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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.