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.
Revenge From Planet Ape isn’t very good, but not for the reasons you’re probably expecting. The title suggests that this 1971 Spanish film was made to capitalize on the gargantuan success of the Planet of the Apes series and that it’s just a lame rip-off cash-in good-for-nothin’ imitation of an American success. Nah, ripping off American films is the Italians‘ job. Revenge From Planet Ape is not the real title of this film — it was the third or fourth title, slapped on after the film had previously bombed two or three times under more accurate titles. Naturally, someone thought that tricking the American moviegoing public by making them think this Spanish zombie movie was a a Planet of the Apes was a fine plan indeed. And here we are.
One of my favorite horror films of the 1970s finds 35mm glory and official immortalization thanks to Terror Tuesday. Tourist Trap is an immensely creepy film despite operating under a number of familiar horror movie cliches. The thing that struck me most about Tourist Trap when it was first recommended to me by a clerk at Austin’s incredible Vulcan Video, fitting as they are the weekly sponsors of Terror Tuesday, is how much it seemed to have worked its way into the 2005 remake of House of Wax. That film feels way more like a remake of Tourist Trap than it does Vincent Price’s 1953 House of Wax. In any event, it stands on its own beautifully and I think the audience this week will find it holds up pretty well. Enjoy the trailer below…
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Yikes. Outside of TCM everything is modern. Have you not seen any Lucio Fulci films?? Ruggero Deodato?? Umberto Lenzi? Love your site, but this list was a little weak.
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I am disappointed that DVD to the Stepfather did not include deleted scenes that were seen on TV. Some of these scenes included Stephanie investigating the burnt car her counselor was killed in Susan walking to...
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I like what you said about wishing the story could go on and offer some more explination to all the torture. I watched this movie and it felt like a two act play. It could have ended with Lucie and been a short story, or it...