A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (VHS Extras)

Interview with director Stephen Hopkins. Just like in Wes Craven’s interview from the first Nightmare VHS, Hopkins talks about his journey and how he got the directing role.

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.

The House That Freddy Built: The Mask (1994)

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.

Krueger Nation DVD Giveaway!

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.

A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (VHS Extras)


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.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (VHS Extras)


At the end of the film you have the theatrical trailer and sit down interview with director Wes Craven.

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

The X-Files (VHS Extras)

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.

Puppet Master II – Video Zone (VHS)

Full Moon Video Zone: In a short sit down interview with Charles Band, he discusses the feedback he has gotten from fans about past Video Zone featurettes and what upcoming films that are coming from Full Moon. Also director David Allen gives his thoughts on directing Puppet Master II.
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Allen Productions Crew with Chris Endicott, Yancy Galzada and John Teska. Here you’ll see how the puppets work with different technics they have for making the puppets come to life. In the same interview with the Productions Crew, John Teska shows you the many versions of the Torch character and what they all do in the film. Steve Welles in an interview talks about acting while wearing a mask in the film. In another sit down interview but this time it’s with actor Collin Bernsen he gives you a run down of what happens in the film and talks about maybe a Puppet Master 3. 

Now to another interview with Charles Band here he does talk about maybe making a Puppet Master 3, 4 and 5. 

An on set interview Elizabeth Maclellan she gives her thoughts on working with puppets and how strange it is. Actors Jeff Weston, Nita Talbot, Gregory Webb and Charlie Spradling talk about their death scenes in the film and how they died from the hands of he puppets. 

Behind the scenes: There are 2 mini making of’s one has to do with a fire stunt with Torch setting a stunt women on fire. The other is how they got actors to play the manikins in the ending scenes of the film. Full Moon Spotlight with director Stuart Gordon. Gordon talks about his upcoming film The Pit & the Pendulum. After that you have Trailers for other Full Moon films. 

Last up is Collectors Items: Here you’ll find out about the Full Moon fan club and how you can join or buy Full Moon T-shirts, posters and or comic books.

Earth Day: A Zombie Apocalypse

  A look at the DVD extras for Earth Day: A Zombie Apocalypse

Outtakes… Should I say more? Okay, Mike Patterson is a comic genius.

Mr. Body – This is one of my favorite short films. It’s about helping out your best friend when he really needs you the most.
Slide Show – In this slide show you’ll see poster concept art, production, and behind the scenes images.
Audio Commentary with Director Michael Carlson, Writer Mike Patterson, and Art/Makeup Director Alethea Penleric – Sometimes short film commentaries aren’t that good when said director or writer is rushing through before the short is over, but that’s not the case here. There’s a good balance between Mike, Michael, and Alethea… In the commentary you’ll hear about the original script and how it got cut down for being too long. And the set backs from losing all the footage, meaning the whole film. That’s just some tidbits you’ll hear about.

A few thoughts, if you will. I enjoyed the short. The opening scenes where it cuts to different images while the eerie music is playing in the background gave me the feeling that I was watching the opening to Day of the Dead (1985).

Also the short has a good balance between comedy and horror… And it was totally meta at times, which was funny. 

For more info visit Two Matt’s Productions.

WNUF Halloween Special

  I first heard about this film back in 2013 when it won Best Feature at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival and on that recommendation I knew I had to see this movie and I finally did… 

It brought me back to that time period in the late 80s and early 90s when Halloween Specials were top notch with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark showing double features and even your locale newscasters dressed for the occasion. WNUF Halloween Special captured all that and the movie itself was fantastic. I loved the look of it, having that VHS grain drew me in even more. All the commercials and cheesy jokes.

As for special features, the DVD is packed. Starting with a director’s commentary with Chris LaMartina who’s going a million miles a second trying to get all kinds of information out and does a good job explaining how he and his buddies wrote and filmed many of the commercials and had to call in favorers to get specific footage.

If you enjoyed all the commercials, well you’re in luck because you have seven minutes of unused or commercials that were fast forward through in their entirety.

Aging WNUF, here you will see side by side compression of what the original footage and footage that was passed through a VCR three times to give the finished film that grainy look.

Rewinding the Fast Forward, in the film a lot of news footage was fast forwarded over, but you can see those scenes in this seven minute compilation.

Meadowlands Showcase… Two short thirty minute movies with Creepy Tales and The Halloween Takeover.

Rounding out the extras are Bloopers and Outtakes, WNUF Trailer, and Trailer Vault for then up coming DVD and VHS releases.

Overall, I can see WNUF Halloween Special making it into my viewing rotation each year for Halloween. I enjoyed all the extras. And highly recommend this movie.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (UK Release)

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I first heard about this film back in 2008 and after reading a handful of positive reviews I had to see it. Since that time it was a hard film too see, but I did manage to perches the UK Blu-Ray and here’s what you have when talking about the extras.

UK Theatrical Trailer.

Interview with Amber Heard. In a sit down interview Amber Heard talks about her experience getting the Mandy Lane role and what steps she took to make her character work and be different from any other blonde gal in movies today. That’s just a taste of what you will hear in this twenty eight minute interview.

Overall: It’s a buy and it was worth the wait to see this film.