Like most hardcore horror fans I have a big spot in my heart for bad, cheesy horror flicks. Movies that the occasional horror viewer wouldn’t waste 5 minutes on are often some of my favorites. Being a kid of the 80’s there were a lot of great cheesy horror films for me and my friends. On TV we had quite possibly the pinnacle of bad horror television called Freddy’s Nightmares.

By 1988 New Line Cinema was trying to squeeze out every drop of marketing blood they could out of the Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise. They had posters, games, toys and even a talking doll, which I still have. It was crazy how much they tried to make a child killer appeal to kids. So the next logical step was a tv series for Freddy. Thus was born Freddy’s Nightmares which saw Freddy acting as a crypt keeper of sorts presiding over 2 stories per episode that were loosely connected to each other.

Last year about the same time as the Nightmare on Elm Street Remake came out I came across the trailer below. A long time NOES fan took it upon himself to make a new vision of Freddy Krueger that was familiar yet different enough to feel like a new take on the character. Chris Johnson basically came up with the concept that a bunch of Hollywood writers and producers couldn't and provided us with a glimpse of how you can breath new life into Freddy. View it then read my further comments below: Its pretty impressive for a fan made trailer. Chris Johnson has been playing dress up as Freddy since he was a kid and has apparently made multiple fan films when he was a teenager so its pretty amazing he's taken that passion so far. The concept of Freddy still smoldering and on fire is...

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This will be the first of no doubt several posts I make on what scared the poop out of me as a child. Of course we all grow out of our childhood fears but its always interesting to revisit them and try to remember what it was like to truly be terrified by something we saw on TV or elsewhere. Its certainly not a feeling I've been able to experience since. As we grow up reason and clear heads usually prevail and beat our silly child hood fears into submission. So lets revisit our Childhood Nightmares...

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After the success of 2 Halloween films starring Michael Myers John Carpenter grew tired of retreading the same story. So He and producer Debra Hill decided to continue the Halloween series in name only by making more films that centered around the holiday in some way. It was a noble idea and so the hired Nigel Neale who wrote the Quatermass films to pen a screenplay. However the studio thought it too cerebral and wanted more horror and scares so Tommy Lee Wallace was eventually brought in to rewrite the screenplay and was tapped to direct as well. The story about a mask company called Silver Shamrock that has a sinister plan for the children who buy their masks was far removed from that of the slashing Myers and not surprisingly audiences rejected it outright. The Trailer above certainly gives a bit of a false impression...

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With The Halloween Season just around the corner I thought it might be fun to start featuring some cool Halloween related finds as the weeks progress. The first is a great short stop motion film about a boy that wants to be like Tim Burton called "TiM". Its very much in the vein of "Vincent" a short film Tim Burton did when he was in film school about a boy obsessed with Vincent Price. Check it out below TiM from Ken Turner on Vimeo....

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With remake of Nightmare on Elm street  now in theatres I take a look back at the original 7 films and their impact.  A few caveats before we start: I was a child of the 80’s so I saw these movies when I was in grade school.  It’s funny how the fog of time can make you remember things differently than how they actually are.  None of these films are high art although the first film has become a “classic” to most horror fans, but they all hold something of a special place in my childhood memories as I’m sure they do for many of my generation.  So without further ado let’s get started.

Looking at the photo to the left you might think I discovered some VHS gem on Ebay from the 1980's.  Well you're not even close.  House of the Devil is a 2009 film by Director Ti West that is set in 1983 and is a great throwback to 1980's "satanic panic" movies.  Everything about this movie, from the quality of the film, the people, dialogue, clothing, even the opening and ending titles SCREAMS 1980's horror flick.  If I didn't know better I'd say Ti West went back in time to make this film.  It perfectly reflects its time period without making fun the the era.  I highly recommend picking it up on DVD but if your a fan already you'll want to get the DVD/VHS edition that features a over sized 80's style clam shell VHS complete with the Gorgon Video Logo for true authenticity! It brings back warm memories...

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Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema by Jamie Russell (Author) I don't have a lot of time to read books and the ones I do read have to be able to pull me in from page one or I'll never finish it. I bought Book of The Dead last summer and finally finished up last week. Its not because the book is boring that it took me so long, though it does have its slow patches, its just the sheer size of this tome and the limited amount of time I had to read it. Author Jaime Russell presents quite possibly the most in depth history of any subgenre I've ever read. He covers the history of Zombie films from their Haitian roots in the 1930's with films such as White Zombie to the current resurgence into pop culture. Book of the Dead offers not only a full history...

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Friday the 13th will be here in just a week! I'm a little cautious with my excitement this year. The last time we saw Jason in theatres was in the Freddy vs. Jason and there's just no getting around how terrible that film was. Sure it had some decent kills but it was like they deliberately looked for the worst actors they could find to fill in the parts. The plot had a decent concept but they trashed it with the way it was presented. I mean seriously, how can you expect the audience to go along with the idea that the lead actress met the love of her life when she was 12?! Maybe the real question is how can you cast a lead actor that can't seem to stop smiling even when he's delivering news of someones death? On top...

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Its Christmas eve and its time to conclude my Christmas horror films series here. We end on the best Christmas Horror film ever, Black Christmas. Directed by Bob Clark, who would later go on to make another Christmas classic called A Christmas Story, Black Christmas is a suspensful horror that really started the slasher movies even though it was filmed years before Halloween. The story is a very well written and suspenseful one that's something of a mystery as well. It starts out as your basic slasher flick, a sorority of girls enjoying the holidays. A crazed killer hiding in their house and lots of disturbing prank phone calls. The killer is never seen. He's shot much like that of a killer from giallo films in the first person so we only ever see his hands or parts of his body. As you can imagine the girls get picked off one...

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