Revisiting . . . The Dream Warriors (1987)

In hindsight, the third instalment of the ‘Elm Street’ series did as much good as it did bad.

First of all, it took a movie of great craft and imagination to salvage a franchise left moribund by 1985’s Freddy’s Revenge, a movie that was as brave in its intentions as it was stupid in its execution. You could write a volume on the deficiencies of that first sequel. For one thing, it was robbed of Charles Bernstein’s Krueger-defining score, a scathing lullaby which encapsulates the offbeat nature of nightmares in a way that was crucial to the series…

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Freddy Krueger’s Top 10 Kills – Part Two

Welcome back, bitches!

Welcome to the conclusion of our two part series, as VHS Revival ventures into the ethereal netherworld of Fred Krueger, one of horrors most iconic and enduring characters. Back in 1984, Old Pizza Face revitalised the slasher genre as a razor-fingered child killer with the unprecedented advantage of being able to inhabit ones dreams, offering fans of the macabre a potentially unlimited canvas of death and destruction in a sub-genre dry on ideas…

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Freddy Krueger’s Top 10 Kills – Part One

Hello, bitches!

Welcome to the first of a two part series, as VHS Revival ventures into the ethereal netherworld of Fred Krueger, one of horrors most iconic and enduring characters. Back in 1984, Old Pizza Face revitalised the slasher genre as a razor-fingered child killer with the unprecedented advantage of being able to inhabit ones dreams, offering fans of the macabre a potentially unlimited canvas of death and destruction in a sub-genre dry on ideas…

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Revisiting . . . Scream (1996)

Scream was like a breath of fresh air for the horror genre.

Thanks in large part to the emergence of VHS as a widely accessible format, and buoyed by the low-budget success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, the genre would experience an explosion in popularity not witnessed since the golden age of studio monsters, one that would lead to the kind of oversaturation that would bleed the resurgence dry…

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Deadly Friend (1986)

Deadly Friend is a confused mess of a movie.

It is part horror, part science fiction, part drama, part comedy, and doesn’t quite deliver on any one of those levels. Part of this was due to studio interference. Much of the plot was altered following a screen test in which the audience complained of a lack of gore, expecting something else entirely from a man who only a year earlier had unleashed Freddy Krueger onto the horror landscape…

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