Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

It’s difficult to criticise someone for trying something new.

It’s even more difficult to criticise director Adam Marcus for Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. After all, this was a franchise that had far surpassed its sell-by-date, one that should have died with the 80s following 1989’s censorship debacle Jason Takes Manhattan, which was not only disfigured beyond recognition by the all censoring powers that be, but was even forced to renege on its gimmicky promise of New York City, most of the movie actually being shot in Vancouver, Canada […]

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976-Evil (1988)

After mainstream success as the fritter-faced Fred Krueger, Robert Englund swapped his razor-fingered glove for the camera, making his directorial bow with supernatural horror 976-Evil. Thankfully, Englund’s was a short-lived career.

That’s not to say the movie is terrible. It is adequate. Unspectacular. Banished to mediocrity by cheap sets and bad special effects. But the main problem is the total lack of scares on offer. For all the gore and the violence, this never really feels like a horror movie. There is nobody to care about, nobody to root for, and, most importantly, nobody to fear […]

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No Hold Barred (1987)

Make no mistake about it, No Holds Barred is an abomination of a movie.

In cinematic terms, it is bereft of even the smallest redemptive quality. It is steaming quagmire of puerile stereotypes, incredulously dire acting and a narrative that even an infant would get tired of past the almost ceaseless flatulence-based jokes that attempt to pass for comedy. Woeful leading man? Check. Imbecilic antagonist? Check. Belching waitress, cross-eyed, tobacco chewing hicks, a henchman who shits in his pants and squeals ‘dookie’ like a mentally challenged infant? Check, check and double check […]

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Xtro (1982)

Xtro is a grim little sci-fi horror which proves infinitely more interesting than it ever had the right to be.

Produced by New Line Cinema and a pre-Nightmare on Elm Street Robert Shaye, it is a low-budget affair with some relatively inspired special effects that have the propensity to leave you feeling rather queasy. The movie is a British production which has the grainy filter and gauche editing of a terrestrial episodic horror show […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

In 1984 horror maestro Wes Craven unleashed one of the most terrifying characters to ever grace the horror lexicon.

Fred Krueger had all the right ingredients to keep you awake at night. A grotesquely deformed, razor-fingered child-killer, he was not the kind of merciful barbarian who would dispose of you with one brutal blow. This monster was gloriously sadistic, the big kid who had taken pulling legs off spiders to a whole new level […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Wes Craven never wanted a sequel for what would become his most successful franchise.

In his mind Fred Krueger was a one-off nightmare, a character whose end would be swift and memorable. Others could not afford to be so romantic. Before A Nightmare on Elm Street New Line Cinema was a small production company which could not match its expenses, and producer Robert Shaye – who had taken a chance on a screenplay which had been passed around with glib disinterest […]

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