Halloween Special
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A lot of horror from 2015 I just totally skipped because I was burned out on it. Cut to a year later, I’m all caught up. I started with The Babadook and heard so much praise but it fell flat for me. I wanted to see more of this entity with a top hat not a screaming child and a clueless mother.
Next was The VVitch (The Witch) it had me guessing all through the movie thinking if this girl is going insane or is the Devil was pulling the strings.
Lastly… It Follows I passed on thinking it’s another teen horror movie but was I wrong. It was so good, I watched it twice back to back. The one thing I found lacking when it came to the extras was input by the director, David Robert Mitchell. There’s an audio commentary but it’s from film critics. Which is nice to hear a bunch of people’s opinions but the director or writers input means a lot more to me… Meta. So… two out of three isn’t bad.
In the wake of Fright Rags releasing their A Conner Halloween T-shirt I went back and watched Roseanne: Tricks & Treats and wow those Halloween themed episodes hold up. I remember watching them in their first run and being excited watching episode BOO and seeing Roseanne and family trying to scare one another and the trick or treaters. The gags in that episode were great. Dan as a mad scientist with an ax through his forehead and the voice “Welcome to the Tunnel of Terror” when DJ answers the door gets me laughing every time.
And if you don’t know what Roseanne: Tricks & Treats is allow me to explain, if you will… This DVD is a collection housing eight Halloween themed episodes from the Tv series Roseanne. (Check out the episode listing at the bottom)
As for any DVD extras, you do have a picture in picture commentary track with Roseanne. Shedding light on Trick Me Up! Trick Me Down.
This DVD is perfect to have for Halloween, you’ll get laughs and scares all at the same time. It’s a must buy…
Trick or Treat
Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down
Skeleton in the closet
Halloween: The Final Chapter
The series over all is good and keeps you watching with the twist and turns and overall mystery when figuring out who the killer is. The series is contained in an eight episode run and a second season would water down and probably retcon the who first season. But I wouldn’t mind another Slasher or mystery type series from Chiller Tv.
This series is a buy, the only thing lacking are extras. You do have lots of Q&A stuff where cast and crew talk about their favorite horror movies and stuff they watched as kids.
He started off in England making storyboards, T.v. commercials and music videos then made his way down to the states and met with Paramount Pictures on a project but that fell through so he went to New Line and they wanted to know if he would make Nightmare 5.
He also talks about the humor in Nightmares 4 and 5 and how he wanted to make part 5 more serious. The last part of the interview Hopkins talks about horror and the Elm Street films in general, meaning… If they would make a Elm Street film today (1999) it would have to be updated for the viewers.
A few other thing he touches on are working with Robert Englund and getting his input.
Hopkins tells a story of when him and his girlfriend went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street and the reaction he saw from the audience.
We all heard the quote by Robert Shaye, that “New Line is the house that Freddy built”. With the success of the Elm Street franchise it made New Line a main player in producing and releasing films world wide and it didn’t hurt that they had a reputation for having effects in their films.
With the help from producer Mike De Luca and Chuck Russell they thought The Mask comic series would make a great movie and New Line would be the place for it, Bob Shaye agreed with that because he trusted Chuck Russell because of his work and financial success on directing and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and he had background on working with effects, that’s nothing new to him.
But the source material came with a challenge, sure The Mask was violent with cheap jokes mixed in but Russell thought a straight comedy would work better for the movie and that’s what we got with The Mask and to substitute the gore from the comics they added the Tex Avery cartoon style for the over the top violence…
There you have it, not only did Freddy build New Line but it brought The Mask to the big screen. I recently re-watched The Mask and it holds up nicely. If you want to see more about how Chuck Russell and his Elm Street connection help bring The Mask to the big screen, pick it on Blu-Ray and watch the extra Return to Edge City. Massive.
As some of you know the Massive One is a huge wrestling fan. So today I’m giving away $10 Rasslin: Saturday Nitro. All you gotta do is comment below with your favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street character and a winner will be picked at random. Contest ends Monday after RAW.
Some of the highlights from Saturday Nitro is seeing a drunk Michael Myers (Mikey) trying to interfere in a match. And a guy dressed in black wearing a hockey mask doing his best Black Scorpion-Jason Voorhees impressions. That’s just two highlights from this three hour event.
Interview with director Jack Sholder, it starts with Sholder talking about the different titles they wanted to call A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 and what it was like seeing Robert Englund play Freddy Krueger than having a double playing Freddy, there’s a good story Sholder talks about where an extra dressed as Freddy came running at him acting like a fool. The last part of the interview Sholder tells a story about the tongue gag being so funny he had to direct the tongue scene from outside because he couldn’t stop laughing.
In the interview Craven talks about his journey from being a writer to meeting Sean Cunningham, directing The Last House on the Left, the ideas behind A Nightmare on Elm Street and talking with Bob Shaye about getting ANOES made.
The interview only last a few minutes but if your looking for the ultimate in special features for the first film pick up the Infinifilm DVD
Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz. Starring Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Terry O’Quinn, Mitch Pileggi and Martin Landau. This film is also known as The X-Files: Fight the Future.
Before the film there’s a featurette called “Inside The X-Files Movie” with writer Chris Carter and actress Gillian Anderson. Both Carter and Anderson are giving individual sit down interviews about the film. In the interview with Chris Carter, he talks about taking a scene out of the film but putting it back in at last minute to help explain the disappearance of Mulder’s sister. He also talks about season six of The X-Files and how the movie will connect to the series and makes a brief comment on how all five seasons is a build up to the film.
The interview with Gillian Anderson, she goes on about working in front of green screen and her experience with wire stunts. Also she talks about the “hall scene” between her and David Duchovny and tells a story about running through a corn field and having corn hitting her in the face while she was running.
Overall: The featurette only lasted a few minutes but it was good to see what their thoughts were back when they were making the film. Massive.