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Freddy’s Dead, but Not Forgotten

Whenever my craving for horror kicks in, I always seem to venture back to that cozy corner on Elm Street. More-so than the clawed maniac, I tend to immerse myself in the atmosphere these movies create. The house, the music, the overbearing sense of bizarre dread that always echoes your worst nightmares. These are the elements which make the movies so lovable. While Robert Englund does a masterful job at honing in the Freddy character, I can’t help but admire the filmmakers who expanded upon the lore with a frightening dedication to such dreadful delusions.

There are a few selections in the series which the vast majority of Freddy fans tend to lean towards. Obviously the first one is a classic, Dream Warriors a cult favorite, and New Nightmare an underrated triumph that brought Freddy back into the realm of fear inducing horror. However, there is one film in the series which does not get the attention it deserves. The ever so awkward Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare always gets my vote for being the most lovable Elm Street movie ever made.

As with the majority of Nightmare movies, I saw them when I was just a goofy eyed kid who was obsessed with horror. It was obvious that Freddy was headed into a more comedic direction, but things shifted for me when part six came out. Freddy’s Dead was the only movie in the series to actually scare me, and not because of Freddy himself. As I stated earlier, it was the overall tone and atmosphere that spooked me. This was the first time a Nightmare movie actually conjured the same feeling I’d have when just waking up from a bad dream. The sense of not knowing exactly what’s going on, combined with just enough fear to make you feel uneasy. It was the perfect recipe to creep me out, and yet draw me in for more at the same time. A similar experience to a bad dream, when you know something is wrong yet you can’t help but follow the rabbit hole a little deeper.

There are many scenes which capture this mood with razor sharp accuracy, one of my favorites is in the lost town where Roseanne and Tom Arnold make a strange but amusing cameo. Roseanne swarms the young characters with a disturbing display of maternal obsessiveness. She begs for redemption, hinting towards losing her own children to the Springwood Slasher at some point prior to this awkward meeting. It’s not just the creepy performance by Roseanne that makes this scene so chilling, but the subtle nods toward madness unfolding right under our noses. The entire scene plays out within what seems like some sort of abandoned carnival that is only inhabited by adults. There are roaches crawling all over the food, a strange clown in the corner smoking a cigarette, and an old man circling inside of a bumper car ride all by himself. All of which add to the collective impression that something isn’t right.

Freddy's Dead - Roseanne

The movie also contains a clever misdirection, something moviegoers are quite fond of these days, but a gimmick that was somewhat rare to see back in the early nineties horror world. Throughout the entire movie we are led to believe that this John Doe character, who has been desperately trying to escape Freddy’s grasp, is in fact the son of said maniac. However, after a twisted trip through a series of inescapable nightmares, the Jon Doe character is killed off. It’s then revealed that Maggie, the therapist who had been helping these troubled teens, is in fact Freddy’s daughter. This was a refreshing change of pace for a such a cookie-cutter franchise which had, until then, always followed such a familiar formula when it came to scary storytelling.

While the ending of Freddy’s Dead is undoubtably awful, the charm and charisma exuded throughout the film completely makes up for its terrible ending. Of course we are talking about the sixth entry in a Freddy Krueger movie franchise, so to expect anything short of corny dream demons would be a stretch. Despite its flaws, the movie still remains my most treasured Nightmare on Elm Street movie. It’s currently available to watch on Hulu, along with every other movie in the franchise (with the exception of that repulsive remake). So despite whatever your twisted tastes may be when it comes to the man in red and green, I urge you to give Freddy’s Dead another shot if you have all but written it off as a garbage sequel. There’s definitely enough sadistic substance there to quench even the most gruesome thirst for slasher cinema.

Making Horror Heavy: How Horror Movies Can Inspire Heavy Metal

We’re pleased to bring you the following guest post, penned by Daniel Mitchell, frontman of the Halloween-themed heavy metal band Autumns Eyes. Find links to the band’s album, Ending Life Slowly, which just dropped on October 31st, at the bottom of the article.

5 Upcoming Horror Flicks On My Radar In 2017

Just when I thought it was getting difficult to find a good horror movie, 2017 smacks me across the face with a slew of new titles that have succeeded in getting this black heart beating again. These are just a few notable horror flicks set to come out this year that Ive had on my radar for some time now.

Get Out

February 24

While Im not a fan of the show Key and Peele, I do have a ton of respect for Jordan Peele and his passion for horror movies. Diving head first into the directors chair is no easy task, but judging by recent reviews, he’s done a great job at executing some frightfully fantastic film making.

Alien: Covenant

May 19

Many of us can appreciate what Ridley Scott was trying to do with Prometheus, the pseudo prequel to Alien. However, it seemed as though fans spoke up, and Ridley listened. This time around we won’t be dancing around teasing the story of Alien, we will be getting a direct connection. Complete with Xenomorphs, face-huggers, and all of that glorious dirty spaceship stuff we remember from the original.


September 8

I’ll be the first to admit I cannot stand modern horror remakes, but Id be lying if I told you this one didn’t excite me. The TV miniseries did a fantastic job at frightening audiences with Tim Curry’s terrifying portrayal of Pennywise the clown, but this modern retelling seems to be following Stephen Kings original story. One that is surrounded by a more demented brand of psycological horror, and far less campy.

Underworld: Blood Wars

January 6

What good would the horror world be without a few titles that were just downright corny and fun to watch? Every movie doesn’t have to be an Oscar worthy masterpiece, so when it comes to the Underworld movies I tend to let loose and appreciate the overall aesthetic of these films. Rather than nitpick them for what they lack, and compare them to movies completely out of their realm of storytelling.


No Release Date Set

After what Rob Zombie did to the franchise, many Halloween fans are weary of taking the bait for yet another reboot. This time around we at least have the blessing of John Carpenter, the man who made the series what it was. Not only does this have his stamp of approval, but rumor has it the master of horror will be lending his musical talents to the films score once again.

There are a few more I wanted to mention here, like a reboot of both the Friday the 13th and Chucky franchises, but alas those movies seem to be stuck in production limbo. Thankfully with movies like It Follows and The Witch, the horror genre could be getting a much needed kick in the ass. Lets hope the movies released this year are a good sign of things to come!

The Five Best Vampire Movies Ive Ever Seen

Vampire movies are a dime a dozen, and never seem to be in short supply within the horror genre, but the majority of these fang flicks can be quite forgetful. As the genre progresses towards a more desensitized audience, it can be difficult to create something that fans will embrace. Thankfully, every couple years a vampire story reveals itself from the shadows and leaves an impression lingering long enough to rival the lives of the undead themselves. These are the five best vampire movies Ive ever seen, so get your glass of blood ready and fire up your VCR…or whatever it is you living people watch movies on these days.

What We Do In the Shadows

Hands down the funniest horror comedy I have ever witnessed. Its a satirical documentary on the lives of vampires who are desperately trying to fit in with modern society. Its one of those movies that after viewing you ponder how genius of an idea it was to make a film like this, and why it had not been made sooner.

Let the Right One In

This movie broke the mold for what a good vampire story can and should be. Its a unique twist on a friendship bordering on a love story, with plenty of horrific elements that keep its roots grounded in the traditional vampire lore.

Interview With the Vampire

The gold standard when it comes to vampire movies in my opinion. Everything from the cast, the sets, the music, its all as close to perfect as you can get with a vampire story that covers both the old and new world ways of the undead.

Bram Stokers Dracula

A classic masterpiece from director Francis Ford Coppola, who surprisingly used a lot of low budget film techniques to pull off many of the visual tricks in the movie. It also features a magnificent performance of the dead man himself from everyones favorite chameleon actor, Gary Oldman.

The Lost Boys

Many times a movie that dates itself with corny music and wardrobes can come off as a novelty, wearing itself thin as the decade it was made in fades away. However, The Lost Boys embraces 1980s culture while still maintaining a solid vampire story at its core.

Despite whether you agree or disagree with this list, its a nice reminder to see movies like What We Do In the Shadows and Let the Right One In get made in a time when horror was almost run into the ground by awful remakes. What a sad world we would live in if all we had was Twili…I cant even muster the strength to type it. You know the one Im talking about. So here’s to hoping the horror genre continues this tradition and gives us more blood sucking goodness for all eternity, or at least long enough for us to enjoy until we are dead or bitten by a bat.

From Feast to Famine: The State of Horror and a Look Ahead

While the massive Star Wars machine is just starting to turn and the super hero / comic book bubble is on the verge of bursting with an overfull release schedule, horror fans are feeling a little left out these days.

For awhile there we had a regular spat of entertaining anthologies being churned out, from Trick ‘R Treat to the V/H/S series to Tales Of Halloween and even the tongue-in-cheek A Christmas Horror Story. That trend is now slowing significantly down and there’s a barren desert on the horizon for lovers of all things frightful.

There’s an unfortunate stagnation occurring on many fronts for our beloved genre, with the handful of releases actually coming out typically being reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels, or endless rehashes of a specific overplayed genre. Much of it appears to be tailored towards making a quick buck on a low investment for a guaranteed built-in audience.

Much like the aforementioned comic book movie frenzy, the found footage bubble appears to have finally well and truly burst, which is for the best. While there are actually several movies in that sub-genre that are well worth seeing (and a few that presented the format in genuinely innovative ways), the formula got very, very stale with more trash than gold in recent years.

The most recent trend has been social media-based horror, with a slew of movies involving Facebook or having a hashtag in their title. Although lower budget and not perfect, The Den was one of the surprisingly good entries to squeak out of that fad, while nearly all the rest haven’t been worth anyone’s time.

Horror has sadly hit a rut, with specific concepts getting overplayed again and again. The Forest for instance gave us scary Japanese girls (yawn) and not much else. Hush meanwhile had a fairly unique protagonist, but in all other ways was an incredibly by-the-numbers home invasion flick that felt like half an idea for a movie that was never fully fleshed out. Somewhere along the way the filmmakers unfortunately forget to add in a plot.

Somehow a basic truth of the genre has gotten lost along the way: horror is most effective when you don’t see it coming, or when it is presented in a way that the audience doesn’t expect. I’m still blown away by how that Jessica Biel flick The Tall Man was marketed as just another slasher movie, and then it absolutely defied expectations at every turn, keeping you guessing until the last moment.

The first (and as far as I’m concerned, only) season of True Detective was equally effective on that front. I’ll never forget the moment in the third episode when I realized this was cosmic horror in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft / Robert Chambers that was masquerading as a cop drama to reel in unsuspecting viewers. The upcoming, perennially delayed adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” losing True Dective director Cary Fukunaga was a blow that won’t be easy to overcome.

To be fair, there have been a few twists and turns here and there in horror lately that at least tried something different. Both The Babdook and It Follows took chances and went in interesting directions, although I felt the former ended up being too much style over substance while the latter was a bit of a mess that fell short of the hype. The Witch was another change in the formula even when dealing with familiar ground that didn’t quite match the hype machine. Although it did leave me wondering as the credits rolled if something supernatural had actually gone down or if that family was just tripping on tainted LSD corn.

There have been some shining examples of understated horror as well that don’t always make the best renter wall or remain stuck on VOD for long periods before hitting the public consciousness. The relentlessly uncomfortable atmosphere in Creep was incredibly effective, and that’s a movie that will stick with me far longer than anything involving ghosts or demons. The out-of-nowhere Arnold Schwarzenegger film Maggie also offered a whole new take on what’s horrifying about the zombie apocalypse.

Some of the most interesting horror releases lately haven’t been movies at all, as other media picks up the slack. Gaming, books, graphic novels, and yes, even music, are more at the forefront these days. Lychgate’s “An Antidote For The Glass Pill” album release from this past summer was a more harrowing experience than many of the recent horror flops, and definitely put me on the edge of my seat better than whatever latest Paranormal Activity entry hit the big screen.

PC and console games in particular have been killing it on the horror front, with the acclaimed Outlast sparking a horror revolution. Ditching the gunfire typical of a first person game, Outlast and those inspired by it figured out the scariest situation is one in which you can’t defend yourself. A whole sub-genre of games has been spawned from that concept in which you in the driver seat of the horror movie, but with no way of fighting back against all the axe-wielding maniacs or deadly xenomorphs.

This idea has been twisted and contorted into some truly fascinating iterations, like the psychological mind fuck that is SOMA. If you want to question just what “life” truly is and what it actually means to be alive, give that title from Frictional Games a try and have your whole definition of horror expanded.

On the movie front, horror really needs a spectacular, big budget hit that’s both appealing to the masses and doesn’t pull any punches on the disturbing and dark angles. Crimson Peak was a start, but it wasn’t really a horror movie in the traditional sense of the word. While many were glad to see it get canceled due to the inclusion of Tom Cruise, frankly Guillermo Del Toro’s ill-fated adaptation of At The Mountains Of Madness would have done the trick to re-ignite the genre and get more studios actively involved in horror.

For now, the really great horror will have to remain in the hands of the little guys who truly love the genre and are more willing to try ventures that might fail. The labor of love devoted to all practical effects that is The Void is one to look out for soon, and there’s plenty of other solid material to be found, so long as you know where to look.

From indie directors dropping short clips on Vimeo to crowd funded projects launched by big dreamers with wide eyes, for the foreseeable future horror will remain a genre primarily by and for the diehard fans who won’t give up, no matter how bleak the forecast looks.

About the Author

Ty Arthur

Ty Arthur

Ty Arthur has spent the last eight years freelancing for the likes of Metalunderground.com, GameSkinny, and WorldStart. His debut sci-fi / horror novella “Empty” was just released through Mirror Matter press, with a full-length dark fantasy novel also due to drop later this year. Arthur writes to exorcise his demons and lives in the cold, dark north with his amazing wife Megan and soon-to-be first son Gannicus Picard.

My Favorite Wes Craven Films

When I decided to devote my music with Autumns Eyes to the world of Halloween and Horror Movies, Wes Craven was one of the first pools of inspiration I dived into head first. After his recent passing, it was only natural to pay homage to the man who’s been feeding my nightmares for a lifetime. While all of his films have been watched over and over again throughout my years, these are the ones I place at the top of the list.

The Last House on the Left


Rarely does a movie leave such an everlasting trail of disgust that brings you great shame and guilt for even just watching it. The Last House on the Left is one of very few horror films that injects true paralyzing fear into my soul. I remember seeing it for the first time as a stubborn teenage horror fan who thought he had seen it all. It didn’t take long for me to wince like a toddler getting a flu shot, a reaction I still produce when watching it today.

A Nightmare on Elm Street


I was first introduced to Mr Krueger in my early childhood, with an admiration that only a sick little bastard such as myself could muster for a character so brutal. It wasn’t until later on in life when I was truly able to engulf my life with all things Freddy. Video games, t-shirts, television shows, you name it. He became a pop culture icon, and while some horror fans complain of his schtick being too campy, I always felt it added to his unique charisma.

The Serpent and the Rainbow


Up until a few years ago I had never watched this movie, for whatever reason. The title always floated around, and I continued to put it off until one day it popped up on Netflix. Not only did I love everything about the film, but I was also inspired by the way Wes Craven has such an ability to harness fear in its purist form. While many other directors were focusing on cash grabbing sequels, and cheap thrills, Craven kept his sights on exactly what scared audiences the most. His own demented mind.

The People Under the Stairs


A personal favorite of mine since I was but a wee little shit running around the house with my plastic Freddy glove. The People Under the Stairs convinced me that I should in fact have my own hiding spot under the stairs. So I did just that, and cleared out a ton of old storage items from inside the downstairs closet positioned underneath the staircase. It was my own personal horror themed fort, where I could hide and pop out to scare the living shit out of my siblings at a moments notice.

New Nightmare


We all know how difficult it is for a successful film to have an equally successful sequel, but I don’t think anyone ever imagined such a great sequel to come from the Elm Street franchise of all places. New Nightmare was a precursor to what Wes would later do with his groundbreaking hit, Scream. It also reestablished Freddy Krueger as the menacing demon he was originally intended to be, as opposed to the wise cracking comedian the prior sequels turned him into.



Im a big fan of werewolf movies, which also means Ive had to sit through a fair share of terrible creature effects and regurgitated storylines. Cursed was a refreshing change of pace, with an added element of mystery and suspense that only Wes Craven could deliver. The movie does a good job at bridging the gap between old lore and mysticism, with a modern society and culture.

Death is an unavoidable truth that we all must face, and its never easy to lose someone who was important to us in life. Thankfully Wes Craven has left behind such an enormous legacy in not only the horror world, but throughout all of storytelling.

Rest in peace, Wes. We all miss you!

30 Rare Horror Movie Behind the Scenes Photos

If you’re a horror movie fan, chances are you’ve seen plenty of lists splattered all over the web with horror movie behind the scenes photos. In an effort to diversify this category, I put together a list of behind the scenes photos that you won’t see everywhere else. Check them out below, and see if you can recognize them all.


























The Sluttiest Sexy Nude Scenes In Horror Movies

Lets be honest, many horror movie fans stay for the blood, but come for the nudity. Literally in some cases. Its not hard to find a horror movie with plenty of skin, but sometimes it can be difficult to weed through the ones where skin is getting ripped off, or just plain exposed. If you’re a fan of the sluttiest sexy nude scenes in horror movies, you’ve come to the right place. Lets take a look at some of the more popular moments from the past few decades.


Marianne Morris

Fans of lesbian Vampire movies will adore this touching tale of love and friendship. Not to mention the unquenchable thirst for blood and abduction.


Embrace of the Vampire

Alyssa Milano

Many people, myself included, were absolutely shocked when they found out Alyssa Milano would be naked in a vampire movie. Once the movie was released we saw much more than we ever expected.



Natasha Henstridge

Its one of those classic love stories about a lonely seductive alien just trying to get through life and find a suitable sperm donor.



P.J. Soles

See anything you like? That was the line P.J. Soles uttered while revealing herself to the audience, and many cracked voice teenagers couldn’t even breathe enough to respond.


The Return of the Living Dead

Linnea Quigley

This is a cult favorite scene admired by fans of punk rock chicks who love to dance, and love to dance naked.


The Gift

Katie Holmes

Who would have thought innocent little Katie Holmes would have such a naughty side in this film directed by horror legend Sam Raimi.



Drew Barrymore

She’s disrobed for several other movies, but its impossible not to appreciate such a charming girl showered in gallons of blood.


Zombie Strippers!

Jenna Jameson

I have no clue what this girl does for a living, but something tells me she would do great things in the adult film industry.


Idle Hands

Kelly Monaco

This was one of those scenes that completely took viewers by surprise, and caused many jaws to break after they crashed to the floor.


Piranha 3D

Kelly Brook and Riley Steele

Its a lovely poetic scene where two females engage in a blissful underwater dance. Im sure it wasn’t shot just for the sake of having gratuitous girl on girl action.