Terror Tuesday Report – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors


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The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise has a long and storied history. The craziest thing about it being that a character, Freddy Kreuger, who originally started as a child murderer who was murdered by the Elm Street families, became an icon by the late 80s whom children looked up to and dressed up as during Halloween. Kids were buying Freddy action figures, calling into Freddy 900 numbers, and running around with razor claw gloves and Freddy masks. How did it get this far? There’s actually an amazing documentary that chronicles the history of A Nightmare on Elm Street called Never Sleep Again, which covers everything about the franchise and I highly recommend delving into it if you have any interest in the series. But even with nine movies under the franchise’s belt, one of the best of the series is A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

 

Kicking off with a young woman, Kristen, played by a very young Patricia Arquette, we find she’s stalked in her dreams by our dream monster, Freddy Kreuger. After Freddy makes it look like she attempted to slice her wrists, Kristen is sent to an asylum with several other teenagers who are all also terrorized in their dreams. What sets Dream Warriors apart from the first two entries, and even the series as a whole, is that Kristen has the ability to bring people into her dreams with her, a supernatural power that allows the teens to fight back inside their dreams.

Terror Tuesday Report – Near Dark


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For horror aficionados, vampire movies have a long history of being hit or miss. For every Dracula or Thirst, there are a dozen cheap knockoffs. And let’s not even get started on that Twilight nonsense. Back in 1987 a vampire movie appeared on the screen and instantly became a classic with movie fans, grossing $32 million dollars and spawning two sequels. That movie is The Lost Boys. The biggest shame about that film, while it’s certainly entertaining and retains a special place in my heart, is that it overshadowed a much better movie, released months later and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who would later go on to direct the Oscar winning The Hurt Locker. If you count yourself a horror fan you owe it to yourself to track down and watch Near Dark, Bigelow’s third film and one that we had the pleasure of seeing in glorious 35mm at Terror Tuesday.




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