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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.

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.

Episode 63: “Go F**k An Iceberg” (The Exploitation of Linda)

PhotoGrid_1438904611765For my wicked return to the podcasting realm, I’ve decided to go all-out exploitation!!! I’m talking about the Linda Blair flicks, Savage Streets & Chained Heat. Also, Look What You Did: Game Over, Man! No Do-Overs!!!!

 

 

The first song played on the show is called, Preacher by The Cowmen. They’re all sorts of badass, so make sure to check them out on iTunes, Amazon, & https://thecowmen.bandcamp.com/ 

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Where Is Alice Johnson? Part 3

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Well, I just realized that I’ve been working backwards when it comes to appearances for Alice… Think of it as, we are going back to the future!

Now what is left for her character, is there any more source material? I’m glad to say there is and I’m not talking about fan fic, but there are some really good fan fic stories out there, but that’s a subject for another time. In 1991-92 a six part mini series called Nightmares on Elm Street was being released monthly that saw Freddy returning and it is up to Nancy, Alice and Dr. Gordon to stop him before Elm Street becomes a blood bath.

Okay, Let me say I haven’t red this series… I know, I know. How could a fan like myself not read about the one character he likes the most? Easy, I haven’t found a legit copy. Sure I’ve seen bootleg copies, screen shots and even a website that has the whole series and all you gotta do is it hit download, but I want the real thing. Over the years I seen the series on eBay go for a pretty penny. I’ll hold off until then, but I do know what the story is about, give me that. But since I can’t speak on them… Maybe one of you can ask Krueger Nation’s own host what he thinks about them, I know he has a few copies lying around his boiler room.

Lastly we have the novelization for The Dream Master and Dream Child. Both stories are collected in one book. The stories pretty much reads as the movie plays, but there are some differences. Like in the Dream Master, the book has Rick’s original death and not the Kung Fu fighting scene like in the film. Same goes for the Dream Child, the books ending is a bit different. Also included in this book are black and white stills from the Dream Master.

There you have it, everything you need to know about one of the coolest characters from the Elm Street franchise. I hope you all enjoyed what I had to say and if you have any recommendations or if I missed anything about Alice Johnson post in the comments below.

Also I would like to think Johnny Krueg for bringing me back for another round of nightmare fun. Until next time, you can find my work at DrunkenZombie.com and Doiner.com or read my ramblings by following @AdorableDoiner on Twitter. Massive!

Episode 20: “Oh, God! I Look 20 Years Old!” A Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective-Part 1

This is a massive episode for Krueger Nation! Today I review the first 4 films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Also, a sleazy new segment from my good friend Mike Cadaver featuring Zombie Lake, Look What You Did: What’s Missing New Line?!, & a bonus review for the Thanksgiving slasher Home Sweet Home (1981). Enjoy 🙂

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Going Back To The Well… A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

 

That’s right The Massive One is back with another A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master home video inside look.
I recently perched A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master on DVD, I know I’m late to the party. Since the 1999 VHS box set release there was no reason for me to double dip and buy the DVDs. Since then, yeah I bought A Nightmare on Elm Street on DVD – the Infinifilm edition and found New Nightmare used for dirt cheap. And both films has some kind of commentary or behind the scenes features. Back to The Dream Master, if you will. I retired my 1999 VHS copy of Nightmare 4, the tracking was getting bad and the tape has been eaten twice by my VCR. But I’m going to miss the days of working the tracking out and rewinding the tape, but the future is here and with my brand new DVD here’s what I have to say.

 

 
First, the VHS interviews are missing from the DVD that you would find at the very end of the VHS after the credits. The only special features on the DVD is a Theatrical Trailer for said film, Jump to a Nightmare, Cast & Crew – where you can read up on the cast, and lastly Audio Options… Really! Audio Options, you mean subtitles is an extra and so is 5.1 Surround Sound… Oh Massive I hit the jackpot. If you gotta call audio options an extra you’re just trying to fill extra DVD memory.

 

 
As I stated before, a cast or director’s commentary would make this bare bones DVD a Massive buy from day one. But since it doesn’t have any of that I’m still happy I bought the DVD. It’s my all time favorite horror film that has a great soundtrack, effects and a heroine that kicks ass and is still alive and well after the sequel ends… Unless you read the comics, but that’s a story for another time. This is The Massive One telling all of you to check out more of my work at Drunken Zombie and be sure to follow DZDoiner. Also a Massive thank you to Johnny Krueg for bringing me back to Krueger Nation one more time! Massive.

 

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